Ian J. Parsley

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    ES 300h F Sport
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  1. Honestly, you were wise to go with the UX rather than the CT or NX. In our family we've just swapped a CT and an NX for a UX and ES and, notwithstanding a WiFi connection problem discussed elsewhere (which tbh is more to do with Apple than Lexus), we wouldn't look back. The UX is streets ahead of the NX for driving experience and even comfort, in my view. The latter is a fine car of course, but it doesn't eat the bumps as well as a premium SUV really should; the UX has fixed that. (The CT is a lovely wee car but it's ten years out of date.) The only marginal criticism of the UX is the lack of boot space, but you can take down the back seats and there is space under the luggage compartment so even that is not as severe an issue as you might think or as the reviewers claim.
  2. Yes, I have the same problem on my ES with an iPhone 10. Actually it now never connects (since the last IOS "update"), I always have to enter the password - which completely defeats the object because the practical outcome is I can't download journeys sent to the car without a complete rigmarole.
  3. Yes, you are wise to stick with the ES. I don't really see what practical advantage AWD would bring; indeed, tbh, I'm not sure why they're doing it. It's a perfectly fine driving car FWD; FWD is much improved generally which is why all manufacturers (even BMW) are moving in that direction. I had four Volvos from 2000 to 2013 and do really like them - they're certainly where I would go back to if I left Toyota/Lexus and they have always been underrated in reviews (if anyone is looking for a cheap, used, well equipped executive car the Volvo S80 cannot be overlooked, for example). However, I do take the general point that they are not quite the same quality-wise and reliability-wise.
  4. I guess, genuinely, the answer to that is that CarPlay and Android Auto weren't originally available on the ES; they were thrown on to the 2020 model as an afterthought. I can't say it bothers me mind - I use the phone-sized slot to place the phone, or just feed the lead to the centre part.
  5. The IS and CT have already been removed from Lexus Ireland (not sure about the RC). To be honest, I went in in July to replace my NX with an IS and came away with an ES; once finance calculations come in, they are clearly trying to promote the latter so if anything they emerge cheaper (new, anyway). It's anyone's guess what the future holds. I'm not sure anyone really saw the emergence of SUVs (electric vehicles were maybe a little more predictable); ten years from now we'll be all autonomous driving and perhaps even a different more temporary style of leasing. Lexus' objective in the UK and Ireland, as ever, will be to be niche rather than mass sales no doubt.
  6. The additional point is that even mentioning a relatively new tech gizmo will draw attention to the car and the brand. They will appeal to people whose personality type is to be first to the new tech - IIRC that's around 5% of the population, which doesn't include me but it's better than nothing. I'm just glad to have the reverse tilt on my mirrors - I've never actually had that before!
  7. Welcome on board. I've just traded in my 2017 NX F Sport (for an ES, after my wife got a UX) and had no issues at all! One thing on the margins just to watch was that occasionally the buttons in the centre (above the control pad) got stuck - so be sure to keep that area clean. That was it! These things don't really break...!
  8. I've seen a UX in it and it looks great. Just one thing though - if you ding the paint on it, will it be easy to fix...?!
  9. I've just switched my 2017 F Sport (my wife bought a UX and we don't need two SUVs!) but you'll not regret that buy! Love the colour too.
  10. I had an IS from 2013-17 and warmly recommend them; I think they drive better than the reviewers suggest and they still stand out, particularly in the right colour. The infotainment isn't marvellous tbh, but you get used to it ok. Right now, I wouldn't be too fussy about requiring '17/'18; you may find you can go later. You should find dealers have plenty of shipped in new or just pre-reg stock which may just meet your budget.
  11. Didn’t have any pics without the plate! Think it looks best from side or front. I think all colours are fine on it!
  12. Did you have any luck with this? Usually the dealer can set you up more or less if you just give them the email address you are using for your "My Lexus / Lexus Link".
  13. The tech can be a struggle although also the system in general was down for about 24 hours there - it's working fine again now! My wife has also just joined the UX club, in her case a base model but with Premium+ pack. The spec is astonishing for the money, it is comfortable and, by the way, despite the concerns about size I've just put a set of golf clubs in the boot with relative ease... Health to drive!
  14. I went to my dealer to switch from my NX (which we don't really need any more since my wife got a UX) to an IS, and came away with an ES! This is the first time really I have come away with a car other than the one I intended to buy! Mine is the F-Sport with Tech Pack and Protection Pack. To share some immediate first impressions about this specific car, which are almost entirely positive: - it is *extraordinarily* quiet, especially up to around 50-60mph; - it is a much smoother ride than the 2017 NX F-Sport I had, and also (though the difference isn't as marked) versus my wife's 2020 UX; - the lack of auto-boot lid is rendered close to irrelevant by the fact the boot lid opens fully on its springs anyway; - it is even more evident that any reviewer telling you about a "growl" hasn't actually driven the car (this simply does not exist even under fairly hard acceleration); - I still haven't worked out what to do with the lumbar support... And some impressions about 2020 vehicles in general versus 2017: - the infotainment is still in the "unnecessarily complex" category but it is more intuitive than it was and the graphics are much better; - the adaptive cruise is markedly improved, now operating from 18mph and more readily; - most notably of all, the transition between EV and engine, which was always smooth, is now undetectable other than by looking at the screen; - Lexus Link telling you how you performed at that last roundabout is slightly freaky... As with anything, whether an ES is a good buy will depend somewhat on personal circumstances. It was clear that the dealership wanted me to go that way (the ES F-Sport came in cheaper than the IS F-Sport) and that's fine. If you are looking for a true driver's car, the ES was never designed for that (although it's not bad, tbc!) but if you are in the market for a saloon which combines coupe looks with a bit of luxury, I'd say it's hard to beat.
  15. Totally with @EvilRacer329 - I don't really buy the "competing with" thing. You pick a car based on what you need. Out of interest, my wife's arrived and on the fourth day there was a very minor problem after an evening trip, about which I contacted Lexus Belfast at around 10.50pm. I had an email back from the manager within 20 minutes and he was standing on our doorstep at 8.20am; the problem was resolved fully with the car back on the drive within 12 hours of a night-time email. Not that problems happen very often - the reliability and the service on the exceptionally rare occasions things do go wrong are why I like the brand.