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    Charles
  • Lexus Model
    IS 300h Lux
  • Year of Lexus
    2013
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Suffolk

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  1. 10K report. Not much to add from the 5000 mile report posted in November and on the next page of topics. Very happy with the car approaching 12K. First service well past and oil maintenance message came up at 9800 miles. Car doing 42 mpg in December and early Jan. I put this down to lights, heater, windscreen heater etc now back up to 46 back to 48 50 soon as light and weather gets better. I tend not to reset the mpg trip often. I have a niggle on the phone with favourites still not holding in. I have had to push to get this taken as a problem but now it is being taken seriously. Tyres all worn evenly and 1mm more tread on front tyres than on the back. Indicators, 3 flash is an issue for me on motorways and duals, it gets messy right left right. This is being re programmed by Lexus and there appear to be some choices. Overall really like this car.
  2. Do you think the F sport suspension set up is more prone to slip than the other variants?
  3. Hi Wicksy, You may recall that I held off on winter tyres, we have not had much cold weather so maybe not an accurate picture but at this stage they would have been an extravagance. A few days ago the roads were icy after rain then freeze, the traction control light flashed several times but no loss of traction. My dealer will not hold the spares when not in use and the tax man also wants to do me for having another set, even though only one set can be used at a time. Hoping for mild winters!
  4. Hi I am now well over 10K and have not yet had time to update the 5000 mile report I wrote a few months ago. I do have very similar thought process on the company car options. You are about right with 46 mpg however in the autumn I had around 48 and in freezing cold short days it dropped down too 42. However careful driving today gave 50. My lux is very comfortable and eats up the miles easily. A 2.5 litre auto with bags of pace at a low tax threshold, it is a company drivers dream! You will not regret it if you go for it.
  5. Roger - No problem my pleasure. Yes phone is OK as a general rule. Favourites disappear from time to time. I use an I pod via USB and Bluetooth so as I think I mentioned in the earlier posts - the usb route works for me. I also have had i tunes on my mobile and used that as well. Pressing the mouse to click and issuing to many requests can cause freezes etc so I take it slow. Voice commands are OK but it has to go through around three questions to make the call. I will be really happy when the favourites menu holds memory and not drop out. I have not set up infix or hotspot so can't say will try it out some time. Looks like we need a firmware upgrade, but who would think 10 years ago a picture of the person you phone would come up on the screen or for that matter what screen. I like the grace note feature that picks a picture for the type of music or you can have the album art work on the display. The sat nav is competent and the full post code is much much better that the old 4 digit I had before, used a tom tom at times. The satty is very accurate and taken me to the correct destination every time so far. I like the photo id feature when calling and I have used the text\e mail auto read out which is novel. Not many phones can operate all the functions though. At the end of the day it is your call and you need to be happy, so tryout as much as you can. I have no regrets and have yet to ask Lexus to look into the firmware bugs but that is all they are I think.
  6. Thanks for the concern - Locally our roads are often sprayed tar and granite chipped over time as the will to wash and polish declines a significant build up can arise particularly on the near side wing behind the wheel and along the sill. Also stone chips as well, Tar remover just doesn't work some times. Spray tar and chip is a blight. I only T cut or T cut wax on stubborn tar spots, scratches and any bloom, I did say "T cut for stubborn tar spots later as car gets older." Accent on the older. I have no association with it but there are some modern style products about, also you can use the original cut with 3 part polish it is mild, in both cases it is an infrequent use product. I have yet to go through the lacquer or the paint.
  7. Hi All, Updated 5.2.2014 5 months in and a late 10K report. Not much to add from the 5000 report still v happy with the car approaching 12K. First service well past and oil maintenance message came up at 9800 miles. Car doing 42 mpg in December and early Jan. I put this down to lights, heater, windscreen heater etc now back up to 46. I tend not to reset the mpg trip often as it seems to be more consistent over time. I have had nightly issues on the phone with favourites still not holding in. I have had to push to get this taken as a problem but it is being dealt with. Indicators 3 flash is an issue for me on motorways and duals gets messy right left right, this is being re programmed by Lexus and hopefully the favorites will be sorted. Really like this car. Previously. 2 months in and 5000 mile report. MPG = 46.7 at the moment, has been up to 48 - using mixed road primarily A -B roads with 1/3rd motorway, car is at home on both. Acceleration on motorway is excellent, no lag etc. Oil use - none, discolouration none. Transmission - great. Tyres no sign of wear. Handling A+ Steering A + Need to be taught more how to use the car to enhance fuel saving, Lexus get on this it is not really explained. Comfortable - Faux leather seats - everyone complements my leather seats, unless you like the tech and colour options not necessary. Rear camera - good but now fogging in colder wetter weather so glad I have the parking sensors - a must on this car I have the expensive Sat nav option. Phone - Audio buggy and crashes, I can live with that at the moment, as an early adoptor this is expected, it need sorting. But considering the Apple OS update that appears to have trashed my mac recently :megaangry:this is not that bad. Particularly if you do not make to many demands on it by not over pressing the mouse click to often. Like the mouse. Like the DvD player Sat Nav - post code option must be on first page not second. :megaangry: Phone tried 4 is buggy but working. :eerrrmm: Driving - really good and no complaints at all on this aspect, in fact I look forward to driving it every day, our sports car has been neglected since the IS300h arrived! Tax saving is through PAYE bliss. Looking forward to the next 5000!
  8. This is Chris Evans review of the IS300h. Interesting and goes against the grain of most of the others. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-2474928/Lexus-IS300h-reviewed-Chris-Evans-At-Hybrid-Lex-appeal-Usually-I-hate-Hybrids-ones-different.html
  9. I am a high (ish) miler, so bound to get chips, no amount of protection stops a stone hurtling at 70 MPH, compounded if coming head on. Just wash and a reasonable quality polish for me. If the rain water collects in large bubble wrap type bubbles that indicates good protection from UV and road grime etc. If they do not form, time to re polish. T cut for stubborn tar spots later as car gets older. Always touch up chips regularly. Oh and I always polish the alloys as this helps to prevent brake dust and corrosion onset.
  10. Hi Wicksy If it helps, Toyota had one of my cars for a couple of week a few years ago, stripped it out completely inside and rebuilt it for a whole new wiring loom, which for the fault was an over kill IMO and free whilst out of warranty, They put it back together perfectly.
  11. Any one know how many IS300h's have been sold or on order so far since launch?
  12. Hi Ian,There is no audible difference with it on or off so one for the technician. Really like Sport mode on the selector and gear box when a turn of speed is needed, but only for short sprints.
  13. Exactly the same experience with the CD in mine.