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  1. Not badly at all. It felt a bit lumpish on a brief uphill stretch but this could well have been my imagination. Comforted by the thought that all Japanese cars must be designed to occasionally carry a couple of Sumo wrestlers, I figured the load was equal to two corpulent rear passengers plus their luggage for a long holiday. I am glad to hear that my good lady is not alone in offering generous support to the retail trade wherever she travels.
  2. This post may be of interest to other owners tempted to put their RC to unorthodox use. Certainly, until recently, the RC was not the sort of car I would normally have connected with my memory - now probably a remote one - of all shapes and sizes of vehicles with GB plates heading towards Calais or Boulogne filled to the roof with bottles of wine. The other day I found myself needing to transport a cargo of wines across town. The load consisted of upwards of 160 bottles mostly packed in cartons of 6 plus two wooden cases of 12 and a few odd singles. Worried they would not fit into the RC, I had been toying with the idea of hiring a small van. However, to my amazement, though admittedly not without some geometrical computation, the entire load went in easily once the rear-seats were folded down. To my even greater surprise, I could probably have got another couple of dozen bottles into the back without affecting my rear view and, at a pinch, also used the footwells. I have never hidden my fondness for the RC but had not previously given it high marks for its loading potential.
  3. Odd. I thought all RC300h F-Sport models since launch, including UK spec ones, had ACC or, more recently, the + version thereof. Obviously I was mistaken. Anyway, stay on the ball and drive safe.
  4. Roger: I don't know which ACC version you have, but mine is the one which cuts out with an acoustic warning when your speed, like that of the vehicle in front, drops below 40kmh (= 30mph), and not the newer ACC+, which automatically brings you to a full stop. I have had the latter on loaner cars and not found it better in normal use - though I imagine it might well be in high-speed situations when your own reaction times may not be good enough. I believe the radar can be turned off by a specific series of twiddles on the control stalk, thus leaving only the classic constant-speed function, but I see no point to ever doing so. I almost always use the ACC on motorways and often on fast roads with light or light-ish traffic. Like most other features of the Lexus safety package, and not being prone to a sense of false security (or so I like to think), I find it well-nigh indispensable. Since I believe that all road users except myself are idiots (and am probably not alone in this) I regard any safety device as a welcome form of self-protection. This does not mean I don't find some of them irritating, especially when they primarily consist of an acoustic warning. The worst offender in this regard is the lane-change alert (which, in Canada, I was once amused to hear described as an LLV, or "Lexus Lane Valet"). There was a time I thought the strength of the beep might have proved sufficiently startling to counteract possible dozing off and off-course drifting on long and boring motorway drives, but it would so frequently sound off after misreading lane-markings, or perhaps reading residual traces of old ones, especially in the damp, as to represent a danger in itself. So it has now become the device I probably use least.
  5. Paul: Thanks for pointing out my mistake relative to the Honda warranty, for which I apologise. I really don't recall where it came from, but suspect my superficial reading of an ad or review. Please scrub the reference from my post .... Fortunately, the Koreans were more important to the gist.
  6. Having experienced corrosion in at least one wheel of each of three of my first four Lexus'es, all pre-2011 and bought new, I can understand Paul's thinking. However, having seen no similar issues with a 2013 IS300h and a 2016 RC300h, I thought, wrongly to judge by Les' experience, that Lexus had finally fixed what had become an embarrassingly serious quality problem. Strange though it may sound, despite my irritation every time the corrosion appeared, Lexus' unvarying promptness in honouring the warranty and replacing the alloys ultimately had the effect of strengthening my loyalty to the marque. Maybe I was lucky with the two dealerships involved - in fact I'm sure I was - but, measured in terms of courtesy and decisiveness, Lexus' behaviour in warranty situations could not have been more favourable when compared to BMW, Audi and Lancia - which were the houses with which I had most recently had dealings, usually with a lot of hassle over even the smallest issues. That Lexus, with its reputation for quality and reliability, should offer a warranty of only three years is absurd, especially when every dealer I have spoken to claims that the number of issues seen during the fourth and fifth years of a car's life is very rarely higher than during the first three. Lexus supposedly bases its three years on the fact that the majority of its customers outside the US (where I believe you get four) are corporate and not private and therefore less worried about longer-term reliability. Its main competitors, moreover, don't offer longer warranties, though we can be sure that if any one of the big Germans were to break ranks and extend theirs, Lexus would quickly follow suit. Conversely, the majority of Toyota customers are private and not corporate and, for this reason - and despite the company's good reputation for reliability - there must be growing pressure to bring the present five-year warranty closer to the seven or eight years offered by some Japanese competitors, notably Honda, but most enticingly by the Koreans, who seem to be basing much of their promotional activity on it. year warranty
  7. Apart from it being nobody's business but your own that you chose the same colour for your new car because you like it, I find it admirable that you didn't change just for the sake of it as many people do. It's also a good thing that people know you have a new car. I once changed a BMW325i for a new 328ix in the same silver colour, and, since these were the days when it was fashionable to order a car without identifying the model on the back, almost nobody noticed for several months. Rather perversely, I must admit, I would chuckle to myself whenever someone commented, as often happened, on how I kept the car looking so new. When they finally found out, I was accused of all sorts of things, especially about how I had been taking the p**s, but hopefully without having damaged too many long-term relationships.
  8. Nice car, looks like the twin of mine 😍! In the absence of reliably precise times, I'd largely agree with the above statement, certainly in terms of driver impression, though my own observation would be that, in Sport or Sport+ with the accelerator floored, the rate of acceleration tends to stabilise about halfway to the 100kmh mark, and does not perceptibly start to dip away do until you reach somewhere around 140>kmh. As well having sometimes done so myself, I have had passengers time me with the stop function of their wris****ches, and while the results have inevitably been distorted by inconsistencies if pedal pressure, personal reactivity etc. the RC has always clocked 0-100kmh times nearer to 8' than 9'. But although I think I have come close, I have never broken 8'. I should add that, in the interests of sparing the tyres, I've never tried to launch the car from a standstill with the loud pedal floored, preferring to roll for a few metres before stamping on it. I don't know what method or techniques Lexus and other manufacturers adopt for their declared results. Be all this as it may, my liking for the RC derives less from the quantification of performance, which is far from inadequate, than its nature, which is never less than pleasant. To this day, even though logic tells me that the IS300h declaredly beats the RC300h by 0.2' to 100kmh because it is a lighter car (a fact also reflected in better fuel consumption), I have not ceased to be amazed by the impression of superior dynamism and balance the RC transmits to the driver.
  9. I found all three generations of the IS in their 200, 250 and 300h versions to be equally reliable mechanically and, by and large, electronically. After three years’ ownership/75000km I came to regard the 300h as the best in terms of overall build and materials quality insofar as I experienced none of the more serious issues - all quickly resolved under warranty but very irritating at the time - affecting its predecessors, e.g. condensation-prone headlights, flaking body chrome, worn gear-knob in the 200, and corrosion-prone wheels in both of my two 250s. The only major problem (at least I considered it to be such) I had with the 300h was the marked tendency of the padding of the door-side bolster of the driver’s seat to flatten and sag and the leather to crease. This finally became so irritatingly unsightly as to lead me to bring my change of car forward by a few months. The only other issue I ever had with the 300h regarded a faulty tyre pressure sensor when the car was practically new. Because a replacement was not immediately available from stock I was obliged to leave for a month-long trip with the tyre warning permanently lit. This was extremely irritating but gave me something to curse at during periods of motorway boredom while at the same time discovering the car to otherwise be as predictably solid and reliable as any Lexus I had previously owned, and probably more pleasing.
  10. Never having had more than one adult passenger at a time in the back of the RC, and then usually only for short drives, I have rarely given the question of back-seat comfort much thought. And, of course, had rear spaciousness been a major issue I would not have bought the car in first place. However, the other day I was unlucky enough to be one of two back-seat passengers for a ride of about 20km in a C-Class coupé, and, without needing to analyse and compare Lexus' and MB's declared leg- and head-room measurements, which I would guess to be very similar, I quickly came to the conclusion that it would be best, unless they are below average in height and girth and blessed with an uncomplaining nature, to avoid carrying any passengers at all in the back of either car. My experiences in current-generation coupés that more or less compete with the RC had previously been limited to the Audi A5, which I found almost as cramped, and the E-Class which, on the other hand, I found to be almost as spacious as any normal four-door saloon - and which, if the price of optionals did not risk putting it beyond economic reach, would have to be the coupé of choice for any prospective owner who needs to carry passengers more than just occasionally. In this regard, I hate to admit it puts the RC very much in the shade.
  11. I have seen some amount of camber-related inner wear to the rear tyres in all generations of the IS, it having been sudden and severe (blistering and patches of exposed metal) only on one unexplained occasion with the 300h in the case of summers on their second seasonal stint at about 38000km (=24000 miles) into the car's life shared, until then, about 50/50 with winters, namely after about 18-19000km (=11500 miles). The wear on the summer rears of the RC after two stints totalling 31000km (19000 miles) certainly seems to have developed more slowly than I ever saw in any IS, and the winters that have just now entered their third stint after 18000km (=11000miles) were, I'm glad to say, showing no unevenness of wear whatsoever. Tread depths at the time of this last seasonal change were Summers (Dunlop SportMaxx) F 6mm/R 5mm and Winters (Pirelli Sottozero) F 7.5/R 7mm. Allowing for comparative mileages, these treads are in line with those reported by Peter, and I would think the very good result for the Pirellis is attributable to the largely dry and ice-free last couple of winters with temperatures favouring the tyres' maximum efficiency.
  12. I changed to winter tyres this morning and, noticing slight wear to the rear inner treads of the summers, had a four-wheel alignment done at the same time. Hopefully this will keep the problem at bay until I need to get new tyres. This was the first alignment in the car's two years of life/49000km (=30500 miles). I saw no wear at the time of the last seasonal change 12000km (=7500 miles) ago and none was reported when the car was serviced not long afterwards. Unless their car is going to be put on a lift sometime soon, it may therefore be a good idea for RC owners with similar mileages to mine to take a closer look at their tyres. Possible inner-tread wear is difficult to see because of the car's low clearance, so a pressing of cheeks (facial ones) to the ground might be required.
  13. Driving through Switzerland earlier this week I noticed what might be considered a flaw, albeit a very minor one, in the RC's fuel measuring/monitoring system. Seeing I had time to spare before an appointment on the other side of the Gotthard, I decided to indulge in a bit of nostalgia and take the steep and winding old road over the Pass instead of the customary quick but boring route through the Tunnel. As I neared the top of the climb, the low-fuel warning light came on - which I had been expecting. Then, when I was crossing the flat central section of the Pass some 1000-1200m later, it went out again - which I had not been expecting. I supposed this to be the effect of the fuel in the tank settling at a detectable level after sloshing about during the climb. I was thus reminded of past times when the fuel-gauges of cars that were far less sophisticated than those of today tended, as the tank gradually emptied, to twitch and tremble with every change of gradient, and especially in hairpin bends. The light came on again some 3000m further on during the descent, and remained on until I refuelled 25km later. I thought this episode worth reporting since it was the first time I ever saw the light go off - and stay off for an appreciable distance - after first coming on. I otherwise only recall similar but less extreme steep-gradient situations in an IS300h when the light may have flickered a few times before finally staying on. As a postscript I'll add that this was the first time I had done this sort of long climb and descent in the RC. I was not expecting the car to disappoint, and nor did it. While not aiming for tyre-squealing levels of speed, I did sustain a brisk rate of progress favoured by long stretches of well-nigh empty road. The car remained unruffled throughout. Uphill acceleration, usually in Sport+, was seamless; the steering was responsive, precise, and felt perfectly weighted; the stability in the numerous bends and curves was beyond reproach despite the amount of body-roll being not unexpectedly greater than I had previously experienced. The brakes may have begun to fade somewhat during the long descent, not dramatically but enough to dictate slower speeds and, had there been more of them, a longer distance from cars in front. Really, my only quarrel was with the PCS, which sounded off with disconcerting frequency because, before corrections of trajectory in tight bends, it would naturally identify high side-walls as collision risks. My initial intention to exploit what was a perfect opportunity to use the paddles more than I usually do was short-lived, for although I did occasionally favour downshifting on long downhill straights in order to spare the brakes, I generally preferred to look at the scenery and let the car do all the work.
  14. I used to be a bit irritated by the amount of attention the RC gets and must confess that to some extent I still am. But then again, I have noticed that it is the sort of car that puts a smile on the faces of its admirers, silent ones and talkative ones alike. I have rarely come across the sullen envy or reverse-snob dismissiveness that nice cars sometimes inspire. I suppose this is because people know that it is not a wildly expensive car despite its looks. Perhaps they regard it as an example of champagne on a beer budget while acknowledging that the beer is obviously a premium one.
  15. Great choice, and welcome to the sub-Forum. To judge by my own experience you are going to spend a lot of time just gazing at her sleek lines. I notice you wisely gave other cars in the park plenty of distance.