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  1. In my opinion the E-CVT is an amazing bit of engineering design and the best drivetrain for a relaxed drive. What you have to remember is the engine is not directly connected to the wheels so there is no correlation to engine revs (noise) and road speed. This makes it very quiet when cruising at high speeds as well as at lower speeds round town. It is very refined and easy to drive when you get used to it. There is always power when you want it but most of the time you just waft along. However if your daily commute includes three laps of the Nuremburg ring then you will be disappointed. The IS300h is not a sports car for enthusiastic drivers. Under harsh acceleration it can get noisy but with a 0-60 time of 8.5 seconds it will not be long before you are at legal speed limits and back off the revs making it quieter again. Sport mode is useful for overtaking as it gives extra power from the battery. Make your own mind up don’t take any notice of the reviews; motoring journalists don’t have the cars long enough to understand how to drive the E-CVT properly. 95% of the time it’s just great for getting from A to B in a relaxed way, and the cabin is a nice place to be. However if you want a quick blast on a quiet country road (if you can find one) you may find it disappointing. The F Sport has the same drive train as the other models it’s just a cosmetic difference. Dare to be different.
  2. The pre facelift base model (SE?) didn't have folding rear seats. But I expect the new model line up has them as standard across the range. Since when have car reviewers known what they are talking about with regards Lexus?
  3. I am not familiar with Lexus protect. My Gen 3 glasscoat was applied by the main dealer for around £300. It is a ceramic coating. When I had to use the smart insurance to get rid of a door scratch the repairer said that as I had the glasscoat the scratch had not penetrated the paint so could get the scratch out without repainting. I also use the glasscoat shampoo. Which costs a lot more than any shampoo I would put near my hair and hand wash using two buckets. The paint still has swirls in but stays clean for longer and still looks good after four years. Cleaned it yesterday.
  4. I took out smart insurance, used it once. Probably not worth it if you keep away from the shopping trolleys and supermarket car parks. But may give peace of mind. Gap insurance was cheaper via my own insurance. What I did have and would definitely have again is the ceramic paint protection Gen 3 glasscoat in my case. After four years the paint is still shiny and easy to clean well worth it to me. Not got a dash cam but notice insurance companies seem to ask if you have one now and after playing high speed dodgems on the motorway today I can see why it may be useful.
  5. My son (21) currently drives a classic mini on his own insurance and I am a named driver. I have my own insurance for my car. He is getting a different car for work but we are keeping the mini. What would be the best way to insure his new car and the mini? I thought that if he transferred his mini insurance to the new car including his no claims bonus and I took out a new policy for the mini and had him and me as named drivers would be the cheapest option, but it seems that a seconds car policy is very expensive for the mini even though it spends 95% of the time in a locked garage. Presumably because there is no no-claims bonus to apply to this second car. Any suggestion on the best way to proceed? Thanks Paul
  6. Advance trim has full leather heated/cooled seats with electric adjustment but not memory, also rear camera and parking sensors but only standard satnav.
  7. Filled up then stuck in Q for 1/2 mile. Average speed 3 MPH. [emoji3525]
  8. I would be interested in a comparison between MPG and average speed. Currently i'm getting 40 MPG as calculated by fuelly (53 on the dash) and 20 MPH average speed.
  9. Driving out the petrol station in EV mode does not count.
  10. I could probably have pushed them for paying for the pads and disks as they should not have needed replacing at this mileage. However as I mentioned in my first post, it is suggestive that the caliper that was faulty was at the same corner of the car that was repaired. There is no proof either way that this caused the fault or not, but as Lexus were not questioning this I felt that me paying for the disks and pads was a fair compromise. At least now I have it fixed and a new set of disks and pads that will last my lifetime of the car. Thanks to all for your comments/suggestions.
  11. Calliper replaced under warranty and I paid for the new disks and pads so I am happy with the outcome.
  12. Well, Lexus are quoting £777 to replace the offside front caliper and replace both disks and pads. I assume its all four front brake pads as the part listed is L04465-53040 (S74P9 Pad Kit, Disc). I think I will see if they can do anything under my extended warranty. Only done 33K miles.
  13. Hi, I recently took my car in to Lexus for a routine service (40k) and they said the brakes were binding on the front drivers side. They even did a nice video to prove it. Having jacked the car up myself I can confirm this wheel is harder to turn and does seem to be rubbing. I have not had a price of them yet for the work. Would it be covered under the extended warranty? However I recently had some minor damage on the wheel arch repaired by my insurance company (at their repair shop) which included replacing the front wing and black wheel arch liner. I don't think the damage would have affected the brakes but can't prove it either way. Could Lexus use this as an excuse not to honor the warranty and would binding brakes be covered under warranty anyway? Thanks Paul
  14. My 2015 Advance has standard nav (Dial), parking sensors and a camera. Specs change year by year and over different trim levels. Decide what equipment you need and check the spec before purchase. Do not assume it will have it.
  15. I thought the advance model being non premium satnav was dealer only update for £££££
  16. Hi Javed, welcome to the forum. The MPG depends on a lot of things, you driving style, speed, distance, weather etc. but I think you will improve on 38 mpg. Take a look at fuelly to see what others are getting, Paul
  17. Its actually a ploy by Lexus. If the motoring press was constantly singing the praises of the brand, then everyone would want one, and it would loose the appeal of being different. Not everyone can be in the enlightened minority.
  18. Having to dim the daytime running lights to be able to see the indicator seems like a design fault to me and why would you want to copy Audi. Not a fan of sequential indicators myself, but each to their own.
  19. Not had this issue, sometimes there can be problems with larger USB sticks and I think they have to be formatted FAT32. I play music via Bluetooth from my phone. I have recently noticed that if I listen to music at home and stop half way through a track, in the car it will restart from the beginning of the track.
  20. The only reason to use super unleaded in the IS300h is to boost the profits of the petrol companies.
  21. Had similar issues on a mini. Was the throttle position sensor. Can you read the ecu fault codes. That will tell you what sensor is not working.
  22. Just ordered a pair of Desno wiper blades from Euro Car Parts, they have an end of month sale - 50% off.
  23. I have a 65 plate Advance. It has leather heater/cooled seats, reversing camera and front/rear parking sensors, standard SatNav (not premier), 17 inch wheels. I believe the SE is the base model and has fabric seats and no split/folding rear seat. SatNav may be an option and 16 inch wheels and £0 road tax. I am not sure of the differences between the executive and luxury. Then their is the premier (top spec) and F Sport. or sport. Hope that helps Paul