ganzoom

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About ganzoom

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    Gang
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    2014
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  1. These seats have had 36k of use, man made leather, one has had an ISOFIX kid seat on it the whole time, also been exposed to wee and poo (not the drivers seat ;)). I see no issues with artificial leather unless you really hate cows and want to sit on their dead skins.
  2. Shark fin was added to Premiere spec in 2015, than a bigger facelift in 2017. But no real significant changes in these cars over the years.
  3. ACC was part of the 'safety pack' which cost £2.5k new. Very few cars have it, and we really wanted ACC+crash avoidance so ended up ordering new. It works OK at Mway speeds, but doesn’t work below 30mph. The lane depature warning is not all that useful. The most useful feature is rear cross alert sensors which really help when reversing out into busy roads.
  4. Had ours since new, 2015, Premier spec, tyres replaced at 27k, MOT/Service by local independent every year. Zero issues since taking delivery, never ever uses a single drop of oil even. You really don't need to worry at all about these cars, especially compared to brands like BMW/Merc/Audi. Our is so cheap to run/own we have no intention of replacing it now for the next 5 years, its also why used prices have held up so well.
  5. But why are you even bothering with the faff of it all?? I haven't figured anything remotely useful the Lexus connected drive is meant to do to be worth the effort needed to keep the car 'connected'.
  6. Ignoring how behind Lexus is with connected tech compared to rivals is just putting your head in the sand. Even with all the faffing and errors with Lexus connected services, what actual functionality do you gain for the effort?? Our IS300H is a 2015 car, our Tesla a 2017 car, 2 years difference on paper but about 20 years difference in connected tech. I log into my Tesla App via biometric input - just like all my banking apps etc. The App will now tell me when a software update is ready for the car (When did Lexus last update the infotainment system on the IS?), and I can even launch the update process direct from the phone. ] Tesla also recently launched smart summon Europe. Its handicapped by EU regulations at the moment, but watching/controlling a 3 ton SUV with your smartphone is now possible......Whilst everytime I get into our IS, all I see is 'Error download couldn't be done' message, am not even sure what its downloading. There are many good things about our IS300H, but having seen how 'connected' services SHOULD be done in this day and age of tech, I done even bother with the IS. The title of this tread is very appropriate, just forget about the whole 'connected' feature on the IS and your life will be much happier :).
  7. Much more reasonable than I thought:).
  8. Why did it cost £700 for a routine service? Can you post the bill breakdown? I really struggle to see why main dealer servicing is so over priced.
  9. No, not without taking wheels, seat post off, and twisting around handle bars, and with rear bench flat.
  10. Look on the bright side, given the reliability of the IS, cheap running costs, unlikely to be banned due to emissions, and now lack of new stock, used priced will stay very firm, which is good for us existing owners.
  11. You have been saying this almost since I joined the forum and got our IS 🙂 I'm hoping our IS replacement wouldn't be for a while yet, which will allow us to save up. The Taycan looks amazing but the price range is crazy, the e-Tron GT might be more affordable. If Audi can deliver this design in production form it'll be a very hard to resist, and my be our first ever VAG product.
  12. This is what's been built in a German forest right now..... And this the product that the factory will churn out in 10Ks.... .....and this is how much discount the Germany government is going to give you for buying one.... https://www.google.com/amp/s/electrek.co/2020/06/04/germany-boost-ev-incentives-9000-euros-helping-tesla-model-3-vw-id-3/amp/ Lexus are fast running out of time to come up with a decent EV to compete in the premium market. Audi are about to go on full attack with the eTron sports back and GT pretty much ready, BMW will have the electric X3, Mercedes the EQ range. If Lexus thinks a plug in NX will compete in this market landscape just by using the phrase 'self charging' they are going to see their customer base melt away. Our IS300H is a fantastic reliable car, but we aren't keeping it because we love more than any other car, we are keeping it because it's cheap own and we rather use spare capital on a house renovation right now. Ask to me where I would put £40k right now into a new car and it woudlnt be another combustion car. The conservative nature o Lexus really is going to struggle in the brave new world of EVs, our Tesla maybe unreliable but since we took delivery in 2017 its got: • quicker at charging - peaking at 120KW rather than 100KW • faster 0-60 time, 4.9second from 6 seconds • can now use CCS rapid charging • new features like driver entry/pin lock to drive/more phone app features etc etc • Very soon itll have a new Autopilot computer retrofitted to potentially allow for FSD • If I wanted to I can pay for a full media unit retrofit to allow for YouTube/Netflix media to play on the 17inch screen Our IS300H on the other hand remains the same car as it was at delivery- with slightly less laggy sat nav. Lexus seem to have little USP apart from reliability at the moment, and on balance for me (and I suspect many others), innovation will trump reliability on the premium car front. What's interesting is the same company that builds our unreliable X is also the same company that just launched 2 astronauts into space whilst landing the booster rocket on a ship. So I suspect if Elon Musk really wanted to focus on improving Tesla reliability they could do it in a very short period of time, building resuable rockets I would think demands much more quality control than any car. But can anyone here see Lexus ever been as innovative as a company like Tesla??? Lexus really needs to get a grip on their brand image, because for the next generation growing current there is only one car brand they care about, and even though Tesla doesn't spend a $ on conventional advertising when the international media show off your products constantly why would you need to :). This is what Lexus is competing against in the premium sectors, the biggest disruptor to the car industry for a centry, VAG got it a while ago, Mercedes gets it, even Ford understands by trying to move their Mustand brand to EVs, Lexus response so far has been to stick some batteries in the UX and call it a day.
  13. Just aware if you get a Model 3 you woudlnt get reliability or exclusivilty ;).
  14. Asking for £500 for a service I would expect more than a 'free' puncture repair!!! Why did they take 4hrs for a service?? BMW main dealers quotes less time than that for a turbo change on a 335i!! It still amazes me everyone is so happy to pay these kind of rates at main dealers. If a con man came to your house and asked you to hand over £500 for a job that costs about £50 in materials would you pay up or call the police?? Yet we are all happy, almost grateful when main dealers do exactly that??
  15. BMW US sold 47k 3 series in 2019, Tesla sold 157k Model 3s in the same time period. More importantly Germany has introduced a €6k EV discount, here in the UK EV BIK tax rates are around 0%. We aren't replacing our IS300H anytime soon (it's too reliable), but the new car market is very clearly moving to EVs. Apparently after incentives the base VW ID will come in at just €21k, and the new Mini E is cheaper than a petrol Mini Copper!! As EVs start to reach price parity with combustion cars sales are going to shift very quickly to EVs. Toyota/Lexus are been very very slow in their EV offerings.