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  1. The Mark Levinson system on our 2015 is OK, nothing to get mega excited over. Part of the problem I think is more the lack of physical space in the IS so the sound staging never sounds right. The Mark Levinson system on a RX loaner was much better, and again in our SUV the sound staging is just better as there is more space. I get the feeling the Mark Levinson system in the IS is like a home HiFi system setup in a box room, it doesn't matter how good the speakers are if you haven't got the physical space to work with it never sounds quite right.
  2. From what I understand the Prius is an easy target because the cat is located at the back end of the exhaust. On the IS the cat is just behind engine, a much harder place to access. Am also pretty sure you need a low profile (bigger) jack to get under the IS, where a Prius is easier to lift. Finally for every IS300H a potential thief sees they will have seen half a dozen Prius as well, so why would they go for a harder to steal target when lots of easier targets available.
  3. Well if you want to bet against EVs Tesla stock is the most shorted US stoc, so plenty of people are willing Tesla to fail. Time will tell how things go, but early impressions of the Y from a Model 3 owner is they cannot wait to swap their Model 3 for a Model Y. The price point and market position of the Y is right on target for the likes of the X3/X5, Q3/Q5, and NX/RX. BMW, Audi, Lexus can make excuse about no one wanting a saloon for dismal 3 series/IS sales.......If I was to bet come next year this time I think they will all be scrabbling around like headless chickens trying to get a product to compete with the Model Y, and not all of these household names are going to survive the up and coming bum fight when the music finally stops on quantitative easing.
  4. That figure alone is astounding, a car company that didn't make a single car till 2008, and currently only has 3 models in their lineup two of which starts at $100k is achieving 2/3 the volume of alternative fuel cars sales of Toyota, one of the biggest car manufacturers on the planet.......So who is the bigger threat to who?? As for fuel cost, our Tesla still costs me £0 to refuel at a Tesla Supercharger and about £6 to refuel at home. Ionity increasing their prices just demonstrates how far ahead Tesla are of the competition. Incidentally there are currently less than half a dozen Ionity charging sites in the UK, versus so many Tesla Supercharger sites I've lost count. There are challenges to Tesla, Toyota/Lexus are not it. And the more Toyota wastes their time with the Mirai the more danger they will face in the future. Nokia phone sales actually peaked in 2007, hitting 50% market share in Q4, the same time when Apple first launched their iPhone. No big tech analyst at the time would have predicted what happened next......At the rate Tesla is catching up to Toyota in the US, Toyota executives need to be worried, but like Nokia I suspect the realization they haven't adapted in time may come too late!
  5. And the Y is nearly here...You have to hope Lexus has a plan to counter it in the US this year!
  6. Lexus needs to get a move on with what ever they ate planning.....Time is ticking, the Model 3 has destroyed US saloon sales for everyone else (BMW shifted only 66k 3/4 series less than last year, despite it been a brand new model). Lexus may not care about the IS, but the NX/RX makes up most of Lexus sales. At around £45k starting price the Y is pitched directly at the NX/RX. Add in 7 seater despite been smaller than a RX, bigger boot than a RX, 0-60 times NX/RXs can only dream off, 3p per mile fuel costs, the Y is likely to do the same in the SUV sector as the 3 to the saloon sector........ And its nearly here!!! The Y has already got California certification for sales to start, so I expect first US delivers are only weeks away. RHD deliveries will be 12-18 months behind, but I expect by Easter 2021 we'll be seeing the Y on UK roads, our IS would be 6 years by than, but compared to a Y its going to fell like its 60 years old!!
  7. Quite shocking to see Lexus IS sales US is now sub 15K for the whole year, Tesla sold 158K Model 3s in the US this year following on from 139K year before. Given Lexus/Toyota's conservative approach to tech there is zero chance the IS can catch Model 3 sales in the US any time soon - if ever. Electrifying the next NX to compete with the Model Y is the best thing Lexus can do right now, but they better get a move on because all the signs are Tesla is on the verge of laughing the Y in the US for mass production before summer of this year. The NX/RX is what's keeping Lexus going at the moment, the Model Y will be a direct competitor in that market for both price, utility, and target consumers. Infact if Tesla call really pull of 7 seats in the Y and keep the price under control (ie not $100K+ like for the X) its going to cause carnage in the US premium SUV segment!
  8. The 340i is actually putting out far more than 375bhp at the crank, they are almost certainly 375whp given how easily they can out run every other car in the small saloon class. Where as the IS300H will be barely 200whp. The OP is considering both, for similar money you are getting close to double the power, that before the poor driverbility of a Toyota Prius drivetrain versus one that's good enough for a M3. On a twisty B road the 340i will be out of sight within a few corners, BMW knows how to make small fast saloons better than anyone else, its their bread and butter. OP asked about performance saloons/hot hatches, on that front the 340i is a better car than the IS300H by a country mile in every department expect for reliability and fuel consumption.
  9. @B80 If you haven't driven a 340i don't write it off until you have. In terms of performance it really does make the IS300H look like a 1.0 Fiesta, and that's without even taking into account the awful power delivery of the IS300H in comparison. Yes the IS300H is like a mountain when it compares to reliability but sometimes in life you just need to take a bit of risk!! The 340i isn't just fast, its properly quick.
  10. Infiniti are pulling out of Europe though, so soon these cars will have no official manufacture support. Though most Nissan garages should still be able to work on them.
  11. The BMW blown straight 6 really is one of the best combustion power plant ever made. I've seen them been dyno to 600whp with upgraded internals. Its the pinnacle of the combustion engine without going into Supercar territory, which partly why I moved over to EVs. Once you have seen/owned the best there is its time to move on and try something different.
  12. Well if you think a 530d is a benchmark for a 'quick' car that says it all :). My wife loves our IS, but she barely knows its RWD. The IS handles fine but the powertrain is utter rubbish if you're really pressing on. To really drive quickly on a B road you need confidence in knowing how much push the engine will give when your existing a corner, add in wet roads, adverse camber, RWD, without trust in the power delivery of the drive train you simply cannot enjoy the car. I could make 'steering' adjustments in my old 335i, 350Z, DC2 Teg mid corner using my right foot, try that in a IS300H and all you get is lag and unpredictability. If you think a IS300H pulls well than I don't know what you will make of the pull in a Golf R or similar, and the R isn't even quick anymore by modern standards. Try a full fat P Tesla and than go back go the IS, shopping trolley is not bad description once you have actually driven a car with a powertrain designed for performance. For anyone who really wants performance on the cheap If you ever get on to the Autobahn the 'pull' of the BMW blown straight 6 at 100mph+ is phenomenal, even matching Supercars with a few mods. A used N54 335i with mods is one of the performance bargains of the past decade, it woudlnt be reliable but it'll make Lambos look mundane, and for alot less cash. For sub £20k nothing else comes close. The IS300H is a fine car, but to pretend its a performance car you are just lying to yourself.
  13. Am sorry some of you guys clearly haven't driven something like a 340i at anything close to full throttle if you think a IS300H offers any where near the performance of a modern high powered saloon/hatchback. My last car was a 335i which was modded to 380whp (over 400bhp at the crank). Though the IS300H isn't slow, but the difference in performance between a Golf R, S3/S4, 340i and the IS is night and day. The IS is super reliable, and extremely smooth when used for commuting/pottering around, but push the drivetrain to over 7/10 and its awful. The throttle lag is horrible, the power delivery inconsistent, and when the small battery runs out there is a noticable drop in acceleration. If you want fun to drive the German cars are in a different league, but if you want reliability than the IS is way ahead. I wouldn't cross shop between a 340i/Golf R and the IS300H, two completely different breed of cars aimed at different target audience. My old 335i was the 2nd most unreliable car I have ever owned, and even though it nearly left us stranded in the middle of an Alpine pass when it developed an oil leak on a 2000 mile European road trip I loved that car, quite simply the best combustion car I had the pleasure of owning. Our IS300H is used by my wife to commute to work, nothing has broken in 5 years and its still even on original factory tyres. Though in that time its barely done 28k miles, that fact alone should tell you how much we like driving in it. Both are great in their own right, if I was make a comparison to my Uni days, one is like the mate who is sensible on a night out, will make sure you get home not too late and call a taxi. The other is the one who pulls a bottle of Vodka out of their pocket even before you get to town, and you wake up the next wondering why there is a ladder next your window and a pot plant on the roof......Chalk and cheese. As others have already suggested forget the IS300H, look for a ISF, or even the GSF.
  14. Because the IS300H has a rubbish drive train and power delivery to really take advantage of a mechanical LSD. The torque curve is so unpredictable and throttle lags varies from a little to 2-3 seconds I doubt Lewis Hamilton could control one in a drift even if you could 100% disable the TC - which you cannot. Remeber when F1 cars first had hybrid engines and all the F1 drivers were moaning about 'driverbility', thats the IS300H. If you want a drift car and slide around corners (why else do you want a LSD) there are plenty of other cars to choose, a IS300H isn't designed for that purpose.
  15. Trust me I've tried to get it do donuts........180 was as far as I could get it to do without cutting the power. An LSD may have helped, the nanny TC system was impossible to fully turn off :(.
  16. How are you managing any kind of wheel spin? On ice/snow with the TC off I still couldn't get our IS300H to do a 360 spin, the TC is never really off an cuts in as soon as you get any where near a 180 spin. Am also not sure why you want a LSD on a 300H. The power delivery is totally unpredictable, even after nearly 5 years of ownership I have no idea when peak power will arrive when I go WOT. Adding a LSD + disabling the TC with the level of unpredictable power delivery means you will be facing the traffic in wrong lane very quickly! If you really want a LSD though, am sure Quaife can help, but you really have to ask why?
  17. And that's why Tesla is far ahead on web/true internet connectivity. Elon Musk made his first million selling his start up web news bot, and his second million with PayPal. That was back in the age of Netscape etc. Tesla is a technology company that is learning very quickly how to build cars. Where as Lexus is the otherway round. The whole company cultral approach to technology integration between Tesla and Lexus couldn't be more different - For good and bad. Our Tesla without internet connection almost feels as useful as a smart phone with no data connection, it really is more like a giant computer on wheels rather than a car that happens to have a few ECUs. Lexus couldn't implement the level of internet integration Tesla does ever, its simply not in how the company thinks/works.
  18. I presume you also like to go back to living in caves and hunting for your own food ;). According to my car its -1 currently, yet I cannot remember last time I had to go out in the cold to scrape the windscreen. As for security, feel free to go and download the Tesla App on your phone and see how far you get trying to steal one. Tesla have been using this App since 2012, the cheapest Model 3 in the UK is £42k with a Ludicrous X costing £120k, if you can hack the App you have found your self a money maker, so go for it :). As for battery dying, its an electric car, I've long learnt how to manage battery life on all kinds of products. Oh and what happens if you loss your key, how do you get into your car? I can just borrow anyones phone and be driving again in minutes :). If you find the phone App such a hard concept to get, wait till smart summon is allowed in the UK....... But its all good, because the chance of Lexus been able to implement such tech in the next IS really is 0%, so if you want to be stuck using 1980s UI Lexus has you covered!
  19. @chris1601 I have a key fob for our X, but the Model 3 is all done via your phone though you get a smart card to use in emergencies. Tesla is suppose to be updating the software on the X at some stage so it can also work just via the phone. The mobile App is almost separate, you can login to your car, unlock, pre-heat, remote start, track, even smart summon (in the US), from any phone any where in the world as long as you have your login details. My wife has actually driven the car when I left it parked near her work by remote unlocking/start using her phone App. The App security is like any other banking/account based app on your phone, when you open the App you have to either unlock using biometric passkey or enter the login details. Anyone can download the Tesla app from the app store, but clearly unless you have a Tesla account with cars linked in its pretty useless :). You can also use the App to look at/control all other Tesla products linked to the account, in my case our current X (including a previous one which was written off) and PowerWall, if in future we were to buy another Tesla it would also appear on the App. The chances of Lexus been able to implement such connectivity for the next IS is 0%.
  20. ^Hehe whilst I hope the exact opposite, no reason why your smart phone can act as the key theses days, and ofcourse linked with a decent App which allows for stuff like pre heating the car. But given the total lack of functionality phone integration our current IS has, I would say the chances of going backwards to a physical key is more likely than Lexus been able to implement a truly connected car :).
  21. The Tesla Model 3 has decimated BMW 3 series sales in the US, even though the 3 series is a brand new model. When 0% BIK kicks in here in the UK come April next year I suspect the same thing will happen here in the UK. Although I have reservations about going fully electric due to our occasional long trips, buying another brand new car with a petrol engine is just completely crazy. If Lexus wants to stay a big brand player (especially in the US), they need a full line of EVs ASAP. The RX sales figures will soon be under major pressure as Audi/Merc/BMW start ramping up with EV SUV offerings, along with Ford/Lincoln etc. I can see why Toyota/Lexus go for the conservative approach, as they value reliability above all other things, where as our Tesla is literally like a test car, parts are constantly been upgraded/redesigned and than retrofitted. However been so conservative in a very fast changing auto industry could be a dangerous thing to do. Despite over a dozen warranty visits over 2 years, our Tesla has done 31k miles, where as our nearly 5 year old Lexus has only done 27k. If we were forced to go down to one car, its the Lexus that would be sold without a second thought. If you forced us to buy another car today to replace the IS300H, it will almost certainly by a LR Tesla Model S. The current IS300H is in a golden period and still very relevant today as diesels are been banished, but EVs don't quite have the charging network or range 100% of the time. The next IS needs to be much more foward looking.
  22. The Lexus hybrid drivetrain is the same tech as found in the Prius which is the backbone of MiniCab companies world wide, that tells you all you need to know about reliability. Ours don't do massive miles, but after nearly 5 years of ownership its been faultless with the engine bay looking almost identical to the day we picked it up. Don't worry about the hybrid/EV modes, just think of it been like a petrol car that can achieve diesel levels of efficiency!
  23. I doubt Lexus are expecting high sales, but its a good step in the right direction. Showed my wife today and if hopefully the next IS will also be an EV, which I think she will happily swap into.
  24. Really been looking forwards to see what Lexus can do on the EV front. The UXe is clearly a first gen EV product, with a 50kWh battery there is no way it'll do 250 miles, even 200 miles will be a struggle for it. But that will change with the next EV Lexus brings to market - hopefully with a bespoke EV platform. Our Tesla has needed this list of things fixing at 2 year old car and 30k. 1: Drivers side A pillar rebuilt 2: New sun visors 3: New steering wheel 4: New door latches FWD 5: New door motor passenger side 6: New rear hatch latch 7: New FWD sensors 8: New drivers seat 9: New front suspension links 10: New front drive shafts 11: New key fobs 12: New MCU screen 13: UV treatment for new MCU screen. In addition, the driver door latch got stuck a few weeks ago and I couldn't close the door, and the front lower suspension links is now making a knocking noise!! In contrast our IS300H has been faultless at nearly 5 years old, and if you open the bonnet its looks still brand new but just a covering of dust you would expect if you leave anything uncleaned for 5 years!! We did have a Model 3 on order but cancelled it, am glad to see Lexus has finally joined the EV movement. We're happy to wait another few years and see how Lexus EVs develop, our IS300H will am sure go on and on and on, so no worries not that front with no rush to replace it.
  25. Not for the type of cells used in these cars (or any current hybrid or EVs). Just drive the car like you would any other when it comes to gentle acceleration/deceleration and your see 45mpg+ all day long, on M-ways runs at legal speed+10% your see 50mpg, go 10% below the speed limit and your see 60mpg. Overall half sensible driving should see 45mpg longterm on the IS300H, the most important factor in mpg is not the car but the driver, go haring up every traffic light in order to practice an emergency stop and your be lucky to see 30mpg, when I took a loaner IS300H sport out for a blast my favourite local B roads I saw less than 20mpg. At the same time I've seen nearly 50mpg from my old Nissan 350Z which had a NA V6 petrol on a long run..... ....but on a the same local B roads, not much better than 10mpg if you're really going for it :). If your not getting over 40mpg in a IS300H on a day to day basis, you need to see where how you can adapt your driving technique.