Martin J

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    Martin
  • Lexus Model
    NX300h Luxury
  • Year of Lexus
    2015
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Yorkshire

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  1. Martin J

    Should i go for the NX?

    I think the NX is pretty quiet for a large-ish SUV. In particular there is very little drivetrain noise unless you accelerate really hard, and it's whisper-quiet around town. Occasionally I find wind noise noticeable at high speed, but that's a reflection of the quietness of the rest of the car. Tyres are a factor - as soon as my original Bridgestone front tyres were worn I switched to Michelins all round (CrossClimates) and they've reduced road noise still further. In its road test of the original 2014 NX, Autocar found that the cabin was as quiet at 70mph as a diesel Jaguar F-Pace at 30mph, so objectively it's a quiet car. In all other respects, I think the NX is outstanding, and its combination of sharp looks, reliability and low emissions is hard to beat.
  2. Martin J

    Ok, I’m in love with the ES

    Congrats on your purchase. It looks great outside! Had a quick look at your car when I was in the dealership a couple of weeks ago - the ES looks terrific in the metal. Will be really interested to hear how you get on with it over the next few months; and in particular how it compares with the NX, as I'm considering an ES when the time comes to change. Have enjoyed the NX's high driving position, however, so some mixed feelings about moving back to a saloon.
  3. These comments are spot on. I was unfortunate enough to be "given" a DSG-equipped Skoda Octavia by a rental company on holiday recently. It was diabolical, to the extent that I found myself wishing I'd rented a cheaper manual car. It was particularly horrible at low speeds in town. And yet the motoring press rarely have anything but praise for them. The Toyota/Lexus hybrid system is vastly superior in real-world driving, in my view.
  4. Martin J

    NX Hybrid engine.

    Hi David. There's a long thread on fuel economy here. Over 35K, mine is averaging around 41 mpg. I would be surprised if many diesel X3/Q5/GLC owners are getting more than this in mixed driving.
  5. Martin J

    The First Lexus EV

    Autoguide notes the trademark registration of UX300e. (Looking forward to the next-gen NX400e to take on the Tesla Model Y). https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2018/12/trademark-filing-could-signal-fully-electric-lexus-ux300e.html
  6. No thanks, not even as a gift. While the infotainment may be better than Lexus's, the drivetrain technology is antediluvian. Most of the engines burn heavy oil, and all of them still have "starter motors" 😂. Honestly, it's 2018 JLR! Having the iPace as halo model doesn't excuse the failure to electrify other new models. And the NX still looks better, but aesthetics are subjective.
  7. Martin J

    New NX Proposed purchase.

    Hi David. There's plenty of honest owner information on the forum. I agree that reviews by professional motoring journalists with an obsessive interest in handling on the limit are of doubtful value, especially when it comes to hybrids, which most of them just don't get. I can say after 3 years or so that the NX has been an outstanding car, with faultless reliability and good fuel economy for a near 2-tonne SUV (my lifetime average is around 41 mpg). If you decide to go with the NX, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
  8. Martin J

    Lexus UX prices

    These prices are higher by about £2-3K than I would have expected, with a big NX overlap. The NX Luxury looks spectacularly good value by comparison.
  9. Martin J

    Rattle

    Hope Steven's rattle has stayed away, but mine turned out to be two. After eliminating the seat belt mounting cover rattle, a residual chattering noise turned out to be the passenger-side plastic underbody tray I'd suspected originally. It's not very securely located on the passenger side, with just a single clip which seems to have loosened. At low speeds on rough roads it generates a noise by bouncing against the floor plan, and at higher speeds even on smooth roads it's probably moving due to aerodynamic forces on the leading edge. I was reluctant to attach any other fastener which might damage the undercoating, but some double sided tape just behind the leading edge has eliminated it completely. And amazingly, it's stayed stuck during a recent 2500 mile trip to Italy and back. This strikes me as something of a design flaw - would be interested to know if post-facelift cars have some play in this undertray. Anyway, Lexus-like silence now resumed. choose files... Click to choose files
  10. As a former Prius owner I can vouch for this. When I got mine in 2005 I was amazed at how easy it was to leave hot hatchbacks standing at the lights. They'd pull alongside, and then appear to be snatched backwards as if on a giant elastic band as they attempted to change from 1st to 2nd.. Not that I made a habit of it, of course. (Almost) full torque from zero revs is one of the nice features of the Toyota/Lexus hybrid system.
  11. Hesitate to wade into this passionate discussion, but I want to stress that for at least one Lexus owner, the availability of a hybrid drivetrain was the primary reason for getting into the brand. I think the Toyota/Lexus hybrid system is brilliant, blending mechanical simplicity with sophisticated software to liberate the internal combustion engine to work at its most efficient, while delivering low-speed refinement that was previously only available in very expensive luxury cars, and doing so with outstanding reliability. However creamy a non-hybrid V6/V8/V12 might be, I never want to own a car with something as crude as a starter motor again. Drivers – and in particular motoring journalists – who’ve been used to conventional transmissions seem unable to get their heads round the idea that an internal combustion engine’s speed might vary with road speed in a non-linear way. But once you’ve accepted that, the planetary power-split gearset and the associated software take care of the rest. Some of the hybrid system’s overall efficiency comes from letting the ICE run in its most efficient operating zones, as well as the recovery of kinetic energy under braking. As a hybrid purist, I’m somewhat sceptical about the added complexity Lexus is introducing by trying to simulate conventional drivetrains with virtual gears, paddle shifters and two-stage transmissions. Though I'd happily accept the extended loan of an LC500h to explore this further. This just a way of saying that I don’t think all or even most IS/GS/RC/NX300h owners reluctantly settled for hybrids just because of the tax breaks. Some of us love the way they drive.
  12. As someone who is seriously contemplating an ES300h as their next car (alongside the 2020 2NX), I wonder if the time has come for the administrators to set up an ES forum for discussion of specs, trims, reviews, etc, separate from these discussions generated by the demise of the GS?
  13. I thought that the ES300h A25A-FXS engine was a new direct injection design to go with the TNGA platform, or whatever Lexus call their implementation of it. Presumably this engine will make its way into the next NX. On the ES performance data, I'd be happy with the kind of figures being quoted. But I would like to see the NX's E-four AWD system as an option for the ES.
  14. Martin J

    Front Tyres for NX 300h Luxury

    There's a big recent thread on NX tyres. I warmly recommend the CrossClimateSUVs: lower road noise, better ride, terrific wet grip. My rears were only half-worn but I changed all 4 to maximise the benefit.
  15. Martin J

    Rattle

    Over the last few thousand miles my NX has developed an annoying chattering-type rattle from somewhere low on the passenger side. At first I thought it was coming from underneath the car, and I noticed that the plastic moulding intended to smooth the airflow under the body is not very securely located, and suspected that. But it turned out to be the plastic cover for the lower front passenger seatbelt mounting, which had enough freedom of movement to knock against the B-pillar trim. Some felt applied to the B-pillar trim has eliminated it. No idea why (i) it should wait until 25K miles to appear, or (ii) why the driver's side doesn't do it. PS sorry to start a thread - I thought there'd been a general NX rattles thread but couldn't find it. Perhaps there haven't been enough rattles.