Killysprint

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  1. Have to disagree - even though it’s a bigger car In the twisties with the wick turned up on the TVD, the GSF drives much better than the ISF. Feedback through the steering and the confidence it gives you is far superior. day to day there’s no competition the GSF is more comfortable and eats the miles easier than the ISF. The ISF was more sneaky and slipped under the radar, didnt attract any attention.
  2. Here you go. Pics of the front spoiler and the dark chrome surround
  3. Initial bite and feel is better than the originals. they seem to produce less dust too, which is great as the std wheels are a pain in the bum to clean!
  4. I might be wrong, but servicing on Lexus is mileage related (10000 / 12000 can’t remember which) or yearly - whichever comes first. Lexus (and Toyota) don’t have the extended mileage or mileage dependant servicing like the VAG group. Because the car doesn’t seem to have the history the age requires i’d check the t+c of the warranty..... My lads gt86 has to be serviced +\- 1 month or +\- 1000 miles of the requirements to maintain the warranty (5 years) so I would presume Lexus would be the same. Pragmatically it makes sense to ensure the car is seen regularly and checked to allow them to offer the long warranty period. I stand corrected if I’m wrong. Getting back to the blue GSF, taking a step back why spank £60-70k on a car and not service it to the manufacturers recommended intervals??? like someone has already said move along - there’ll be another one for sale soon, that’s been looked after and cared for.
  5. Changed to EBC reds around 2000 miles ago - since day one brake squealing has disappeared.
  6. Done nearly 1000 miles over the last 5 days - including some very “spirited” driving in the highlands. Must admit impressed with the performance of the EBC reds, now they’re well and truly bedded in, bite is much better than the std pads and dusting seems to be less. And no squealing. Had a cracking drive today, from Dornach via Bonar Bridge to Kylesku. Spot of lunch at the Kylesku Hotel - very good very fresh seafood, then headed north up the coast and back over the tops via Loch Shin and Lairg back to Dornach. Some absolutely amazing roads and stunning, take your breath away scenery. Class.
  7. All done and dusted. Old pads had about 3mm left on them. Just above the wear indicator. Were a cinch to change, thoroughly cleaned callipers while the wheels were off. First impressions are good, initial bite seems to be better than the OEM pads. It remains to be seen if this continues.....
  8. 33,000. Pads arriving tomorrow. Will get them fitted thurs or fri.
  9. Noticed my front pads were looking a bit thin.(like the top of my head but not like the rest of me.....) Ordered a set for mine today. Good to hear someone having a positive experience with alternative pads. Pad kit was £493 and change from Lexus. However this Includes wear indicators which are £140 each if bought separately. EBC redstuff were £112 for the pads only. looking at the us forum, they suggest the wear indicator flags at 2mm of pad left. So will whip them off and change them as soon as they arrive from EBC, so I can reuse the existing wear sensors. i let you know how I get on!
  10. Prices and demand for GSF seem to be on the up!! this last one was 6 months older, ok 5k less miles (and a red interior uuuurrrgggh).....than mine and advertised for £6k more than I paid 7 months and 5k miles in and I’m really happy with the change from the ISF, which was a Great great car. As with the ISF, I normally get itchy feet within 6 months and start thinking of what’s next. The logical choice after the ISF, which I kept for 2 1/2 years, about a year longer than usual, was after considering all the usual suspects a GSF. The GSF is a proper car. Quick (not mental but quick enough), handles and rides well, bank vault build quality, 2wd which means that the steering is uncorrupted by not having to drive the car too, and so far been totally reliable. And service at the local dealer has been faultless. im lucky I’ve got other more focussed stuff I can drive, but I still get a buzz taking the GSF for a blast up the A696/A68 early on a weekend morning where I run out of talent way before it does! I’m off on the north coast 500 with my son in a couple of weeks and we’re taking the GSF, rather than one of the other cars, as I’m so convinced of it’s abilities. It is a cracking bit of kit. I know that the competition from the Germans will cover the ground a lot quicker and have more visceral performance (my colleagues RS5 carbon is nuts off the line!!) but I’m convinced that as an overall package the GSF offers more to the driver. long may the Deserved demand for the cars continue, especially while I’ve still got mine!!! and hopefully depreciation remains at the glacial level I had with ISF...... but what next......?????
  11. Spotted today at the IWM Duxford. Anyone on here ?? Was down there “working”. Incredible day watching the WWII war birds practicing for the air show at the weekend. What a place.
  12. Not the usual transit diesel rattley old tat under the bonnet. This goes quite well with a tuned crate LS3 V8.....and a manual gearbox. With Around 525hp, it gives the odd hairdresser a fright.
  13. Think the Lexus Newcastle car has sold, or one of the sales team is using it to run around in..... Just seen it tootling around town. Looks good in titanium.
  14. Like all dealers they’re there to make money, first and foremost. They have “customer service” staff and complimentary coffee to pay for, marble to polish and acres of glass to keep clean - all this doesn’t come cheap. however the prices especially for the brakes are unbelievable. Even here in the impoverished north I’d like to wager the hourly rate charged is at £130+ per hour plus vat. Certainly the useless bastards at the local Mercedes dealers charge that for a std non-AMG car. I don’t see how they can come to those prices even considering you’re in the effluent south. the price of the parts must be through the roof. One other point to remember is that all of the ‘F’ cars when new weren’t cheap. The ISF when launched cost £55k+, GSF’s were listed at £70k+, so running and servicing costs should be expected to be in the order of other cars in that price bracket. Also they’re pretty rare, so parts availability (and the number of parts made) when compared to more mainstream models will be less. Market dynamics will consequently push prices up, and I guess that’s what’s happening here. I wish you the best of luck to get the problems sorted as quickly and in the most cost effective manner for you. As others have said - dealers for servicing (the important stamp in the book that everyone wants....), recalls and warranty work, anything else use a trusted independent.
  15. The issue was for me, that if anything did go wrong, was it or could it be attributed to the cars former life, and would it have been covered by the warranty. There was videos online of the car doing donuts and burnouts. Ignorance is bliss. Id rather not know, if I had bought it any little noise I’d worry about, and the dealers life would have been a living hell (a particular speciality of mine). There are always other cars, and the right one will come along sooner or later. So that’s what i did.
  16. Was sold out of Lexus Teesside late 2017. Was put off by Ratty’s pics of the spirited driving by the previous owner.....
  17. Nearly passed out tonight - followed a black ISF through the evening traffic in Gosforth tonight. Pre facelift car, just wondering if it’s anyone on here? First time I’ve seen the car, never mind another F car in these woods. as you can see I shouldn’t give up the day job to become a paparazzi.
  18. I’m with you and can understand your apprehension on buying a car outside the approved manufacturers used car program / warranty. However I’m now on my 2nd F, and the reason I stuck with the brand instead of straying to the inevitable German competition was the absolute bomb proof reliability of the things. My ISF was bought from a specialist and I immediately put a Lexus 2yr warranty on it. Purely because the M5 before it had so much work done under warranty that the boss insisted the car was covered. however it was totally un-necessary. Outside the regular annual service, and a set of brakes, it had 2 wiper blades. Didn’t even burn any oil. In 2 1/2 yrs and 25k ish miles, and to be honest when the warranty expired, I didn’t renew it, down to the reliability of the thing. I’m sure many others on the forum have had similar experiences. Personally if I was looking for an ISF I’d go for a later facelift car, just to have the updated tech, Bluetooth streaming, DAB etc. But from my experience, if you can stretch to it and can find one in the colour you want I’d go for a GSF. i bought my GSF earlier this year and it’s a very different car to the ISF and love it. Inside you can see and feel the 10 years since the IS was first launched. The driver interface in the GS is so much better. The GS is more composed and not as figetty on the road, with the TVD on the twisties it feels a smaller car. I’m sure I’m like most of the other members of the forum, when you buy a new car you’re immediately thinking what to get to replace it. And honestly for the first time in a long time, I’m struggling to think of what’s next. if you want a run out in a GSF drop me a PM - I notice you’re in Tyne and Wear. I’m in Newcastle so won’t be far away.
  19. Absolutely bloody love it!! was taken out for a drive in a blue with white strips GTS many moons ago - will never for get how well it pulled - in any gear!! keep the updates coming!
  20. Black’s a sod to keep clean, but when it is, it looks great!!!!
  21. Really - who makes the pads and discs fitted at the factory them?
  22. You’re so right. but the Lexus won’t break or go wrong. enough said!
  23. https://m.buycarparts.co.uk/lexus/rc-gsc1-usc1/107866/10132/brake-disc?brand[0]=65 here you go!
  24. 51000 and change - so it’s still wrong. MOT on December 1, mileage was 49152. makes me question the stds of Lexus UK and the garage I bought the gsf from, if the information is not vetted and checked before posting. I’m very happy with the gsf. Is a much bigger car and on the road is a lot more composed than the ISF. It’s as quick, throttle response in S+ is a lot sharper than sport in the ISF, and on sweeping A and B road you can feel the TVD working to apportion power across the back axle, making the car feel very agile. This feels like the car shrinks around you, giving the impression that you’re driving a much smaller car. Brakes are awesome. Fuel consumption- not that it matters is the same. only niggle is the supplying garage change all 4 tyres to hankook s12 evo2’s - not convinced with them, don’t think they’re as good as the bridgestones on the ISF or the MPSS on my previous M5. I’ll change them for my choice when they wear. the tech is a generation newer, so the driver interface is more pleasing, but really offers nothing more than the ISF - it’s just better packaged. Nav as with the ISF still couldn’t find its own arse with both hands - Waze is a much better option. Overall though, Pleased with the decision to change, still think it will be a better ownership experience than any of the competition (m3/4/5, e/c 63, etc etc) Hopefully it’ll be as reliable as the ISF, which never put a foot wrong. Nothing went wrong or broke. Bang for buck it’s good value too, as such I’ve bought a Porsche 968 CS (3rd one I’ve had) which arrives this week..... mrs is impressed as you can imagine.
  25. Was wondering when it would appear. It’s listed as an approved used car from Lexus on their website. but since I traded it in, it seems to have lost 32,000 miles!! How can that be? may be they’ve made a mistake in the listing.....(sic) Month in, couldn’t be happier with the GSF. Great car.