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  1. 12 hours ago, Erkeen RK said:

    Still have not decided. The trader won't bodge from 36.5k, it's a 2016 with 25k on the clock. Do you think it's a fair price? What's your opinion on the potential value of these in 2-4 years. 


    Also has anyone ever had to get out of pcp earlier than the end of the given term? 

    PCP - work well if you keep the car for the contracted time, and within the mileage limits agreed. 

    End early, go over mileage - you’ll pay for the privilege, handsomely.

    My advice if you want to go PCP, would be put as little as you can in the deal as a deposit, and take the burn on the monthly payments. But you must remember that you have to save for the deposit on your next car too. In general, Gone are the days where you’ll have cash in the car at the end of term.

    Personally, I’d look at buying the car outright, using a personal loan, over a longer term. Interest rates will be more favourable, you can still get out at any time, and you’ll find at times, say 2 or 3 years into the agreement you’ll have more in the car than if you PCP’d it.


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  2. I ran a ISF for 30,000 miles or so and now have a GSF.

    I’m 6ft and big boned - at least that what I tell the docs....

    A regular trip for me is from Newcastle to Inverness - both cars do it in their stride, and both comfortable - the GSF probably tipping the ISF due to better seats. 

    i bought a sub 25000 mile 2011 ISF in 2016 - traded it last jan against the GSF and the trade in value was £500 less than I paid for the car, and I don’t think I overpaid for the   GSF. Looking at the ISF prices there is a divide at the facelift in 2010/11 - with the later cars definitely attracting a premium, and prices are strong, and are in the same ball park as they were 18 months ago. The situation may shift (has got to shift) once we are out of the uncertain days that we are experiencing at the moment.

    But as with any car which is 7yrs+ in age regardless of if it’s at a main dealer. Buy on condition and history, my car was a facelift and the Lexus UK demo - but I couldn’t fault it, never put a foot wrong and it was because the colour spec GSF I wanted came for sale it went.

    GSF’s, difficult to judge where they are, as so few come up for sale. But again I don’t think there will be much change in the price over last year. £33-35k for the right car all day long.

    Personally I think I like the GSF over the ISF. And if I wasn’t in a rush to change I’d save my pennies and wait.

    I really like mine. I’m about to change jobs (on gardening leave) and may take a company car, (probably a Tesla so no BIK tax) and we are chewing the fat over what to with the GSF. Whether use it for work or sell it and buy another toy. If it’s the latter - I’ll let you know.

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  3. New Alpine is an epic bit of kit.

    my brother has a basic car on 17’s, and has had the Litchfield map put on it, and it is brilliant. Just brilliant.

    Quick, low 4’s to 60, handling, steering and ride are sublime.

    the best car I’ve driven in a long time.

    if I had the space - there’d be one on the drive.

    all the praise it has received from the pundits is thoroughly well deserved.

  4. The missus used to have a 911 convertible as her daily...... just saying. It was black not white as I had to drive it sometimes.


    we ran 911’s as her car, 993, 2x996, and a 997 for the best part of 10 years. 
    All reliable, all 2wd as they steered better, and costs were as you’d expect of a car in that price bracket. 
    When I used one of the cars for a period, due to the arrival of my daughter- it lunched a set of rear tyres in 4000 miles. You could do that in the rcf. 
    servicing was every 2 years or 20000 I think and always was around the £1k mark.

    on the 996/7/coxster they eat rads and condensers for fun, they need to be cleaned regularly to stop corrosion from accumulated debris around them.  
    Had a 996 turbo S too, fast, but didn’t fall in love with it.

    when I sold my 993 for the first 996 - after a couple of days I thought what’ve I done. It was like driving a fast BMW. Had lost its soul.

    nearly bought a 991 a couple of years ago, but outside the dealer saw a turbo cab with WAG driving it - sort of summed it up. Might be a great car but lost its way and now as easy and forgiving to drive as a shopping cart.

    so bought a nasty 993 instead. And it’s brilliant, scalpel sharp, fast enough, and sounds like a 3.8 flat 6 chainsaw. Will chew you up and spit you out if you don’t respect it.Love it. Oh and the missus won’t drive it......

  5. My wife merc estate has cross climates on.  We fitted this time last year, and have done around 15k miles on them. 
    she works towards consett in Co. Durham, and it can get a bit hairy up there in the snow and she managed to get there no problems in the snow we had last year. during the monsoon like weather we had earlier in the month were confidence inspiring at motorway speeds on soaking wet surfaces.
    the merc is a petrol hybrid with around 300hp, and clips along quite nicely. But doesn’t get driven hard, so can’t really comment on dry warm weather handling, but they handle the power and torque well in the wet.

    Would I put them on again - definitely on the merc or her next car. Not sure on a higher performance car.

  6. Ran Bridgestone blizzaks on my ISF for the 3 winters I had the car. 
    For the past 15 yrs or so have always changed to winters on my car. The ability to stop better in the bad weather is worth the cost alone.

    Still have the wheels and tyres and am undecided whether to change on the GSF, As I have a defender and the kids cars and my wife’s car all have their winter boots on. So if the weather takes a turn for the worst i have other options.

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  7. 14 hours ago, FTBBCVoodoo said:

    I have 245/45 front and 275/30 rear.

    Double check Costco.  I think they will only fit tyre sizes as specified by manufacturer.  Not sure if this is a nationwide policy but I do remember someone on here having Costco refuse to fit them.

    I wanted the larger 4S fitted to my ISF, when they were on offer at Costco. Said they could only fit the manufacturer width spec tyres to the car - company policy.

    Had to prove to them, by going through the owners handbook, that the rears on my s2000 were wider that the fronts. Wouldn’t change them until I showed them the documents. Don’t have a problem with that, offer a good service and price.

    As an American company guess they’ve got to cover their backsides every which way due to the litigious nature of life there, and the corporate policy extends to all sites.

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  8. So cleaning the car yesterday, I noticed Leaf debris building up in the outer side grills of my GSF. 
    Not sure if they’re radiators / AC condensers or oil coolers behind the grill, but there was quite a few leaves / plant debris building up in there.

    as you can see in the pics even after a trying to get the majority out, there’s still some left.

    so what you may ask - well in water cooled Porsche’s it’s a big problem. I had both condensers replaced at 2 years and a centre rad  at 3 years on one car, due to leak pick up and the debris rotting and causing the rads to corrode and eventually leak. The only way to access the areas was to remove the font bumper.

    So has anybody else seen the problem? Is there a quick and easy way of removing the grills without removing the bumper to get access to clean???

    maybe it’s nothing here.... but on past experience it’s a big expense to fix if left unchecked.

    As ever any help would be greatly appreciated!




  9. 39 minutes ago, PRT68 said:

    Killysprint, yes, I understand what you say. 

    My point is that if a shared component on a Toyota RAV4 fails after 4 years it's covered under warranty, but you'd have to pay with a Lexus.

    On a further point raised earlier about the servicing on new vehicles where they can be serviced according to manufacturers schedule by a vat registered non Lexus garage to maintain the warranty.

    I'm sure a Toyota garage could service a Lexus better than a specialist in Lexus's eyes. So how about going to Toyota for 3 years at possibly reduced cost....


    If you’re not happy with the warranty conditions - buy something else. Easy.

    It won’t have a full Lexus service history if you service with Toyota and consequently be worth less when you trade it in - your win on servicing will be lost. Theyll have your money either way.

    Independants have their place - my defender - main dealer serviced - no. 

    My 911 and 968 - main dealer serviced - no.

    Why ? They’re not new cars and Because the specialists know the cars better and they can’t be plugged in for a computer says no. And with the type of cars they are and their age, an independent service history is as good as a main dealer one - and in the case of the 911 probably better, due to where it goes.

    My s2000 - main dealer serviced - yes. This next year no. The Honda warranty is no longer valid. So it’ll go to a local type r specialist, and the car is 10 years old. 

    My car The kids and the wife’s cars - main dealer yes because they are still within warranty and will be moved on when they’re 3/4 years old. The main dealer history helps preserve the value and is generally the first question asked when people buy a car.

    Forums are littered with “can I have my lease car serviced at an independent, do I have to have it serviced before it goes back, do I have to put approved tyres on can I get away with ditchfinders to save £1” - my opinion is if you can’t do it properly, don’t do it all all.

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  10. 1 minute ago, PRT68 said:

    What really miffs me is the Lexus versus the Toyota warranty. I have an RC300h, 3 years warranty. Toyota RAV4 hybrid, 5 years. To get the extra 2 years warranty on my Lexus, £995. Many of the components are shared. Should really be the other way round. Still, my choice.

    How many other manufacturers that Lexus compete with offer warranties longer than 3 years??? Merc, BMW, Audi, Infiniti? None of them. When you buy new you can add at cost warranty extensions. 

     The £500 a year lexus charge for the extended warranty is cheap at the price point Lexus sells at new. £42 per month for a £70k car - peanuts. As I said in my previous post my M5 was £140 a month, and I paid £65 a month for my sons previous 114i. 

    Now ask the same question for Toyota - totally different market sector and demographic.

    hyundai and Kia offer up to 7 yr warranties hence Toyota must offer the same to maintain and help sales.

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