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  1.[0]=65 here you go!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. ECP held the discs and pads in stock for the ISF, and from what I remember there’s only 180(ish) ISF’s in the UK. I’m pretty sure I received mine in the frozen norf on a next day, so hopefully it won’t be long until they are listed on their website. i did have a look on amazon and the front discs were priced at £94 each from a UK supplier and again with one of ECP ‘sales’ there could be potentially a further saving. Most importantly there’s options available.
  5. My car thankfully doesn’t need brakes at the moment, however initial research seemed to suggest that only Lexus parts were available. just had a look on the Brembo website and it seems that OE discs and pads are now being manufactured for the GSF and RCF. Used the replacement Brembo discs and pads on my isf and never had any problems, so should save a few pennies when the time comes. Happy days. link to the Brembo page:-
  6. So here we are exactly a year on from this post and I picked up my GSF this morning. Black with black interior, 2016 demo + 1 owner car. Quite taken by it. First impressions are very good, similar in so many ways to the ISF, built like a bank vault, great driving position but in terms of the driver interface and tech. It’s chalk and cheese, it’s amazing how much has changed in a few years. I’ve only driven it 15 or so miles and have the run from Stranraer to Newcastle later to get to know the car a lot better, but the most notable point on the car is the seats. Possibly the best of any car I’ve had, awesome, hold you well, and extremely comfortable. not sure if it’s as quick as the ISF though.... no doubt will get the opportunity to find out later if the weather behaves. As it’s seems with Lexus dealers across the UK - they’ve been easy and a pleasure to deal with, even though they’re part of the lookers group.... and they’ll no doubt have a well loved ISF up for sale in the next week or so. Looking forward to the drive home, just hope it dries up a bit!
  7. Over the past 30 months and 24000 miles, running costs (ex fuel) on my ISF have been 2 services, a set of brakes and 2 wiper blades. Depreciation - £2000. It hasn’t put a foot wrong. As someone has already said they are over engineered - mine has no squeaks, no rattles nothing. I’ve kept the car longer than I thought, and it’s only because I want to change its going, not because I need to change. fuel has averaged 20.2mpg, ok not the best, but dragged down a little as it’s used on the school run a couple of times a week where the consumption drops through the floor. I ran a new merc e350 diesel for 3 years, and 60000 miles - even though the fuel costs were half of the ISF, and I had free servicing, depreciation was £23000. Ruinous. Buy the right car, at the right price with the right history and because the depreciation is glacial, (there is still a demand for the right car) and as they are so reliable, cost per mile is cheaper than any of the other cars in the market sector.
  8. The ferry leaves from Stranraer.... I’ve traded the ISF against the new car.
  9. After 2 1/2 years my ISF is going on Saturday...... Has been a brilliant car. Nothing, not even a light bulb has failed or gone wrong. And even at an average of 20.2mpg (on the trip computer) probably the cheapest car per mile, considering all costs, that I’ve ever ran. Last drive will be a quick saunter across to Stranraer Friday afternoon. Hope it’s replacement is as good.
  10. Went to see this at the weekend. has had the rear drivers painted twice (the garage selling it most recently) as the original repair was not a good colour match. The door shuts are still covered with dust from the repair. Don’t know why the initial repair was necessary. there is a slight ding and scuff damage to the rear passenger door and wheel arch - that according to the salesman is recent and wasn’t there yesterday..... serviced on the button, wheels, tyres all in good condition. Interior spot on. Blue looks good, but isnt for me, want a more discreet colour.....
  11. Have ran my isf for the last 2 winter days on Bridgestone blizzaks. All square set up on Corsa linea alloys. Have been great no issues last winter, and we had some proper dumps of snow. Previously ran winter continentals on my M5, and Pirelli’s on my Merc. To be honest all much of a muchness performance wise. All coped well with snow, which would have stopped me on the summer tyres.
  12. 1. She sells sanctuary - The Cult 2. Purple Rain - Prince 3. Gimme all your lovin - ZZ Top 4. The Unforgettable Fire - U2 5. Just like living in Paradise - David Lee Roth. volume turned up to 11 please, and on a cassette....
  13. Use my isf as my daily all year round switching to winters when the weather gets bad, the warranty is just up and I’m in two minds whether to renew it or change the car. Is a great all rounder, don’t know what I would change it to. Ive got a few other cars below are a selection. The s2000 (very very late 59 plate car 30k miles love it), swmbo merc hybrid and my sons gt86 are missing. the dolly has a group 2 spec motor running 185hp, vented discs fully adjustable suspension and a very high spec period pioneer cassette stereo. the 911 is a c2. But has an 3.8 rs engine, clutch, flywheel, suspension, glass, seats. Essentially a rs without the price. Is a very special car. the landie Has been to twisted and has suspension and the engine mods from them - is 175hp and 480nm torque. Goes off the clock and is quite scary there!!!!
  14. Except my defender, all of the cars we have at the minute are rwd. I enjoy driving, as we probably all do, but my talents are limited. I don’t slither around roundabouts or adjust the tail on the throttle in corners anymore, but appreciate how well the car drives and most importantly feels through the steering. ive had some great fwd cars, 205 gti, integra, accord r which have been lauded by the press as best examples of their type. But none steer as well or as precisely as the cars we have today. Even though s2000 which we have has an early electric power steering system it is way better than any of these. My sons gt86, is leagues ahead of them in how precise the steering feels, and is a cracking drive, yes it has shortcomings but is a brilliant little car. So pleased his mum made me buy it for him..... you don’t have to be going a million miles an hour or driving like you pants are on fire to appreciate great well balanced precise car. And for me, certainly from my experience rwd allows that. I’ve been lucky enough to have had a few 911’s over the last 20 or so years, all except the turbo I had have been 2wd. The turbo was a remarkable car, spectacularly fast in any weather, but a blunt instrument. Steering was dull and feedback lacking compared to its contemporaries , I assume down to the drive through the front wheels. I’ve currently got a 993 which is 20+ years old, 2wd, and has a few choice mods (including a 3.8 rs spec motor......). It demands respect, is a proper handfull, a pig to get my fat arse into the recaro hard back seats, but every drive is special, even just nipping to the shops, as the steering is scalpel sharp uncorrupted by not having to deal with delivering power to the road. a colleague drove it recently, who has had a string of Audi s and rs cars and commented on what he’d been missing and how well and how much feel came through the steering compared to the cars he’s got and had. His comments on driving the isf are similar, it’s easier to place the isf than his Audi due to the steering being more precise because that’s all it does when pressing on, that his rs. anyway enough of me blabbing on, just my thoughts. So yes rwd is important to me, and I very much doubt the replacement when I can decide what to do with the isf will be anything else but a front engined rear drive car.
  15. bought my son one at the start of the year - as his mum said he needed a new car....... absolutely brilliant to drive, very focussed, as others have said pointy steering, great gearbox and predictable handling. one of the wits from evo mag once described it as "the slowest fast car you can buy" - very true great piece of kit. and still haven't fired on a gsf.
  16. So.... Newcastle Lexus have black with black (and white ISF stitching) GSF in their used car stock. Arrived this morning, I've been out in it, quite taken by it. And most importantly they're being sensible with numbers. Anyway a couple of quick questions. The car is a September '16 (66 plate). When were the variable rate dampers fitted to the GSF? And the caliper colour - I thought it was originally bronze metallic - the calipers on this car are a bright chrome orange (like the lotus orange) - is this std or am I mistaken with the bronze colour? My car is going in for a check over by the garage in the morning - so lets see what they have to say then!
  17. All I’ll say is the hunt for a GSF is off for the moment!
  18. not my car - but they are my actual wheels!! I bought them off the guy that used to own that car.
  19. ET38 Std suspension, no spacers and no rubbing. Good compromise for the winter. very easy to curb though.
  20. Have these on my car at the minute - all square set up 10x19 in silver with 255/35 winters all round. d. Look good, very similar to the bolas you're looking at.
  21. If the shoe fits...... Anyway, after a bit of digging and a call from our resident database oracle (thank you again @Big Rat) all is not what it seems with this particular GSF. It seems to have had a very hard short life so far, and consequently not for me. I may nip down and check out the car for size, if I like the interior etc, at the weekend as I have family 5 minutes away from the dealer and I've not actually seen one in the flesh yet. I'll leave it there and the hunt continues! Regards from God's Own Country Newcastle Upon Tyne!!
  22. I've got itchy feet. A sensibly coloured GSF (sonic silver with black leather) has appeared in the dealer network not that far from home, at Lexus Teesside. Seems it's come straight from Lexus UK, one owner and low miles. I realise that others are for sale at other dealers in the effluent south but realistically its a days travel there and back to see any of them, then the same again to pick up, don't really want the hassle..... I've had my ISF(2011 facelift) coming up to 2 years and 17,000 miles at the start of the summer and it is a great car. Utterly dependable, reliable, comfortable, quick, effortless on the motorway, rare and remarkably better on fuel than the M5 touring (known to friends as George, as in Best as it liked a drink) that came before it. And like the M5, depreciation is / has been glacial, but fortunately unlike the M5 though, I'm not on first name terms with the service department at the dealers! The reliability of the thing is the main attraction of the GSF over all of its rivals - and to be honest it was the same for the ISF.I looked at all the options before I decided on the ISF - M3/4/5, RS4/6, C/E 63, Jaaaag XFR/F-type. But it came down to the reliability, the same questions over the potentials on the list are still there now. A mate has owned a RS3 from new (its now 2) - has been in countless times to Audi, one 10 week(!!!!!!) period for a misfire, and is onto its 5th set of front brakes due to squealing and juddering of the front discs. I couldn't and wouldn't put up with issues like this. Maybe I've had my opinions of the other manufactures cars clouded by this friends experience , in the same period my ISF has been to the dealers twice - once for a service, the other time for the airbag upgrade. I'm not the most tolerant when it comes to the incompetence of dealers and their shortcomings, so keeping away from them is only good for them as well as my blood pressure! I'm off to see the GSF over the weekend. The opinion of the OP and another poster on the thread is that it's been a positive experience moving to the GSF, has there been any downsides yet, any problems raised their ugly heads? My concerns are it's size and depreciation. Size wise the ISF is spot on. We very rarely as a family use the car, but if we do, its big enough, if a little tight. The GSF is a class up - it may too big. My wife has a company e-class estate that does the family/dog stuff, the question to myself is do I need another big car? I've been lucky with the last half a dozen or so cars I've had where depreciation hasn't happened or been very slow (except for a ruinous Merc estate). I realise that its part and parcel of owning a car - and as with all the GSFs up for sale its taken a huge hit to date - but as I'm tight I'd hope that the rate of decline in the value has slowed somewhat to make the depreciation more palatable. Against the GSF the first offer for the ISF is quite encouraging certainly in the right ballpark. Its unlikely that the GSF in 2 years time would achieve the same level of depreciation! So, that's where I am, anyone who has made the change to an GSF your opinions will be gratefully received, and I'll let you know how I get on at the weekend!!
  23. Don't know if the video has upload properly - here's a couple of screen shots