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darrude last won the day on June 4 2015

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  1. To be honest mine were primacy 3's, so that could be a difference.... At the time I lived in a converted mill that sat in a little dip, everyone's cars was stuck and everyone was helping push out. I couldn't even get it out of the flat car park, and few people in disbelief had a go, and were like... Yep that cars s**t in the snow! Mazda 3. Switched to all season after that and it was fine, but wouldn't do traditional all season again, they were terrible in the rain.
  2. Cross climates on both our cars, most impressed by the lack of road noise, but also a good all round tyre. I had primacy's on my last car and there were good, but terrible in snow.
  3. There are various reasons not to drain the tank as stated above, but an often forgot reason is to prevent fuel starvation when the car is on an incline and fuel is taken away from the feed point, more of a problem when parking on an hill, you come back then can't start your car.
  4. I came to Lexus from a Mazda 3, 125,000 miles, 9 years of ownership and only had to change 1 shock absorber.... I wanted an auto, but do quite high mileage so a CVT made sense for me. My opinion is: It's perfect 90% of the time. Then the 10% when you want to have fun... Not so good... I think it does make you chill out a bit more behind the wheel because of it. The only real annoyance is, there can be a little bit of a lag if you punch the throttle (a little worse than a standard slushbox auto), but if your progressive it's fine and much better than the audi CVT (had an A5 hire car for a few weeks, that was so laggy it was dangerous). I think if you love spirited driving then it probably won't be for you, if you want a child relaxing drive them it's better than a standard auto. Ps 50,000+ miles on mine, no real issues (rear brakes seized, but my car was only used Monday's and Thursday's and kept out in the rain, plus the journey was all mway, so wasn't really using the brakes. Other than a few rattles it's a good work horse.
  5. There is minimum legal clearance between bonnet and hard parts (suspension/engine), for as stated above pedestrian head impact. So basically a car company has to balance out styling / aero / ground clearance and engine height requirements, an easy win of a couple of inches is to have the bonnet pop up. You wouldn't believe how limited space is on some cars, literally Swiss watch engineering...
  6. I wondered why mine didn't pop when I had and accident...
  7. Finally found time to do this... It was annoying me so much I was actually thinking about getting rid of the car. Anyway, took the panel off, covered every edge in felt tape, covered the knee airbag cover fixings in tape to get a good fix, covered some of the redundant electrical connectors, and taped down some of the loose harness. Did the clip as suggested although it already had tape on it ... And this morning.... No annoying rattle. Thanks so much for the help. Now to find the passenger side rattle! Can't believe how truly awful theses cars for rattles, worst car I've ever owned for rattles.
  8. Wow, great detailed replies. Thank you guys. I'll hopefully get chance this week to have a go at fixing this..
  9. I have a really annoying rattle which I think is coming from the drivers side knee roll panel, or knee airbag. I've tried about 5 times to fix it, and spent the last 1000 miles pushing in various places to isolate it. I can stop it by pressing relatively hard pretty much anywhere on the panel, but cannot find the source, or work or how to fix. Anyone else had this, or have any ideas? I've had the panel but nothing obvious. Thoughts and ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks, Daz
  10. 50000 miles now, no mechanical issues but quite a few rattles in the cabin.
  11. Never happened on mine at 40 mph, only when the needle was just above 50. Not sure if the same for others, it's a few years ago now, but sounds like it could maybe be something different..
  12. I paid for paint protection when I got mine. Complete RIP off, basically paid £400 to have £10 of paint sealer applied. For that price I could have had a ceramic coating applied at a detailer. Gap insurance, wish I'd gone elsewhere. Dashcam wasn't an option at the time for me, but installed my own, front and rear, there is a guide on here somewhere, cost £120. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself you can always get a quote from a local place. I'd say no to all and see if they lower the price, you can always take it out later, I'm sure they salesman will happily take his commission for add ons even its it's a couple of weeks after the main sale.
  13. Personally I'd go 18s. I think the 17s look a little small for the car. The Lexus owners club UK on Facebook is worth an ask, quite a few on there that are into pimping their cars out.
  14. I use CD mount, only issue is phone blocks the hazard switch.
  15. I nearly bought a set of genuine 17s off Ebay to use for winter tyres, £200, with Bridgestone on. I regret not bagging them. I tend to find if you search collection only there are bargains to be had. But obviously might be an issue for you....