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  1. I'm told by Lexus Cambridge it's going to be sorted, and I'll be getting a courtesy car in the mean time. I'm due to drop the car off with them on Monday. If they're as good as their word, I'll be getting a new front damper under warranty, a new gearbox earth strap under warranty, a new differential drain plug under warranty, and a fresh MOT, as well as the rear discs and pads fitted as I requested when I made the booking. Getting this far has taken quite a lot of chasing however, and isn't the kind of hassle free Lexus owning experience I was hoping for. I'll let you all know how it goes.
  2. I know what you mean. When you call the Cambridge dealer number depending on how busy it is you'll either get through to them directly or the contact centre for the Steven Eagell group. I don't have a problem with this in principle as they are perfectly pleasant to deal with, but from my perspective as the customer it shouldn't matter who I talk to. I summarised all my niggles in an email so hopefully the response will be encouraging.
  3. Having a bit of a stroppy time with Lexus Cambridge at the moment. Booked my GS450h in for a bunch of work including 80,000 mile service, rear brake discs and pads, an MOT and two wheel refurbs, and the only things they did were the service and the MOT. It looks like a breakdown of communication between the ‘contact centre’ who handled my booking and the actual dealer doing the work, but it’s highly annoying. The other irritating things are that the MOT (which has an expiry date a month before its supposed to, but that’s another story) has advisories on a broken earth strap on the gearbox, and a misting front shock. I’m asking why these are not being replaced under warranty, and will let you know what the outcome is. Things aren’t supposed to be this hard with Lexus! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Assuming what’s coming out is gungey gunk rather than limescale type deposits maybe something domestic like a dishwasher tablet dissolved in piping hot water flushed back and forth a few times? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Sorry to hear about your heating challenges Lee. I hope the flushing methods can resolve this without the need to dismantle the dash, that sounds no fun at all. :( Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Check the settings. The unit in my GS450 is different to yours, but there is an option for it to switch away from certain display pages back to either the economy bar chart or the map, depending on what you were viewing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. What’s the fault message you’re getting Tug? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. In terms of my economy figures, it’s worth noting my calcs are based on the Fuelly iPhone app and reflect fuel used and distance covered rather than the in-car computer which typically reads more economical by a mpg or two. Also 90% of my mileage is done on my commute where I’m either barrelling down country roads, zooming along a dual carriageway or crawling through awful Cambridge traffic, and I always seem to get poor economy in whatever car I drive (rubbish driver). Latest stats from the Fuelly app are below. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Lazy of me to ask here without checking, but what is the approximate cost for a cam belt and water pump change at the 100K mile mark? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Just spotted this! Congratulations on the new car, looks great. I too purchased my GS450 from Lexus Edgware Road and recognise that room they sit you down in for paperwork while you look at your "new" car through the windows, very theatrical and good fun. Have fun with it!
  11. Hi Mark, welcome to the forum. I used to have a Volvo S80 D5 and it was a fine car, but I can understand your desire to move on. To answer your questions the MkIII GS450 is a pretty reliable car compared to the E Class/A6/5 Series competition but there are a few weak areas. The main things to look for are leaking shock absorbers and rust around the Y section in the exhaust. I think battery failures are relatively rare, and providing you have a hybrid health check each year you should be covered. But like you say £800 will fix it and you'll be right as rain afterwards. I've been a 2008 GS450H owner for 18 months and I'm very pleased with it by and large, but there have been a number of niggly issues which surprised me. You can read about these in my post about a year with my car. I'm now 18 months in and in addition to what's mentioned in the post I've since had all the TPMS sensors replaced under warranty. With regard to your questions about spotting adaptive cruise, the other tell-tale is the little extra button on the right hand side of the steering wheel that regulates distance to the car ahead. On the topic of the aux port, I think the usefulness of this is limited. I was lucky enough that mine came with the iPod adaptor, but GROM (and similar) devices are available that connect to the stereo and provide a far richer experience for not much over £100, so I wouldn't let aux or not get in the way. I use a combination of my iPod in the glovebox and a £15 Bluetooth FM transmitter and get on ok. There are plenty of reasons for wanting a facelift but personally I wouldn't include the aux port in them. I didn't really look at pre-facelift GS450s, but I don't think the boot got MUCH bigger with the facelift, but the battery pack may have been packaged differently to free up a few more cubic litres. The boot is small though regardless, so despite the car being fairly large don't assume it's capable of carrying as much stuff as you might expect - think Fiesta sized boot. Don't buy any GS450 (facelift or otherwise) if trips to Ikea feature in your life! The thorny matter of fuel economy is a valid one. Other people on the forum seem to get far higher MPG than I do (annoyingly). On a slow (65-70) motorway run I'd expect mid 30s, and normal driving (like I do) I'd expect late 20s. Over 18.5 thousand miles I've averaged 28 MPG, running on premium fuels with a full Lexus history. In the winter the MPG will suffer and in summer it will improve. Going back to your questions, the GS450H is a good car. Quick, basically pretty reliable, quite subtle, and enjoyably different from the obvious competition. I'd recommend one for sure, but remember you're buying a car that was nearly £50K a decade or so ago, so when things wear out they aren't going to be cheap. Have fun looking and let us know how you get on.
  12. It might be my imagination but my GS seems more willing to accelerate back to the set cruise speed if I’m going in a straight line. If there’s any steering angle applied, even moderately, the acceleration is far more (frustratingly so?) gentle. This is very safe, after all you don’t want too much throttle in a bend, but on most roads I’m well within the limits of adhesion, and if I wasn’t I don’t think I’d be using cruise control! Anyone else noticed this? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. This thread may be useful. Audio connections - How do I connect smart phone for spotify etc https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?share_fid=80750&share_tid=118094&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Elexusownersclub%2Eco%2Euk%2Findex%2Ephp%3F%2Ftopic%2F118094-Audio-connections---How-do-I-connect-smart-phone-for-spotify-etc&share_type=t Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I tend to agree with the opinion you’re being unfair on the car. No mechanical device is infallible, and even the newest RX400 is nearly a decade old. By and large Lexus have a well deserved reputation for reliability. Once you’ve resolved the current issues (which are hopefully something simple) I’m sure you’ll have many years of trouble free motoring. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Hi there sorry to hear of your issue. To the best of my knowledge there’s no interaction between the front screen and the rear screens. The wires you’ve found would normally connect to a DVD player and the colours correspond to left and right audio (red and white) and video (yellow). Could the DVD player have been removed prior to you getting the car? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk