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  1. Absolutely. A GS300H Estate would be almost a no-brainer as a replacement for my Prius family transport. As it stands within my used-car price bracket, I have the options of a RX450H which has more power and 4wd capability than I need and fuel consumption than I want, or an Auris Hybrid Estate which capable as it is is in a different class of car compared to the E Class and 5 Series estates I’m also looking at. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. For me it would be Mercedes-Benz. I have very good memories of my 190E, my 300E, my 300SE, and my CLK230. As I’ve mentioned in other posts the lack of a Lexus option to compete with something the size of E Class estate is irksome. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Welcome Dragan. I appreciate you may be avoiding Lexus main dealers to avoid cost, but it sounds like it needs a ‘Hybrid Health Check’. This would cost around €100 and should confirm your hybrid system is working. At the moment it sounds like it is not! Also, when driving at higher speeds is the rest of the car working properly? Does the temperature stay in the middle of the gauge? Are you losing any coolant or is the car burning oil? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I thought it was essentially front wheel drive until either full power or reduced traction at the front brought the rear electric motor into play? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I’m not a RX400 owner but I do drive a similar era GS450. I’ve found you need to properly boot it (like kick-down in auto gearbox terms) to unleash the full beans. Simply flooring it isn’t enough, you need to give it a meaningful shove to the the floor to make all the progress it’s capable of. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I think you’re being a bit discourteous to taxi drivers chaps. I regularly get taxis in Cambridge and a few of the drivers have mentioned they have to have to go for a drive down the motorway in third gear at high revs to clear out the EGR valves etc ahead of their regular, mandated, twice yearly licence check. Blame tax incentives to drive diesels with increasingly spurious mpg figures - I’m looking at you VW. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I was stationary in traffic again this morning and took a few pictures of my calendar. This is how far back it goes. And this is how far forward it goes. Interesting that it goes back to 2005 as my car is a 2008 model! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Odysseus

    Hello from Finland!

    Welcome Sami. I too have a GS450 like yours and it’s a great car. I like the alloy wheels on your car and I bet they are easier to clean than mine! From your last picture it looks like you have drilled brake discs/rotors. Mine are vented but not drilled. Was this a modification you made or was that what it was like when you bought it? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. While sat in stationary traffic the other day I absent-mindedly flicked onto the calendar in my 2008 GS450H, which presumably runs similar software to your RX400H. I didn't see when it ends, but I did think "what's the point of this?". Perhaps the issue is not that it "ends" in 2020, but only that it's capable of showing two years ahead? It would make more software development sense to programme the system with the date calculation algorithm to show the correct date (and a few years ahead) than it would be hard-code in only a finite range of years.
  10. Not necessarily. Once fitted the Multimac is secured via what looks like ratchet straps structurally tethered to the car structure. The website suggests the Multimac can be removed in under a minute. While I’m not sure I believe the time claim it’s essentially just as removable as a single car seat, just takes up more storage space. That said, in over six years years of fatherhood the only reasons I’ve ever taken the child seats out of the cars have been because the car is going away for maintenance work longer than a day and I need to use the seats in a courtesy car, or if I’m selling it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Thanks for taking the time to respond from your personal experiences of fitting three child seats across the back - it's great to hear experiences rooted in real-world knowledge. In your years of balancing car choices with family requirements have you ever considered the Multimac offerings? I've spent a few minutes on their website and while expensive their products do appear to resolve challenges of finding a specific car that can accommodate more than two young children in the back. This picture shows the three seat version installed in the back of a BMW 5 Series (presumably not a car where three 'normal' seats would fit), where the far seat is a rear facing baby seat. https://multimac.co.uk/home Thanks to Peter (NemesisUK) for informing me!
  12. Thank you Nemesis for the article link and the insight on the Multimac. While expensive I’d imagine they are cheaper than being forced into buying an Audi Q7 and would seem to allow someone to retain their dignity compared with having to drive a French diesel MPV. [emoji846] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I don’t disagree it may be inconvenient to stretch to reach the middle seat, but this is less impractical than leaving a child behind. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I don’t have a baby seat shop, or a car dealer, or the police to hand at the moment, but will Her Majesty’s Government do? https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules In case I’ve missed it, please tell me where it says the middle seat cannot be used as this would also seem to contravene this advice? https://www.childcarseats.org.uk/choosing-using/positioning-child-car-seats-in-cars/ Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. With respect, I’m not sure you’re right about this. While pretty much every car has Isofix these days it’s not a legal requirement to mandate the use of Isofix to secure a child seat. Said child seat can be secured by the seat belt if it is designed that way. In the old days when the rear bench seats just had lap belts in the centre I can see how that would definitely not be desirable for securing a seat plus child, but given now that most cars have three point belts in the middle it comes down to whether there is sufficient space to mount three seats in a line. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk