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  1. I have a real soft spot for a W124 E Class. I had a 1992 300E saloon in black with sportline suspension and 16” alloys. I remember that car feeling incredibly fast but it was ‘only’ 180bhp through a four speed auto. Thanks for putting the pictures up. [emoji846] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. There’s definitely a trend that British cars are crap, from Marinas to Allegros to Jags to my own ****box Range Rover. And it’s telling that the main reason why they’re so poorly regarded is reliability and build quality. A terrible shame. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Loan CT200h while RX450h in Dealership

    I had a new CT200h when my GS450 was in for work recently and I didn’t think it was an impressive car in any regard. It actually felt inferior to my other car - a 2010 Toyota Prius. The CT has the same engine as my Prius so is no more economical nor quicker, and felt a lot more cramped than the Prius. The ‘sport’ affectations of the CT in the form of red hued dials etc were also a bit lame. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Council damaged my car!

    Good for you! You’ve shown that persistence pays off. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Lexus LS430 Build Thread... Mark two...!!

    Looks great, and has acted as an additional motivator for me to consider getting the (stone-chipped) front bumper of my GS450 repainted. Yours is a lovely car and a credit to you attention to detail. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Thoughts and Recommendations

    I’m not sure the OP is really fussed by millions of apps for thousands of purposes. It strikes me that the straightforward requirements he has would be easily satisfied by any device, so it comes down to personal preference/budget. All things being equal though I think there’s some logic having the same OS on your tablet as on your phone. Saves climbing that learning curve again.
  7. Having recently had the use of an 18 plate IS300h as a courtesy car for two weeks while my 2008 GS450h was having some work done, I’d have to conclude that a ES300h (with presumably the same engine as the IS) would feel very slow compared to the GS450h. If this lack of relative performance doesn’t worry a buyer then my thinking is neither should which wheels are driven. While my use of the performance capability of my GS450h is quite infrequent, it’s very nice to know it’s there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    MPG on IS 300h etc.

    I’d have more time for the fake engine sound if Lexus embraced the fact it’s pretend and gave you choices about what sound you wanted. V10 F1 car? AMG V8? Spitfire? Tractor? The list of possibilities is endless! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Well spotted Lee. That press release was from Lexus USA. Do we have any clarity on whether UK spec Lexi are affected and if so whether our cars will be recalled? My own 2008 GS450 fits into the affected window according to the US press release. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Thoughts and Recommendations

    Based on your needs something cheap and cheerful sounds like a good place to start. Tablets don’t have any moving parts so are quite reliable in my experience. My wife has an iPad mini which must be at least 5 years old and is still going strong, and is definitely up to light duty in line with your requirements, as would be a similar android tablet. Have you considered picking up something cheap on eBay? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    NX200t - 300H Black Bison kit

    Sorry to be blunt but what a ridiculous thing to do to a car. The NX isn’t exactly Land Cruiser-esque at the best of times but you’ve robbed it of what little ground clearance or supple ride qualities it had and made it look like a should be amazing around a race track without presumably making any upgrades to the engine output and/or brakes? All show, no go. [emoji107] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Thoughts and Recommendations

    Hi there and yes this weather is fantastic - long may it continue. [emoji274] With regards to tablets, it would be good to know what you’re hoping to use it for as this may influence recommendations. I use an iPad Pro with keyboard for work and it’s so accomplished it’s almost a laptop replacement. Your requirements may differ however. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Sorry if I’m being thick but I can’t see a price? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. After exactly two weeks I have my car back. New wing mirror, new TPMS, and most usefully a new right rear shock absorber. No more thumping noises over speed bumps. It’s VERY gratifying having my own car back and after two weeks in the slightly annoying but entirely competent 18 plate IS300h I’d forgotten just how good my (now a decade old!) GS feels. It feels more solid, it’s far roomier, the stereo is better, and it’s hyperdrive fast. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    MPG on IS 300h etc.

    I’ve been driving an 18 plate IS300h as a courtesy car for 10 days and counting while my GS450h is getting parts fitted. It’s covered around 6,800 miles and when I got in it at the dealership the trip computer indicated 45 mpg, but in my (clearly less than capable) hands it’s now running at about 38 mpg. It’s on Yokohama tyres and 17 inch wheels. It’s a strange thing the IS300h. Very tidy and commendable handling coupled with an entirely unpredictable power plant. Sometimes it feels genuinely quick and other times it feels asthmatic. Also, the fake engine noise and fake rev counter are simply terrible affectations and I’m glad they can be switched off. [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk