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  1. To buy or not to buy 2017 CT 200h Sport Plus

    As long as you are happy with the test drive I’d say go for it. The CT 200h was the most reliable car in the latest car magazine surveys. Performance wise the road holding is great, even on a twist B road, but what makes that great can be a ride in town that some people find too firm. Personally I’m a fan of a finer ride than sacrificing cornering. The hybrid system is surprising pokey when you floor it but definitely not fast. Quick enough however and a 2017 model shouldn’t have the cvt drone as much as pre 2014 cars. I’ve found motorway performance to be really good. Comfortable in long runs and nearly as god economy as a similar capacity diesel (hybrid works best at city speeds). I stick to normal mode for motorways and slip into eco when in town or traffic jams. Sport is reserved for when I’m planning a quick overtake as it makes the electric assistance kick in at full force without being full throttle. Im assuming you don’t have a big dog as the boot isn’t all that big given the battery under the back of it and the rear seats.
  2. Occasional use

    You can got 3 or 4 weeks fine but beyond that the battery could be in trouble. The big hybrid battery is fine but the 12v battery is smaller capacity in hybrids and therefore can have a tendency to go flat if the car isn't used sooner than in a conventional motor. I haven't seen much of that being an issue with the CT but it has been a problem on some other Toyota hybrids like the Yaris. If the car isn't used for several weeks at a time you might also not be covering much mileage to justify the extra expense of a hybrid if you are looking to buy based on the fuel economy.
  3. Ah that really sucks. Have you double checked the insurance position? I assume you reported this to the police. If the other driver is traced then the MIB should pay out, if they turn out to be uninsured. TBH after you pay for parts, painting and fitting this is probably worth using insurance for. There may well be hidden damage such as to the wiring loom for the fog light and parking sensor. From your pictures it looks like the door might need a smart repair too. If you have a few years NCB and haven't protected it you shouldn't lose all of it with one claim. For example if you have 5 years you might drop to 2 or 3.
  4. Michelin Cross Climate

    Even Cross Climates have their limits
  5. Lexus specialist in scotland

    As above I don't know of an independent specialist but there is a dealer just of Newbridge roundabout so easy to get to from the M90. If you are a gold member on here they give a discount on parts and labour.
  6. Bulbs and engine cover clips

    Wee update on the bulbs. One failed this morning so not impressed. High performance bulbs usually have a shorter lifespan due to running hot but 3 months is pathetic.
  7. Michelin Cross Climate

    Was definitely Yokohamas on the courtesy car, which was registered in December.
  8. Michelin Cross Climate

    Year 2 winter update. 12k miles since they were fitted and still going strong. Health check sheet from the recent service shows 4-5mm left on the fronts and about 5mm on the back so wearing fairly evenly all round (a bit more on the front to be expected from a FWD). Tracking was checked as part of the service and shows every adjustment within tolerance. Barring punctures these should last into the summer and I'll probably get a fresh set all round for next winter. Michelin have changed the compound slightly and the new Cross Climate+ promises less wear and improved performance through the life of the tyre. Not had much snow yet this season but that might change this week. On the few snowy days thus far they have performed well and got me out of where I live with no fuss unlike neighbours who struggled on summer tyres. I think they have become a bit noisier with wear and while driving the CT 200h F Sport courtesy car while mine was in for service I did notice the different. Initially the Cross Climates were quieter but the courtesy car on standard Yokohama DB70s seemed about the same or quieter depending on road surface. That said the courtesy car was near new so those tyres had little wear.
  9. I just hope they see it as an alternative and not a replacement. I can see the appeal of the crossover for some but for me I don't like the sacrifice of poorer economy and handling that is the trade off for sitting higher off the road. The CT could have been bigger if it had the option of more power (CT 250h) to compete more with the BMW 1 series and Mercedes A class, instead it has a more limited appeal being a Prius in a smart jacket.
  10. Smug or What

    Quite smug yes but we are so far behind the times in this country/continent. The EU has had a thing about CO2 but kept quiet about diesel for years. Japan was banning some diesel commercial vehicles from Tokyo in 2000 but in the EU has done little (where big companies like VW and PSA would stand to lose out). Even after the VW scandal (and some not good finding about Mercedes and BMW also) very little action has been taken due to German government pressure - just look at the difference across the pond. Of course the UK government has dug a hole for itself by effectively promoting diesel for years by taxing based on CO2. Diesel still has its place for large commercial vehicles and those doing big motorway mileages but it never was a good solution for low and moderate mileages, especially in city scenarios. A euro 6 diesel is actually not that bad but they all get tarred with the same brush. The car industry complain but they only have themselves to blame for milking old technology for years and not investing enough in alternatives for the future.
  11. Mould under rear lights

    Yes got it in odd places. Used a cotton bud to get it out.
  12. CT in the snow.

    Hmm. Certification mode sounds like something borrowed from VW...
  13. Gsf discount.

    Got to watch these outfits for their tricks. For the CT 200h, a set of Denso blades after discounts are currently: £22.54 at GST (they quoted £36.76 for the 26" blade alone before discount!) £21.40 at CP4L £21.16 at ECP
  14. 2014 onwards.......

    Improved yes but not that much. CVT is a bit more linear and ride is slight smoother owing to a stiffer chassis and less harsh suspension. Im very happy with the ride comfort but it wouldn’t suit someone who wanted to waft along. I’d suggest you see for yourself on a test drive. IS250 is quite a different beast. More refined but at the expense of poorer fuel economy and more maintenance costs.
  15. Still appear to be excluding hybrids from the emission test. Not sure what to think about that as if you can force the car to run on the petrol engine then surely that component should meet certain rules for emissions/smoke?