Ten Ninety

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    GS300h Premier
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  1. 2 You have to be on main beam before you push the button to activate it. However, you may wish to leave it off because it is unreliable and even when it does work it's too slow - you will blind people before it reacts. 3 That's brake hold. When that's on, if you're stationary you can take your foot off the brake and it will hold the car on the brake until you apply the throttle again. I don't like it, because I find it harder to set off smoothly when it's on. 6 There should be one inside the armrest and another on the rear of it. I run a cable from the rear one under the seat and up the side of the dash to my phone mount.
  2. I rather suspect that 'self charging' hybrids are more popular than plug-ins. Just look at the catastrophic depreciation of pretty much every plug-in vehicle from every manufacturer, compared to how well many Toyota and Lexus 'self charging' hybrids tend to retain their value. Lexus will forever be a niche player. It has to be, because that's the only way it can survive. Slightly odd people like me buy cars like the GS purely because they aren't the tiresome Germanic default. The moment they try to copy the endless-variation-on-a-theme approach of Merc or BMW or VAG, they'll lose the only market they can ever have. If you're a Lexus 'brand follower' and you're alienated by their refusal to target the mass market, I would respectfully suggest you've chosen the wrong brand to follow.
  3. I'm not sure what you would consider a reasonable distance to travel, but you're searching for a rare care in a specific spec, and you live in Norfolk. That's unlikely to end well if you're expecting anything to come up locally within, say, the next decade or so... I would certainly see a one-off long trip as preferable to having to settle for an inferior German option, but that's just me. I went from Suffolk to Stockport just for a 300h!
  4. More to the point, after another few miles you will be 'recharged' and you can then do another mile on 'electric power' with no plug-in required. On a long journey you can travel many miles on 'electric power' in a hybrid - there is no fixed 'electric range' at all. Of course, in a hybrid it's not really electric power anyway - it's just petrol power (with a bit of help from the regen) that's been converted into electricity. Comparing the electric 'range' of standard hybrids with a BEV (or even a PHEV) is all a bit pointless really. They're completely different concepts.
  5. I don't use the boot very often and I have some kind of a mental block in remembering where the button actually is, so I end up running my hand up and down underneath the bootlid for a minute before giving up and opening the door to use the interior release. As my car only gets washed twice a year when it goes in for a service, I usually end up with a fair bit of grime on the fingers. Happily, as I have the boring-but-practical black interior, I can just wipe them clean on the leather and nobody'll notice the grime. I would therefore be disinclined to pay $40 to solve this particular problem, especially not if the solution involves wiring in some dodgy Chinese electronic gubbins that would doubtless trigger incorrectly at some point and flip the boot open at 70mph. However, others may see the value in such a device. Either way, good luck in your quest to keep your neckwear in pristine condition.
  6. I don't usually like using main beam at all: at the speeds I drive there is plenty of illumination from dipped beam and it's tiresome to continually switch between them. However, in the GS I have been forced to start using main beam on quiet roads just to stop other morons from flashing me when they encounter me for the first time. If they can see I have 'dipped' first then I am never flashed. However, I am regularly flashed if I stick to dipped all the way. It would be nice if someone could teach these idiots to focus on the kerbside ahead, like I was taught when learning to drive in the dark, instead of just staring dumbly straight into the lights of oncoming traffic and wondering why they can't see anything...
  7. That button looks like it is next to the tyre pressure warning reset button, which is legendarily difficult to reach right underneath the dash. Put the driver's seat right back, get a torch and get your head into the footwell - it should be on the underside of the dash structure. That said, if the beams are really flat and don't require anything to be stuck over the lens when driving abroad, I'm not sure why AFS would cause any further problems.
  8. I use an old iPhone 4 plugged in via the USB port in the central box. That shows up as an iPod, so I imagine yours would be OK.
  9. I think the adaptive cruise and pre-crash system package was the only option above Premier spec. I don't think it was commonly chosen but it's no great loss. I've driven a 2016 model with ACC and it slowed me right down on a dual carriageway because a car ahead was braking on a sliproad, which rather destroyed my confidence in it. I don't think night vision and heated steering wheel were ever offered in the UK, despite featuring in the UK user manual. I hate it when manufacturers do that. It's like Jim Bowen on Bullseye doing the 'here's what you could have won' thing. I'd love a heated wheel! Regarding the benefit of the later nav system's more advanced phone connection, I am biased because I think the Nav system is utter garbage anyway, but I'm not sure the later system offers any real benefit. The traffic info is still delivered via radio (RDS-TMC) or DAB (TPEG) even on the more 'connected' system, and the Street View thing is just a weird gimmick. However, given that it is impossible to achieve even the basic internet connectivity offered on the earlier system unless you have the right phone (which apparently doesn't include anything by Apple) then I suppose the later one should at least offer a better chance of getting connected in the first place as it uses a different protocol. As Linas notes, the year of the car doesn't guarantee a particular system or option being in place, as some will not have been registered for a long time after manufacture. Dealers will also likely have no clue about the details so asking them won't help - I've seen cars advertised with ACC/PCS that are not fitted with that option at all. If you're looking at adverts you can sometimes tell by interior photos if the HUD is present (extra buttons on the dash to the right of the wheel), or if the ACC/PCS is fitted (extra buttons on the steering wheel). However, it's not easy to spot the later nav system just from a photo as the interface looks the same. If you're viewing a car, you could access the Info section and see if Street View is shown as an option. Earlier cars will just have traffic and parking. Hope that's helpful. Happy hunting!
  10. As Peter already noted above, this does sound like the pads sticking onto the discs after getting wet. They can get properly stuck on in the GS - mine sometimes takes considerably throttle application to get it moving and then it really does let go with a bang!
  11. The infotainment got a minor upgrade sometime in 2014 /15 - the newer version (of the Premium Nav) has Wi-fi and Street View amongst other things. I don't know the exact date this happened - the manual for the new version was dated July 2014, but my car was registered in November 2014 and it has the old setup. At some point, I think they also got rid of the small screen in lower-spec models and put the 12.3" in as standard - this might not have been until the 2016 facelift. The 450h Premier also gained a HUD - early cars didn't have one as standard, unlike the 300h Premier.
  12. I could also add plenty of anecdotal evidence of poor reliability for VAG products (BMW and Merc too, for that matter). I will happily put up with Toyota's cheap plastics and Lexus's shonky infotainment in return for the absolute confidence they give me in their longevity and reliability. I would also add one more factor, which is likely to be irrelevant to most sensible people who can see past such fatuous concerns, but the fact is that I simply couldn't bear to be seen driving a modern Audi. In my head, the image they project is just awful. Pathetic, I know, but that's still a major part of why I ended up in a left-field Lexus!
  13. My original post could probably have been neatly summarised as: "Idiot buys high-performance summer tyres, drives on them in winter, then complains about things which nobody would expect a high-performance tyre to be good at anyway." Thank you all for politely dancing around this, rather than stating it flatly! It would be a fair thing to say, and I have nobody to blame but myself for my predicament. I also failed to remember that tyre reviewers have completely different priorities from me, although I'm sure the praise heaped on the Eagle F1s was further sweetened by my discovery that they were £50 a corner cheaper than my original preference of the Michelin CrossClimates. Of course, the Goodyears are now going to cost me way more than that £200 difference over their lifetime and if there is one salutory lesson which I shall be taking from this, it will be to avoid getting distracted from my priorities by a cheaper up-front cost. That said, I do think there is one point in my original post which remains a legitimate complaint. The EU 'eco' ratings on tyres completely failed to do their job in this instance. It is worth repeating that the Bridgestone ER33s which were previously on my car - and which are not a high performance tyre - had the same 'E' rating for economy as the Goodyears. Despite this 'low' rating, the Bridgestones delivered 60+mpg on a dry summer day and ~50mpg on cold, wet winter roads. It doesn't seem entirely unreasonable for people to expect two tyres of the same rating to deliver broadly similar fuel economy, regardless of whether either tyre is UHP or summer or winter or whatever. If these ratings can't actually facilitate such comparisons, they should be scrapped.
  14. I am posting this for the information of other GS300h owners who are considering changing their tyres. Please learn from my own stupidity. Do not purchase Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 in size 235/45! When looking at reviews, I found near-universal praise for these tyres (in other sizes) for being quiet, comfortable and low rolling resistance. Despite the fact that I know full well that tyre reviews are second only to food reviews for being utterly pointless subjective tripe, I allowed myself to be persuaded away from spending the extra on Michelin CrossClimates which have been recommended by owners on here. That was foolish, and it is going to prove to be an expensive mistake. These tyres are not quiet. They produce noticeably more cabin noise than the OEM Bridgestone ER33s, which I did not consider to be a quiet tyre in the first place. They are perhaps more 'comfortable' in that they make the car feel as if it's driving through treacle. However, the biggest problem is that the rolling resistance is absolutely, utterly, appallingly terrible. Unbelievably, it has actually made a noticeable impact on performance - significantly more throttle is now required in any given situation, and the distance I can get in milkfloat mode has been considerably reduced. As a result, fuel economy is now catastrophically bad. I'm not talking a slight reduction - I'm talking a minimum 10% worse and on some journeys up to 20%. Where I would have been touching an indicated 50mpg on these cold days, I am now struggling into the low 40s and occasionally dipping down into the 30s. If I needed more proof that those ridiculous EU economy ratings are anything other than fabricated bulls--t then this is it - these tyres have the same rating as the ER33s they replaced, and the associated mumbo jumbo claims a maximum difference of 7.5% between A and G! I hoped they might just need scrubbing in, but there's been no improvement after a few hundred miles. I have tried whacking the pressures up to 2.7bar, but this has had little impact on economy. It just makes the ride unsettled. And yes, I've checked they were fitted the right way around! Clearly, these tyres can't be universally awful. I've actually got the Asymmetric 3s (the updated version) on my wife's Auris HSD and they're absolutely fine. However, on a GS300h they are an unmitigated disaster if you have even a passing interest in fuel economy. I hope this information may save others from making the same mistake as I have made.
  15. Indeed. Every day I seem to pass at least one moron hunched down, eyes completely averted from the road, tapping away at what I can only assume is a screen on their lap. The facility to read out received texts (and perhaps dictate replies), hands-free, would surely be a safer option.