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Sybaris

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    Dan
  • Lexus Model
    NX200t F Sport
  • Year of Lexus
    2015
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    Greater London

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  1. Is a Hybrid health check done separately at 10,000 miles or is that part of the service?
  2. Great, thanks for that. Will add the battery check to my list. Wow, those MPG figures are better than my 200t and thats comparing a 2.0l turbo vs a 3.5 v6. You would expect the RX to be more thirsty
  3. Hi Looking at a 450h and this will be my first hybrid so I am a little new to this. What sort of range do you get from the battery? I am hoping that say I can do a 20 mile run, park do a bit of shopping and 20 miles back on battery? What happens if I use my remaining battery charge? Does petrol then kick in? Lastly, does anyone know the lifetime of the battery and what is the cost to replace one? My current NX 200t does about 23 mpg in town and 34 on motorways so I am hoping this will be more fuel efficient. Thanks
  4. Ok so yes I was a bit annoyed. I went in good faith to strike a reasonable deal for a new car but was annoyed mostly at the supply situation more than the dealer's enticements to get me through the door and the guy I spoke to was professional and he knew his stuff. What I refuse to do is buy a car that won't be here until next July, that is just mad. What I have worked out is that if I wait a bit longer then the depreciation will be less than the price increase and hopefully there will be more stock around by then and I will be in a better bargaining position. As I was always told growing up, "patience is a virtue".
  5. Like any business, they word the sales literature very carefully so as to keep within the boundaries and not break any rules but that didn't stop people coming in. It was "heaving". I was listening to one couple making a purchase who probably in their retirement years, were making every mistake in the book when it came to buying. I used it as a learning experience though I was disappointed that there is nothing in stock.
  6. So I went along and despite the sales e-mail promising riches and discounts of up to £5000, I was told there were no discounts available as demand had exceeded supply and hey they can charge what they like and the prices will be going up by £2K next month. To me thats more than the depreciation. Also I am told there is a 12 month wait on new orders and that my part ex would be re-evaluated when the car arrives. So basically, stick that. Rather than negotiate and get a sale, they would prefer to get no sale as they can probably sell it at full price to the next person, though I don't know too many people who would want to place an order for a car that is just a figment of someone's imagination at the moment. However, they were busy. So I left without placing an order and will wait and see what happens next.
  7. Hi I am considering going from my NX 200t to an RX 450h Just wondering if this is a wise move and if there are anything I should consider before I jump in. I think road tax (VED) is the same but what about servicing, handling, performance, costs, anything else really that may not be obvious. I have read that some people mention its a lot bigger and about an inch and a half wider. Sitting at my desk with a ruler, an inch and a half is not much, though occasionally I have just about squeezed my NX (very stupidly) through some very tight spaces and that has put me off doing the same again and I am not going to try that with another car. I am not sure it is that much longer either but I could be wrong. Performance I get 0-60 in 7 seconds and as for MPG, I get about 21-23 in local driving and about 34 on motorways. How does the 450h compare
  8. So I went along and despite the sales e-mail promising riches and discounts of up to £5000, I was told there were no discounts available as demand had exceeded supply and hey they can charge what they like and the prices will be going up by £2K next month. To me thats more than the depreciation. Also I am told there is a 12 month wait on new orders and that my part ex would be re-evaluated when the car arrives. So basically, stick that. Rather than negotiate and get a sale, they would prefer to get no sale as they can probably sell it at full price to the next person, though I don't know too many people who would want to place an order for a car that is just a figment of someone's imagination at the moment. However, they were busy. So I left without placing an order and will wait and see what happens next.
  9. Well I'll be. Checked it again as we are in to a new month and the quotes have dropped by £300.
  10. Well yes, thats what I thought about these events, its to drive sales, but I had hoped that Lexus UK may be offering the dealer a rebate if they sell during this period, which in turn gets passed on as a discount. I guess its all down to who keeps control of the negotiating and knowing when to walk away if its not what you are prepared to do.
  11. I am interested in the NX 350h too. Mind if I ask, is the UK version a 2.5 turbo ?
  12. Well I am in 2 minds On one hand I really like my Lexus, not many miles either on the clock but its showing its age now. On the other hand it would be nice to have something newer with more bells and whistles. I guess I am in the position where the dealer has to sell me a car rather than me buying the car and I can be a tough customer. I once spent 8 hours negotiating until in the end the manager gave me what I wanted so he could close for the night. If like someone said, they got an £8K discount, then I would be more inclined to go for a deal. I don't believe in messing the sales people about but I do drive a hard bargain and time is one of my bargaining chips. Having said that, if I am not taken by an offer on the table, then I will walk. Maybe I was after some insight as to the motives and thought behind these events. Is it prompted by the manufacturer to boost sales and interest, which is why I am hoping for a good deal, or if its just dealership marketing. Tell you what, I will go and see whats what and will let you know how it goes.
  13. Hi Has anyone experience of a "sales event"? I am of the impression that Lexus offers rebates to the dealership in order to push out a few extra cars. Is it worth attending if I am in the market for a new car or is it just a way to get people through the door but at no incentive to the customer?
  14. The ungritted roads where I drive are a pain when they ice over and having driven on winters every year for a long time now, I would keep to then, especially in a car that weighs 2 tonnes. The cross climates (now cross climate 2) are good but I still prefer dedicated winters.
  15. Admiral just quoted £3800 ????? Im just outside of London in the suburbs so I expect it to be higher than further north but best price yet was Lexus at £1100. Also the insurer has to be reputable and pay on in the event of a claim, not try and wiggle out of it as I once had with a well known travel insurer. It was only the threat of going on national radio and naming them that got them to "correct the error". On top of that I need to think about gap insurance, paint protection, excess insurance, winter tyres ... the list goes on.
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