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  1. True Phil. I suppose the forum is our virtual pub, just need some real beer whilst we're looking through posts:-) Went to an event at Lexus Nottingham today and looked at a 2015 Series 3 Advance. 25,00 miles or thereabouts, pan roof, ML sound, ventilated seats, VGC. The input device was different without the switch on the side and that was the one thing I thought wasn't an improvement. Also had a test drive in a 2017 Series 4 luxury. The switch on the side of the input device was back! It was nice but I think I'd need a longer test drive as I'm not sure that there's enough of a difference to justify changing old faithful yet. But it was useful to scratch the itch!
  2. It's amazing how posts on this forum always seem to morph into something else:-) I didn't realise I would be starting a discussion on rainfall in China and climate change. That's one of the pros and cons of Lexus ownership; we are (and I don't want to tempt fate here either) the owners of reliable vehicles and there's a limit to how much you can talk about nothing going or very little going wrong, whereas some forums for other marques have pages and pages of chats about dealing with problems; otherwise referred to as 'they all do that'. I'll have a look at the NX when I go to a dealer event tomorrow (only out of curiosity at this stage!) and I hope my battery lasts as long as yours Ray. Is 'I spotted Rick Wakeman in his 2004 RX' a first for the forum? Maybe time to launch a celebrity spotted driving a Lexus page!
  3. I've had my RX for 6 years now and have done 60,000 miles in it. It's done 85000 miles on a 2012 plate and had it's 100,000 mile, 10 year service today. I had four services over three years at one point due to the 10,000 coming up early! Nothing extra needed doing but what surprised me was that the front pads and discs are still original and have 5mm left on the pads, so I've only used 50% of the material and the discs are fine. The rears are all original too and have 6mm so I've only used 25%. I'm on my second set of Cross Climates (which I bought when the original Dunlops needed replacing), the front Cross Climates did almost 40,000 and the rears (which went on the front for a year) did 50,000 or thereabouts. Apart from the tyres and wiper blades that's it. I got hit in the snow earlier this year and had a plug in hybrid Range Rover Sport as my loan car; couldn't wait to get the RX back it's a totally different experience, refined and effortless. Best car I've owned by far. If anybody is thinking of an RX don't think, do it! You won't regret it. The only downside is there's so little to talk about with the RX in a forum:-) Having heaped praise on my car I'm wondering about changing to a Series 4; any comments gratefully received.
  4. Thanks Fahad. Inchcape it is:-). It's the fact that they are a Lexus dealer that sways me; I assume their body shop technicians attend specialist Lexus training and I know they'll use Lexus parts and that when the battery is reconnected they'll have all the tech to set everything back up again. thanks once again.
  5. Thanks both. Must admit I'm favouring Inchcape but can't find any reviews for their body shop so any info from the forum is very useful
  6. My car needs a new rear quarter panel and bumper.. It's an insurance job through NFU. They are happy for me to use a repairer of my choice; I've been to Inchcape Lexus Nottingham and they have provided a quote but they are not an NFU approved repairer. NFU also arranged for a repairer on their approved list (Impact) to assess the damage and provide a quote. Does anyone have any experience of Inchcape and/or Impact. I've seen some positive comments on the forums about CJ Bull and GB Flint, would they be better than Inchcape or Impact. Are there any other body repairers that people would recommend? Any help and advice would be really useful
  7. Thanks for the info Barry. I've found the Denso blades work well and they also maintain the Lexus look. Like you I got my last set on a ECP special offer but still nothing like the Aldi price for Bosch; that is a very good deal.
  8. I don't know how to adjust it but I have the same problem and it annoys me too, especially when traveling on muddy country roads! I wondered about moving the wiper position on the spline but I won't bother given your experience as I assume the 3RX range of adjustment is similar to the 2 RX.
  9. Totally agree. The RX is not 4wd, depending on how you drive you may not activate the rear wheels on a journey and even when they are being driven it's usually only for a very short period. Hence no problem with different wear rates but when replacing tyres the new tyres should go on the rear. Thanks for the heads up on the Michelin offers; I'll compare with Costco when I'm ready to change, which should be before Christmas
  10. I've not had to use my Cross Climates in serious snow yet but on slush and compacted snow/ice they were fine; I've always felt in total control. I was an early adopter of them and have done approx. 38,000 miles on a set of four. I haven't rotated the tyres from front to rear so as a result the fronts are on 3.5mm and the rears on 6.5mm. I think that's excellent wear for a heavy, essentially front wheel drive, vehicle. When I bought them they were about £180 per tyre; latest quote I've had from Costco was £257 for two (I think as I've lost the piece of paper with the quote on!). Costco have only just started selling the 19 inch Cross Climates with the RX450h profile and have a discount deal at the moment. I can't remember if the £257 is with or without the discount; I have a feeling it's without! Given the excellent performance and wear I'd say they are well worth the money. I'll certainly buy them again, which will probably be in a couple of months or whenever the fronts are down to 3mm.
  11. I've only got 3,500 to go to 70,000 and I've got 66% of the fronts and almost 85% of the rears so unless I totally change my driving style I should make it:-)
  12. Presumably given the step on the discs the previous owner was very heavy on the brakes Les. I expected rear pad wear to be lighter and rear tyre wear on a FWD car (which the RX is most of the time) is usually quite good. But what has amazed me is the wear of the items at the front. I change tyres at 3.00m but if I went down to the legal minimum (which I would never do or recommend) on the basis of wear so far and the fact that tyres wear quicker as they get closer to the limit (or so I understand) it looks like the Cross Climates would last for approx. 50,000 miles. As I've only used 33% of the front pads does this mean that they could potentially last for well over 100K? And on this basis having used approx. 15% (very rough calculation!) of the rear pads they will outlive the car
  13. I've increased my mileage recently so my annual service, at which point I've usually done 10,000 miles, became a 10,000 mile service after 6 months! Just a standard service and there were no surprises, which seems fairly common amongst Lexus owners! But what did pleasantly surprise me was that at just over 66,000 miles the front pads have 8mm left and the rears have 7.65mm. These are the original items. The Cross Climates, are also still doing very well; the fronts have 3.5mm left and the rears 5.5mm. I can't find the receipt for them but I have a feeling I had them fitted in autumn 2016 with somewhere between 28 - 29,000 on the clock so the wear has been excellent especially considering the RX's power and weight. I'll change the fronts when they get down to 3.0mm at which point I expect they will have done in the region of 40,000 miles. I'd definitely recommend them to anyone looking for new tyres. Finally is my experience with pad and tyre wear fairly common?
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