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  1. VelvetblackCT

    New Owner of an RX

    Hello. Lovely RX! One day, when I can justify... (OK, afford...!) Do you mind me asking you what you think of your IQ? We've got a beaten-up Hyundai i10 as a runabout which we paid £5995 for new seven years ago, but is now getting towards its last legs and needs to be replaced. It's been bomb-proof, but I really like the IQ, and would be tempted by a mint, top-spec, low-mileage, one-elderly-vicar owner etc etc. Sorry - off-topic (and you're probably busy sitting in the Lexus just feeling delighted...).
  2. VelvetblackCT

    CT Likes/Dislikes

    Advance, 2014, owned for 9 months. Overall, absolutely love the car. My six-pennyworth: Likes: 1) The sense of calm. It's the most Zen car I've ever driven, and almost insists that you just relax... 2) The economy. Since the weather warmed-up, I get a dependable 54 - 60 mpg depending on journey. Locally, if I concentrate on pulse-and-glide, it will hit an indicated 90mpg+ over 5 miles. 3) The steering wheel and seats. (I'm cheating). Very, very nice. Dislikes: 1) Velvet Black paint is a nightmare. EVERYTHING marks it. Heaven help us if a kitten sneezes within 50 yards... (Ditto poor interior plastics) (More cheating...) 2) Rear visibility. I really can't see well enough to reverse in the dark without relying on sensors and prayer. Thought reversing-cameras were a gimmick until I drove this - might have to cave-in and upgrade to a Premium. (In Sonic something-or-other) 3) Uncertainty over how power will be delivered when overtaking - will it provide the oomph needed?
  3. VelvetblackCT

    Cruise control and mpg

    Thanks, guys - I sort-of suspected that a relatively low-powered CVT auto wouldn't be an ideal partner for cruise control. I might experiment, or I might just play the how-high-can-I-get-the-average mpg game with a feather-light right foot!
  4. VelvetblackCT

    Cruise control and mpg

    Thanks, Steve - I will. Might live dangerously and try the satnav over my good old TomTom, too!
  5. VelvetblackCT

    Cruise control and mpg

    Hi everyone, I'm going to do a lengthy (400 mile) South Wales to London (M4) round trip on Saturday, and I haven't yet experimented with the cruise control on the CT. Could I ask what people's opinion / experience is as far as fuel economy is concerned? I've had a number of cars with cruise in the past, and the efficiency varied dramatically, from those in which it seemed to hit economy hard, to those where it seemed to do a better job of managing the fuel than I could! I've never tried it with a CVT transmission, though. I'd be grateful for any thoughts or observations. Whether in cruise or not, I would be driving at a very steady 70 -75. Thanks, Nick
  6. Yes (although I fell for the full price!). I'm no expert, but thought it was very good. My non-metallic black CT200h came with a number of marks I would have expected a main dealer to sort out before hand-over (bird lime etching, and what I think were sunscreen-cream fingermarks), and with some effort, the four stages of the 'kit' removed them. Be warned, though - it's very messy, and the final wax is in fact a liquid, which took me by surprise. Don't try it without latex gloves! (I obviously did....)
  7. VelvetblackCT

    Low fuel light and potential reserve?

    Thank you for all the technical info on this. My concern was about safe, real-world range, and the caution / conservatism of the on-board calculation. I shall try not to drop below an indicated cruising range of about 50 miles. Nick
  8. VelvetblackCT

    Low fuel light and potential reserve?

    That certainly explains why it is programmed to be so cautious - thank you. I'm just not going to get anywhere near the bottom of the tank from now on!
  9. VelvetblackCT

    Low fuel light and potential reserve?

    Thanks, everyone. That's what I was hoping for reassurance about, Paul - when I filled-up, it took just under 35 litres. I will try not to let it get so low, but at least I know that I'm not about to glide to a halt when the warning light comes on!
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    Low fuel light and potential reserve?

    Ah - ok! I shall be much more careful in future. I was expecting to be told that the computer was being massively pessimistic and that I had many miles' leeway! I've been lulled into ignoring it by my previous Mini which warned me ridiculously early.
  11. Hello. Another newbie question - apologies if this is already covered somewhere. Having had my (absolutely wonderful) CT200h for a couple of weeks, each time the fuel gets low enough to trigger the amber warning light next to the gauge, the 'cruising range' tells me I have only about 22 miles-worth of fuel left. Is this an accurate estimate of how much remains? It seems alarmingly short-notice! (My Mini Cooper Diesel would alert me with nearly 100 miles to go). Am I being neurotic? Does anyone know how much is really left in the tank? I don't want to be blasé, and then find myself calling Lexus Assistance.... Any thoughts would be gratefully received! Nick
  12. VelvetblackCT

    Extended warranty?

    Thank you so much to everyone who responded. You've reassured me that's it's a) sensible, and b) a good deal. I now just need to get Cardiff Lexus to get it organised. The salesman's responses aren't exactly lightning reactions to my enquiries....
  13. VelvetblackCT

    Extended warranty?

    Thank you so much, John, Bob and Steve for the advice. And with what speed!! You have confirmed what I suspected - that I was being foolish in penny-pinching 500 quid. It really wasn't pitched very convincingly by the salesman - so low-key I almost wasn't listening. I just need to confirm that it starts from the point when my standard 1yr-warranty runs out, so that I'm effectively getting 3 years. The car is simply brilliant - I read every motoring-press review which universally panned it, and all the owners' reviews and customer-satisfaction reports which unreservedly loved it, and rejected the nonsense talked by journalists. I figured I'd trust the people who actually lived with them! Thank you again. Nick
  14. VelvetblackCT

    Extended warranty?

    Hello. I wonder if anyone out there could give me some advice/ their opinions. I've just bought a June 2014 CT200h Advance from Lexus Motorline Cardiff. I was offered an extended warranty which would add 2 further years' cover to the standard Lexus approved-used 12 month cover for a cost of £495. I declined, but am now wondering if I should take them up on it, and if so, how long the option is open for. I hadn't realised (was it explained? Not sure...) that the warranty, whether 12 month or extended, would include the equivalent of a high level of AA breakdown cover worth £120 a year. This starts to make me think that I should go for it. Also, the Lexus website suggests that the cost can be paid monthly, with no interest-penalty. (This also was not mentioned). Having approached the dealership with my revised thoughts, they tell me I will have to act quickly if the car is not to require an additional inspection prior to an extended warranty being issued. I can find no mention of this on the Lexus site. Could anyone give me their thoughts about the merits of paying the £495? I'd be very grateful! The car, by the way, is an absolute joy! Nick