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  1. Recently had slider pins replaced on one of our Toyota due to binding brakes, squealing. The car has extended warranty and they rejected the claim based on mileage as its coming close to the 100k mark. I pointed out to the dealer that it was not a wear and tear item but understand that corrosion can cause these to malfunction. The dealer was more than happy to provide details to warranty dept, if I wanted to try myself. The interesting overall aspect is that the only spanners ever to go near the car have been from the dealership, so with a full dealer history which it has you could argue that the servicing regime has not managed to prevent this from happening.. I did not push but paid the bill...... Its rare I've ever had a claim rejected so wondering if they are becoming more selective. Wil be interesting to know if you do claim with lexus on what the outcome is....
  2. Hi, anthonyb which CT is it you were looking at? The road tax will be £0 if registered before April 2017. Expect comprehensive insurance between 350-400 with one of the major insurance companies. Servicing costs can be reduced at a dealer by taking out a service plan. You can also get cheaper services at dealers if car is over 5 years old. For budget purposes would estimate an average of 280 per year based on 3 services over 3 year. You can get cheaper by not using a dealer but consideration should be taken into account as you also get free hybrid battery health check which is required for hybrid battery warranty. Fuel costs for that mileage I would say based on current prices between 22-25 per week. That is based on an average of 50mpg which you should achieve. A lot depends on if you have a daily pattern like back and forth to work etc and what type of traffic you encounter. The hybrids like slow and stopped traffic for a while (when in eV mode) where conventional petrol and diesels are the opposite. You can with careful driving exceed 60mpg. Economy in the winter does drop though as the car relies more on warming up through conventional fuel as opposed to battery. One thing for certain you will be at the fuel station a lot less than with your Ls430. Attached are a couple of shots from computer which show what being stuck in traffic is like. The bars represent electric use over a period of time. as you can see duration of the journey and average speed was terrible but your not to bothered as fuel use is minimal, this was heavy slow traffic... The other shot is good day showing average mpg achieved over a 15 mile journey. These 2 are both related to heavy traffic but shows the best side of hybrid technology. Getting back to you looking for a CT. You may be able to get one approved used from a lexus dealer for money close to a non dealer, with a peace of mind warranty and dealer service history knowing its also had its annual hybrid battery checks. Reliability is up near the top of the list so should not be much to worry about. Hope the above is of help.
  3. I originally ran with Dunlop Sport Maxx RTs. They were good when new but found them quite hard and prone to tramlining when 1/2 worn. I had a loan CT when car was in for service and it was fitted with yokohama E70 decibels that appeared to feel softer and quieter so I retyred with those. (they are also a oem choice) They have been good but a lot of folk will swing towards Michelin Cross climates for both noise, comfort and all round summer/winter use. You do pay a bit of a premium but I guess it depends on what you are looking to get out of a specific tyre on your car.
  4. Which broker did you use if you don't mind me asking. Its interesting to know that the lead time to the Car with the higher spec is a number of months. I know dealers can generally have demonstrators available but understand they are not allowed to sell unless a period of time has elapsed. That said a number of folk don't like them as they have been driven by many and sometimes can be used as courtesy cars. So does your new f-sport have any shortcomings over your premier on spec? Did you go for ML system again or not?
  5. What year was your premier, did you trade it in. Assume with a local dealer. Was the trade in price ok
  6. This may help
  7. Likely shown on the attached lexus document that summarises the differences and lists what is checked/done. Think that 40,60 and 80 would be classed as Major and the 100k one would be major and coolant and cambelt if applicable. Hope this helps Lexus - Service Table 0418.pdf
  8. This potentially appears to be a common problem. It may be series/age specific so the more members that check the more data will be available to bottom out this issue.
  9. What sunstrip visor is recommended?
  10. Thanks for the feedback so far, it kind of reminded me of a typical taxi where stickers are heavily used...
  11. Be interested in knowing if all models of the current Lexus range carries both labels
  12. I agree with that observation although the car would not go to anyone under current ownership but down the line then yes, it's an issue. My view is that there are other ways to still get this safety message across as other manufacturers do by having this label around the glove box area. Whilst the visor is up and not used then from the outside this label is not seen., I still feel that with visor in use then from the outside it looks a bit strange to see this good sized warning label across the windscreen as it is serving no purpose as only visible from outside the car which defeats its original purpose. I am interested to know if other models across the lexus range have these labels on each side of the passenger visor as is on the CT. I can see from a safety perspective the reason for the labels is that they can be no doubt that they have shown the message when either the visor is not in use or in use as with having 2 labels it is always visible from inside the car.
  13. Not sure you are thinking about the same labels... The labels I refer appear to be simply warning labels warning against when putting babies/ kids in passenger seat then referring to manual for further info... Likely advising to switch off airbag... See attached showing the label on both sides of sun visor..
  14. Has anyone noticed that you have an airbag warning label on each side of the passenger sunvisor. Was thinking although nothing affected when sunvisor not in use but when passenger uses the visor you can see this rather large warning label from outside the car. Not really asthetically pleasing in reality. Anyone removed these labels from their sunvisors and is it an easy removal. Assuming no law against removing one of them? Do other cars in the lexus range carry dual warning labels on the passenger sunvisor.