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  1. The problem at the moment is the new car market is in a period of major contraction, already underway before Covid hit and may never return to previous levels. The paradigm of the car as the predominant form of transport is going to be challenged by many factors, not least the fact that post-Covid many more will work from home and travel less frequently. Many countries will increasingly prioritise good quality public transportation solutions. All of this, coupled with rising costs due to modern cars needing to meet eleventy-million regulations, means that manufacturers are up **** creak without a paddle. Strategically, Lexus have always prioritised profit over volume. I suspect the UK division is throttling back and waiting to see what happens at the end of this market reset before committing themselves to too many product launches. For us, it's a shame because we love the brand. However - modern cars are generally rather boring and offer less of the qualities we always loved in our older models. So given Lexus vehicles are so reliable and long lived, why don't we just stick with what we have? I have a GS300h (used to have the IS) and a previous gen RX450h and to be honest, none of the new stuff from any brand offers any truly valuable improvements. I'd rather stick with these with less cost and see what happens in the world over the next five years than buy an adolescent product that is in the middle of changes and therefore doesn't know what it wants to be. Like the new ES.
  2. All the more reason to stick with older models if you ask me!
  3. I was driving the new ES300h recently. Nice looking car, very spacious. Seats are extremely comfortable and it's a nice quiet, comfortable ride. Performance is better than the figures suggest too. I like it. But compared to my GS, it's nowhere near as luxurious. The quality of materials has really gone down - too much hard plastic, cheap fittings and thin carpeting. Such a shame that Lexus are falling into the trap that seems to be afflicting all manufacturers - that of saving money on materials and build to pay for gimmicky technology that offers little real benefit and which most people probably don't care about beyond the first couple of weeks of ownership. I wouldn't change my GS for one at the price they are new. But it's a nice car.
  4. Looks like Japanese market GS’s made this nice sounding jingle on startup. Presume we can’t do it on ours in the UK?
  5. Hi all, We have a 2012 RX450h Luxury which has covered 110,000 miles. Drives lovely, but wondering whether the shock absorbers will be in need of replacement around now? The ride can be a little harsh on rough roads, especially at the rear. That said, it doesn’t wallow around or bounce excessively. We need to change the rear tyre this year, they’re old Dunlops, so perhaps that’s part of the issue?
  6. There's quite a lag when you first power the car on before the screen displays anything or is usable in any way. Normal operation is fine. Is this normal?
  7. Love it. Drives like a limo! Much more refined and better quality than the IS. But with all the same fuel efficiency. I got an average of 58mpg on a motorway trip to see family today. Performance is actually very brisk. The only minor issue is a bit of vibration at 50mph from the drivetrain. My IS did it as well and although I asked the dealer to do the software update before I got the car, it's still there to some degree.
  8. Yes, seems odd that Lexus didn't think to do that. No worries - cheers for the replies folks. 🙂
  9. My GS300H and previous IS300H display the little green EV indicator on the dash whenever the engine turns off, as well as when the EV Mode button is pressed. On our 2014 RX450H the EV indicator only displays when the EV Mode button is pressed. Otherwise, you have no indication of when the car is using the electric drive except that shown on the Energy Monitor. Is this normal behaviour on the 3rd gen RX?
  10. Cheers all, I'll advise my Dad and let you know if he has any success with Lexus.
  11. My Dad has a 2004 RX300 - the dash has developed a crack in the passenger side. I seem to recall that in the US, Lexus replaced the dashes in older cars relatively recently as this was considered a quality defect. Does anyone know if this is the case in the UK or if there are any methods of repairing the crack?
  12. The clue is in the name of the system - Hybrid Synergy Drive. The two power sources, electric motor and engine, work in harmony to move the vehicle along as efficiently as possible. Your contribution is to drive with the right style to allow the system to perform at its best. This means things like: 1. Getting up to speed reasonably quickly then backing off the accelerator and reapplying with enough pressure to maintain speed 2. Coasting where possible, reducing unnecessary acceleration 3. Allowing long braking distances and using light brake pressure 4. Using cruise where possible All of this helps the system generate as much electricity as possible, keeping the use of the internal combustion engine to a minimum. The goal is not to see how far you can go in EV mode in one shot, it’s to extend the number of times the car runs in EV mode to as many occasions as possible during a journey.
  13. Picking the GS up on Saturday. Thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow folks, pleased with the choice of a 300H.
  14. I'm just trading in my IS300H Premier at a main dealer after 3 years of very happy ownership. I'm going to a GS300H, purely for the space and nothing else. The hybrid system is fantastic. You have to change driving style. The best approach is to adopt a relaxed, progressive but purposeful style, feeding power in steadily and riding the significant torque of the electric motor. Overtaking can be done with impressive thrust by pushing the accelerator past the kickdown switch, at which point you get a shove in the back. Most of the time, the ECVT gearbox drives like an old 3 speed torque converter auto. So acceleration is linear and effortless. If you come into it with that mindset, you'll love it. What it doesn't do is provide sporting driving in the style of modern German cars. So no diesel shove, 9 speed gearboxes with lightning fast gearchanges or playing tunes on the paddle shift.
  15. Does anyone know the part number and cost for the hockey puck mouse thing for the remote touch? Specifically, the later version fitted to 2015 onwards models with the recessed face?
  16. Many thanks all. Very helpful advice. I've got a deal in the offing for a 2014 GS300H with 44k at a main dealer. Very well priced. Your posts have been helpful in coming to a decision. Cheers!
  17. Does the 2014 Luxury spec have an auto dimming rear view mirror? I cant get my hands on a brochure from that year.
  18. Is ADAS driver assist? ES is out of my price range unfortunately - trying to keep costs down.
  19. Appreciate all the replies folks. Another question - facelift or pre-facelift? Is it really worth forking out more for the facelift or would a high spec pre-facelift at a much lower outlay be just as satisfying?
  20. Thanks, that's really helpful and paints a nice picture of the car. It sounds like the GS300H is effectively my IS300H with more space, refinement and luxury. Sounds good to me! I'm trying to get over the urge to have loads of power under my right foot. I guess it's part of a lack of acceptance that today's roads are not the place to have fun and the relentless war on speed means it's better to waft around in luxury while paying bugger all for tax, low insurance and using little fuel instead of having thrilling acceleration that can only be used 5% of the time with high costs for the privilege. Not a world I like living in but hey... this is where Lexus scores over the other brands that make "sporty" cars...
  21. I've driven a few 450H's - wow is definitely the word. Glad to know the GS is quieter in 300H form. I just found some decibel readings and it seems to be 2db to 3db quieter than the IS.
  22. Thanks - I've driven a few Teslas. Astonishing machines! Not a fan of the interiors though, I much prefer Lexus build quality and luxury. I did wonder about business benefits with an electric. Hmmm.... 🙂 The big issue with the GS450H seems to be insurance costs and tax, which is around £600 per year in total more than my current IS. Oh, and their rarity! My IS is a Premier so I need to get a high spec Luxury, F-Sport or Premier to match its existing equipment levels. It's times like these when going for a brand which doesn't sell millions of vehicles in the UK is a bit of a pain!
  23. Thanks for the reply! Yes, IS300H power is more than adequate for me - overtaking is the main area I'm concerned about as I do motorway miles and it's great for that. GS450H is about £250 more per year to insure for me, plus the extra tax so the man maths is in overdrive to justify it! I guess we already have the RX if I want to drive a V6. How much of the 4-cylinder vibration and noise gets into the cabin on the GS300H? It's quiet on the IS but can be vocal on acceleration. Would you say the 450H is excessive for modern driving conditions?
  24. Hi all, I currently have a 2013 IS300H Premier - it's been a fantastic car and I can't believe that the finance is up next year, the time has flown by. So I need to start considering whether I pay the settlement figure and keep it or go to another car. If I replace, I don't intend changing again for some years as I am building a business and don't particularly get much pleasure from driving anymore, even though I used to be a real petrolhead :-(. I want something that will see me out for at least 5 years. There are only two genuine issues with the IS: 1.) While the driving position is excellent, cabin space is limited and as I'm 6ft 2 and also have a mild neurological issue similar to Parkinson's, getting in and out is sometimes strenuous and on long journeys, I tend to lack space to spread out a little, which leads to aches and pains and muscle twitches. 2.) The car is black and the paint is already road rashed to hell on the front at 55,000 miles, so if I keep it I will need to address this. On a minor note, while the hybrid drivetrain is great, I'm not a huge fan of the 4 cylinder engine note when accelerating. My wife's RX450h is a lot smoother and sounds great in comparison with the V6. So I naturally am looking to the 2012 onwards 4th generation GS as a step up and a potential keeper. The questions I have are: 1.) How easy is the GS300H to live with and does the lack of power frustrate? 2.) Is the GS450H worth the extra running costs, given how overpowered it is for today's roads? 3.) How does quality and refinement compare with the IS? 4.) Is there significantly more space for the driver in the GS compared to the IS? Any insights would be very much appreciated!