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    Phil
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    IS 300h Executive
  • Year of Lexus
    2014
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    Berkshire
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    Motorsport & Racing

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  1. If the car is over 5 years old though you can move it to the Essentials servicing and this is OK for the Extended Warranty still, and Essentials servicing is quite a bit cheaper than the <5 year full Lexus services. I have just gone through this change when I renewed my service plan as Essentials servicing for the coming two years (which gives me 3 services in that time as I do 15K miles per annum) and also renewed the Extended Warranty at the same time for a further two years. This two year "package" (service plan paid monthly for two years and extended warranty paid monthly for one year but lasts for two years) also includes the Hybrid Health Check and guarantee every 10k miles, two MoTs, breakdown cover and a small discount on any other costs that fall outside the service plan or extended warranty. For my needs and how I use the car this "package" gives me what I feel is sensible value for money and peace of mind. Of course everyone's circumstances are different and so what is right for me may not be right for others.
  2. Agreed - I have no plans to do anything more than basic maintenance on my car and I know it's often not the parts but the labour - at least at a main dealer - that is where the majority of the cost is and why I'm happy with the peace of mind of the extended warranty for what it costs - especially as I can pay for the 24 months with 12 monthly payments - plus it includes the breakdown cover which I'd have to pay separately otherwise. But if one has the time and skills then a lot can be done for much less.
  3. The operative word of course is "should" - but all components have some level of premature failure. In my possession the car had not been in any deep water or floods (other than what is found on normal roads after heavy rain) and had a solid history with the same dealer (purchased from new there by the previous owner and always serviced there) before I bought it. It had just had an 80k mile service where I had four new tyres fitted - so the car was a lot quieter - and I started noticing the noise. Previously on a Honda Accord I had a rear wheel bearing replaced at about 90k miles and the noise on my Lexus was very similar though quite a lot quieter. After giving it about 1,000 miles and the usual wheel bearing failure sort of testing to be sure there was something amiss I booked it into Lexus. Initially they weren't sure (as it was not loud) and so I went out with the tech for half an hour so we could listen together and make sure he was hearing the same as me. He agreed there was a noise and that it could indeed be the start of wheel bearing going bad so would investigate. He stripped down the suspected wheel and confirmed it was the wheel bearing starting to show signs of deterioration and so replaced it under the extended warranty. He then compared the new wheel bearing to the remaining one on the car and then wasn't totally happy with the remaining one and so changed that one out as well also under extended warranty. While doing the wheel bearings he also checked brake disc thickness and as they were starting to get close to minimum thickness, although they would have probably gone another 10k - 20k miles, I chose to have those replaced too (at my cost of course as that's just normal wear). After the work my thoughts were certainly justified and the noise that I had been hearing was totally eliminated - in fact the car generally seemed quieter than ever. Although I was surprised the bearings needed replacement, having had one done on a previous car I know they do occasionally fail prematurely and so don't hold that against Lexus. I've also run cars with the same bearings for over 200k miles so appreciate what the normal design life of these are too. In fact given the poor state of our roads and the potholes we are forced to endure I'm surprised more bearings don't fail earlier. I was actually very pleased with the dealer service dept that they took the time to look at both front bearings and that they were able to change both under the extended warranty. Certainly no complaints from my side. No car can be guaranteed to have zero failures and I took a decision to take the extended warranty. Had I never had a claim I would have still been happy with the decision. As it happens the claims I have made have justified the extended warranty cost and given that I get the breakdown cover in the extended warranty too I am probably in pocket at the moment and will certainly be keeping the extended warranty in place if I still have the car when it is due again.
  4. Different car but I have IS 300h - so still hybrid with same drivetrain. My car is a 2014 and has now done 85,000 miles. I purchased it when it was 2 years old with 40,000 miles. I took the extended warranty when the mfr 3 year warranty expired for 2 years and then extended again for another 2 years. In the first extended warranty period I claimed for a replacement windscreen washer sensor (I was told that would have been ~£400 to supply and fit...!) and then in the new warranty period claimed to replace both front wheel bearings - don't know what that would have cost but must have been close to what I will have paid for the extended warranty...
  5. It's not so much the manufacturers but the infrastructure that concerns me. At the moment it's shambolic - no leadership or vision nor any confidence that this is even being addressed. No good having a BEV that might be able to do 400 miles or perhaps more on a charge if there are no charging points at ones destination. If I had a BEV today even though I might drive within its range for one way of a journey I'd have nowhere to charge it whilst busy working ready for my return journey without stopping somewhere on the way back (assuming I could even find a charging point that works and I have a membership card for) and therefore wasting time where I could be earning money or enjoying personal time. I believe the manufacturers have some answers, or would within a decade, to many of the challenges but those cars are useless to many of us without the public charging infrastructure in place that mirrors that of fuel stations today. Of course if technology moves on in the next decade so charging for another 400 miles takes 5 minutes at a charging point, assuming our creaking national grid can cope, all might be good - in fact that's probably the extent of government planning - fingers crossed at best.
  6. Understand that it's not forever and the points your company make are all very valid and shows how ill-thought out the government thinking is on this. I'm sure other companies, large and small, are having the same debates. Ministers want to look "green" by naming ever more un-achievable dates whilst standing back and "hoping" that someone else will do all the thinking and hard work rather than leading from the front on what is a monumental shift and setting in place the "framework" needed for BEV to be successful as per the points made by malcolmw.
  7. Totally agree with all of this and without such a vision the whole thing will be a half-baked mess...and it's the motorists and hard-pressed businesses who will suffer - again.
  8. Your company's blanket ban on BEV is interesting given the latest date from the government (possibly as early as 2032) for no petrol/diesel/hybrid new car sales. I use my car for business (as well as personal) and at this point in time with the shambolic BEV infrastructure we have at the moment (other than for Tesla, which is close to getting it right, if you have a Tesla...) much as would like to consider a BEV there is no way that I could do my job with a BEV without wasting time (which to me is money) and getting incredibly frustrated. IMHO hybrid delivers a sensible solution in so far as in urban areas my car emitting lower levels of pollutants but I am not constrained when it comes to long distances and remote places. I simply can't see the BEV infrastructure being in place by 2032 if left to "market forces" without significant top level government intervention. I think the large company car fleets will either make or break the government dates - it will be interesting to see which prevails, although with a following wind I may be retired by then...
  9. As above, my understanding is that if the IS 300h had Premium Nav (so the mouse controller) then it will have the the additional sub on the rear shelf. If the car has no Nav or the Standard Nav (the rotary dial for entering addresses etc. rather than the mouse controller) then it will have the 6 speaker setup. The grill on the back shelf for the 6 speaker setup looks exactly the same as for the 8 speaker setup but there is no sub speaker underneath it. The grades that had no nav, Standard Nav or Premium Nav were rather mixed up - it was not a simple progression through the grades. Grades with no nav as standard had the option to have a nav fitted, Standard or Premium depending on the grade and then for some grades there was an option to upgrade Standard Nav to Premium Nav too. It is a bit confusing and you will probably only be sure of which Nav (and therefore standard 6 speaker or with additional sub) when you look at an individual car - there isn't any reliable way to know from the trim level. I have an old brochure (for pre-facelift models from circa 2015/16) and have attached the specs from that for each grade that was available at that time which may help. However, this whole area was subject to regular changes so cars later than this brochure may have different standard or optional equipment.
  10. For me the standard setup is OK but when I drive I see music as a background and keep more active listening to in the home. One thing to note is that the bass, mid, treble is set per source - so e.g. DAB, USB, Bluetooth etc. In general I found raising bass a couple of points and a small reduction in treble (amount depending on source) gave a reasonably balanced sound that was fine to my ears for my purposes.
  11. From what I have observed used prices of IS 300h seem to be very strong - bought mine just over 3 years ago when it was two years old with 40k miles - now has 86k miles. Depreciation in that period has been very little when looking at cars similar to mine (age/mileage) at Lexus dealerships.
  12. Absolutely - the IS 300h is the most stress free way to do that sort of commute and will deliver good fuel economy for that mix of driving - should get mid to high 40's mpg.
  13. The future will certainly be challenging/interesting. I personally came to Lexus for the IS 300h (from having a number of BMWs) and have no regrets over that change. I would certainly choose another IS if a new model is released - but the ES doesn't interest me. The IS does however have reasonably strong w/w sales (including US) so hopefully Lexus will maintain the IS marque. However, the whole de-carbonising lark will probably throw many things up in the air that we can't imagine at the moment. Like you, to date, I have not been interested in SUVs - I have driven the NX 300h and wasn't take by that, however I had the UX 250h for a day while my car was in with Lexus and I was much more interested in that - I actually enjoyed driving it and the experience wasn't a million miles away from the IS. In fact, depending in what Lexus does with IS going forwards I would seriously consider a change to the UX. Interior space (particular boot space) is a bit limited in the UX but as my lifestyle will have a major change in the next few years the UX could be the right car for me at that time, particularly the E-Four version. So never say never is probably the right phrase here...
  14. Just checked mine - 2014 Executive with 86,000 miles - it's showing the same recall. Will wait and see if I get a recall letter or if they pick it up at the next service as that will be due in a few months.
  15. Search me... Lexus dealers are supposed to follow a national pricing for service and maintenance and that's why the prices are on the website - always worth a look there for cars that can take advantage of the Essentials service and maintenance as the prices IMO are reasonable (as far as similar car brand dealer prices go). I had mine on a service plan and when it was eligible for Essentials service plan the dealer moved me onto that without me even asking when I wanted to extend it for another two years.