Muddywheels

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  1. I read that review and liked it - I also agree the RC is a superb vehicle - one of the best I've owned
  2. Soon to be ex RC owner ☹

    Thanks Sean Had a back problem about 18 years ago which used to make it difficult getting in and out of cars but thought that I was past all that now I missed out last summer waiting for delivery of RC so I spent Feb/March recovering from surgery looking forward to being healed in time for better weather and lots of RC road trips but no such luck - I'm seeing specialist next week, then have to wait for another op date (not going private this time and wasting more money), plus another 2 months recovery by which time I'll of missed out on another summer - it has been said if it wasn't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all
  3. Sad to say I'm selling the RC after only 2000 miles/6 months Been suffering health issue since Xmas and despite op in Feb I'm still not sorted and rather than see it standing unused any longer I've decided to recoup some of my outlay so posted it on eBay and Tootle. Unfortunately access and driving position is too painful for me at moment Thanks everyone who shared posts with me - hope you keep enjoying your motors and hopefully I might be back in another Lexus in the future but for now I'm just hanging onto the PHEV and concentrating on recovering Just want to add the RC has been one of the nicest vehicles I've owned and I am gutted to be parting with it so soon - this was supposed to be my keeper for weekend enjoyment
  4. Soon to be ex RC owner ☹

    Cheers Peter When I bought the RC back in Sep I was over the moon and never expected to be in this situation - I've worked hard to get here but health is more important - Life's a bitch sometimes
  5. IS300h car batery

    The CTEK will only charge the starter battery. Below is some important info regarding hybrid battery from handbook -
  6. Peter - I do long motorway trips same as you about 2-4 times a year and still get better mpg than the Discovery Sport Diesel and the RC so I don't think you need to worry about that I initially went for the RC based on the £30 pa VED but missed the April 2017 deadline so have to pay £440 The GX5h comes with a few extra toys but the price jump isn't worth it IMHO and probably explains why the GX4h outsells it in spades - basically you get premium leather, heated rear seats, better stereo and some front/rear badges on 5h for another £4500
  7. I suspect like Rayaans said not enough owners responded to score them but not sure
  8. Cheers Peter How often do you do the 300 mile day trips? If regular then I hate to say it but a diesel would probably be best for your requirements although I have managed 42 and 65 out of a Tank on long trips (around 200 miles) My road tax is nil but new models now pay I have auto tailgate and surround cameras on my GX4h - can't say I'm missing any toys
  9. IMHO the Outlander is more an NX class vehicle - the RX is in another league The Outlander PHEV was launched January 2013 in Japan and so far not heard any reports of reliability issues or battery failures although with a 5 year warranty/8 year battery it's not something I'm worried about The Outlander has the best range of any PHEV at the moment AFAIK - it certainly did when I bought mine By contrast a friend sold a 4 year old RR Sport recently (cost over £80k new) with balance of LR extended warranty and 2 weeks later the crankshaft snapped costing £18k to repair - warranty claim has been rejected as it's apparently a design fault and not covered and I know lots of similar cases on forums. My Discovery Sport had 22 issues in the 9 months I owned it and delivery was delayed from Sep to Dec due to factory quarantine during build but nobody would give me much information The friend who got me on to Lexus and Mitsubishi bought the 1st gen UK Outlander in 2014 and had no issues. He bought the facelift in 2015 because he prefered the styling and had no issues with that one. He's now on a MY18 because he fancied the EV button/EPB but still had no issues - his cost to change have been very impressive - I lost £22k in 2 years on my last RR Sport Lexus were voted most reliable brand https://www.whatcar.com/news/reliability-survey and Outlander was voted most reliable large SUV https://www.whatcar.com/news/reliability-survey-7/ so I've got all my bases covered
  10. I've seen the John Cadogan vid and others he's done - he's an entertainer like Clarkson and just about as credible IMHO I have no regrets buying the PHEV - if you look at my car ownership history I've had a lot of vehicles because I get bored easily or had issues - I've changed vehicles after 6-9 months but usually 2-3 years. The PHEV came with a 5 year full warranty/8 year battery and unless they bring something out with double the EV range I may actually keep it for 5-8 years because it just does what I want it to and I see no reason to change it right now One of my favorite features is timed climate or preheating using phone on cold mornings that actually works - I had this on the RRS but could never use it due to low battery or garage filling with diesel fumes - I now do this off mains while in garage or battery if out with no fumes to worry about I agree on the towing ability - I owned a Landcruiser and 2 RRSports during the periods I was towing twin axle caravans around 1900kg and the PHEV wouldn't of done that - I'm no longer towing so I can spend the money I'm saving on other things now like gastro pubs and luxury cottages
  11. Hi Paul - Joined when I bought the RC Few ex LR owners here now - we should have our own sub forum
  12. After 6 superb Land Rovers over 10 years in some awful weather I owned 2 Range Rover Sports from 2010-15 but I decided due to numerous issues and rising cost to change I'd try a Discovery Sport I suffered that for 9 months before I lost the will to buy anything built by JLR again and bought the Mitsubishi PHEV on the recommendation of a friend who's had 3 faultless Mitsubishi PHEV and found depreciation pretty low This friend has owned 2 RX in the past but recently had an NX and Mitsubishi PHEV - he also convinced me to buy the RC which scratched the luxury itch I missed on the Mitsy I've had the PHEV since September 2016 and it does everything I ask of it at a fraction of the price I paid before It's not luxurious like the RX and if they sold a PHEV version I'd definitely be interested but they don't so I'm sticking with the Mitsy I now visit the petrol station about the same number of times a year I visited the LR dealer and apart from annual service never see the Mitsubishi dealer Worst tank was 34 mpg during a week touring Cotswolds without recharging Usually I only go down to mid 40s if running out of batteries. My average since purchase is low 80s Last week I tackled some of the worst weather I've seen ever without a fault so that's another requirement ticked off my list https://vimeo.com/album/5019985 The only thing that stopped me was vehicles stuck on main roads until I took side roads I have fitted winter tyres as it comes with summer tyres and no decent all season were available at the time but Michelin cross climates are available to fit now and getting good reviews I like the RC luxury but I'm actually thinking of selling it because the Mitsubishi is more comfortable and practical so gets used most of the time The PHEV was massively discounted when I bought it and I got big tax rebate running my own business so cost me peanuts Sorry for the long post - unfortunately I can't offer much insight on the RX but happy to answer questions about the Mitsy
  13. IS300h car batery

    Mine came with these but not fused versions - I've used the first one
  14. IS300h car batery

    I've read lots about problems with dpf although never suffered this personally Low batteries have been my issue on diesels and now petrol RC 300h without ctek My battery was 4 months old when it happened
  15. IS300h car batery

    Shane - I've not had chance to visit dealer regarding battery issue but can't see connector being a problem - LR are in fact now selling CTEKs as accessories (IMHO because of battery issues) - if I didn't use one the Auto Stop/Start wouldn't work on my Disco Sport because it always registered low battery Lexus Assist/AA advised me to use my CTEK as I wasn't using the RC regularly so that's good enough for me Edwardo - I disable the key fob for security when I park mine so no chance it's keeping the electrics alive - modern luxury vehicles don't like standing unused or short trips in my experience and reading countless posts on LR/RR forums - I'd hoped the Lexus would be different but no such luck So I can argue with the dealer that it shouldn't fail to start when I return but the CTEK is easier for me at the moment and I already had it because of the same problem on previous vehicles being a low mileage user
  16. IS300h car batery

    I have never disconnected batteries when using CTEK as they advise this is not necessary and never had an issue https://smartercharger.com/faq/#application8 Previous LRs/RRs CTEK was connected to Tow Electric socket but now using comfort connector attached to battery in boot via eyelets
  17. IS300h car batery

    Disconnecting the battery isn't an option for me as I have to reverse into garage and am unable to open boot for battery access I also wouldn't want to disconnect battery as this would disable alarm I've used my ctek for years on 2 Range Rover Sports, Discovery Sport and now the RC to avoid dead battery and being locked out of vehicles especially when emergency lock was against garage wall and inaccessible The ctek has been a good investment for me
  18. IS300h car batery

    My RC300h isn't being used much this time of year and also suffered flat battery issue Been fine since I connected my CTEK MX5.0 from previous vehicles
  19. Merry Christmas

    And it's a Merry Christmas from me too Have a good one and best wishes for new year everyone
  20. Mirrorlink

    Already got the PHEV rashi - had it over a year and although I agree the EV range is below expectations I've still averaged 86 mpg since I got it Car manufacturers somehow manage to lie about these things and get away with it - other industries are fined for misleading measures The Lexus mpg is well below expectations at 39 too
  21. Deposit paid and waiting for September delivery While I'm waiting I'm trying to learn as much as possible beforehand and noticed mention of mirrorlink so would appreciate some help from anyone using it I've not added sat nav having used Google maps for the last year in preference to oem fitted systems and would appreciate knowing if I can mirror this on RC screen I know it's annoying when newbies ask questions that have been asked already but go gently on me - I've done a search and it left me a bit confused - possibly only mirrors paid apps if I'm reading correct Actual experience appreciated or point me in the right direction please Next question - why does time appear to slow down when you're waiting for delivery
  22. Mirrorlink

    I've had to resort to usb adapter for cigarette lighter otherwise phone goes blank and continually tries to use mirrorlink which doesn't work This coupled with the flat battery last week has taken shine off Lexus ownership then add in new RC model next year and I'm starting to appreciate the Mitsubishi PHEV more especially now it's colder - swmbos suggested selling RC but I dread to think how much I'll lose - only done 1600 miles
  23. Trickle Charger

    Some useful information on smart chargers here http://speed.academy/how-to-maintain-car-batteries-ctek/