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    IS300H Executive
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  1. route66

    New owner

    Your Skoda's DSG must have been very bad! I came to the IS300H from a manual, 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated car and that had - predictably -an instant response to any press to the accelerator. By contrast, I feel this aspect of the Lexus is it's weakest point - after 1 year of ownership, I still get caught out from time to time. Some autos do this to protect the transmission, some do it because the software engineers that programmed them were not very good; I suspect in the case of the Lexus, it is because all the gubbins must make their mind up before the acceleration can happen: The speeds (or lack of) 2 electric motors and a petrol engine must all be combined to give you the best experience at that particular point of time and I guess there is both software and mechanical latency involved.
  2. Thanks for the review! I can see 4 "blanks" - are they covering the tie down points? I use these quite often - are the blanks designed to be cut out to expose them?
  3. route66

    My IS300h thread

    Thanks Jason - fantastic thread! Of your list of jobs, I'm very interested in these 2: Transmission oil From what I understand, Lexus do not recommend you ever change the transmission oil and therefore do not make it easy - as least for a DIYer - to change it. Apparently dealers can do it but they have a special gizmo that allows them to extract the oil. I've read lots about peoples plans to actually do this but sadly noting at all about an actual IS300H transmission oil change. Egr cooler cleaned I've only heard of this being discussed as a Prius activity. Like the above, I have never seen anything about it being done on an IS300H, other than vague comments about how it should be. I've also read that the IS300H is a next generation Hybrid - as in newer hybrid technology than the Prius that you owned in the above pictures - and therefore this is not applicable. I did basic servicing on my last car - a Honda Accord 2.0 VTEC - but other than straightening a gearlever gaiter on my IS300H, I haven't touched it.
  4. route66

    EV MODE - what?

    Where is it claimed that EV mode is anything to do with energy saving? You should read the user guide that came with the car, where it says: So why use EV mode? Again, the user manual states: I've attached the user manual - have a read, page 214. Lexus_IS300H_User_manual_h_EE_OM53B95E_v2.pdf
  5. I've never heard mine operate, never mind hearing a "whistling sound" coming from it. If it's very hot, operating the air-conditioning can help - the air going into the vent will be cooler and this should negate/reduce the need for the battery fans to operate.
  6. route66

    New is300h owner .

    A belated welcome to the forum! I am also from Ireland and purchased an IS300H last year - a 2014 (142) Executive model. I posted my own experiences here soon after.
  7. route66

    New to forum Is300h owner

    Welcome to the forum Liam. I did the same - 2014 (142) Executive imported into Ireland last year. About €17.5 landed in country with all VRT, transport, currency, misc, etc bills paid. I like your colour but went for the grey myself - my last 4 cars were metallic red and I reckoned it was time for a change!
  8. As a number of comments above, if these pads are never subject to friction, then pad depth is not an issue; it might be that the original ones are fine and do not need replacing.
  9. route66

    MPG on IS 300h etc.

    From what I understand, down changing with the paddles will only serve to top up the battery less that if you left it alone and used the brakes to slow yourself down. In normal deceleration, these engines keep the valves open to minimise engine drag. When you use the paddles to downchange (like the "B" mode on the original Prius), the valves work like they do on a traditional IC petrol engine and you get lots of drag which helps slow you down. The problem is that the more the engine slows you down, the less the regeneration system gets involved and therefore the slower the battery gets topped up. For maximum economy therefore, just leave it alone and use the brakes. Unless that it you want some fun, in which case have fun with the flappy paddles. There is also the time when the battery is full; I guess using the paddles then to downshift would slow you down with zero impact on ecomomy.
  10. I got a Hybrid health check done at a Toyota dealer for my IS300H last year - I'm in Ireland. So they can do it, it's really a question of if they are authorised to in certain countries and/or are they bothered.
  11. route66

    MPG on IS 300h etc.

    Agree on the fake engine noise - terrible! The rev counter however is real. This space on the cluster can actually show 1 of 2 things: A power meter or a rev clock. I don't like the power meter and now have the revclock on permanent display (it normally only comes on when you go into power mode). It's real - the indicated revs are actual engine revolution values. The only "funny" is when the revs drop to zero when you are driving - that's when the car is powered by the electrics.
  12. route66

    Spare Tyre.

    The Hybrid IS doesn't have a spare wheel because the battery gets in the way - the non-hybrid models have a space-saver in the boot.
  13. route66

    Amazed with the 300H

    I think the IS300H you drove was not representative - my one is creamy smooth and has very linear acceleration. From a performance perspective, Autocar compared one to a BMW 320D some years ago and found the performance to be comparable. They did say that it didn't feel comparable however. As regards judder off the line - sounds like wheel spin? Or a warped clutch disc. ... that the IS300H doesn't have. Sure you are remembering that correctly?
  14. Check out this from the RSA/123 website (link): You can do a search in autotrader for CAT C/D/etc cars only - I'm not seeing enough of a saving here
  15. When I checked this out in Ireland, the story sounded much different to yours: from my research, Irish Insurance companies tended to not want to know anything about "Written Off" cars. And yes, of course, some of these can be repaired back to 100% of their original state ... In my own case, the car I looked at was a CAT D. I got photos of the damage and it didn't look bad. It had 20K less miles than mine but against that was a private sale, had marked wheels and missed a complete service (i.e. no service over a 25K miles period). It was for sale for £13K and the guy said he'd only go as low as £12.8K. The list price on mine was £13.3K including fees (I also had to pay currency charges but they would apply to any car). For me, I'd want to be saving about what you stated £4-5K before I'd consider one; £500 is not enough.