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  1. That's not regen - that's using the eCVT to slow you down. In fact, it uses less / no regen; much better off using the brakes if you want the make use of the otherwise wasted energy.
  2. He said it has a "belt-driven CVT" I stopped watching it there.
  3. Official recommendation in the attached is "Inspect 105,000 km (63,000 miles), after 105,000 km Inspect every 15,000 km (9,000 miles)" Official IS service schedule.pdf
  4. I know what you mean - I replaced the cabin air filter myself recently and found that the Lexus mechanic who last replaced it put it in upside down. There is even an arrow on the filter stating which way up. Really! I think you have a love-hate relationship with your overall Lexus ownership experience but that it appears to suit your needs 100% Can't wait to hear how you get on with your next scheduled jobs - particularly your gearbox oil and inverter fluid change. Any plans to replace your services belt?
  5. Disagree. For me the only negative with my IS300H is the laggy transmission. And I would not consider the type of driving I'm doing when I observe this as dangerous. My last car was a naturally aspirated petrol car with manual transmission and the difference in this area in comparison with the Lexus is huge. Even after almost 2 years of otherwise very enjoyable ownership, this annoys me regularly. I drove the new Toyota Corolla at the weekend and was impressed with its "next Gen" hybrid transmission. From what I understand, the new ES is also more responsive.
  6. I've never heard of Nexen . A quick search shows they are categorised as a "discount" brand and are about 1/2 the price of a "Premium" equivalent. Despite that, no matter how bad the tyres, the car shouldn't be swerving. As above, maybe they fitted them incorrectly or didn't tighten the bolts up properly.
  7. This is how they are designed - they do provide a trickle of power but they are really about USB comms between the car and the phone - e.g. Mirrorlink. The only fault here is that this comms doesn't really work at all; the fact that you get a little charge which will charge the phone - albeit at a painfully slow rate - is a bonus.
  8. Yes, as Sheamus says, just use baby wipes or similar to get rid of the coating that's there. The end result might be a screen that's more reflective, but that hasn't bothered me in practice.
  9. My Negative List: Fuel door sometimes sits proud of bodywork. Found a tip online that said if the plastic tether goes anywhere other than under the fuel cap, it will cause this. Transmission delay. After a year and a half with the car, I still get annoyed when I look for sudden acceleration only to find that it will take almost a second for it to deliver. Using Sport mode is no help; the basic problem is that all the gubbins in the drive system need this time to get their act together before any usable acceleration is delivered. And this is also a problem "the other way": Look for acceleration, it doesn't come, back off the accelerator. You then get a "mini boost" for a fraction of a second before the brain realises you don't need it any more. The transmission delay is only a problem if you try to drive aggressively in urban conditions. The solution is to not drive aggressively! Car is very low to the ground and particular attention required around any urban speed bumps. Tends to create impression that suspension is very soft but this is not the case. Boot release button not centered under bootlid! The need to press auto-wiper button twice to kickstart auto wiper function if the windscreen is wet. "Intelligent" indicator stalk is actually not very intelligent at all. I often find myself indicating the other way when what I wanted to do was to cancel the original indication. I've used other "intelligent" indicators before and can't recall having any problems. Having said that, I much prefer "manual" indicators. Lack of a spare Anti glare coating on SatNav screen is very easily marked. Best solution is to just remove it with wipes Boot hinges intrude into the boot space and can crush luggage. Some other bits and pieces: User manuals are available online – have a look here for a list: (or directly from here) Some technical information in this manual useful even if you are not dismantling your IS300H. If you use the gear paddles, the car stays in manual mode for a while. Pulling and holding the + paddle puts it back into D auto mode
  10. I forgot about the V6 engined version. One for sale on Autotrader here Looking at the specs in the above, I think the only thing it has to offer over the 300H is engine smoothness with its V6 and top speed because it doesn't have any eCVT restrictions; everything else is average or poor ...
  11. ... and comes first in it's own category. Read all about it here: Only beaten by a Prius!
  12. route66

    New review

    Auto express group test of ES Vs Bmw 5 series and Volvo S90
  13. Video link broken. More generally, turning the wheel when the car is stationary is never a good idea as it creates lots of wear and tear on the steering components - and tyres. For those of us who started driving on cars without power steering, this is second nature. Without power steering, it was physically difficult to turn the wheel unless the car was moving. Not a problem now but this resistance hasn't gone away - it's just disguised with the power steering.
  14. Either you're not pressing hard enough or it's faulty. On level ground with the car in neutral and the parking brake applied, can you push the car?