Old Sandy

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  1. Hi Dimitri I had an NX and then moved to an RX in December. The reason I changed was that I found the NX a bit cramped and the boot is actually quite small for the overall size of the car. It's a very nice car but I found the CVT transmission and the engine are not a very pretty marriage. Like you I am a very calm driver with a light right foot, but when you need to accelerate up a steep hill going by the engine revs with the sound it makes it makes you think that the car should be doing eighty miles an hour, but when you look at the speedo your doing 40mph lol. Never had any problems with my NX and I used to get around 38/9 in the winter and 41/43 in the summer. Whereas the RX is more spacious in the cabin and the boot and a comfortable serene drive with a bit of body roll. Mileage wise in the winter I just about got 36 mpg and now it's a bit warmer I'm up to 38.8 mpg at the moment. I never feel that I have to rush in the RX. Good luck and I hope you make the right choice for yourselves, it will be interesting to see if you can get a good deal as nobody seems to know what the market is going to be like after lockdown. There might be more trade in cars after the 20 reg in March and obviously dealers will be trying to talk the market up. But they'll need to get the cash coming in quickly. Good hunting.
  2. I'm getting the same problem as I read this thread. I've had it happen a few times just lately. It's not the end of the world though.
  3. My father was involved in manufacturing the fuel tanks for the first mock ups and prototypes, work which he also did for the Bristol Britannia. Sadly he never really discussed his work in any detail with us, especially as I followed him into the aviation industry. Much of his work in the 40's and 50's was classified at the time. I vividly remember him being so very proud when the first prototype was airborne from Filton for the first time.
  4. Hopefully we might find out a lot more from the Geneva show, I'd certainly prefer hydrogen cell to BEV.
  5. Thanks guys it makes interesting reading. I am currently with LV and the policy was £486 last year, but the renewal with them came out at £780. I expected maybe fifty extra but 300 extra I though was taking the P. The best quote of £464 is with General Accident which is part of Aviva these days, which I think wins the day. It really does show the unjustified disparity between insurers. Thanks for all the replies and I reckon it shows we are just held to ransom by these companies.
  6. I am in that quagmire of getting various comprehensive insurance quotes. So far they range from £460 to £1552 (I kid you not) ! That's a clean licence and always been a good boy. There's no real common pattern to the quotes, the next one down from £1552 is £850. Just wondering if the £464 is a real bargain price that I think it maybe. It's a major insurer and includes, legal, extra loan car cover and protected no claims. Or is there something better out there?
  7. Having heard good reports about the UX I sat in one in the showroom the other week and it seemed more car like and a bit claustrophobic. I didn't bother with a test drive that they offered. Going to keep an open mind on the future, but looking at historical success in the EV market Tesla seem to be the leader. I have had a look at one of the Hyundai/Kia EV forums in the past and there were long threads about prop shaft balance causing problems. It will be interesting to see how quickly Lexus get their act together with BEVs. With their experience of hybrids I thought they would have been farther ahead in the development of pure electric vehicles by now. Looks like I am just going to have wait and see. In the meantime my RX glides me around serenely lol.
  8. I think without doubt I am going to have to seriously look at a BEV in the future. It really is very difficult to judge what the market is going to be like. There's not that much solid data available yet on long term reliability or longevity of BEVs yet, but another two years should make the information more reliable. I had an NX before my RX and it is a well built car, but the current setup of the NX frustrated me too much, a good engine married to the wrong transmission which I found irritating at times. Plus in comparison the NX suffers badly from road and tire noise and is nowhere near as relaxing as the RX. Trust you're till enjoying your RX.
  9. I just hope that when I pass on my RX eventually she finds a really good caring owner like you !
  10. I've always found RMB Lexus Teesside an excellent dealership to deal with.
  11. Nicholas Parsons was born there too , and his father was the local doctor who it is said may well have delivered the baby Thatcher, and that baby then blighted our lives for a decade and more.
  12. That looks like an absolute beauty for the money, I'm trying to think of an idea why I shouldn't go after it 😉