Dapprman

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    Gary
  • Lexus Model
    GS 450H
  • Year of Lexus
    2013
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Hertfordshire

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  1. I couldn't get it to work. I suspect it's down to the portal's URL (and also possibly it's hosting) moving as the URL in the documentation I received is different from the actual one. It is probably something that should have been picked up in a more recent firmware update, but may not have been as those may be world fixes not regional.
  2. Yeah we've derailed this thread somewhat. I agree 200+ miles should not be a problem - if I were to go for a 3, it would the range extended version, but only because the long journey I do is around 210 miles (Watford to Southport) but with charging problems at the other end so would need to be able to get part back.
  3. Apologies - could have sworn I read it on a legitimate news/motoring site or Pistonheads chat (from people who had ordered) but can find nothing (including wading through over 20 pages of Tesla lovers going to love, haters going to hate, and how can you get range anxiety with a proven 200+ mile range ...). If you're picking it up from their main place/garage/service centre in West Drayton/Yiewsley - wave at me on your way back if you're heading to the M4 as I work at Stockley Park, near by.
  4. Could be worse - now they've taken deposits and launched the car over here and in Europe, the estimated delivery time on a Tesla 3 is 2+ years - and having seen the published financials for the company there's no guaranty they'll still be around then (the profit they announced last year was on cost of cars sold v cost of cars manufactured, the company still made close to a billion dollar loss).
  5. The French police used to watch British cars coming in to the country for visible speed camera detectors/locators - which would would destroy on discovery.
  6. The 95 grams is average across the entire range. It's why Aston Martin licence (or did) the Toyota IQ as the Cygnet. Ferrari and Masserati are part of the FIAT group so get to include their low end cars, and Lamborghini and Porsche are part of part of VAG (plus Porsche built and sold a hybrid which is still down as the most efficient petrol powered car in the world(1)). Note, unless they have changed the rules, there was a minimum production size for the manufacturer before the requirement kicked in, so the likes of Morgan are not affected, and it was not a mandatory, but rather a limit before a punitive tax will be applied. 1) When Porsche built the 918 hypercar they actually said they did not care about the actual MPG as the car was as much about pushing and exploiting new technologies to the max, however they followed the officially sanctioned methods used to test all other hybrid cars, i.e. the battery was allowed to be fully charged before the test started, with the result that they managed 212 mpg in a 214 mph car)
  7. My Gen 4 GS450H does not and I did not see it on a loaner NX, so I assume not. I prefer it to cruise control as in SPECS zones you just set the speed and keep your foot down - it's a smoother ride as there's none of the hunting you get with cruise control as it deals with slopes.
  8. There are several things worth bearing in mind. Most Luxury/performance saloons are already limited 155 mph by gentleman's agreement amongst the manufacturers. In Japan until 2008 (?) all cars are hard limited to 112 MPH/180 KMH by law and engines were limited for 280 BHP (though the Nissan Skyline GT-R33 reputedly had 350 at the time). Both were implemented with safety in mind, though the limits were dropped in Japan after someone provided proof that there was no relationship between speed and deaths. On the new proposed regulations, as someone else has pointed out above, the limit can be manually over-ridden, so those who want to speed (I used to be a track day junky) can, where as the majority of people who are more likely to speed due to a tack of attention will not care.
  9. Some tyre fitters also offer a refresh service on TPMS valves when swapping tyres.
  10. Was going to suggest one of those - I use one on my second car, a Dacia Duster. Only thing to be aware of, is, if the USB port on your PC is tight, use another port or an extension cable as that small plastic grab on the USB stick comes off rather easily (it clips on).
  11. Dapprman

    New review

    Will be watching is shortly, but it has been noted else where that any manufacturer with a reputation for not giving discounts gets hammered by CarWow, who's whole business model is sourcing discounts. Edit --- OK not as bad as I expected.
  12. If it's not already been done, get your underside checked and sealed - in Japan they do not salt the roads as they close them if they are considered dangerous. As a result on JDM cars it's often not done by the manufacturers to save money (as there's no need for it).
  13. The difference between FWD and RWD is a non starter outside of a high performance car that's being driven hard. Before my GS I had a Citroen C6, which was front wheel drive, and was more composed when accelerating and driving, despite the drive wheels being at the wrong end (of note big Citroen have always had very good reputations for ride and passenger quality and have all been FWD since the Traction Avant). I'm interested in seeing the differences between the two over a couple of years of ownership. I tend to keep my cars long term and can already see my next big car being an ES (I tried a NX as a loaner when my car was in for it's annual service, and while the space was good, the engine felt weak for such a big car - not dangerous, just needing to be worked too hard for a cruiser).
  14. Sorry guys but there are plenty of articles out there including on independent sites - here's one for you from the RAC - and I know there was another rise in October. Prices prior to 2018 had been going down slowly over around a 3-4 year period. I certainly saw it in my old Citroen C6, which is a similarly high group to my Lexus, but with a worst reputation for build quality (which does affect insurance) and also high replacement costs (body parts and some of the mechanical components are made to order only) countering the lowering value of my car. Edit - here's another from a suitable group.