Dapprman

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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Some tyre fitters also offer a refresh service on TPMS valves when swapping tyres.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. One thing to bare in mind, which was in the enws a number of months back. After years of insurance costs gradually going down, this year they've been rising back up again.
  12. Going to add my experience. When I swapped from a Citroen C6 to my Lexus I was surprised at the jump (or rather large additional payment) - this was due to the fact the car was worth considerably more and so full replacement value was considerably more. Now the policy has come to an end and it was renewal time. I got a quote from the incumbent, Chris Knott, tried Direct Line and Compare the Market, then rang Adrian Flux on the OS scheme, who were helpful and admitted they could not get close to the Chris Knott renewal. Only online quote even close (was still more) required a black box adding, so Chris Knott has got the renewal (not sure if there were a renewal on the C6 last year or a new bit of business as I always hunt round). Interesting side note, as some one who used to own and drive (and track day) highly modified cars, I actually found the insurance cheaper on those (supercharged MK1 MX-5 and a performance modified FX7 FD3) - possibly as the specialist insurers may consider you're going take more care of a car you've spent additional thousands with a daily drive.
  13. There is a fundamental point I'm fairly certain someone has previously mentioned. In the UK we are badge snobs. The target market for the GS class, especially the bigger engine option are the ones who will always go for the BMW 5 series, Mercedes E class, or at a push Audi A6. My previous car, a Citroen C6, suffered from the same problem, except from the start Citroen openly admitted they knew they would sell only very few in this country and so did not bother wasting money on marketting and advertising. With this class, the small engine options, with the highest economy option, tend to be a choice for those retiring or close to retiring who want to treat themselves to the car they never previously could afford/justify.
  14. Had a pheasant wander out in front of me as I was doing ~125/130mph and accelerating. Ok I admit it, I was on the Hanger Straight at Silverstone in a mildly modified JDM RX7 FD3, but it was a very scary moment (swerve and I was likely to lose the rear at high speed, hit the pheasant and the car would have been seriously damaged, with the nose probably being pushed back in to the rather large uprated intercooler and worse).