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    GS450h
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  1. Thank you for posting this. I am in the process of procuring our next year's worth of insurance on the Lexus and Adrian Flux were actually strongly in the running (read: cheapest). However, today they tried high-pressure sales ("We can't hold this price for you, it's only guaranteed until the end of this call") which deterred me somewhat. Then I read this thread. @DAN@ADRIAN FLUX You can take this to whomever - you're losing business because of this kind of behaviour as we will now definitely not be using you.
  2. Interesting that they rate the older mouse-based system higher than the touchpad. Also note that for 2019, Lexus have re-introduced the touchscreen to the RX, presumably other models will follow.
  3. Interesting, will have a look/think on this one!
  4. As he said - wash with plenty of water and detergent (you can use washing-up liquid for this - it strips off waxes, tars, etc (the stripping of wax is why it's not recommended for regular car washing - in this case you're trying to do a deeper decontamination and you want something that will strip this all off)). Then apply tar remover and let it soak in, that should dissolve a lot of whats on there. Then polish with a metal polish - autosol is the go-to product. Once you've done that and got them nice and shiny then apply a coat of a hard wax, Collinite 476 is ideal. This should reduce the tendency for things to stick to it in future. This is one of the exhaust tips from my diesel volvo at 8 years old and 84k miles (although you can see from the inside of the pipe that the DPF on that car worked!):
  5. Me! Mind you, I've been very impressed an satisfied with the fuel economy of our GS450h - very similar to our previous diesel Volvo, despite significantly more power and performance. But it still costs more than 5x as much to fuel as my Tesla will (and my leaf currently does).
  6. Nemesis - compared to a conventional automatic on a turbo engine I agree that lag isn't significant. However, compared to the immediacy of an EV drivetrain, it's still there. By "rubber-banding" I mean that there is still a change of torque at the wheels for a constant throttle - ie if you go from very light throttle to 1/2 throttle, the car will begin to accelerate immediately, but once the revs have built (within 1/2 second or so) the acceleration has increased. It feels like the car is catching up to the throttle. It contrasts again to the EV throttle response where the torque alters instaneously with the pedal position and as soon as you stop moving the pedal there is no further change to the torque, but again it's nothing that conventional automatics don't do. I'm not saying it's worse than conventional autos in these respects - it isn't.
  7. Indeed - I've been using that to track the ships carrying Teslas to europe - my model 3 should be here in July. Seems like the thread has moved on, but what you described is the characteristic of the hybrid drivetrain. It puts the engine into the most thermally efficient place it can for any given demand. You must let go some of what you "know" about cars - for example, the hybrids idle fast (1000rpm minimum idle on our GS). At 1000rpm a lot more of the fuel is converted to motion than at 600rpm, and the battery provides a place to store that energy to actually make use of, instead of being wasted like a regular car at idle. At speed, the thermal efficiency depends on load; this graph (for a 2010 prius, but the principle is the same) explains the behaviour: Overall I find that the eCVT driving characteristics are very good - not the best (Pure EV fixed reduction gear is better - no lag, rubber-banding or noise at all, but very good. First_Lexus and I are in agreement regarding VAG DSG gearboxes as woeful (they're great if you're driving the car hard and using the paddles - very smooth and quick. They're hopeless for driving around as an actual Automatic, because they are slow to do a double-downshift and can not provide any slip to mitigate off-boost (eg pulling out of a t-junction) because it would roast the clutch in short order). The eCVT is mechanically simple, gives linear pull as the vehicle accelerates (much more like an EV) and allows for long gearing (our GS will drop to 1500rpm at any motorway cruise speed - according to a youtube autobahn video, this holds true to 100mph or more). As for noise... Yes, acceleration does give you a period of a few seconds of constant noise, rather than the variable noise of an ICE with a regular gearbox. It's not like it sits there at 6000rpm the whole way down the motorway or anything, and I don't find the noise behaviour to be more objectionable than eg a 4 cylinder diesel automatic (which as observed elsewhere in this thread will produce plenty of noise when it (eventually) kicks down. I will take issue with one comment earlier in the thread - that this is the "transmission of the future". It's not. It was... 15 years ago in the Prius. Now it's a mature technology that is going to decline along with the sales of ICE vehicles. Single-speed reduction transmissions will become the default, and eventually maybe direct-drive will be the thing. Those are the "transmissions" of the future.
  8. Fair enough. Have a play with A Better Route Planner: https://abetterrouteplanner.com Putting that journey in (watford-southport-watford), for both LR and SR+ it suggests stopping at Keele superchargers in both directions for both cars. The difference is that the LR would need a total of approx 30 minutes at the superchargers (10 min going, 23 returning), compared to total 60 (26 going, 33 returning) minutes for the SR+ (SR+ has slower peak charging rates than the LR - 102kW on supercharger v2, vs 145kW for the LR. LR uses about 20Wh per mile more (267 vs 247) than SR+ (weight and AWD))
  9. Sorry, you misunderstood - I was referring to Dapprman's post that I quoted. I ordered a Tesla 3 on 4th May, not a Lexus ES.
  10. I'm oop norf, so will almost certainly be collecting from Manchester south. Even though I've only ordered an SR+, range anxiety won't be a thing - I'm coming from a 24kWh Leaf, so will have 3x the range and far more (and faster) charging options. For many longer journeys we'll use the GS450h by choice for quieter, comfier suspension, etc.
  11. Ordered 4th May, Delivery June/July.
  12. Missed this post before, but I've posted about it in the meets section - we're thinking to go with our GS and (if it arrives before then) Tesla. Would be great to see an LC there!
  13. Are you sure that the Mazda is real leather - I'm not saying it's not (and I've always quite liked the 6), I'm just saying be 100% - it is absolutely remarkable to me what they are allowed to describe as "Leather" these days. A synthetic product that contains some tiny %age of animal skin sourced fibres is allowed to be described as "genuine leather". My mum's Toyota Landcruiser (120 series Invincible) and my Nissan Leaf both have something that vaugely approximates leather and is described as "leather" but leaves me unconvinced. Given the current leather backlash then I agree that a greater variety of high-quality, high-end non-leather options should be made available. In Japan, wool cloth seats seem to be regarded as the utmost luxury, and our Queen's state limousine is upholstered in Lambswool sateen cloth. It would seem that that would be an option that could be made available? Another that I'd love to see would be Linen - very hard-wearing and a lovely material. Breathable and warm. Plus, very high on the sustainability scale! I'll see how I get on with the plastic seats in the Tesla. I'm not planning on changing that car for a long time (nor our GS - after a mad flurry of buying cars over the past 18 months that should be us done for 10 years!), so if they really bother me then I might spend a chunk on having the seats re-upholstered. There's a place in Manchester that does good work.
  14. This is becoming commonplace. It's similar for Audi, BMW and Merc cars at similar pricepoints. I've just ordered a Tesla at similar price to the ES300h, and it too is synthetic "vegan" leather (except that Tesla admit that the steering wheel is real leather - apparently the synthetic isn't hard-wearing enough for that).