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    Welcome Kat. I think there's quite a lot of crossover between Lexus and Volvo ownership - Both are marques that appeal to those who want something well built, not german, comfortable, not german, with a different style and not german. Like Lexus, Volvo's supposed reliability and longevity have been elevated to mythical levels by fans when the reality doesn't match. Our V70 was mostly reliable over the 46k miles we had it, but the gearbox wasn't totally happy (shunt into drive, caused by sticking solenoids in valve block) and we felt that it was time to move it on before anything expensive happened (just shy of 9 years old). The S40 is question is one of the most "Ford-ish" Volvos, and i think as it's a 2.0D (Ford TDCI engine) that means that the "auto" is actually the Ford Power$hit gearbox which was a disaster... For all their failings, the Aisin-Warner (aka Toyota) gearboxes fitted to the Volvo engines were better than that. Like The-Acre I think that Volvo's current range has brilliant styling (standouts for me are the V60 (better proportioned and more wagon-y than the slopebacked V90) and S90 (has the length required, the S60 looks like it got rear-ended and squashed the rear passenger door) and the XC60 (easily better looking and nicer inside than the X3 and GLC. I'd have to drive both to choose between it and an NX in that class). I hope that the SPA platform offers significantly improved driving characteristics over the P3 V70 that we had. My main bugbear with the current volvo lineup is actually drivetrains... They don't offer any drivetrains that appeal to me. I'm not one that's chest-beating about "it's absurd that they don't have a 5 or 6 cylinder engine blah blah blah" - the 4 cylinder provides plenty of output (320bhp in the T6) and Volvo isn't and shouldn't try to be BMW. The 4 cylinders are fine.... it's just that I don't want to buy an ICE car. I generally dislike PHEVs (not very good as ICE cars, not very good as EVs) and no one else integrates the hybrids in the way that Toyota/Lexus do. The XC40 isn't my kind of car, but I'm glad to see that they're coming out with an EV version. The Polestar 2, however, is disappointing - it's a £50k+ car that is built on the lower-end Volvo CMA platform (mac strut/ control blade) which for me echos our P3 V70 too much (built on the mondeo mac strut/control blade setup and badly compromised because of it. Our GS450h is the same weight as the V70 but drives so much better through having a far more sophisticated platform under it). Once Volvo get some EVs with proper platforms underneath then I'll get interested again - same goes for Lexus!
  2. After 3 and a half years, I'm pretty sure this will have been resolved by now.
  3. That's very disappointing. I would again sound caution, especially in the light of your post about your enjoyment of the 250, about the 450h. You've already experienced and disliked the CVT, and you know that you do like the 250 drivetrain. Surely better to hang on for the right 250 rather than get a 450h that you already know you're not going to like and want to move on in 6 months?
  4. As Nemesis said, it's more likely a radio antenna. This is a common confusion with Volvo P3 V70s (2008-2016), where people wonder why their side-window demisters aren't working...
  5. The overhead to produce an electric car as compared to an equivalent petrol car is about 3 tonnes of CO2. On current UK grid average (216g/kWh for 2018. 186g/kWh 2019 YTD (will increase as winter kicks in, tracking for just over 200g/kWh for the whole year. Source: https://electricinsights.co.uk/#/dashboard?period=1-year&start=2019-01-01&&_k=zbwgrc)) a typical EV will emit 34g/km (based on 2018 figure, 4 miles per kWh). A 40mpg average petrol car will emit 165g/km, and a 60mpg diesel will emit 128g/km (this is simply derived from the amount of carbon per litre of these fuels - this is not changeable). Thus in the UK there is a saving of around or greater than 100g/km of CO2 per km driven. That 3 tonne deficit from production is neutralised at 30000km, or just under 20000 miles. That's to say nothing of the overheads of fossil fuel - there's an 11% overhead in refining (ie for ever 9 gallons you get out of the end of the refining process, you burned the equivalent of 1 additional gallon), the impacts of transporting tonnes of crude and refined fuels around the place (if you drive 12000 miles per year then you're using over a tonne of fuel per year that has mostly been shipped from abroad. Then there's the impact of "consumables" - engine oil, filters, transmission fluids, spark plugs, etc. Over the life cycle of an EV it works out significantly lower CO2 emissions than an ICE vehicle. Keeping an old ICE vehicle going for longer will gradually lower its lifetime average CO2 per km (because the build overhead is spread over more km), but it will never get anywhere close to an EV.
  6. We've had Crossclimate+ on our Leaf and our V70. When the GS450h and the Tesla need new tyres then they will be getting Crossclimate+ also. They are ideally suited to the UK climate. Most all season tyres (eg the Vector 4 season) start with a winter tyre and somewhat improve its summer capability. You can see this just visually, with the traditional jagged snow/ice siping on the tyre. That means these tyres will perform very well in snow and ice (better than the crossclimate), and are quite well suited to snow-tyre areas of europe (where snow conditions will persist for weeks/months). However, generally they are less good as a summer tyre. The Crossclimate isn't quite as good in snow/ice, but offers the right balance for the UK (where we might see a few days of snow per year if that - and I live up in the Pennines. Southern areas maybe a dusting that lasts for a few hours), with more focus on cold wet performance as well as summer performance. Another factor to consider is Michelin's current design ethos about maintaining tyre performance as they wear. Although the Goodyear is better in snow when new, when worn down to 2mm the Michelin will in fact out-perform it because the Michelin maintains performance better: http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/New-VS-4mm-VS-2mm-All-Season-Tyre-Performance.htm As you said you'd like a quiet tyre, again I'll recommend the Crossclimate from experience - On our Leaf obviously tyre noise was a very significant factor (as it had no significant drivetrain noise on the motorway, and it had reasonably good aerodynamics for a hatch so wind noise wasn't a big factor - tyre noise was most evident), and the Crossclimates were very quiet (as they were on our V70 too, but the diseasel engine drowned out much of that benefit). The spectrum of their noise is different to other tyres, with less low-frequency energy (the stuff that carries through the body shell and booms) and more high frequency energy (that is more easily deflected/absorbed by the sound deadening in the car) - The crossclimates generate more of a white noise than a pink noise (if you're not familiar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colors_of_noise) Ultimately there are a bunch of really good all-season tyres currently on the market - The goodyear, the conti allseason contact (but I've never liked any conti that I've had), the bridgestone A005 and of course the Crossclimate +. Based on my experiences with the Crossclimate I have no hesitation in buying them again, and over the others for the reasons I've laid out above.
  7. Also make sure that cabin pollen filter has been replaced and that the insides of the windows are clean (humans are mucky things that exude oils and grease. This sticks to your windows. Dust then sticks to the oils. The dust provides a surface on which water will condense much more easily - clean the insides of the windows thoroughly and you'll find that there's less tendency to get condensation).
  8. That's why I described our 4GS as a unicorn - it's a 2015 pre-facelift premier WITH HUD and all possible options (which on premier means ACC+LKA+PCS, All-LED headlamps and the sunroof):
  9. We have Radar cruise on our 4GS.... it is a very very very rare option, even on the Premier spec. It's not bad, when you get used to it. One limitation that we didn't realise at first was that if the wipers are going at max speed (either set manually or by auto wipers) radar cruise will disable itself. For the most part it works well, just occasionally on a bend it will pick up a vehicle in an adjacent lane as being in front and slow down. I think that the ACC in a VW hire car I had recently was better - it didn't have that kind of false reaction, and it had an interesting logic to it (you could treat the ACC as a virtual bumper - once at minimum follow distance you could put foot to the floor and it would not move closer to the car in front - the Lexus will override ACC and accelerate).
  10. I've seen this on our GS450h. It seems to me to occur when the hybrid battery is low and the engine is running to move the car and charge the battery - it seems not to be able to do both at once below about 5mph, but it doesn't stop the engine. When you come to a stop you feel the generator kick in and load the engine (and you can see it on the energy flow display). As Vince Donald said, it seems to work best by not messing with EV mode, eco mode, etc - just let it get on and do what it does. I'd love to have (much) more regen when coming off-throttle (but then I always drove my Leaf in B mode, and my Tesla has very strong regen, so I'm used to that), but it's not difficult to modulate the brake pedal to maximise regen without kicking in friction braking.
  11. But what would an equivalent vehicle to your X have cost? A 2017 Range Rover Sport that cost around £80k new (Dynamic HSE SDV6) with 17000 miles on is now selling for just over £40k, so closer to £2 per mile over similar period/distance to your X. Plus a not insignificant amount of diesel! All mass produced cars depreciate until reaching some sort of cult or classic status (which even humble escorts and astras will). However, I think over the next few years we are going to see the diesel backlash continue and that will buoy the values of cars like the IS300h and GS300h compared to their competition. The current supply/demand situation on EVs means that I think residuals for EVs are going to be uncharted territory, but surprisingly strong over the next few years, even for relatively modest cars (because more and more people will wake up to wanting a Leaf/Zoe/Soul/etc as a second car to begin with, then once the bug bites they'll want another EV for main car which will hold values for e-Niro, I-pace, e-tron, EQC and Teslas).
  12. Because this has made no modification to the vehicle. It can be entirely reversed. It has not damaged or modified any of the car's wiring.
  13. Given that the OP has already had a 450h with the eCVT and found it objectionable enough to get rid of the car then it would seem foolish to make the same mistake twice?