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  1. All fair points! As I said in my later post, the thing that really didn't work for me was the lack of refinement (in the F-sport - I can only go on the one they gave me!), and the fact that the ES (the closest you can get to a GS now?) is only available with this type of powertrain... Maybe they're significantly better in this respect than the NX equivalent? To be clear, It's not that it was a bad car, just that I'd have hoped it would be better given how much newer it was than my old thing. I'd probably have enjoyed one on the standard suspension a lot more, by the sound of it.
  2. I suspect it was indeed the F-Sport. I'm perhaps being unfair on the performance front - it would probably have seemed adequate if it was quieter and comfier, it just didn't stack up with the bizarrely sporty ride and nasty noise.
  3. NX300 ≠ GS450h I've just given back an NX courtesy car. The inferior ride (my 6yr old son called it 'the bumpy car') was disappointing given the relatively high-profile tyres and non-sporting remit, but the drivetrain was the main problem: it sounded like a diesel and was slooooow, whilst returning barely better mpg than my GS. I can't see me ever buying an NX anyway, but it doesn't make me exactly hopeful about the ES either, which would have been a candidate...
  4. 5M42 is a bit of a classic in my book. Would definitely be my choice!
  5. Much like you can spend >£100K on a Toyota Lexus? I know where you're coming from but elsewhere in the world, people are less hung-up on brand names and recognise that GS are still good value (to the watch-liking weirdos of this world) when compared to the more 'prestigious' (Swiss) alternatives. Don't get me started on massive watches...
  6. Oh yes. A late 60s Universal Geneve today. There must be some Grand Seikos on here, as the obvious Lexus equivalent from the world of horology?! Closest I get is this one...
  7. John, sorry for the off-topic, but can you point me at anything which describes the 450h drivetrain in any detail - e.g. the two-speed auto you mention above?
  8. Don't you just love a bit of bodgery? A previous owner of my car had broken the linkage/hinge on the cupholder cover, and repaired it with seemingly whatever they could find in B&Q... Maybe not the most exciting update for anyone else, but it's nice to now have a new one fitted, and the actual cupholder insert present too 🙂
  9. Thanks - I'll ask them!
  10. Thanks! I'd read about needing to re-initialise the steering sensor, but not about anything beyond the process (from the user manual) that you can follow yourself. That's on my to-do list for next time it goes in... Incidentally (having been flicking through your thread!) can anyone tell me whether Lexus Hedge End are on the discount list for gold members?
  11. Could you elaborate on that? What(/why) did you have done?
  12. All good so far, but then it's still under an extended warranty (as well as the HHC) so rather less to worry about... I had the same concern as you, but apparently they're not actually that expensive to fix these days, and when you look at the costs involved with looking after the obvious alternative (a big german diesel), it was pretty much a no-brainer for me.
  13. Thanks! Is yours also on the 17"s? Don't see many of them... 😎 I expect I'll extend the warranty by another two years too... I've been doing most of my driving in a Saab for the last couple of years, so I'm a reformed character, honest guv!
  14. Easy one first: as far as charging the hybrid battery goes, it's all self-contained. It isn't a plug-in hybrid, so there's no equipment (special or otherwise) needed. I've recently bought one so my opinion is based on research rather than significant first-hand experience, but whilst they're complicated things they seem pretty solid from a reliability POV. That one says it's been serviced, but where? If it's a Lexus service, it should have come with a hybrid healthcheck which warranties the hybrid battery for another year / 10K - which is nice. I say should, because my understanding is that the age limit on that has recently increased from 10 to 15 years, but the dealer I spoke to wasn't sure what would happen with cars which had effectively exceeded the limit and then been brought back in by the change. Things to look for: check the boot's big enough for your needs (it ain't big!), seized rear brake calipers, leaking shocks, rusty exhausts, obviously any warning lights/messages. And I'd certainly favour a dealer history on a car like this... Overall though, if mine got written off tomorrow I'd definitely be back in another ASAP. Love it.