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  1. Lexus and I assume other brands presumably use these expensively filled cats to get maximum reduction in emmisions. I wonder how much difference it makes to emmisions, noise and fuel ecomomy if the genuine article is replaced with a generic lacking the expensive innards or replacing with a straight pipe and just relying on the cats up front?
  2. I had a supposed insect activate the alarm on a different car a long time ago. I fumigated the car and that solved the problem but this has happened on my Lexus only upon the onset of hail and gusting wind. If there is no easy answer, I will have a word with Lexus and in need an alarm specialist.
  3. For only 5 minutes duration yesterday afternoon we had concentrated hail with a strong wind. The 'stones' were not really large, possibly 3 or 4mm. Almost immediately this activated the alarm on my car but none of the several makes of my neighbours cars were affected. The alarm was activated once previously under similar weather conditions on another day. I unset the alarm with my remote and neighbors stopped staring out of their windows. But it would have been more embarrassing if it had happened at night or while we were not at home. Of course, like my insurers, I want to have the protection the alarm provides but avoid activation in similar circumstances. Has anybody else suffered this problem or know whether sensitivity can be reduced by me or Lexus. Thank you.
  4. It's interesting to imagine what our transport will be like in the future but much may depend on Government carrot and stick approach. Expect self driving vehicles to become common place. For those, (probably the majority), who just want to go from A to B for relatively short journeys, dialing up for a self driving car to take them to their destination(s) might suit. No need to to have your own car, thereby saving on initial cost and depreciation and being off road while parts were awaited, as another automated car would come along. For those wanting to travel further afield, perhaps there might be a larger, more comfortable range that again would most probably be battery powered. When needed the car would take itself to a power point and recharge. Those who still wanted their own cars and particularly those still with petrol/diesel power might have to subsidize the 'hire a car' users. Indeed we are beginning to see some of this happening already in road tax difference, low emission zones etc. I saw a very short film about how hydrogen was being used used on a small scale. It showed it being used to power cars as well as to provide power for heating. This might become b an alternative rival to electric. Interestingly, an airplane powered by Hydrogen was shown on TV today and it was hoped that this would be the forerunner of a small commercial plane. I am sure we are going to see some quite radial changes in the next 20 years and beyond. Many enthusiasts will reminisce about the days when they drove their own petrol/diesel cars.
  5. you would have thought they would have least have cleaned the drivers seat which would have helped considerably.
  6. Going back to what was said earlier in this thread concerning the 'lost' but later found wheel nut key, should you actually lose it, Lexus can remove nut as they have a master key to do so they tell me. Might be worth remembering.
  7. Good Lexus (or should it be Lexi?) seem to go very quickly, I saw one that had extras that don't even come as standard on a Premier - viewed it one evening, slept on it, then next morning when I rang the Lexus dealer it had been sold. Wish I had stumped up the extra £1,500 or so as haven't seen same spec one since. So if a car really ticks all the boxes, you sometimes have to act quickly if you are picky over certain aspects and don't want to keep searching.
  8. I do prefer the smaller grille of the earlier models to the overblown one on the 4th Gen. But beauty in the eyes of the beholder. Best looking SUV I think is the Stelvio. The Quadrifoglio version must be one of the fastest ICE too if you are in a hurry. Question is how they will stand up over time.
  9. Interesting thought but I don't think they would buy that and would argue I did not mention retaining parts in sufficient time.(I was at lunch and failed to request retention). They did provide the parts at cost and were helpful to get car ready so I could drive home. I think this would only serve to sour relations and worn out parts are of no use to me. Furthermore, CRL are not questioning the fact that the struts were worn, they just say this happens some times so an owner needs a warranty, so made no difference whether or not I had the parts on this occasion.
  10. Took delivery of car on 30th October 2018 showing 34,369 miles. It had previously last been serviced by Cheltenham on 10th May 2018 at 31,652 miles and correct intervals before that. Serviced 23rd May 2019 at 37,688 miles. New Cross Climates fitted by Cheltenham at my expense as Dunlops serviceable but stepped and noisy on 27th Sep 2019 (they did match best price I could get elsewhere) at 39,150 miles. Serviced 14th Sep 2020 at 41,202 miles when replacement struts and top mounts fitted. I have done few miles in the car for various reasons, mainly due to isolating. So that the history.
  11. Update. In brief, Lexus Customer Relations declined my request for some 'Goodwill' on the low mileage struts as I don't have an extended covered by extended warranty. They said they thought the discount on replacements offered by Lexus Cheltenham was a fair result. I have replied that I have no complaint against Cheltenham but reiterated that the struts should not have failed so early on a 'quality' car. LCR also said that I had declined an offer to take out an extended warranty but I was told if I did so it would not cover the existing claim, so would not be relevant to current claim. In fact I did not decline taking out the extended warranty but was given 30 days to make a decision on this and I told Cheltenham that I would respond within this time frame one way or the other. I made a couple of further points and have asked LCR to reconsider but I am not optimistic about getting any Goodwill from them. I do like the car but it is concerning that without an extended warranty, I might have to pay out heavily for another premature failure. Furthermore, the warranty is only for two years so it becomes necessary to pay for another in two years time and so on. Another option would be to sell and go for a Kia Sorrento which has a 7 year, 100,000 mile warranty, gives about the same mpg and is very inexpensive to service with reliability close to that of an RX according to some surveys. My daughter has one and I have been on quite a number of comfortable journeys in it. Of course being a diesel it does rattle at low revs, particularly when idling and hers is not as nice inside as the RX, although they have since been considerably upgraded on newer versions. I will update after further response from Lexus and perhaps taking a closer look at some later Kia's, Covid restrictions permitting.
  12. These are indeed important considerations but surely the first thing you need to establish is that the RX is the car and best model for you. As regards speed, they are all good for about 7.6sec 0-60mph from standing start and a top speed in excess of 120mph which is probably enough for people driving this type of vehicle. It is not the sort of car you take round the Nurburgring or demonstrate at Japfest. What may be an important factor for some is the type of automatic gearbox fitted which provides a continuous surge but to those unused to CVT seems like clutch slip with racing engine under moderately hard acceleration. This might be a deal breaker for some. I prefer the more conventional transmission but have become used to RX CVT type box. Brakes are generally pretty good and certainly adequate, although I have experienced better at high speed. The colour choice is not very extensive, black, white, silver and grey being most numerous followed by burgundy. There are a few other colours, particularly with older cars which included blue and a sort of beige but by looking only for one of these you would seriously reduce your choice. MPG for a large, heavy and comfortable car such is the RX hybrid is reasonable and depreciation is probably less than other SUV's in this sort of category.
  13. You don't say what model RX cars you have driven and I would suggest you try at least the Sports and Advance models. The air suspension on the RX Premier can be problematical and the general view is that it is not markedly different in reality to the conventionally metal sprung models. (From reviews I have read on the Audi Q5, having air suspension on that car rather than not makes a considerable improvement by comparison). You are contemplating changing from a relatively small saloon in the A3, not just to say a Q5 but a high riding larger RX hybrid that drives very differently and indeed best requires to be driven differently. The RX is certainly a very comfortable car best driven in a relaxed fashion. Surveys show it is one of the most reliable cars but when major parts are needed these can be expensive. Even some moderately priced parts can work out expensive when you include the cost of fitting, replacing sparking plugs and water pump being prime examples due to the hours of work involved. A car older than 5 years qualifies for Lexus 'Essential Service' which is pretty much the same as a normal service but is called differently as Lexus want to keep your business rather than your taking an older car to a non appointed Lexus garage for service. Most people (including me) find the Sat Nav poor. I fitted a TomTom while others use Google maps etc.
  14. About 12 years ago, in a weak moment I bought a highly advertised product called 'Cataclean', which made all sorts of claims including vastly improved engine efficiency but it made no difference for me. Maybe it is of more benefit where engines have been neglected. (I see it is still being sold with some people on Utube saying it made significant improvements whilst others say it did nothing.) I gave a bottle or two to a friend who owns a garage and he tried it to measure improvements but couldn't find any. However, he advocated a product called 'Forte'. This seems to have since been developed into a machine dispensed procedure, and looks rather more like 'Terraclean'. And no, unless and until an independently validated product is advertised, and I definitely need it, I prefer to spent my hard earned on servicing to a good standard.
  15. Manufacturers have largely come out against the 'pour in' treatments saying that modern oils and regular filter changes mean these should not be necessary but nevertheless although minimized, there will still be some build up of carbon. In fact this has been a problem with some BMW (and other) diesel engines fitted with swirl flaps. These have become so coked up that they have been ingested and caused considerable damage to engines, so much so that aftermarket blanking plugs can be bought to prevent the damage but there is still a build up of coke. The Terraclean treatment seems to be different but whether this works better needs to be established by an independent body following extensive evaluation. With respect, I suggest the subjective views of a very few members who may have tried this treatment will not be conclusive. If independent tests showed it did all that was claimed and manufacturers approved it's use it might be worthwhile considering.