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  1. If you can find one within your budget or just stretch it a teeny bit, I would suggest you go for the facelift model (2014+) as there were a number of improvements made, such as less harsh suspension, newer infotainment system as well as slightly more modern looks, especially the front bumper which I personally think looks miles better than the pre-facelift version. If the car is looked after then it should definitely give you the 5 years you are looking for, if not more. Toyota/Lexus bulletproof reliability extends to their hybrid system which has now been around for over 20 years, the system is solid! We have a 2007 Prius in the family with over 130,000 miles that is still going strong with no repairs needed at all other than routine maintenance.
  2. Sorry just saw this, I had it done via this seller on eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283655149593 Their garage is in East London E7 9AE Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  3. Definitely works, I've done it on my 2014 with the Carista OBD dongle and app. You get a months free app subscription when you buy the original dongle (£14.99) to access the hidden features of the car. After that it can be used as a normal OBD dongle with any compatible app Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  4. That’s weird, the link is working for me. Search for the the thread titled “Urgent” and there’s the discussion there. Anyhow, the main point is that there is an alternative cheaper (by a lot!) to the dealer catloc which comprises of a large metal piece fitted under the car that covers the Catalaytic converter. Something like the following, but you’d have to buy one that fits the CT: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F233386255532 Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. There are also aftermarket options available that are much cheaper than going to the dealer, see my post here: https://www.lexusownersclub.co.uk/index.php?/topic/121976-Urgent.#entry1111642 Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  6. I have a 9 month old and we are doing just fine with the CT, pushchair fits nicely in the boot taking up approximately half of the space, plenty of room for shopping etc. It's enough if you know that's what you're getting into and aren't expecting more. The warranty is definitely not 10 years. 15 years for the hybrid battery potentially as mentioned above, if you get the yearly hybrid health check, normally free if you get it serviced at Lexus. The F sport does have memory seats with three options if I remember correctly (mine is not an F-sport but I have been in one when I was looking to purchase a CT). The Toyota/Lexus hybrid system is generally very reliable and nothing much goes wrong with them, we've got three in the household, two of which have over 100,000 miles and are still going strong.
  7. See my post on another thread https://www.lexusownersclub.co.uk/index.php?/topic/121947-Cheapest-Option-for-Replacement-Key-Fob#entry1111208 Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  8. For the eagle eyed, the above photo was taken midway through the install, hence the undone bolt ;) Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  9. I've had a metal piece fitted by a local independent that serves a lot of the Prius taxis in London, it cost me £70. Not sure how sturdy or resilient it may be against an angle grinder but my hope is that the added time it would take to cut an appropriate hole through it might dissuade any thieves. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  10. I also came to the conclusion that the dealer was the only option for a replacement key for my 2014 CT200h after trawling the internet. However, this is definitely not the case! I did a simple Google search for replacement Lexus Smart key and called a few different places to get quotes which ranged from £250-£380, my local dealer had wanted £365. Settled on the £250 guy who came out to my address the next day and programmed and cut a new key. The only difference was that the key he gave was a generic one without the Lexus logo, other than that, it looked like my original key. Everything works, although I have noticed the range at which you can activate the locks using the remote button is slightly lower on the new key compared to the original, however, I hardly use the physical buttons due to the smart key system so I am happy with this considering I saved over £100 by not going to the dealer. PM if you want the number, I can find his website just now! Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk