Nick W858

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  1. We have both those vehicles in our household. As you say both very different cars, both supremely comfortable and I'm 6ft 4. If you pushed me I'd say RX sets seem thicker bit plusher and armrest works better for me but we have done mega journeys in both and no complaints from either of us - good luck with your choice! BTW - Neither of are elderly or infirm but have to say that the RX is easier to jump in and out of. The RX is 5 years older and had done 100 k miles more than the IS but it still feels like a newish car do wouldn't let the age come into the equation too much.
  2. Thanks very much - like the ease of application.
  3. Looks lovely how easy was the TWHC wet wax to apply?
  4. Yes I have a classic additions one for my 911 - it is excellent but as Bob has said it needs properly securing, I have had minor issues with rub on the paintwork over the rear wheel arch. As a bonus if you ever have any problems, if you call them, a very pleasant lady answers the phone very quickly and sorts out the issue straight away - they have sent me spare straps and adhesive patches free of charge.
  5. Good write up thank you. I'm about 116k behind you and don't see myself catching up anytime soon - particularly in the current climate!
  6. Hi Solar - I think you have had your questions answered. I bought my IS a 2014 model with 28k on the clock last year - if replaced a 22 year old LS400 with around 300k miles on the clock and if I wanted it too I would bet the IS will last the same time so long as regular servicing is carried out. I have also owned two ISFs both higher mileage 90k plus and my wife has a 2011 RX450h with over 130k on the clock - all these vehicles have been supremely reliable. As others have said, mpg will vary but for me it is very impressive. I did use winter tyres as I have the old wheels and tyres from my old LS - I didn't really need them this year but for me and where I live, I view winters as essential. Overall a very understated and underrated car - I have had all the prestige German stuff but the Lexus is very much my preferred option. Buy one and you will not be disappointed.
  7. Welcome Andrew, I too initially thought the same as John but I think your answer has provided a suitable reason for going for the 220d.
  8. Our 2011 RX450h now on 130k - serviced annually by Lexus and so far nothing other than brakes/tyres and a coil spring has needed replacing or repairing - passed all its hybrid checks too.
  9. I thought that about town driving but the reality for me is that I only see the 45 to 55 mpg when I get a run on the a roads and motorways. Cold starts and short runs get the 33mpg I referred to at best. In those conditions though I doubt many diesels would fare much better.
  10. My preference would not be diesel especially for lots of town stuff and potential DPF issues. I generally average around 55mpg when weather is warm and 45 when weather is cold but that is with a healthy mix of a road and motorway c75%. If I spend more time on town stuff particularly in colder weather I would say it's roughly 33 mpg for that kind of driving. Good luck with whatever decision you go with.
  11. Welcome aboard they are lovely cars albeit the performance will be quite different from the 435 but there are lots of other very positive things about the IS that will compensate.
  12. Totally agree - they had a few used NXs for sale and they looked lovely but the UX still seems more on trend or 'urban' as the receptionist at the dealership described it. Must say I'm not too bothered about either of those things but if it was my money and I was looking at SUV stuff I'd probably veer more towards or a CRV or RAV 4 or even a CHR which I believe has the same engine now as the Ux but I'm sure will be better value for money and a bit more practical too.
  13. Had one yesterday while my wife's RX was in for a service - fancied seeing how it compared to my IS300h. Nice car, nippy and pretty economical ( I averaged 46mpg) and obviously more of an updated interior than my IS. Fine for me size wise even at 6ft 4 but obviously limits the rear legroom which would be an issue taking my son and his pals to rugby. I knew the boot would be small and I wasn't disappointed! Not sure I'll be buying one just yet but wouldn't rule it out in the future.
  14. Just had this done yesterday at Lexus Hull - superb service as ever and they also supplied the UX250h I requested as the courtesy car - fancied seeing how it compared to my IS300h. No major dramas with the service save for a broken rear coil spring which will need sorting before the MOT due middle of March plus also called out the need soon for new front discs and pads - will get both done locally. Car continues to perform really well but now my wife has taken over the responsibility of paying for the maintenance I suspect it will be the last time the car sees the inside of a main dealership!
  15. Had a couple of ours replaced at 110kmiles (2011 RX) this was due to some leakage in them - must admit I didn't notice much difference in anything in the ride after they were replaced. As you say the ride can be a wee bit rough, ours seems to ride best when four up and full of luggage.