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Old 11-08-2016, 08:49 PM   #21
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Oh - and to give you an idea of the performance of the car, this video compares it to a BMW 335i

Lexus GS450h comparison to BMW 335i

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Stunning Lexus i bet it is a dream to drive

I admire the work that you are putting into it
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Old 11-08-2016, 09:02 PM   #23
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Thanks Zetec-al.

It is a great car to drive, and is a very good blend of comfort, handling, performance, economy and quality/reliability. And I think it looks pretty good too, and still looks a real classic design for almost 10 years old!
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Beading video no. 1


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Had hoped to put a shorter number plate on at the back but, even after machine polishing, the lip where the bodyshop have obviously painted the boot lid and just masked off the number plate is obvious

Oh well...full size plate it is.


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Old 12-08-2016, 12:31 PM   #27
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Would you consider wet sanding with very fine paper, 2 or 3000? It would definitely make it less noticeable.

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Possibly, but I have decide to go with a set of aluminium pressed plates for the car - despatched today

Also visited Lexus, and picked up my new fully stamped replacement service book (owner lost it), and ordered a new key (owner lost one) and a pile of trim clips for the boot, rear bumper (and bolts), engine bay etc.

Also, got a decent price for a set of roof rails to let me put my bike racks up, and roof box for holidays - can't get a pattern part one anywhere, and no one selling a used one!

All due in stock on Tuesday hopefully, and can get the car booked in for the keys to be coded.

Lexus owners club membership saved me another £50 odd today in dealer discounts! Will also save me 15% on the labour cost of the key programming (which can only be done at Lexus ).

Now, hunting for side trim clips - in the catalogue listed only as No. 3!! Need to be a phone call to Lexus again - where eBay is FULL of clips - already have 6 different kits, and none any use...
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Old 13-08-2016, 12:15 AM   #29
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Great work so far, and I like the car a lot.

I investigated a GS430 back in Feb, this car in fact:



Sadly a miscommunication with the dealer (I turned up on time, he didn't) meant I never got to drive it. This example even had radar cruise.

How's the boot space on yours though? I recall the hybrid system takes up some of it?
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Yeah - the hybrid takes up a bit of space to the rear of the boot, but it's perfectly useable - I can get any of the wee one's buggies in the boot easily, plenty of bags, and I am a musician and can get the bulk of my equipment in it so not an issue.
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