There are problems with car wheels as I need to drive on unpaved road sometime. There are lots of scratches already for a new car in 2006. And it is costly to repair or to change them. Any good suggestions? Otherwise it is a lovely car! I really enjoyed it.
To answer the question about wheel surface scratches on non paved roads:
There are a few products available that are spray on protection for wheels. It is a clear coat type "paint" in a can. However this will not save your wheels from curb rash, but protects against chemicals, and liquids as well as added protection against rock chips. But a more detailed description would help diagnose a better solution. Meaning, what exactly is it that is scratching the wheels?
The paddle gear change is very good much better than most systems. I'm also very imoressed with the fuel economy which is fantastic for a 2.5 petrol auto. Not quick, but smooth and refined. Feels like it will last 500.000 miles.
I test drove the IS250 and loved it. The paddle shift is brilliant and so easy to use. I've since ordered a new IS250 SE-L Auto Multimedia.
I purchased a fully loaded IS250 SL as new in 2007. Excellent car and I would certainly buy another.
There have been a few niggles (lid on cup holder in the centre console broke, alloy wheels blistered etc) but all were fixed, without a quibble, by Lexus. The after sales service is second to none.
As for drive quality, I have to say that to date, and having done 65 000 miles in the car, it is still a pleasure to drive. The engine is responsive, the ABS is phenomenal, the auto-box more than handles my driving (so well that I rarely use the paddle shift) and it sticks to the road like glue (and trust me I have pushed it hard).
The only niggles I have are the thickness of the paint on the bonnet (it does tend to chip easy, but this could also be down to the bonnet's profile) and the speed / accuracy of the sat nav. Other than that I can't recommend this car highly enough.
Although Lexus, next time, can I have all four rubber mats and not just the three I got this time?
I am considering the purchase of a used IS. Could anyone advise if the "flappy paddle" gear box will auto select higher or lower gears based on rev range. I prefer tiptronic or flappy paddles that DON'T auto select gears should you get above a certain rev range. That's what rev limiters are for.
Currently driving a 9-3, and considering the IS, A4, or 3 series.
Thanks for any input.