DDS62

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    HS250h
  1. What cup holders? Do you mean the stupid insert spacer thing below the center armrest? Or the bottle holders in the fron door panels that hold nothing? Also looking for a place to put my iPhone... NOT on the passenger seat or dash... I agree with you on all of your points. I've owned my HS since Nov 09 and I 100% agree with all of the above. Let me add a couple more improvements: 1. Change the EV mode to allow a higher speed, up to 35mp, and allow the mode to be used in a lower battery capacity. My HS kicks out of EV mode when the battery capacity drops below 3/4 charged (dumb, dump, dumb). BTW, this should be a software fix for the 2010 models. 2. Make absolutely sure that all of the future models use lithium battery and are "plug-in" hybrids. Mid 30ties MPG is not acceptable for a sedan built as a Hybrid only model. It should match, or come very close to matching, the Prius MPG rating. I might argue about a plug-in Hybrid. In order to make use of such a vehicle you would need to (at least) double the amount of batteries. The cost of replacing the current battery pack is about $6,000 which is close to ridiculous, but barely tolerable if they last the full 8 years as guaranteed (albeit pro rated). But $12,000 would be ridiculous by any standard. And this car must have a good set of batteries in order to run. meaning that when the time comes to replace them you either pay up or junk the thing for parts because nobody else will buy it. I pity those fools that are buying the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt with their 1000 lb battery packs. Unless the price of the batteries drop drastically in the coming years, those cars are for sure throw away items.
  2. Does anyone have the technical info for the HS250 wheels? Or for that matter tech. info on all Lexus/Toyota wheels? I have searched to no avail. What I need is: 1)Offset of the 7" wide wheels used on the base model. 2)Offset of the 7.5" wide wheels used on the Premium model. 3)Are the wheels lug or hub centric? Can they be both? I am aware of the values for: 1)Bore Diameter = 60.1mm 2)The mounting Bolt Circle = 114.3mm(4.5") diameter I would also like to know if there is any difference in the calibration of the odometer and related functions between the base and the Premium models. The Diameter of the tires on the Base model are theoretically 5/16" larger than the tires on the Premium. Not a great difference, but I would bet Lexus may very well calibrate each differently. I need the offsets for both in order to determine if Lexus designed the different models for same track or same outside width. These values are necessary to determine proper spacers thickness (if any). I am attempting to find a good set of 16" or 17" replacement wheel/tire combo with more and softer rubber in order to improve ride quality. My car rides poorly, but I like every thing else about it. The most promising wheels I have found are the 17" E-sport wheels for the ES and the 16" wheels used on the Camry.