Last post on Sep 06, 2007 at 8:39 AM
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Lexus GS 450h, Hybrid Cars, Car Buying, Sedan
#57 of 66 Re: GS450h Ride Quality [bmwconvert]
Aug 05, 2006 (7:07 pm)
OK folks, I removed the run-flats from the car and replaced them with Michelin Pilot PS2 (non run-flat) NOW, it rides like a Lexus, but still has excellent handling. It reminds me more of a BMW 5 that I test drove before I chose the car. Now, I am in love, and very, very happy.
#58 of 66 Re: GS450h Ride Quality [gelam007]
Aug 05, 2006 (10:25 pm)
Good choice. I have been thinking of changing out the runflats for Pilot Sport A/S but then my conservative side steps in and asks what to do with a flat and no spare tire, particularly if its out in the rural areas without immediate help available. What's your plan, is there a quick fix available to get the flat tire up and going for a reasonable distance to get help?
#59 of 66 Re: GS450h Ride Quality [hendjaz]
Aug 06, 2006 (8:33 am)
When I went to have the new tires (well, Michelins), I realized there was no spare and was fit to be tied. I called Lexus and told them that even if I would have kept the run-flats, I would want a spare. What if a tire was not driveable?????? Anyway, I wrote Lexus and contacted my dealer and they are supplying the doughnut temp spare and the mounting kit for it, free of charge. Lexus said my request was not unreasonable. The kit and tire is costing them (they say) 500 bucks...but considering they made about 7 grand off of me, I think they will survive fiscally (ha ha). If you look down in your trunk, you will see there is the space to mount the temp spare and it has been pre-drilled for the mounting. I just cannot believe how much better the car absorbs road impacts with the new tires, while still handling beautifully.
#60 of 66 Re: GS450h Ride Quality [gelam007]
Aug 06, 2006 (1:28 pm)
I have the active stabilizer option and the equipment occupies the spare tire area so no room for spare. I am very pleased with the stabilizer function so no regrets on not having a spare tire. The runflats are okay and not a problem for me except I have had prior great experience with the Pilot Sport A/S and would love to add that to improve the handling and traction even further.
#61 of 66 Re: GS450h Ride Quality [hendjaz]
Aug 06, 2006 (6:19 pm)
Yes, it looks like you will have to keep with run-flats. I was not aware the active suspension was housed on the well for the spare. Enjoy your new car.
#62 of 66 Re: GS450h Ride Quality [gelam007]
Aug 22, 2006 (3:33 pm)
I noticed that you replaced you run flats. When you changed to the PS2 did you have the same size tire 245/40/18? I have heard that people are using The A/S which is a 245/45/18 do you know which is better. Thanks of the input.
#63 of 66 Re: GS450h Ride Quality [al147]
Sep 06, 2006 (5:42 pm)
That is the first I heard of people using the A/S. I chose the PS as I was told these were more performance oriented for this type of car. I was just so glad to get rid of the run flats it really did not matter!!!!!! If you get rid of the run flats though you will have to get a spare in the trunk. Lexus (the dealer) provided that free of charge after I told them I was unhappy with the ride of the run flats.
#64 of 66 Re: GS450h Ride Quality [al147]
Sep 06, 2006 (5:46 pm)
I realize that I did not actually answer your question. Yes, I have the same tire size 245/40/18. If I would have known I could have gotten 45's I would have certainly done it to add more meat to the tire and help the ride even more. ...I guess I want a car that rides like an LS 260, but has the power of the 450 h!!!!!!
#65 of 66 Re: First Pix of GS 450h [gs450h]
Aug 02, 2007 (12:01 am)
my dad took delievery of his gs 450h in about april. its the dark metallic grey with black interior. within a month of taking deliever i took it to portland international raceway and ran a 14.1 qt/mi 101.1 mph. also i dont beleve it is limited at 130 as displayed in the brochure. Ive had it to 135 and it was still going. its quite a car. quick from lights and with the low pro tires and sport suspension it takes nice twisty mountain roads with ease.
Sep 06, 2007 (8:39 am)
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