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You are in the Lexus RX 400h
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Lexus RX 400h, Hybrid Cars, Car Buying, SUV
Apr 24, 2007 (9:28 am)
About a month I got my RX400H and have not complaints whatsoever. I used to love my 96 V8 Chevy truck but so far I haven't had a chance to miss my truck. I am loving so much that I already have about 1300 miles on it. I have now averaging 24.4 MPG with about 75% city driving.
What is meant with "when ICE kicks in"?
Sorry I am new here.
#82 of 100 Re: VERY HAPPY [eldejerez]
Jun 05, 2007 (12:26 pm)
"ICE" is Internal Combustion Engine, the engine in you car that uses gasoline.
#83 of 100 Navigation "I Agree" is sore thumb of the car
Jun 07, 2007 (6:51 am)
Everytime you turn on the car, the navigation gives you a lawyeristic "I agree" screen. I'd like to find the guy behind that screen and re-assign him to GM for life. It makes me want to drill my own eyes out.
Other than that, the best car on the market in its class.
#84 of 100 Also not happy with nav limitations while driving
Jun 07, 2007 (6:55 am)
Its an SUV. Most of the time, there is more than one person in the car. The passenger should be able to override and use nav while the driver drives. *(^*%^*(&^*& lawyers. Just put your stupid "I agree" screen there if you must.
#85 of 100 Re: New 400h Mileage [shelt]
Jun 28, 2007 (5:35 am)
I can play mp3 (all 6 of them) in my 07 RX400h I agreed with you about not have an Aux input
#86 of 100 Re: Awesome experience (after 2 days) [_hacksaw]
Aug 28, 2007 (11:36 am)
I also live in Chicago and was wondering what your overall experience has been so far.
-How was the handling in the snow? Did you continue to get good mileage?
-Have you needed any repairs? Are they more costly than a conventional car?
So confused, it seems the more I read the more confused I become.
#87 of 100 RX400h first drive comments
Aug 28, 2007 (11:05 pm)
Took one out for a test drive. My first time driving a RX400 hybrid.
Heard a fairly noticeable high pitched whine as I slowed down at lights. Is this to be expected always?
Tried to avoid accelerating after starting from a light to see when the switch over from electric to ICE takes place. Noticed that it would take place at right around 10-20 mph. Is that normal?
Not sure about this but my recollection of the RX350 test drive is that engine noise was lower on that vehicle. Does that sound right?
Reading through the posts on this forum, I will admit I don't know yet how to interpret the electric/hybrid gauges to describe what state the battery was in when I took it out and whether that explains the whine and cut-over behavior.
Would like to hear feedback from 400h owners.
#88 of 100 Clean diesel/Blue-tec
Sep 10, 2007 (7:48 am)
When will Lexus provide the Blue tec diesel with their hybrid. Then we'll get REAl mileage. In the USA we brag about mileage that they laugh at in Europe. Get serious. You guys would buy anything.....that you saw your neighbor buy , that is. Far to expensive for next to nothing in return.
#89 of 100 New owner comments
Mar 15, 2008 (11:26 am)
I've got about 760 miles now on the '08 RX400h. Previous cars were the Prius 2002-2004, then the Infiniti FX35 2004-2008. This Lexus soothes my conscience while allowing me to enjoy the luxury to which I've become accustomed. (See separate posts about suggested improvements to the Lexus.) Because I drove the Prius for 2 years, I'm familiar with the feel of regenerative braking and electric/ICE transitions. Glad I've learned on these forums that the initial gas mileage improves with age. Right now I'm at 24.5mpg and shooting for 25.
We have the technology: every car sold in this country should be a hybrid. Somehow, this one is the only option in a luxury vehicle.
#90 of 100 Re: RX400h first drive comments [ksrp]
May 24, 2008 (5:29 pm)
The high-pitched whine that you heard while using the brakes on
the RX400 is tied into the regenerative braking. I noticed it when
driving a few hybrid 400h loaner cars through Lexus. That was one of the few things I was not crazy about on the hybrid. That, and I had to get used to the CVT trannie as opposed to the regular tranny on the RX350.