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About Kirill-HH

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    Lexus CT200h / ex Skoda Fabia / ex ZAZ Sens
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  1. Yeah, I finally started a logbook here, took me a while to write it 🙂
  2. Ja, das kann Ich mir vorstellen, aber ich habe das Auto noch nicht abgeholt, deswegen habe Ich zurzeit leider kein Handbuch. Oh, danke! Ist es notwendig zum Lexus/Toyota Werkstatt fahren oder kann man zum beliebigen Service fahren um Radwechsel mit Anlernen/Umprogrammierung zu machen?
  3. Moin LOC, jetzt versuche Ich auf Deutsch zu schreiben, so entschuldigen Sie bitte für jegliche Fehler. Ich bekomme bald einen CT BY2013 der hat Reifendruckkontrollsystem. Es gibt bereits Sommer/Winter Felgensätze mit Reifen. Bis jetzt hatte ich nie Autos mit RDKS und ich weiß nicht wie wechselt man Sommer/Winter Räder die RDKS haben. Soll ich unbedingt zu Lexus/Toyota fahren? Oder ATU/ können Räder mit RDKS auch wechseln? Auch ich wohne in Hamburg, kennt jemand gute Reifenservice hier? Viele Grüße, Kirill
  4. Thank you all very much for your input and suggestions. I was also looking a bit into direction of Subaru, but in the end, design of CT appeals to me a bit more. Also when I was selling my current Fabia, the dealer who bought it also said that right now German car brands are not as reliable as a lot of people think. And that guy actually sells used VWs and MBs, so he probably knows what he's talking about 🙂
  5. Yep, on bunch of videos and forums from US lots of people say that they were able to reach 200-300 thousand miles on Toyotas/Lexuses, and way less people say the same about BMW/Mercedes. I don't drive much - 5-6tkm a year, half in a city and half on an Autobahn. With such low mileage the fuel economy doesn't play a big role for me. But since CT has a hybrid engine based on Prius, which is quite reliable - this is very important factor for me. And imho Lexus has way better design than Toyota, especially when comparing CT against Corolla. Also switching Fabia to CT feels like much better improvement than simply switching to something like Yaris. Anyways, thanks for suggestions! 🙂
  6. Thanks, I never heard those German words 🙂 Actually I was recently on a test drive of CT and measured ground clearance. So tips of the front and rear bumpers are also about 20cm above the ground, which is good, so I'm calm about that now. Interestingly, there are not a lot of decent options on the market, and even less available at the official Lexus Dealers. Would it be still a sane idea to buy used CT from Toyota shop and get a 2 year regular Gebrauchtwagengarantie?
  7. At the moment it's possible to get a Lexus Select warranty for the used car (that's not older than 8 years and has less than 160tkm) for about 400-500eur/year, up to 3 years at once. I attached a "Broschüre" from their website - it says that this warranty covers a lot of parts of the car. The company needs to have some serious confidence in its products to offer up to 11 years of warranty. Of course, the car has to fulfill some prerequisites and pass 125-point check, but still, I'm not sure if German automakers offer similar services. Broschüre_Lexus_Select_Druckdatum_September2017_tcm-3150-1271674[1].pdf
  8. It's funny, but in the technical specification docs for my Fabia I couldn't find data for ground clearance. Searching online I found different numbers between 14 and 15 cm. But I always had a feeling that it has a higher clearance, so I measured it today, and saw that tip of the front and rear bumpers is 20 cm above the ground. I understand that somewhere underneath the car there are lower points, but at least the bumpers can easily go above the Kantstein. This is especially helpful when you drive over the Kantstein not from the side, but at 90 degrees - in this case the wheel meets the Kantstein only after the bumper is above it. I saw that CTs have different models with 15-16-17 inch wheels, different suspension and different bumpers, so I guess for me it will be better to measure ground clearance for bumpers when test driving a particular car.
  9. Oh yeah, that's a funny typo 😂 I wanted to write 13-14cm 🙂 Nevertheless, isn't it too low for the city?
  10. Thanks, it's interesting that VW gave you no issues in comparison to more premium Audi. It looks like quality of the VAG products is hit or miss - sometimes great, sometimes just sucks money from the owner's pocket. Also if I understand correctly, for an additional charge, Lexus warranty can be extended up to impressive 11 years with the Lexus Select warranty program - I guess this also speaks for the quality of their products. It's even higher than KIA's 7 years. And you're right, there are unfortunately not a lot of CTs on the market, especially here in the North, but I'm not in a hurry, so will be monitoring the offers.
  11. Yep. As I was told in the Lexus Forum Hamburg, the Lexus Select warranty covers 100% of materials and work (if the broken part is under warranty of course) and will cost about 1200eur for 3 years. Which doesn't seem that particularly expensive considering how much the repair will cost if something serious will get broken. And they told that there is also some regular "Gebrauchtwagengarantie" which costs about 150eur per year, covers less parts than Lexus Select, covers 100% of work and for every 10tkm over 50tkm I'll have to pay 10% for materials. By the way, I saw that ground clearance (or another term "ride height") is only about 13-14mm in CT200h. Isn't it too small for the city? Is it enough to ride over "Kantstein" when parking?
  12. Moin moin 🙂 Disclaimer: I live in Hamburg and mostly understand German, but writing is still way easier in English, so "Entschuldigen Sie bitte" for writing in English, you can still reply in German. While looking for a replacement for my current car I was researching the market for the reliable nice used cars. I previously thought that German cars have reputation of being very reliable. But how big was my surprise to find out that according to a lot of reviews, ratings and long-term tests, German brands are often below Toyota/Lexus, and sometimes even below Hyundai/Kia when it comes to reliability. For example I was looking into used BMW 1, Audi A1, Golf, Tiguan - even though all of them, except BMW, have a bit boring looks (to my taste), I was hoping that they have very good reliability. But in English/German/Russian-speaking communities I found lots of negative experiences with those cars. And at the same time, I saw much more praise for Japanese cars, which puts CT200h on top of my list. Thus it's especially interesting to ask following on a German-speaking forum: is Lexus really more reliable than Audi/BMW/etc., and if "yes", why is it still such a rare guest on the German roads? Is it because people try to support local production, or maybe German cars are not that bad, or Lexus is simply more expensive and is not produced in such big quantities? Viele Grüße, Kirill
  13. Cool, thanks, I researched about "Gewährleistung" and now I understand that it's not the same as warranty. I'll have to figure out for myself if having 1-2-3 years of warranty will make sense for me.
  14. Moin Leute, thanks a lot for a quick and informative replies. 1. I usually drive not more than once a week (no real need, lots of places are easily accessible by foot or it's easier to take an U-Bahn rather than hunting for the parking spot). But I see that there is a hope that the car will be fine 🙂 2. Yeah, I'm planning to definitely do a necessary service checks every year. Dealer at the Lexus Forum Hamburg told that for CT the normal service costs vary between €300 and €650 (highest price being for 90tkm check) and it's fine because I anyways pay the same for upkeeping my old Fabia 😄 By the way, would you recommend to do service checks at Lexus or Toyota? 3., 4. Would you personally pick Lexus Select Warranty or a regular Gebrauchtwagengarantie? I guess the benefit of Lexus Select is that it covers more parts and the car can be then fixed by Lexus Werkstatt, but the downside is that it's more expensive and in order for this warranty to work I need to do all the service and repairs only at the Lexus Dealer. With a regular Gebrauchtwagengarantie I'll pay less for it, it will still cover most important parts and I will not be bound only to the Lexus Dealer for service and repairs. Or did I get it completely wrong? Also it's sad that there are not that many used CTs on a market and very few near Hamburg. So I guess it will take some time to find a decent one. But I'm not in a hurry anyways.
  15. Hello, I live in Hamburg and at the moment drive 2005 Skoda Fabia. I'm now looking for something a bit higher level, nice looking, quite compact but not a boring usual choice like Golf or A1-A3 (just my taste), also having a good handling, being very reliable, without a need to throw in tons of money every year to fix it. And so far CT200h looks like a really interesting option. I'm also not interested in a race car, if it can drive with 170km/h on Autobahn - that's enough for me. I don't care much about fuel consumption (unless it's more than 15L per 100km) and I like CT200h not because it's a Hybrid, but because of the original aggressive looks, quality and potential reliability (according to what I've read online), good ride comfort, being unique on the road and having a good feeling of finally getting a decent car 🙂 I have several questions, it would be good if someone can help me out with them. You can reply in German, I understand most of the stuff, it's just writing complex texts for me is still much easier in English. 1. I use public transportation for a daily commute, thus using a car mainly on a weekends, sometimes might drive only 1-2 times in a month. And in a year I drive about 5-6tkm. Will such driving mode be negative for the car, especially for the Hybrid Drive and battery? 2. If I'll buy a 2012 CT200h with about 90tkm with all services done on time and having "Scheckheftgepflegt" (like this one), how high is the chance that I'll be able to drive it 4-5 years without big issues? Or is 7 years and 90tkm is already too much for this car? 3. Would you recommend buying only directly from the Lexus dealer, or is it okay to buy from other "Händlers" as well? (for example, this and this look like a nice choices) I just want a higher possibility that car is in a good condition, and also having some additional warranty for a used Lexus would be great. 4. On the official Lexus website I see they're offering "Lexus Select Extended Warranty" for the used cars. Is it something worth getting into? I heard that Lexuses are pretty reliable, but if something gets broken, repair costs might be quite expensive. 5. Anyone had experience with Lexus Forum Hamburg, how is the service there? Do they try to rip you off and upsell you unnecessary services, or doing service for the car without proper quality? 6. Does anybody know if it is popular by a car thiefs? Vielen Dank!