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    Anyone used SMART insurance provided by Lexus (autoprotect.net / smartinsurance.com) ?

    Hi All I recently purchased a Lexus and the dealer offered the usual add-ons, one of them was the cosmetic insurance / SMART cover. Although branded Lexus when you read the documentation it looks like claims are via www.smartinsurance.com or smartclaims@autoprotect.net, has anyone used this...
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    Scotland route 500 sat nav advice

    Hi All This sat we're planning a road trip to the highlands to do the first half of route 500 (Inverness to Bettyhill), I heard this part is the most scenic out of the whole route, hopefully thats correct? Has anyone done this before who can advise a good way to stay on track on route500 using...
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    Opinions on the Lexus IS300H?

    Hi All I'm thinking of downsizing from the 2011 E250 diesel into a smaller petrol car, I've had 2 E classes already (W211 and W212) and I fancy a change, reliability is key for me but still want to retain luxury, on paper it sounds like Lexus could be the answer. I'm leaning towards the IS300H...
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    Witnessed a crash - Dashcam came in handy!

    Hi All Thought fellow members find this interesting, was driving along the M1 when a lorry merged into the car in the next lane, I pulled over (it looks like i'm cutting across traffic however I did check my mirrors to ensure all clear) made sure no one was hurt and have sent the car driver the...
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    City driving - W212 E250 - P2463 – Diesel Particulate Filter Restriction – Soot Accumulation- how to resolve?

    Hi All I have a 2011 E250 Diesel which was mainly used on motorways prior to Covid, now that i'm been home working its just been used once a week to go shopping, unfortunately I did not think about the DPF with everything else going on and now I've got the check engine light on. In a nutshell...
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    Van hire company recommendations?

    Hi All We need van hire on a Saturday and were looking at Sixt initially, I've heard certain companies have been known to invent damage and charge extortinate amounts. Are there any companies known to be more reliable then others? in the above case their own excess waiver insurance (reduces to...
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    Convertibles - BMW E93 vs Audi A3?

    Hi All I'm now considering the option of a convertible for the next couple of years (thinking it may make driving more fun in the summer?), requirements are: - Automatic - Petrol (ULEZ!) - Reliable as possible - 4 Seats, maximum C class sized car and no bigger - 40MPG combined cycle or close as...
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    Tesla owner finds hidden power source under bonnet

    Adds 1 HP (Hamster Power), Happy Valentines :)
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    Most comfortable and reliable A to C class sized car? (MB & Non MB)

    Hi All I've got a 2011 W212 which I want to move away from mid this year due to the expansion of LEZ in London (my car will be effected), I realise its only active from next year however I fancy a change anyway and want to sell before it gets even harder next year. I do about 12k to 15k miles...
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    conveyancing solicitor recommendations?

    Hi all We had a few quotes for conveyancing on a house purchase, Slater & Gordon have come out cheapest, has anyone used them and are they any good? last time we used a local firm who were expensive and slow, we then used Enact who were great but now cant even get a quote to us in a timely...
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    W212 Audio 50 - dodgy audio interface / MMI?

    Hi All I've got a 2011 W212 E class with the Audio 50, its got the MMI in the glovebox which i've used for years with a bluetooth adapter (rather then the connector to the iPod), now however I am getting constant cycling, e.g. if the audio is playing for a min I get 3 to 4 disconnections. Has...
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    Anyone used Alamo for hire cars in the US?

    Hi All We're planning a west coast road trip and have booked a car with Alamo via gotrentalcars, reviews seem decent enough. I've heard quite a few horror stories of hire car companies and them claiming it was damaged upon return etc, I plan to take photos of the whole car to minimise risk and...
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    Goodyear XL (Extra Load) tyres vs standard

    Hi All I'm getting 4x new tyres for my W212, have settled on the EfficientGrip however I noticed I have 2 options with this car which i've never come across before: 1) EfficientGrip 245/45R17 GDYR EFFGRIP 95W MO (E rated on fuel) 2) EfficientGrip 245/45R17 GDYR EFGRP 99Y XL MO (C rated on fuel)...
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    2011 W212 E250 - rear tyres heavy wear in middle?

    Hi All I have a 2011 W212 E250 and need 4 new tyres, checking the tyre wear I've noticed: - Fronts - outer has a bit more tread then rest of the tyre but fairly level otherwise across the tyre - Rears - the centre of the tyre has heavy wear compared to the outer edges. I check tyre pressures...
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    Used reliable small premium cars?

    Hi all Was after some advice, I have a 2011 E250 Diesel on 90k miles which I'll have to get rid of due to the expanding ULEZ zone, I realize this is a couple of years away but I've got 2 options: 1) Keep car until ULEZ zone starts and then look to buy another car Pros: Current car is not...
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    Filled up diesel - check engine light now on and whining fuel pump..

    Hi All Was after some advice, I've got a 2011 plate W212 E250 Diesel, never had any issues with fuel pump whine etc, I filled up yesterday evening at Tesco (live right next the filling station). This morning while driving the check engine light came on and the fuel pump is making noises, when I...
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    2011 E250 E class (W212) - 7G+ ATF fluid change interval?

    Hi All I have a 2011 E250 E class with the 7G+ gearbox, does anyone know whether this needs changing every 4 years? it was done nearly 4 years ago and trying to work out whether I need to do it again at the next service, transmission is as smooth as its ever been, if its not essential I rather...
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    2011 W212 E250 - sudden late upshifting and check engine light now on

    Hi All I've got a 2011 W212 E250 with the 7g plus transmission, full Mercedes history so serviced as per schedule etc. While driving home yesterday I noticed that my engine was revving much higher then usual before upshifting, it was revving to 2.5k or a bit higher before shifting in eco mode...
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    Recommended exhaust shops for cheaper cars - ATS, F1 autocentre etc

    Hi All The exhaust on our old budget Yaris seems to have developed a fault as its now very noisy, can anyone recommend any decent places to get it sorted? Locally we have the usual F1 autocentre, Kwik fit, ATS and the halfords autocentre, any good experiences or recommendations out of the...
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    Alloy wheel losing air - refurb vs new alloy

    Hi All A question not about my car for once! We have a car in the household where one of the (2002 Yaris with 14" rims) alloys is losing air, its had a brand new tyre fitted so we know its not that, the fitter also wire brushed and applied sealant but this has not helped so the options as I...
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