Episode 29, Stunning new Lexus, bad tires and RV woes

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The 2018 Lexus LC 500 is arguably the most attractive car made in the past several years. It turns heads in parking lots and gets stared at on the open road. Strangers point at it and give a thumb’s up.

The new Lexus belongs on the list of the 100 most attractive cars ever made. It would be among the few modern-day vehicles on the subjective selections automotive publications publish about every 10 years.

The stunning new 2018 Lexus LC 500.
The stunning new 2018 Lexus LC 500. Image © Bruce Aldrich/2018

Bruce Aldrich, co-host of The Weekly Driver Podcast, and I shared driving duties in the new Lexus from Sacramento to the Delta hamlet of Courtland and back last week. We were on assignment at Hemly Cider, the craft cider maker.

We discuss the new top-of-the-line Lexus in Episode #29 of our podcast. Succinctly stated, the LC 500 is beautifully crafted inside and out. It’s automobile design at its finest.

Also in this episode: I write a weekly automotive column for Bay Area News Group in San Francisco region. I get e-mail letters from time to time and in recent weeks, a few emails were of particular interest.

The new Lexus has run-flat tires. The timing was ideal because one reader of my column suggested I always include information of the type of tires included on new cars. The reader expressed her frustration with bad experiences with run-flat tires — their expense and lousy longevity.

A recent column I wrote about the RV industry and its continuing problems was well-received and several readers e-mailed detailing their issues with sub-par manufacturing and difficulty getting satisfactory repairs.

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