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Lexus LX 470, SUV
#825 of 1476 Repeat Lexus Buyer: Price for 2003 LX 470
Jun 18, 2003 (10:13 pm)
Hey all. My wife has a 2001 RX 300; I just purchased a 2003 GX 470 that I thought would be mine until my wife took one look at it, and demanded that it be hers!
To that end, I am looking at purchasing an LX 470. I like a bigger SUV, and the GX 470 was just a tad small for me in the driver's seat. ( The lack of a center arm rest console on the GX 470 drove me nuts! - no place to put my right arm!)
The vehicle I am looking at has a list price of around $65,500. Since this will be my third Lexus - and I got the GX 470 ONE WEEK AGO, what would be a decent price? I would expect a bigger discount than a first time Lexus buyer - especially since the ink on the check I wrote last week isn't even dry. The same sales person at the dealer "ballparked" a price of around $62,500. I am inclined to think that he can do "better" than that. We haven't negotiated yet.
Thoughts and comments?
Thanks for any responses.
Jun 19, 2003 (9:28 am)
I also HATE those little fold down armrests. Any car, minivan, suv that has 'em -- I will not buy. My wife has an RX 300 and they don't bother her a bit. I've tried to see if a quality aftermarket armrest is available but have had no luck.
Before shelling out the $$ for an LX, notice that the Toyota 4runner (GX non-lux brother) has a full center armrest/console so it IS possible to put a real armrest in there. The key is to have a quality product with quality installation -- perhaps if you push your dealer's parts department they can find something for you?
As far as LX price -- I was shopping for one late last year and could have gotten one for around $60K with Levinson audio (no night vision - which is useless IMHO, and no rear seat entertainment). It was during the "December to Remember" sales campaign so I don't know if you can get something similar. From what I understand it is much easier to get a bargain here in South Fla. than in other places. These LX's are outstanding vehicles but there are roomier, less expensive vehicles out there with more features.
I went with the '03 Navigator Ultimate (52K) and have not regretted it. It includes these features for thousands less: power disappearing third row (much roomier too), HID headlamps, power running boards, reverse parking assistance, navigation system, and rear seat DVD player. In my opinion, Lincoln quality and styling is improving dramatically and they are almost (not yet though) up to Lexus standards.
Still, if the LX had more room and more features I'd jump on it -- there's just something special about a lexus product that IMO has not been matched by any other car maker.
Good luck on your search!
Jun 20, 2003 (5:09 pm)
Hi, Do you guys have any news when will the Lexus 470 be coming out with the all new body?
#828 of 1476 New LX Info??
Jun 21, 2003 (7:31 am)
I have "heard" on this and other boards that the new LX may be called the VX540, will get more room, a horsepower bump as well as a significant price increase. I've also read it is coming out in 2005 as 2006 model. I have no idea if this info is reliable. Any Lexus folks who have some hard info please chime in!
As far as my preferences go I hope this already wonderful SUV gets the following:
* Roomier third row -- hopefully with a fold flat dissapearing design
* High Intensity Discharge headlights (why they don't come on current LX's I'll never know!)
* front and rear parking assist (like in the LS430 ultra lux)
* rear view camera
* and PLEASE keep the full center armrest -- no little folding thingies!!!)
and while I'm wishing...
how about a power liftgate in the rear like in the RX!!
These features along with the current bulletproof design and quality of the current LX would be the PERFECT automobile for me.
#829 of 1476 Recommended/Best Type of Gasoline for LX 470
Jun 22, 2003 (5:22 pm)
A quick question re: gasoline for the 2003 LX 470.
The owner's manual says that octane 87 (regular) is OK for the engine, but for "ideal" functioning (or something to that effect), premium fuel should be used. I know that it is the same engine as the Toyota Sequoia which takes regular.
Should the LX 470 be fed premium, or is regular OK?
Thanks for all responses.
#830 of 1476 Price and Gas
Jun 24, 2003 (2:31 am)
Price: I would call large dealer internet fleet managers and get best price. Deal over invoice. Diff parts of country are diff. However, if you do this w/ about 5 or so dealers you will get best price. Word to wise - this vehicle is in limited production due to the influx of all those GX's so harder to find than GX. Dealers only get a few LX so may need to trade in stock or from boat. If live on So cal I can give you more info on my purchase. We love our 03 LX. BTW, we drove GX, ML, X5, and Nav (and Aviat)and felt LX worth the extra cost (also own DXL). Also, Navs are noted for problems so make sure you want to deal with your local dealer so he can give you decent rentals when your car is in shop.
Gas: We use premium. Dont want to risk using regular or plus when it possibly could reduce performance or worse yet, wreck engine or working parts. If you get this truck, extra 100 or so bucks a year for premium is probably affordable and definitely worth it for life of truck. There are reasons that premium gas is recommended so I would just go with that. PS - we had trouble on previously owned vehicle that rec prem and we used reg - I feel it may have been a reason we had probs, we had less when we switched to prem fuel.
Good luck to all.
Jun 26, 2003 (12:13 pm)
I have a 2000 LX470. What brands of aftermarket 'white lights' have been the best for this vehicle? I am looking at PIAA's but they are pricey.. I mainly would like upgraded low beams.
I am used to the Xenon's in my BMW...
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
#832 of 1476 Reply to New LX, Message # 828
Jun 27, 2003 (9:42 am)
I have also heard these rumors on the net. The word on the street is that lexus will base the bigger ute on the Sequioa. Talk about profit margin. I hope this does not happen but I have a feeling it will, to many people concerned with bling, bling instaed of real trucks. So no more Land Cruiser Wagons and no more Land Cruiser based LX's, just Sequioa for Toyota and Sequioa based VX550 for Lexus. The LC will go back to being a Jeep Beater.
This will be a sad day indeed. The rest of the world will get the new and improved Land Cruiser and we will be stuck with a US only vehicle based on a pickup truck built in the US. I hope I am wrong.
Jun 30, 2003 (5:55 pm)
We are in the process of buying a new LX 470, my local dealer has offered me my choice of cars at $1,500 OVER invoice. Where are your numbers at? Thanks for the help.
#834 of 1476 Lexus stands behind their LX470's
Jun 30, 2003 (10:14 pm)
I have a LX470 with 58,000 miles ( give and take a few miles ) . Had a problem with my starter . Sometimes it would start on the dime and sometimes it took a few trys . Went to my local dealer and explained the problem . They had my LX for 3 days with a courtesy vehicle provided ( RX300 ) during the diagnostic and repair . The LX was 8,000 miles out of warrantee and I thought I may have to complain to the top brass to maybe get a pro-rated charge on the bill . I was wrong . I only had to explain to my service advisor and he did the rest . LEXUS PUT IN A NEW STARTED AND COVERED THE COST OF EVERYTHING , 100 % ! Other then this , the LX470 is a solid SUV ! I have a Infiniti FX45 too, I am curious if they can match the service of Lexus ?