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You are in the Lexus LS 400/LS 430
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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#5575 of 8465 ljflx
Apr 08, 2004 (7:19 pm)
Going on a business trip next week, but week after will be taking the LS in for its next scheduled maintainance. I have an RX330 loaner waiting, but more importantly, will finally have an opportunity to test drive a 2004 LS 430. I am really looking forward to that test drive. I will also get to see what all the rave about the RX330 is all about after 2 days of temporary ownership.
Looks like you are really enjoying your new LS, and giving me something to look forward to already. If only my '99 will just develop a leak or break something real nasty that will make me wanna give it up right away ??? That will make the decision a no-brainer for the 2004.
BTW, the dealership (Longo Lexus, #2 Lexus shop in the US) told me they have a 6-week backlog of pre-sold RX400h. I didn't even know Lexus had released pricing for this car already ! Looks like another Lexus hit with their hybrid vehicles. I suppose this may make the 2007 GS and LS hybrid versions even hotter to purchase !!!
Apr 09, 2004 (5:26 am)
The waitlist for the hybrids is going to get real long real fast. That LS car in 2007 will dominate the segment and will be a very hard car to get. The Germans have nothing close for the US market right now or its the worlds best kept secret. Buyers in this segment can't resist new technology that you can brag about. I was almost tempted to take a 4 year lease - beacause I'm anticipating a long waitlist - but resisted. By the way when was the last time you drove an S-class. I just drove one yesterday - a 2003 S500 - and there is nothing special or fun about its handling and its ride is a step behind the 2004 LS but maybe a step ahead of the 2001. A Euro LS is a superior handler but very hard to find. Maybe a 7-series is different as I haven't been behind the wheel of a new one.
You will love the RX - it's a much better vehicle than the prior one. It's a high-end lux vehicle now. The old one was more ES like. This one is more LS like.
By the way I'm down in Williamsburg VA, saw an old buddy and drove his S-class yesterday. He's happy with it so far but when I told him about the upcoming 2007 he said he will be an immediate buyer. He has an LX but has actually never driven an LS. He's coming my way in June and I told him he can lease the car for a day.
I just drove the GX470 325 miles and now realize how great an SUV it is. As much as I was enjoying it before - I appreciate it all the more now. wbwynn - you will love it when/if you get it.
#5578 of 8465 Re: Question for Pat [rennybosch #5572]
Apr 09, 2004 (7:51 am)
Try http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com /WebX? 14 .ee9e745
Jeez, you wouldn't believe what it took to get that information posted instead of interpreted!!! You have to put all of that together, removing the three spaces.
Or you can right click on this: sysop Apr 9, 2004 12:01pm (which is what I'm trying to show you, but it's interpreted here) and save the link (Copy Shortcut in IE), then paste that into a Favorite. But you must delete the information that will show up between the first and the second s.
I am sorry this is so hard - I'll be happy to email the link to anyone who wants it. Please put Town Hall or something like that in the subject to help me find it amongst all the spam I get.
On another note, I'm actually surprised your URL has worked as long as it has - that cgi-bin stuff went away a while ago.
Apr 09, 2004 (8:30 am)
Pricing has not been announced on the RX400h. My guess is that people that are getting in line are agreeing to buy at whatever the msrp turns out to be, and will have the opportunity to back out.
Apr 09, 2004 (12:29 pm)
My dealer asked if I wanted an extended warranty on my new 2004. I said no, but I wanted to order a 2007. He laughed, but hey, I'm serious. It would be nice if Lexus could let people sign up for the hybrid LS. Something that would let us get first dibs when it lands on our shores.
I can wait a few years. This 04 is just so fantastic, and I thought the 01 was as good as it gets.
Apr 09, 2004 (12:37 pm)
I don't know how these wait lists work, but my impression is that it is at the dealership level. Just ask your dealer if you can put $1000 down and be first in line for the 2007 LS hybrid...just make sure you get something in writing saying the deposit is fully refundable if you change your mind for any reason (though I think most states have laws would protect you anyway).
#5582 of 8465 Body Shop Question
Apr 09, 2004 (6:27 pm)
An unfortunate incident with the 92 LS (AGAIN!!) A contractor doing some repair work dropped a moulding on the car. The damage was limited to the RF quarter panel, chipping the paint in two (small) places to primer.
This part of the car was repainted about 7 mos ago due to an accident. It seemed like the panel didn't have as many coats of paint on it as the rest of the factory original finish. It sure doesn't seem nearly as durable.
The LS is supposed to have a Total of 4 coats of paint. Do the body shops repaint it in the same fashion? The shop that did the work, does all of the body issues for the local Lexus dealer. The bumper that they also painted seems to chip easily as well. Anyone have any experience with these body shop issues?
#5583 of 8465 Car order reservation/deposit....
Apr 09, 2004 (8:53 pm)
And just what will your recourse be if the dealer holds your deposit until 07 and then decides to renege on the deal?
Barrier Motors in Bellevue had my deposit (may of 98) on a year 2000 911 C4 allocated at the factory for me specifically and ordered under my name. Barrier sold it to a higher bidder the day it arrived.
They even denied having my money and said, "so sue me". The deposit refund arrived in the mail a few days later.
Apr 10, 2004 (3:38 am)
Nothing prevents your scenario, but if the car does sell above list for awhile, then once it falls back to MSRP, hopefully the early-deposit customer would be able to get the first LS hybrid from the dealer that goes at MSRP.