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Lexus RX 330, Car Buying, SUV
#1531 of 3130 For Lexus Buyers in S. Calif.:
Oct 14, 2004 (5:39 pm)
Mission Viejo Lexus Internet Manager made me a deal at $400 over invoice on a 2005 RX 330. Picked up car a week ago; interface w/dealer was painless, polite and satisfying.
Am posting for those who may be searching for SCal Lexus connection. I did go email to several other regional dealers, but the best anyone of them offered was $1000 over invoice.
As an aside, I've read the 624 page Owner's Manual and it's the real thing. Great detail. I've had to go sit in the car with the manual to "get it".
Good luck to 330 seekers. It's a beautiful vehicle in all respects.
#1532 of 3130 Re: Good deal or not? [xsecure]
Oct 14, 2004 (7:33 pm)
I have all the options except the Navigation System/Radio and the entertainment system for the back seat. I added Chrome Wheels and The Teflon Protectant inside and out. The Chrome Wheels list for $2,400 but they only charged me for $900 and the teflon was $500. The sticker was $40,258 without the dealer add ons. Package is the Premium + with additional options including the 18 inch wheels and preferred accesory package.
All I can say is that I was told that the car has everything but that navigation system and the Entertainment.
We have discovered there is no ashtray or lighter. Don't really care except I have to figure out a place to put my change!
Did fill up the tank - what a pleasure it was not to pay for 91 octane.
#1533 of 3130 Re: 2005 RX330 from TX [texancpa]
Oct 14, 2004 (8:41 pm)
I posted a message to you this afternoon, however, it was deleted
Here is the info again:
Before I ended up bought one with NAVigation, I looked the package you are interested too. I actually got a quote from the same dealership. I got the invoice to be $35,317 (MSRP $39,703), the quote was $35717 which is $400 over invoice.
It does already include the destination fee of $625.
#1534 of 3130 2005 RX 330 AWD LEASE SPECIALS?
Oct 16, 2004 (4:28 am)
Looking for 2005 RX330 AWD lease specials in New Jersey, my FIFO score is 700ish.
What are some lease specials for the following combinations? Thank you!
Color: Bamboo Pearl
Options: (1) Navigation with Mark L. audio, (2) Rear Seat Entertainment System, (3) Heated front seats with rain-sensing wipers.
Lease Terms: 4 years/40 to 48K miles.
#1535 of 3130 Re: 2005 RX330 from TX [bobg2]
Oct 17, 2004 (11:13 am)
Thank you so much for the info. I was quoted $36,392. Do you know how the service maintenance work if you buy from out of town? The dealers in Houston tell me that only their dealership would provide the 2-year free oil change and maintenance if I buy from them. If I buy it from somewhere else, I'm on my own.
#1536 of 3130 Re: 2005 RX330 from TX [texancpa]
Oct 18, 2004 (9:28 am)
Negotiation is always a mind game, you can enjoy it if you know how it works . If you can look into their eyes, quietly but firmly state your bid, and still enjoy the "moment of truth", I am sure you can get a reasonable deal with any dealership. It would be more enjoyable if you can get the dealers to compete for your business.
The quote that I got from the Dallas internet mgr was $35717 or $400 over inv for the exact car (MSRP $39703). I think you should be able achieve that. (I am sure dealers are making more than just $400, even if you pay only said $400 over. They are getting finacial reserves, ads hold backs, and incentives. I would guesstimate that these incentives are no less than $1500. I thought about it but I was never tried to get them. I posted questions on these incentives on this discussion group, no one answered me. I think everyone acknowledge the right that the dealers deserve their profits
As far as the maintenance, I think Lexus has 12 mos of free oil change and their maintenance program can be done at all Lexus dealership within continental USA (48 states). I think the extra 12 mos may be a dealer thing specifically from this dealership you talked to. You can calculate it to see what it means to you as it may be 2-3 oil changes and may cost you $150 bucks.
Another thing I noticed with my new car (this may belong to the problem discussion, but since I am here ...) you may want to watch to see if it bothers you: I felt gas pedal kind of soft (or the free play too long) when I preceed from stop to go. My old maxima always give immidiate response when I touch the gas pedal. My new RX330 seems slow in reponse, it may be meant to be more smooth in ride, but at least I am not so used to it yet. I called the dealership tech support, I was told to take it in for a check up (to any dealer near by . He also said, RX330 since 04 model has used electrical control on the gas throat, not the traditional mechanical linkage. I will have it checked and report back again.
#1537 of 3130 Re: sales tax [gardencar]
Oct 18, 2004 (11:55 am)
thanks again gardencar:
Sorry I reply this late, because I am looking another car now since I am just beginner so I wanted to buy used car just to practice driving skills. But after I take a look all those used car information. For a person like me not understand car AT ALL I can't buy used car, the money cost to fix the car would probably get me a new one.
I asked the transportation fee is $1000 from west to east coast. I actually can't belive you paid for $500 for 100 mile trip and they charge by hour!!! Maybe it was more expensive five years ago So I thought if the price there is cheaper than $1000 that might work. But the trip to LA could be change now, and the car I am looking now is new Scion XA because its cheaper compare to other new cars.(Korea brand not included) However, Scion is a no-haggle brand. I've emailed few dealers their answers pretty much the same. Pure-pricing and no haggle. I am wondering if no-haggle is really no-haggle mean we have to buy in MSRP??
The Scion form here seems not as much post as lexus as far as price and buying experince. I don't know where else has discussion board like Edmunds, but I think I'll try to post in here and see what happens.
#1538 of 3130 Re: 2005 RX330 from TX [bobg2]
Oct 18, 2004 (3:25 pm)
Please send me the name of the dealer/internet manager you worked with. My email is lauramairmail.net
#1539 of 3130 Re: Best Deal and Dealer [44rayn]
Oct 19, 2004 (10:11 am)
Thats waaaay too much for that car! i got my RX330 w/ navi and premium plus at glendale for $36,500 before TTL. Out the door i paid $39,850. and they even sent me a huge fruit basket!!
#1540 of 3130 Looking for an RX in Eastern OH or Western PA
Oct 19, 2004 (10:50 am)
I was wondering if anybody had buying experiences in Eastern OH or Western PA on an RX330? Also I have been quoted at $38,500 plus tax for an '04 AWD with the Premium Package. Is this really a good deal? It sounds like people in other areas of the country can buy an '05 for that amount because competition is greater. They'd still be making over $2500 over invoice, not to mention the hidden kickbacks they receive. If this is not a good price, what would be??