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#2734 of 3130 Lease Details NEW 2006 RX-330
Mar 27, 2006 (9:58 am)
Here's the skinny on a purchase I made on Friday night (3/24/06).
Your feedback on the deal I struck is welcome....
2006 Lexus RX-330
- Breakwater Blue / Gray
- Premium Plus Pkg. (Leather, sunroof, HID, washers, etc..)
- Rain Sensing Wipers
- Heated Seats (a MUST in FL, LOL...)
- 6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer
- 18" Alloy Wheels
- Towing Prep PKG.
- Pref. Acces Pkg. (Cargo mat & wheel locks)
3 year (36 month) with 15k miles / year
Net cap cost = $37,800.
Residual = .54
Money Factor = .00109
$505 /mo. (tax in)
I think this is a pretty good deal....your comments will tell the tail.....
#2735 of 3130 Purchasing a new RX330
Mar 28, 2006 (9:02 am)
I have been conducting research on SUVs in the last couple of months. I have looked at the Pilot, FX35, Murano, RX 330 and will be looking at the Saab and MDX this weekend. I think I'm suffering from analysis paralysis. I have read all the discussions about these vehicles and it does not seem that there is one that stands out. They all seem to have problems. I liked the Murano (except for the plastic, but after reading the repeated problems, I decided not to go for it. I very much like the RX330 (interior luxury is important to me), but it too has a lot issue reported.
I'm willing to spend up to 40K. Is this not enough to get a nice SUV with few reported issues? It certainly sounds like.
Your feedback is appreciated.
#2736 of 3130 NEED Pricing help here
Mar 28, 2006 (9:16 am)
I was offered on a 2007 RX350 AWD with Nav an Prem. Plus pkg, $2083 off list of $46583.00. That would bring the vehicle to $44,500. That still seems to steep for me . Of course there is a $250 administration fee too. I am not sure this is good. Any ideas on what I should be paying? A quick response is appreciated. I remember someone posting an equation of taking the sticker and multiplying by .89, is that something someone can verify. Location is in Northern New England.
#2737 of 3130 Re: NEED Pricing help here [hbc75]
Mar 28, 2006 (9:42 pm)
I'm in Richmond VA and purchased the RX350 '07 AWD with
PT Premium Plus Package
NV Navigation System
HH Heated Front Seats with Rain Sensing Wipers
FT 18" Aluminum Alloy Wheels
TO Towing Prep Package
Percent 6.34% off MSRP
I called dealers from MD to NC and 3 would not take anything less than sticker, 1 never replied to my request (Lexus of Richmond), 1 said $2083 off MSRP and the 1 I purchased from Pohanka Lexus of Chantilly.
I think I made a Fair deal not a great deal but fair. If I wanted to wait a couple more months I might have gotten more off. Being from SoCal it was always easier to get bigger discounts.
I looked at the RX330 '06 but could not justify paying above invoice (couple 100 over) for a 1 year old car and the dealers would just laugh when I said I want it for below invoice. The RX350 Nav was what sold me.
The deal was made over the phone and drove 2 hours to Pohanka Lexus of Chantilly they were extremely helpful, polite, and never tried any funny stuff. Spent about 30 min doing paper work and about 45 min going over the RX. Crap there is a lot of stuff!!!
Total time spent 2 hours w/ 20 min just test driving the RX.
All I can say about the RX '07 is Perfection
#2738 of 3130 Re: NEED Pricing help here [evansaero]
Mar 29, 2006 (6:43 am)
Thank you. The package and MSRP was the same on the one I drove here $46,853. I was told by dealer #1 the same discount $2083 (bringing it to $44,770). Dealer #2 gave me a price of $44,500, but I still feel that is not a deep enough discount. I am in no rush to purchase, so maybe waiting a few months is a good thing. There is definite differences in the new engine - smoother shifting, the power is noticeable on quick take offs, and the handle seems a little more refined on turns. Now the important question evansaero, what color did you get? I like the Flint Mica w/ light grey leather.
#2739 of 3130 Good deal?
Mar 29, 2006 (7:55 am)
My mother-in-law is looking to upgrade her 1999 RX300 to a new RX330, to take advantage of the aggressive pricing on the 2006 models.
I got an e-mail "advertisement" from a local dealer, stating $5,700 off new 06 RX330's. I called to get the details, and this applies to fairly loaded models with navigation, with an MSRP of about $45,700, so the pricing would be right at $40k.
I'm generally skeptical about any "advertised" price, figuring that they must have more room than what they "throw" out there, but this seems like such a good deal, I'm thinking I would just as soon not negotiate any further, assuming the trade-in on her RX300 is fair.
Any thoughts on that pricing?
#2740 of 3130 Re: NEED Pricing help here
Mar 29, 2006 (10:55 am)
Now the important question evansaero, what color did you get? I like the Flint Mica w/ light grey leather.
I went with the Neptune Blue Mica w/ light gray. Exterior looks black at night and black in the shade.
I liked the Bamboo Pearl,Flint, and Silver. The blue was the one my wife wanted. She also wanted Green and they are not building the RX w/ Green until late summer (per Dealer).
As far as the interior colors go we really like the Ivory but I just hated the yellow tint wood. The Light Gray has the darker wood and looks real sharp.
#2741 of 3130 Re: Good deal? [breld]
Mar 29, 2006 (11:14 am)
That looks to be right at invoice...
39995 is what I came up on invoice.
Remember dealer has a hold back of ($727 FWD) and ($755 AWD)
As far as pricing thoughts it really depends on where you live.
There are some posts that indicate that Southern Cali is selling RX330 '06 for 1500 below invoice.
Out on the east coast I found that the dealers would not go below invoice. Being that it is a '06 year car with 20 miles on it still makes it a 1 year old car.
I looked at it this way
RX330 $5700 off
RX350 $2950 off
Diff $2750 more for the RX350
I will get half that back when I go to trade it in
So really It only cost me 1375 for a '07 RX350 with increased performance,Gen 5 NAV (upgraded), better Insulation, and to top it off 5.3% increase in MPG for the city.
If the mother-in-law wants the RX330 do everything to get below invoice.
Just My Personal opinion...
#2742 of 3130 Re: Good deal? [evansaero]
Mar 29, 2006 (2:05 pm)
Thanks for the response.
We're in Denver, so I believe the more aggressive deals seen in Cali and perhaps Texas are better than here.
So, I was pretty happy with the "invoice" deal, and I'm aware of the holdback but, frankly, I'm not too concerned about "allowing" them to keep that. More power to you if you "dip" into that.
BTW, the "5.3%" increase in MPG for the RX350 sounds better than saying 1 MPG.
Mar 29, 2006 (8:42 pm)
We traded our 04 RX a little over a month ago. We negotiated an 06 to $900 over invoice over a few days (about as good as I can do living where the nearest Lexus dealer is 100+ miles away). The very day I was about to pull the trigger, 4 new 350's rolled in. Since I trade often, thought it would make sense to get an 07 with 18months of new car life. The dealer offered the 07 for $1400 more ( same options on both). Whether I got a nice deal or not, I figured I'd get all or most of the $1400 back in 2 years.
Gotta say this 07 looks just like our 04. My wife is the Lexus driver. I always thought her 04 felt like a very pleasant and luxurious but rebadged Toyota. . . a little too loud, buzzy, and harsh for a Lexus. Gotta also say the 07 feels like a Lexus. The additional power is certainly quicker, but what it really does is add to the luxury feel. It's got a quiet authority her old one did not. They've nailed this car. It is quiet and smooth as "butta". God is in he details. Lexus seems to understand that.