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Lexus GS 300, Lexus GS 430, Sedan
Feb 09, 2005 (6:04 am)
The GS's mid-cycle freshing, when it became 300 and 430 in 2001, looked EXACTLY the same as the old car. Only Lexus freaks could tell that the headlights had been tweaked a bit. So for the GS, its a major depature. If you feel the previous gen was good enough, dont buy a new 300 for 37. You can get a certified pre-owned and loaded 430 for less than that, and it will flat out wax the old 300 (and the new one as well). The Avalon might have the power, but both it and the ES just dont compete in terms of driving dynamics.
#1382 of 3073 Re: cove148 [cove148]
Feb 09, 2005 (8:12 am)
How are you able to drive these cars? Are they out on the market yet?
#1383 of 3073 Re: dl7265 [lexusguy]
Feb 09, 2005 (8:58 am)
Personally I would not purchase a fwd car.I just think its funny that the toyota dealer thats next door to Lexus is asking such premium prices in addition to their scotch guard,mud flaps, ect, ect...
On that '05 300 ,I see the invoice is more like $35,100 and there is 1k cash to dealer now.So they werent offering me any favors.
Feb 09, 2005 (2:04 pm)
Back in Japan, Toyota is currently offering huge incentives to clear all Aristo sedan (the GS, you called them right?) to prepare for the launch of the new GS sedan and I am very surprised as to why your dealer havenít offer any incentive for the may-be they havenít receive orders from Japan yet. So I do suggest you should wait a couple of weeks, which hopefully by then, they receive the orders coming from Japan and start discounting them. Typically, they should offer discount from around 3.5 upwards to 5 million yen (approx 3500-5000 US dollars) for each car. Of course the amount of discount would varied from country to country, but I do suggest you to take a try and bargain at the discount range I just mentioned if you are seriously the older Aristo sedan.
However l would advice if you have the money available, you should buy the new GS (06) than the current model because if you have a chance to ride this sedan next week, you would know (from my own test drive back in Japan) thereís a good improvement in terms of itís driving dynamics (ie handling, performance) than the older Aristro sedan, which is mainly contribute from itís new chassis. Material quality around the car are the same as the typical luxury Toyota sedan and have a few toys (gadgets) you can play with around from time to time. Unfortunately, sometimes the seat itself does not fit you very comfortably especially if you have a very wide body size and rear visibility (like the old GS) is not as good as expected especially if you are very tall person. So exclude all these shortcomings in visibility, seat and itís design, itís a very good and balanced vehicle and if you demand ďpure luxuryĒ while at the same time you demand some performance characteristics in the car, then this would the car that would suit your needs.
Hope this will help with your purchase!
#1385 of 3073 RE: dl7265 Discount pricing
Feb 09, 2005 (2:48 pm)
Sorry dl7265 ,I mistakenly translate wrong currency exchange rate. The actual discount price for the current Aristo sedan in Japan ranges from around 3.5 upwards to 5 "HUNDRED Thousand" yen (Not million), which is approx. 3500-5000 US dollars
I apologize any misunderstandings that have occurr
#1386 of 3073 Re: cove148 [ckelly14]
Feb 09, 2005 (3:07 pm)
Yep- Both are avaiable for driving, think they can start delivering them the last week of the month. Call your dealer, he will tell you what he has & what is coming in.
#1387 of 3073 RE: dl7265 Discount pricing [k_mitsui]
Feb 09, 2005 (9:13 pm)
Hi Ken, Thanks for your assistance and insight.I havent decided on a 300.It is on my short list.Unfortunatly there are only a few quality RWD sedans that im interested in.
The Dealer here has aprox 7 '05 300 left. The '06 demo supposed to be here in the week supposedly ,and cars on the ground "pre sold" in a few weeks.
#1388 of 3073 Availability, pricing, stereo tid bits
Feb 09, 2005 (9:55 pm)
I talked to dealers in Naperville, Il and Westmont, Il and learned the GS will be available for test drive at each locale within a week. McGrath Lexus in Westmont is doing a GS intro night next Weds. One salesman told me he drive the GS300 and loved it of course but was a bit disappointed that the GS430 would come in around $60K. Both dealers said you wont be able to get Mark Levinson on the 300 and have to go 430 if you want that.
#1389 of 3073 HORS D'OEUVRES
Feb 10, 2005 (7:30 am)
Invited to GS introductions at two Lexus dealerships next week, each featuring hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.
Will buy from dealer with the best food.
Feb 10, 2005 (7:32 am)
Can't believe you can only get ML on 430. My guess is that you can get ML on 300, but only bundled with NAV.