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Lexus GS 300, Lexus GS 430, Sedan
#1942 of 3073 Re: New 2006 GS 300 price [bartalk3]
Apr 09, 2005 (9:31 pm)
Sorry for the late reply. I wound up getting the GS300 w/black interior for about 42K plus taxes and lic from Glendale Lexus. Great salespeople there although I was strictly working with the Internet Sales Manager. They really wanted to beat Longo's price and gave me about 3500 off MSRP and threw in a cargo net and a rear spoiler (wife wanted it badly). They seemed to really want to stick it to Longo as I believe Glendale Lexus is #2 in the area. PM me if you want details.
#1943 of 3073 Re: GS 430 - Flint Mica [azbuyer]
Apr 09, 2005 (9:37 pm)
Sorry I didnt notice if thery wre 430's or 300's. BTW. Glendale Lexus just got an allocation in. I did see about 3 in Flint Mica there as well but they were probably all 300's as well. They would probably be willing to deal a bit more than Tustin as they were even willing to trade for the car I wanted at a good discount.
#1944 of 3073 small center light
Apr 09, 2005 (10:08 pm)
Im hoping someone can help me with this. Above the center console there is a tiny 3rd light next to the two "door" lights. This light turns off when the door closes and the door lights go off and stays on all the time while i drive. Is this normal? I cant figure out how to turn it off and the dealer tells me it is always on while the engine is running. Is this the case with anyone?
#1945 of 3073 Re: small center light [tinypoem]
Apr 09, 2005 (11:25 pm)
Yes, this is normal. Please refer to your manual.
#1946 of 3073 Sound System Question?
Apr 09, 2005 (11:50 pm)
I was told by a dealer in Chicago that the Mark Levinson System was not available on the GS300 AWD. When I try to configure a GS300 on the Lexus.com, it does NOT give me that option package for the Chicago area Zip Codes. But when I configure one using my old New Orleans zip code, it gives me the option of having ML on a GS300. I am confused. Why is it not an option in the Chicago land area?
I have heard really great things about ML and would like to have it. My question - Is the base system sufficient? The Lexus website says it has only 134 watts compared to 300 watts in the Mk Lev system. It seems like a big difference to me! Can anyone with the base system comment on its performance?
Apr 09, 2005 (11:53 pm)
For tall/long-waisted drivers: I'm afraid all GS's off the boat will have the sunroof. You would have to special-order one without it. If you're bumping your head, you'll have to either go for the M or hope Lexus addresses the cabin space issue in the 07 model year.
For those looking at price: looks like several posters here including me found they could get the no-nav GS300 for under $42k. My car definitely has the rear sun shade, moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, mats, and cargo net.
Re. driving experience, the car is smooth as silk and has plenty of power for real-world needs with the V6. It's fairly efficient, too: I'm getting a real-world 20mpg city, 27 highway. I prefer the quiet, luxurious ride of this car to the competitors.
The car is great personal transport, but is somewhat impractical due to the space concerns. Let's hope the engineers are reading this and will do something about the headroom, rear seat, and trunk space issues. My suggestions:
1. Raise the roof line 1/2 inch and lower the drivers seat 1/2 inch.
2. Increase the wheelbase a bit more to make say 1-2 inches more legroom in back.
3. Deepen the trunk by removing the spare and making run-flats standard. (Presumably the hybrid batteries would go under the rear seats.)
4. Possibly lengthen the car a bit in the rear to improve the space and the trunk opening.
5. Are fold-down rear seats out of the question? Is a lift-back out of the question? Either or both of those changes would eliminate most real-world cargo concerns.
I think the hybrid version of the GS in 07 is gonna be killer. If only they could improve the utility of the car a bit more per my earlier suggestions, it would be an all-around winner. Did I forget to mention the car is gorgeous in Flint Mica?
#1948 of 3073 Re: small center light [adb3]
Apr 10, 2005 (2:31 am)
Thanks. Was going through the manual but couldnt find mention of it being on all the time. Then again, its a huge manual. Thanks for the quick reply.
Apr 10, 2005 (5:47 am)
I wonder what Lexus was thinking when they designed the new GS? A lot of folks (myself included) are disappointed with the very small dimensions and high price. The LS430 answers with better dimensions/value (for about the same price after discounts) and all the same Lexus perks. Those that do not need or want the those extra dimensions or V8 are going to get the new sporty IS.
Previously those that wanted the sporty car but need more size skipped the IS for the GS. Those that needed a good size sedan but needed more sport skipped the LS for the GS. The GS does not have the size advantage over the new IS and the performance/price of the GS430 is essentially nil over the LS.
Enter in real competition from Infiniti, Audi and Acura...where will the GS be after this initial infatuation ends?
#1950 of 3073 Re: New 2006 GS 300 price [tinypoem]
Apr 10, 2005 (8:20 am)
What was the MSRP of the car you bought? I assume that it already had the power rear sunshade but no nav system?
#1951 of 3073 Re: New 2006 GS 300 price [chrisg1]
Apr 10, 2005 (10:37 am)
MSRP was $45,620. No Nav but included the power rear sunshade, heated seats, rain sensing wipers etc.