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You are in the Lexus GS
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Lexus GS 300, Lexus GS 430, Sedan
#2692 of 3073 Re: I want my BMW back (jo2) GS 18" wheels/tires
Oct 12, 2005 (4:18 pm)
I have the 2006 GS300 but I know someone else who installed the OEM 18" 5 spoke 2006 GS430 wheels/tires on their 2006 GS300 AWD with no problems. All 2006 GS 430 and 300 18" style OEM wheel styles have the same 45 offset. Got my OEM 5 spokes from an out of state Lexus dealer as "take offs" for a very good price. I took my 2006 GS300 to my local toyota dealer where I bought a Tundra last year. I bought the new Michelin 18" tires from the toyota dealer (similar price what other local tire retailers quoted). Dealer took off GS300 wheels/tires/ and sensors then transferred sensors to the 5 spokes with the new tires. They did great job have had no trouble with sensors/tires/wheels. Drive and handling are very good. Like the look too. I was only charged $65 labor. Local Lexus dealer wanted $300 labor. Since toyota sells the new Avalon I think they are familiar with the GS and they sell a lot of new tires too. Hope this helps.
#2693 of 3073 Re: Lenscap: GS350 [lenscap]
Oct 13, 2005 (9:59 am)
lenscap, doesn't it seem odd that Lexus wouldn't develop a 3.0 litre V6 engine to only use for one (or two) model years? I'm asking that because I don't think that engine is used in any other models and I'm not saying I disagree with you, just asking a question. I think the GS model line will be exactly the way you described it because that's what several people on ClubLexus.com have also been saying.
#2694 of 3073 Re: Sat Antennas [sam_k]
Oct 13, 2005 (5:47 pm)
Another thing contributing is the huge difference in price between MSRP and invoice for the Lexus - more than the other brands. Suppose Car A (BMW) has a $50K MSRP and $47K invoice and Car B (Lexus) has a $50K MSRP and $42K invoice. If the actual selling price for both cars were invoice and both cars depreciated 40% from their selling price then Car A would be worth $28.2K (56% residual) and Car B would be worth $25.2K (50% residual) even though both cars essentailly depreciated the same amount. That's why you can get a much larger discount from MSRP on a Lexus if you wait a little.
#2695 of 3073 Re: BTW, I diagree with that idea [callmedrfill]
Oct 14, 2005 (10:22 am)
Drfill - Dropping the 3.0 when the 3.5 is available is not wasteful. Just the opposite, it makes no sense to keep producing an engine that is not used in any other car. You mention that BMW has the 525, but that is because that engine is also used in the Z4 and, more importantly, the 325.
#2696 of 3073 Re: Lenscap: GS350 [sam_k]
Oct 14, 2005 (10:27 am)
Sam k - Lexus did not develop an all-new 3.0 V6 engine for the current GS 300 for only 1-1/2 years. I believe it was simply a modfied version of the 3.0 V6 used in the ES 300, RX 300 and others. My understanding is Lexus updated the engine to have more hp as a holdover until the 3.5 came along.
Oct 15, 2005 (6:22 am)
If any car could use this engine, it is the New IS.
How does having a 100HP chasm between models make any sense?
I would keep the 3.0 in the GS, that is selling very well BTW, and put it into the IS as a base engine for 2008, replacing the underpowered 2.5.
As I already stated, the 525 and 530 sell about the same amount, and the 3.0 is more powerful than either, so there is a market for this engine.
Put it in the RX. It's more powerful than the 3.3.
As the IS and ES creep slowly upmarket (good idea), use this engine as a bridge to the GS350. Not everyone, particularly the "Lexus buyer" wants or needs 275HP, or will have that be a factor in their purchase.
All I'm saying is a 245HP engine works nicely into the Lexus portfolio at this time, and for the forseeable future. Lexus isn't going to chase Infiniti/BMW for HP honors. And buyers seem to like the engine.
#2699 of 3073 BlueTooth in the GS300
Oct 20, 2005 (1:21 pm)
My wife has pretty much decided on the GS300 for her next car. She went today to get a new phone and ended up with the Nokia 6120 on Cingular. But, the kicker is....this is a brand new phone model, but the thing doesn't have bluetooth. Needless to say I'm very surprised about that.
Anyway, I'd like to get your guys' opinion on whether that's a big deal or not. Neither of us have driven a car that had BT build in, so I don't know if it's a useful thing, just a gimick, or what. I'm just curious, for those of you who have a BT phone, do you acutally use it handsfree in the car, or do you find yourself picking up the phone instead?
#2700 of 3073 Re: BlueTooth in the GS300 [aheck]
Oct 20, 2005 (6:15 pm)
Bluetooth is a great feature especially on the gs300. I love this feature the most and use it non stop.
#2701 of 3073 Re: BlueTooth in the GS300 [aheck]
Oct 20, 2005 (7:23 pm)
I dig the Blue Tooth and would not call it a gimmick. Drove back from Sacramento to Oakland today and stayed in touch with the office for a long ride without holding the phone. Much safer. Get the car and take back your phone.