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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Car Buying, Sedan
#250 of 592 GS430 vs LS 430
Mar 08, 2005 (8:33 am)
You can buy an LS 430 with modern luxury package for around $55,000.
A similarly equipped GS 430 will cost you just under $58,000.
Even though I liked the driveability of the GS, I would go with the LS because I would be getting better value.
No wonder the first Lexus salesman tried very hard to convince me that the LS was not for me and the GS 430 was. He even lied to me and told me they stopped making euro-tuned LS's in 2002. Yet I drove a 2004 euro-tuned LS a few days later at another dealership!
Mar 08, 2005 (8:55 am)
The list on the LS is $62,700 for the Modern Luxury package. I paid $55K due to being a repeat buyer and time of year. Usually they settle around $56.5. Also keep in mind this is a fairly old car now. (Sept 2000) Discounts are more generous now than they would be with a new GS model. Give it 18 months and you'll be able to get a GS for less. Also keep in mind the LS is the flagship and built to a higher standard than the GS.
The LS has a permanent water repellant coated glass winshield, at least on the Mid grade model. My 2002 with ML/Nav had it. The Ultra has it everywhere.
#252 of 592 Re: Prices [sv7887]
Mar 08, 2005 (8:57 am)
You may want to think your deal was special, but quite a few people obtained their ML LS 430's for around $55,000 also.
Given the selling prices of the LS 430 vs the GS 430, I would have to call the LS a screaming buy at this point in time.
#253 of 592 Re: Prices [sv7887] by hpowder
Mar 08, 2005 (9:20 am)
"I would have to call the LS a screaming buy at this point in time."
I most definately agree with that!!
So, is the LS430 on your short list to purchase now?
#254 of 592 Re: Prices [hpowders]
Mar 08, 2005 (9:33 am)
The only reason I felt I got a good deal is because I was also trading a car in..Normally you get a better deal with no trade. The other dealers were willing to let me walk at $20,500 differential between my '02 and the new car. To get full Kelley value for my car (which had been repainted, fender and bumper replaced) was a good deal. I "paid" 55K based on the $37K trade in value for my car. I paid 55.5K for my 2002 which listed at $61,700.
Normally you don't get 12% off a Lexus car, at least not in my 13 years of buying them. They normally will go up to 10% especially here in the Boston area. Their attitude is that they can sell it to someone else. I don't know how price aggressive they are elsewhere.
#255 of 592 Re: Prices [sv7887] by hpowder [yickwo]
Mar 08, 2005 (9:49 am)
Yes but my BMW lease is up in 4.5 months and with that car and 2 golf carts taking up the garage, I will just have to wait.
#256 of 592 Re: Prices [sv7887]
Mar 08, 2005 (9:52 am)
See post #162 on this thread. 12.7% off list. No trade.
Modern luxury plus smart key for $738 per month(including 6% tax) leased for 3 years, 36,000 miles.
#257 of 592 Re: laminated glass [rgsw]
Mar 08, 2005 (10:20 am)
you don't need Rainex on the LS430...A similar treatment is already IN the glass.
#258 of 592 Re: laminated glass [rgsw]
Mar 08, 2005 (2:36 pm)
I could tell a difference after I put Rain-X on our new '05 LS windshield, after driving it for 6 weeks without. I also put it on the rear window.
I've used it for 15+ years on cars and not had a problem with it. The glass has to be really clean before applying it. It does wear off with time. My car is garaged 95% of the time, so one coat lasts a long time.
#259 of 592 Re: laminated glass [famwald]
by kirstie_h HOST
Mar 09, 2005 (7:57 am)
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