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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#111 of 1426 Lehigh Lexus
Nov 04, 2003 (7:09 am)
I'm was told by my local dealer to purchase my ES330 until the "December to Remember" program. At the time he said he didn't know what the details would be on the percentage rates to BUY a car. Do you know what the rates will be? And when the "December to Remember" program actually starts? Thanks! Also, got a price on a loaded 2004 ES 330 with Navi/ML for $35,000 and change. Can I do better?
#112 of 1426 December to remember
Nov 04, 2003 (7:53 am)
They usually don't give us the new programs until the first few days of the month. It will most likely start on the 1st and run through the new year. And that is a good price on the ES ($2000+ off)
#113 of 1426 Lehigh Lexus
Nov 04, 2003 (12:16 pm)
Thanks for the response! I'm going to wait the next few weeks to see what Lexus offers in December on financing.
#115 of 1426 Sorry, I left something out - Looking for the right price!
Nov 04, 2003 (6:42 pm)
I'd like to buy a Lexus ES 330. My local dealer is offering me $32,500 with the premium package. Alternatively, they are offering $35,800 with the Nav.Pack. Are these good prices?
#116 of 1426 catoko - 2 things
Nov 06, 2003 (9:44 am)
1. What area of the country is this dealer offering you these deals
2. How low are the prices from MSRP.
If the prices are a couple of grand off MSRP, then it sounds about as good a deal as people are negotiating here.
Finally, what do you think of the dealership? Do they give loaners for when your car is in service? If it is a great dealership, it might be worth paying a little more for a car than from a dealership that has poor service. IMHO
Nov 06, 2003 (1:00 pm)
In my opinion, as the owner of a new ES330, I think you would be absolutely crazy to buy an 02 if you have sufficient funding for an 04 ES330 (which appears to be possible from your postings). While the two look essentially alike, apart from badging, there are two critical differences. The new engine gives the 330 more pep than the 02, and hopefully the changes to the transmission mean that the 02/03 transmission problems have been solved. Apart from that, while the certified warranty goes to 100,000, you will likely be closer to a major service and new tires and battery in a used car. Good luck in your decision. I purchased my "basic" 330 for about $32,500. Its probably not the best deal, but it was a good enough deal. While the big sale is in December, it was worth a little money to me to buy the car on October 1 (spillover negotiations from Sept. 30) so that I could enjoy driving the car while the leaves are turning in the Washington, D.C. area. Again, best of luck.
#118 of 1426 To Kevin111
Nov 06, 2003 (1:34 pm)
Thanks for the info and advice! I live in Northern Virginia, in the DC Metro area. I'm having a hard time determining the MSRP because the quote of $32,500 was, according to the sales person, for the "premium package," but he also mentioned that things such as skid control and wood steering wheel were part of that package. It struck me as odd since according to Edmunds.com they are sold separately. I will look closer to the MSRP once I know exactly what's in the car (got the quote via internet). And the advice on the car dealership, it's very true as well. I currently own a MB C240 (2002) and love that dealership. Quality of service do make a tremendous difference.
Thanks again! Catoko
#119 of 1426 To gekko2
Nov 06, 2003 (1:36 pm)
I also live in the DC Metro area. Was wondering two things. First, whether your car has the "premium package" or not. By "basic" you meant no upgrades at all. Also, who did you buy from. I'm from Northern Virginia and commute to DC every day. Please let me know. Thanks. Catoko
Nov 06, 2003 (2:48 pm)
jeff5302 - thanks for your advice. Since I'll be paying lump sum cash, a $5-7K difference is a big deal to me if I can get it. When you have to write the big check it really gives you perspective. However, I don't mind biting the bullet and paying a couple of grand extra to get the new 2004. Part of me wants to just save the $30K+ and keep driving my old reliable 95 ES with 130k miles into the ground.