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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#752 of 1426 2005 ES 330
Dec 07, 2004 (3:09 pm)
This site gave me great information on figuring out how much I should pay for a new car. The 90% of MSRP is a great rule of thumb!
I just bought a 2005 ES 330 and I'm ecstatic with it. I was looking for Navigation System, Smooth Ride, HID all in a nice package. Looked around a long time, sat in a Honda Accord, loved it, but hated it after the first 15 seconds of my test drive, extremely rough!
Still a little disappointed with the ES ride, for some reason, my Taurus SE (117k miles) seems to give me a smoother ride. But I've heard that the variable suspension on the ES has more problems over time than it's worth.
Now for the good stuff...
Loaded Option...Navigation System, Mark Levinson, 17" all season tires, heated and ventilated seats, HID, Power Sunshade, VSC, TC and Brake Assist.
Got it down to: 35000
Qualified for a new grad discount: -750
Great Service from Lexus of Watertown, MA.
Dec 07, 2004 (8:10 pm)
Purchased mine with 16" wheels because I value better and quieter ride more then the slightly improved handling the 17" tires provide. Dealer changed wheels for me. Ask your dealer, I bet he will do the same for you. No charge and deducted the cost of the 17" wheels ($64 cost). Incidentally, the change will not affect the drivability in any way as the 16" tires aspect ratio is higher, ergo, the diameter is essentially the same. Good luck.
#754 of 1426 Re: fredvh [edabramson]
Dec 07, 2004 (9:54 pm)
Do you mean the ONLY difference between the ES with 16" wheels and 17" wheels is the rim and the tire size? There is no difference with the brakes, discs, etc? What alloy wheels do you get then? ( the same alloy wheels as the 2004 ES)?
#755 of 1426 December Lexus Sale
Dec 07, 2004 (9:56 pm)
What exactly is the Lexus "December Sale"?
#756 of 1426 Re: December Lexus Sale [fredvh]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Dec 08, 2004 (6:51 am)
Hi fredvh - it's Lexus' December-to-Remember sales event. They are promoting it heavily through television advertising. Other members have been discussing it and asking questions in our Lease Questions and Rebates, Incentives & APRs discussions.
Roving Host & Future Vehicles Host
#757 of 1426 Re: fredvh [fredvh]
Dec 08, 2004 (8:07 am)
If you opt for the 16" wheels on the 2005 ES330, they are the same wheels as those on the 2004 ES330. Also, the only change is the wheels/tires if you get the 17" wheel option in 2005. Brakes & suspension tuning remain the same.
#758 of 1426 DECEMBER TO REMEMBER PRICES
Dec 08, 2004 (8:01 pm)
Is $32,500 good for a 2005 es 330? Has everything but the navigation/ml and chrome wheels, and vsc.
Am in Virginia, where it seems hard to beat this price.
#759 of 1426 Re: DECEMBER TO REMEMBER PRICES [bikegal]
Dec 09, 2004 (12:42 pm)
You can look at earlier posts to see the price ranges - from reading these posts I have found that the good deals are in the 87-91% of MSRP price range.
I am in the process of buying in Southern California with your options plus the chrome wheels. Will post my deal when it is complete.
Good luck to you.
#760 of 1426 Bit the bullet, got the 2005
Dec 10, 2004 (5:29 pm)
Just purchased a 2005 ES 330 for $32,000 as part of the December to Remember sale. It has HID, leather/wood steering wheel, shifter, cool/heated seats, 6 disc cd changer, cargo net, mat, wheel locks, 17 inch tires and rear shade.
Could have done better if I had driven two hours to another dealer, but I feel good about it.
Especially since I almost bought a 2004 Lexus sports edition with 3,200 miles for $31,000!
Dec 10, 2004 (9:11 pm)
I thought the "December To Remember" sale was just a special on leases. Did you get the impression that it was a sale on the cost of the vehicle too?