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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#995 of 1426 Re: end of summer "deal" [anonapersona]
Aug 21, 2005 (11:56 am)
Just wanted to update the info I posted. That offer of $31,977 was for what is called Package 1 locally, that is Heated/Vented seats, wood, power shade, 17" alloy wheels, preferred accessory pkg of cargo net, trunk mat, and wheel locks. No NAV. I later got an internet quote for the same plus NAV, HID, and rain sense wipers for $34,200 (Package 2). MSRP $37,119 Other internet quotes for Package 2 were higher.
After some emails and phone calls, I was offered a 2005 ES 330 with NAV (Package 2) for $38,000 including tint, pin striping, clear bra and chrome wheels. That fell to $36,100 (88.9%MSRP) and negotiation stalled.
So I went in person to see if the next dealer had a car for me. I drove 30 minutes to find the car he had for $34,200 with no adds was now gone (apparently in the first 2 hours of the day -- was it going to dealer #1??) and the lowest he would get to ($33,600) reflected his cost to bring another in from somewhere.
Another 30 minutes even further south to another dealer to find he had one in stock and we settled on $33,300 with 24 months maintenance included or $33,000 with only the 5K mile maintainence free from Lexus and the oil changes for free from the dealer for 2 years.
That car had MSRP of $37,119, cost $33,000 or 88.9% MSRP before TT&L and a $50 documents fee.
#996 of 1426 Re: ES330, 2005 PRICES [andy1993]
Aug 21, 2005 (12:16 pm)
$34999 Included all dealer charges. It did not include sales tax and license plate taxes and fees. I also purchased a 2-year extended warranty, but I consider that a separate transaction.
#997 of 1426 Re: end of summer "deal" [anonapersona]
Aug 21, 2005 (2:19 pm)
From what geographical region did you get your quote? Thanks.
#998 of 1426 Re: Lazy Trans---TSB---Verdict [gbjerke]
Aug 21, 2005 (11:23 pm)
Boy do I have the same problem, sure I do.
I would highly appreciate telling me the technical name for reprogramming the transmission. What should I tell the dealer to do? Reprogram it for what? Is there a name for that “program”.?
#999 of 1426 Re: end of summer "deal" [atoews]
Aug 22, 2005 (5:47 am)
Houston TX, that final deal was from a dealer on the south side of town. I will add that the fellow I bought from in the Internet department was the very nicest salesman I encountered along the way.
#1000 of 1426 Re: Lazy Trans---TSB---Verdict [saudiowner1]
Aug 22, 2005 (6:42 am)
I think it is a well known problem as I took mine to the local dealer....small dealer and he knew right away what I was talking about when I mentioned a TSB.
The wording on my receipt is:
"Trans ECM needing update per TSB TC004-03"
You will love the improvement.
#1001 of 1426 Re: end of summer "deal" [anonapersona]
Aug 31, 2005 (7:10 am)
What dealership did you use? Thanks
#1002 of 1426 Re: ES330, 2005 PRICES [andy1993]
Aug 31, 2005 (8:33 pm)
I have been looking at the pricing for the ES330 with several packages and the best deal I have been able to find in my market was through COSTCO which provided a no haggle price of $ 1,000 over invoice regardless of package. Seems like a reasonable deal. Does anyone know how to pick one up for invoice or under? It seems that on the LS line it has been done.
#1003 of 1426 Good deal on 05 ES330
Sep 01, 2005 (12:38 pm)
My wife and I just picked up a new 05 330ES fully loaded I believe MSRP was around 39.8k. The only thing lacking was adjustable pedals, and that's really what we wanted but are very scarce in CA. Anyway, we paid 33,800. Pretty good deal, but took a lot of persistence. I had to bring up the faulty transmission etc. several times, but it paid off... Thanks to this site to set my expectations on $.
I was sort of playing the role that the price was not so great to the salesman. At the end of the deal, he showed me some internal document that showed the gain on the car $-928. I'm sure he didn't loose money, but made me feel good about my deal. Almost 1k under invoice!
#1004 of 1426 Re: Good deal on 05 ES330 [mhunterdts]
Sep 01, 2005 (2:06 pm)
I am very interested in the car and the deal you found is 2K better than what I have been able to find so far. Can you tell me the dealer that you went to?