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Lexus IS 250, Lexus IS 350, Lexus IS, Car Buying, Sedan
#2970 of 3002 Re: IS250 RWD and new driver in snow [georgia12]
Jul 21, 2011 (10:20 am)
I can't speak specifically regarding the IS250 but I lived in the Chicago area for 20+ years and always owned either a front wheel drive or 4 wheel. They do generally take care of the roads well but I always felt more comfortable with front or all wheel. There are lots of BMW, Lexus and Infiniti vehicles sold but I never went that route. probably not much help but thought I'd chime in.
#2972 of 3002 Re: IS250 RWD and new driver in snow [georgia12]
Jul 21, 2011 (10:25 am)
While not a Lexus owner, I have lived in Colorado for 18 years, moving here from Southern California.
I see two courses of action:
1) Sell the RWD IS250 and get something with either FWD or AWD
2) Get a good set of winter tires to use in the colder months - these are not snow tires, per se, but rather tires that perform better when the temperature is less than 45 degrees F. Check Tire Rack or Discount Tire on the web for packages designed specifically for the IS250.
Option 2 is certainly less expensive, and has the added benefit of allowing both sets of tires to wear more slowly.
#2973 of 3002 Re: Good IS 250C Lease Price [silver0815]
Jul 23, 2011 (5:18 pm)
I just bought a 250i a few hours ago. The bottom sticker price was 43,000 before any discounts. I got a 36 month lease with 10,000 miles per year for $499 a month. This was after doing some negotiations.
Aug 19, 2011 (7:55 pm)
Lexus 2011 IS250 Basic model: $32,400, should I jump at this or get it even lower?
#2975 of 3002 Re: Lexus 2011 IS250 [lexusowner22]
Aug 19, 2011 (11:00 pm)
You have a lot of work to do yet. I got my 09 IS250 RWD new 2.5 years ago for $32,448 (sticker $37,656) and it came with premium package (heated/cooled seats, bluetooth, etc), navi/backup cam, and premium accessories package with 18" wheels.
If you go through costcoauto.com the deal is $750 over invoice (which is still less than your deal). That's a good starting point for negotiations.
Oct 15, 2011 (11:40 pm)
I haven't seen much posted here about leases (or purchases for that matter) of the IS 250 C since it came out 2 1/2 years ago. My lease on my IS 250 sedan is up at the end of March and I'm interested in getting into a convertible model. The forums helped me tremendously when I got my first IS ($407/month with nothing down on a 250 with nav/cam and premium pkg and preferred accessories/18" wheels). I'm hoping to get the convertible for roughly $100 more a month but it doesn't seem like anyone is getting any deals, or they're just not posting here. Carman, or anyone else, do you have any insight? I know I still have 5 months or so, but I'd like to be prepared so I'm starting to research now.
#2977 of 3002 In the market for IS350 AWD
Oct 21, 2011 (9:05 pm)
Just wondering if anybody is trying to negotiate a good deal (like buying at invoice price) for a 2011 IS350 AWD, given the model change for 2012. I'm just going to purchase the vehicle from the lot. Do I need to present the $1000 loyal Lexus customer rebate thingy right at the start of the negotiation? Or the $1000 has nothing to do with the dealer and it's coming directly from Lexus headquarters?
#2978 of 3002 Just leased an IS350 F-Sport
Dec 18, 2011 (11:59 pm)
Just took delivery of a 2012 IS350 with the F-Sport package, Navigation, Backup Camera and no accessories installed. Sticker was $45,810. Dealer took about $3,100 off. Leased it for 48 months/15k miles with $4k down and $588/month. Payments are high because of my credit problems. Lexus is running a promotion, where they make the first payment. I made them throw in the rear bumper applique and a keychain. Color was Nebula Gray Metallic (the only other IS350 F-Sport they had was black, which doesn't excite me). Spent 5 hours at the dealer (Longo Lexus in So Cal. Excellent dealer). Car is worth $21068 at the end of the lease.
#2979 of 3002 prices paid/buying experience Lexus IS 250
May 31, 2012 (9:56 am)
I just bought a Lexus IS 250 (no nav, heated seats, accessories) for $33,604, which is $1000 under invoice. The whole experience was relatively painless and the salesman was very reasonable, I think. I had bought the "Fighting Chance" packet, which was helpful in terms of info about the way that car buying works and the ways that dealers make their money. Also, the invoice price of all options is in the packet. I decided not to do their buying strategy of phone calls and e-mails, followed by more phone calls and e-mails. Perhaps I could have gotten a few dollars less, but I was satisfied with my deal. I told the fleet manager I could buy through my credit union or Costco, but would rather buy from him and have that commission myself. He laughed and agreed. Then I said I knew from Edmunds and True Value that the average price was $2-300 less than invoice, and I wanted to pay less, being on the end that brings the average down. He said, would you buy for $1000 under invoice? I agreed and that was that. After lots of research, the actual buying was not too bad.