Last post on Dec 16, 2009 at 4:25 PM
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Lexus GS 450h, Hybrid Cars, Car Leasing, Car Buying, Sedan
#55 of 69 Re: Packages and Regional Availability [mkrauss]
May 26, 2007 (4:56 pm)
Simple fly to Denver, Portland or Seattle and get your car. Make a nice vacation of it. Then when you go in for service explain to them how they lost the sale.
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Do not try to buy in CA. They will sting you with our horrible sales tax.
#56 of 69 Re: Packages and Regional Availability [mkrauss]
May 28, 2007 (3:31 pm)
I think this is a wonderful option; my comparison is with 2 recent model LS 430's, an ES 330, and an LS 460L. I do not hot dog an automobile at my age, but feel much more (safely) confident and comfortable in the 450h. The radar cruise is also very worthwhile for geezers...hold out for it!!
Still looking for comments on the run flat tires...they seem great but cannot find any information about them except they are expensive and hard to find. Also a bit queezy about not having a spare although I have not had a flat tire in 20 years.
#57 of 69 Re: Packages and Regional Availability [tricky73]
May 29, 2007 (12:32 pm)
I replaced run-flats on my GS450h a week after buying the car. I absolutely hated how harsh they made the ride. And I don't even live in a place like New York or Chicago, where the roads are full of potholes.
The run-flats on my car where pretty quiet despite offering really harsh ride. Also, my car did have a spare tired; I wouldn't have it any other way. Some of the run-flat packages include the spare, some don't.
#58 of 69 Re: Packages and Regional Availability [dulnev]
May 30, 2007 (2:32 pm)
Did the ride improve? Mine are the Firestone/Bridgestone brand that I am led to believe solve the problem by building the tire with stiffer sidewalls as opposed to using gummy stuff or having a tire within a tire. If so, this is probably what causes the harsher ride. Some posters claim the air supports the car, but it is really the prestressed carcass that does the job, and this prestress comes from the internal pressure.
The reason I do not have a spare is the car has active stability control which demands a second battery to control the suspension; hence no spare because that is where the additional battery is housed.
Thanks for the post; always glad to hear from others.
#59 of 69 Re: Packages and Regional Availability [tricky73]
May 31, 2007 (8:41 am)
The difference in the ride quality after taking of run-flats (Dunlop 5000) was like night and day. I put Continental ContiExtremeContact tires on the car; these are second highest rated Ultra High Performance All Season tire on TireRack. The jarring harshness is gone completely; although the Conti tires are a bit louder than the Dunlop run-flats.
#62 of 69 2008 gs450h - new off dealer lot
Feb 26, 2009 (2:52 pm)
If anybody is watching this dead thread, I have a question. I can get a new 2008 gs450h off a dealer lot in NE for $50,000 even. Options are levinson, navi, all season runflats, lexus link, spoiler, accessory package (net/mats/wheel locks). That is below "invoice" because Lexus is giving dealers $6000 on 2008 models. I could get the same car with same equipment as a 2009 for $57,000. Do you think 50 is a good price on the 2008? Would you go for the 2009 for an extra 7000? If it helps, assume that I will sell/trade the car in 3 years.
#63 of 69 Re: 2008 gs450h - new off dealer lot [deaddog]
Mar 26, 2009 (8:29 pm)
Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. I have been looking into GS450h due to the absolute dearth of GS460 (I wonder if Lexus is doing that on purpose to spur sales of the hybrid?). I just today got a quote for $55,866 plus tax (I live in California) on a 2009 with the options listed below, MSRP $62,215:
Run Flat All-Season Tires with Spare Tire
Mark Levinson Audio
Lexus Link (Digital)
Navigation System Includes:
Generation 5 Navigation System and
Voice-Activation with Destination Input
#64 of 69 Re: 2008 gs450h - new off dealer lot [vigorlover]
Mar 29, 2009 (9:01 am)
Would you mind telling me where you got your quote? I live in Palm Springs and went to Desert Lexus. The salesman told me that the GS450h was still in production and that no dealer would have one for at least another 2 months. I couldn't believe my ears. I am awaiting a quote from Lexus of Riverside through the Costco auto buying program. They were supposed to have phoned some time yesterday,I am still waiting. I thought sales people would be jumping at the chance to sell me a car. I spoke with Longo Lexus and they seem to have plenty in inventory but want to make sure I get the best price. I would like all the options you mentioned above.