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#5154 of 5521 Florida Dealers
Aug 09, 2012 (7:57 pm)
I shopped my Lexus at 5 Florida dealerships and all were hungry to make a sale. All were aggressive but polite and courteous. I ended up with a great deal so stick to your guns and demand no less than $3000 off MSRP for a well optioned RX 350 (delete that dealer fee as I did).
It took my just 5 days to get multiple quotes, multiple offers and many discussions with sales people. In the end, I got the deal I wanted on the exact car (except for those tires).
The 2013 is very nice with LED lighting, better 19" wheels, improved center stack buttons, etc. compared to my 2010 version (exact same version). The 2013 is definitely worth $1200-$1500 more than a brand-new similarly equipped 2012 (in my humble opinion).
Dealers did offer me $5500 off MSRP with NO dealer fee on a 2012 version; I declined and got a 2013. No remorse here over that decision.
Florida buyers may not get a MA or CA type deal but you can pay $1K more in the Sunshine State and avoid those expensive transportation costs.
This is my third Lexus and I have NEVER been able to get closer than $1K compared to those fantastic IRA Lexus deals in MA. But, I can get to that $1K gap most of the time with a LOT of effort.
#5155 of 5521 Re: Advice on Tires [valueguy]
Aug 10, 2012 (10:03 am)
Sales guy called me today and apologized for the mix-up on my tires. He readily agreed to swap them out. He offered to drive my trade to my home and take the new 2013 back for the swap then return to my home.
I think I will just go there tomorrow so I can test drive the new Sport Version.
I must say for a MALE drive the Sport RX 350 is mighty nice.
Kudos to my Lexus dealership for making this buying experience very pleasant and straightforward.
IMHO, the competition out there is fierce so find your car (color, options, etc) then go drive a hard bargain. You can no longer trust TRU CAR or EDMUNDS for the real invoice price. Dealers have solved that problem.
Thanks to all those who posted here for price paid. I couldn't have done it without you.
#5156 of 5521 Re: Advice on Tires [valueguy]
Aug 11, 2012 (2:22 pm)
Dealer exchanged the Dunlop tires for Michelin tires today. 90 minutes at the Dealership. I test drove F Sport version. I'll post about it later.
The Michelin tires are far better in the rain than the Dunlop tires. In Florida when it rains it pours. I'm not saying anything about the Dunlops (well..yes I am) but there is NO Comparison between the Dunlops and Michelin.
Sure, if you want to save money then buy the Dunlops (I rec. those only on the AWD model) but if it is "free" with the car then Michelin is the way to go.
Aug 11, 2012 (7:39 pm)
The F Sport was a nice ride. About 10-15% stiffer than a Regular RX. Firm but not harsh.
I really couldn't tell much difference in power from regular 6 speed to the 8 speed tranny.
Handling was good and seemed better to me. Seats were nice but not much more comfy than the regular RX. I think they should have beefed up the seat padding.
Rims were nice for a Sport RX 350. Ditto for the cool steering wheel.
Overall, I'd say the F package was worth maybe $1500 over a Regular RX AWD with the same equipment.
#5159 of 5521 Re: Advice on Tires [valueguy]
Aug 12, 2012 (10:58 am)
Can you provide the full name off the Michelin's they put on for you ?
Like 'Latitude Tour or Pilot etc ?
And actual size off the tire, I know they are 19, but the full number ?
#5161 of 5521 Re: Advice on Tires [valueguy]
Aug 12, 2012 (1:05 pm)
The Stock Bridgestone tires on the RX 350 are fine. I rate them as a very close second to the stock Michelin tires. I probably wouldn't have gone back to the dealeship for a swap if I had received Bridgestone tires instead of Dunlop.
No way I want $680 tires on my $49K RX 350. Both Bridgestone and Michelin are over $1,000 installed. Hence, those of you getting those Dunlops are being given a cheaper tire compared to those of us with the Michelins.
#5162 of 5521 Re: Advice on Tires [valueguy]
Aug 12, 2012 (2:43 pm)
Thx, I was curious which Michelins were coming through on the 2013, in your part of the country or here.
My 2012 came through with the 235/55/19 Latitude Tours HP, which are fine so far with 3000 miles only. We have Monsoon here, and it's some major rains ,and drainage here is poor, so we need good tires here to minimize hydroplaning, along with proper driving of course.
My neighbor just picked up his 2013, and it has the Bridgestones.
Here in the Desert SW, our problem also, is with cracking due to the extreme summers here. So far, on the last 4 Lexus I've owned, the Michelins, and Goodyears have held up very well on those Rx's
My other cars/sedans, have done poorly with BFGoodrich and Firestones, with heat related problems here or in Calif type driving/weather.
Will be interesting to see how we all do with more miles on the Michelins, and the others.
#5163 of 5521 Re: Advice on Tires [nazzy100]
Aug 12, 2012 (5:44 pm)
I had 19 inch wheels on my last Lexus. Michelin tires. We got 50,000 miles out of them before needing new tires.