Last post on Oct 31, 2007 at 4:44 PM
You are in the Lexus IS
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Lexus IS 250, Exterior, Interior, Paint, Sedan
#23 of 42 Re: Thank you K9gal! [jerry k]
Mar 06, 2007 (1:07 pm)
I think we've already sorted all of that out. But thanks very much for your apology, it is appreciated.
Let's get back to the subject of this discussion which is indeed color choices for this IS.
#24 of 42 Re: Thank you K9gal! [mimicat3872]
Mar 08, 2007 (6:21 pm)
I think I'm in the minority here, but I'd NEVER get a black interior - it's much too claustrophobic. My husband agreed on this one - we both felt much more comfortable in the beige. We're going to wind up with grey (sterling) because we're getting a tungsten exterior and it only comes that way. Anything but black!
(A woman I met who had an IS300 with black interior, followed by an IS250 with sterling said she'd never do black again.)
But again, we all may be in the minority. You should sit in both the dark and light interiors and see how you feel.
#25 of 42 Re: Thank you K9gal! [optimom]
Mar 09, 2007 (1:29 am)
ohhhhhhhh...MY god!!! Thank you soooo much for your opinion! I have never thoght about that! The feeling and Mood that given by the interior is also VERY important!!!
mmmmmmmm...Now I am gonna compare both of them AGAIN and CAREFULLY!!! Thank you my friends and hope more of you come here and throw your ideas here!!! Thank u!!!
#26 of 42 Re: Thank you K9gal! [mimicat3872]
Mar 10, 2007 (7:49 am)
Just picked up my '07 IS250 yesterday from Raleigh, NC. It is the Starfire Pearl and cashmere interior. It's amazing. I love the color!!! Inside and out. As I drove it 3 hours home, I followed my husband who said how sharp the white looks and also how easy to pick out in a group of cars!!!!(I hope the cops don't think so!) For anyone thinking of this color combo, you will be pleased. The car drives amazingly. I really had to watch my speed. This car glides on the interstate!!!I would not be a fan of black interior since I once had a car that color and it is hot, and the sun also "cooks" the top of the dashboard, and all areas it touches. That may be a good point to ponder. I also got the all weather mud flaps(they are all black) for my car as the cashmere interior will soil easily and I will have times that I can use the rubber mats. They store easily in the trunk. The sound system is great and I do not have Mark Levinson. Hope this helps in your selection!!!
#27 of 42 Re: Thank you K9gal! [k9gal]
Mar 10, 2007 (5:03 pm)
OHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! MY GOD!!!K9gal, I am soooo Happy and Exciting for you!!!!! Everything you described is EXECTLY what I dream for EVERY night. Just by your description, I feel like I am in the car and driving it around...oooooohhhhh, I am soooo happy for u. I really like the car, and probably will get one EXECTLY the same as yours. WOW! Have to wait for the University of Carlifornia admission fist, then I can BUY my DREAM!!! Yeah!!! really really appreciate your opinion,now I switch my mind back to the CASHMERE interior. Starfire Pearl~booo!Always My Dream. okkkk...Enjoy your Perfect car and LOVE it forever....
#28 of 42 Black with Sterling
Mar 25, 2007 (1:10 am)
Anyone seen the Black with Sterling interior? Would really like that combo, but according to a few dealerships those don't come together.
#29 of 42 Re: Thank you K9gal! [mimicat3872]
Mar 28, 2007 (3:06 am)
mimi, from reading your posts, i hope you get what you want. anyways, my friend got her starfire/cashmere for 32000 msrp 38000 (about) at Longo at the end of feb. No ML system though. i think you will probably need to go fully loaded in order to get ML - like the luxury packages.
most dealers said starfire/cashmere is a popular color or hard to come by. there were starfire/black but my friend didn't settled.
#30 of 42 Re: Thank you K9gal! [fbi888]
Mar 28, 2007 (3:20 pm)
Fbi888,thank you for your opinion. I went to the longo last sunday and test drove a starfire with cashmere, but it is a pre-owned which means a used car. I have recently just saw a gray(sterling) interior on a silver car. It is Gorgeous!!! Have you ever seen any starfire outside with the sterling(gray) interior? Or anyone knows, please tell me. I guess I will more than likely to go with this combo now.Also for the mark, since I actually listened to both of them, I am very satisfied with the factory audio system, it is good enough. Essential for me are the Navigation, rear spoiler, 18''wheels and the HID lights. I am going next week to start buying, wish me a good luck please with everything around $31,000. Heehee...
#31 of 42 Re: Thank you K9gal! [mimicat3872]
Mar 28, 2007 (3:47 pm)
no, i have not seen starfire/gray. but, any starfire with a girl driver is just gorgeous and cute. guys should not drive a starfire - emasculation effect (imho).
i see quite a few starfire/black. however, i think starfire/cashmere is the best combo if you are going to tint - makes a good contrast. a caveat, this combo is quite difficult to keep clean, especially the floor mats - cashmere as well.
if you want the internet salesman, i can probably ask about it. keep in mind that if the salesman knows that you are intent on the color combo and if it's a high demand combo, the discount is much less. my friend could have bought her lexus for much less.... good luck.
#32 of 42 Re: Thank you K9gal! [mimicat3872]
Mar 29, 2007 (9:23 am)
I just brought home a tungsten(silver)/sterling IS with nav- same package you want (MSRP 37772) Although starfire/sterling is a possible option, it may be that cars are not being shipped with this combo (which seems to be true for black/sterling), and you’d have to special order it - which would make it much more expensive.
From my experience, color choice can be a factor in the bottom line price, as you are likely to get the best price on a car on the lot that the dealer wants to move. There are more black interiors around, but they were unacceptable to me. I also wanted a light exterior (easier to maintain). That really limited my options for deals. Many dealers did not have that combo, several who did only had them with spoilers (another $300+). The dealer who had one was unwilling to go more than 1K under invoice (which would have been $32354). In the end, I paid about $32K for a car that was still on the boat - but I got exactly the colors I wanted.
I also spent a lot of time monitoring the ‘prices paid’ thread on this board. While you might be able to do a little better than I did, I doubt your $31K target is realistic at this time. The best price reported for MSRP 37772 was $31150 (post #1590 by onlinespending), and even he thought it was a fluke. After that came $31500 (#1603), $31800 (#1623), and most recently $31699 (#1695). Two of these were Bay area, two were So. Cal. Only two mentioned their colors – one was silver, one was black – and they both had black interiors. I wanted to get a great deal, but it was worth it to me to spend a few hundred dollars more – less than 1% of the price - to get the colors I wanted.
This would be a good weekend to shop, as it’s the end of the month. If you want to estimate how much better you might be able to do at the end of the model year, look back in the prices thread at the end of the ’06 year to see what deals people were getting. But remember if you have specific color choices, you may not be able to find what you want then. In the end, the deal you get depends on factors somewhat beyond your control – that is the cars available and how motivated the dealer is to bargain.