Last post on Jun 15, 2009 at 5:19 PM
You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
What is this discussion about?
Lexus RX 350, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano, Car Buying, SUV
#15 of 23 Re: 2010 RX 350 Or... [wwest]
Apr 27, 2009 (8:44 pm)
I went an test drove the highlander, very smooth ride, though it's a bit boring looking. I did not care much for Venza, it feels like a Camry wagon that is lifted from the ground, it costs as much as highlander but with less cargo space. I also went and checked out the Murano but did not drive it, felt a bit crammed inside, but it was fully loaded.
Tomorrow, going to check out the RX350 (2010), I think though I'll either get the RX or the Highlander... I don't think I'd go wrong with either. On paper, I'd lean toward Lexus, but we'll see....
#16 of 23 Re: 2010 RX 350 Or... [wwest]
May 02, 2009 (8:19 pm)
I ended up getting the rx350 4wd (2010 model). bargained it from 46.5k to 44k, it has navigation, leather, ventilated/heat seat , etc and is black/black. I thought it had parking assist, but it doesn't but no biggie, but the rear view cam is neat nonetheless.
I traded in a 2001 camry with 60k miles. and bargained it upwards to 7k approximately.
and I bargained the apr from 6 -> 5%, I coulda probably done it lower on all three counts, but I really wanted it.
My experience was pretty nice with the dealer, nice people (don't understand the bad reviews people write), but overall it was great.
thanks for all your help.
#17 of 23 2010 Lexus RX350 residual, lease factor, comparison to Venza
May 04, 2009 (8:51 am)
I got this from a local dealer.
2010 RX350, FWD, 3yr, 12K miles.yr, is 59% residual with a money factor of 0.00235 (multiply by 2400 to get APR). For 3yr lease, 15K miles/yr, the residual is 57% with the same money factor.
For a 4 yr lease, 12K miles/yr, the residual is 50% and for 15K miles/yr the residual is 48% with a 0.00235 money factor,
I test drove the 2009 Venza (fully loaded, 3.5L V6) and then compared it to the RX350 (2010) on the same terrain, rough roads included. Inside, they seem to be almost 90% same car with the Lexus having upgraded trim. The Lexus ride is definitely smoother and it rides higher. However it feels more like a SUV compared to the 2001-2003 RX300 which drove more like a car. This is just personal preference though. I'm told that the RX is basically a Toyota Highlander with upgraded trim. My neighbor works as a mechanic at the Lexus dealership and told me that Lexus does pinching of the metal every 6 inches Vs Toyota's ever 12 inch. Pinching means where two metal panels are "pinched". I guess the Lexus's 6 inch pinch gives it the more tighter feel and less rattles over the long run. He also told me that the RX300 & RX330 engines were much better than the RX350. They are seeing more problems with the latest engine and some other issues that I can't remember. So my option is to look for a used 2006 RX330 (FWD or a brand new Venza.
Hope this helps.
#19 of 23 2003 RX300 with 65,500 miles
Jun 13, 2009 (10:57 am)
I have a 2003 RX300 with 65.5 k miles; bought it used with 48k certified from dealer; wondering what a good trade number is; carmax offers me 10,500. It is in great condition. (no extras on it like gps)
#22 of 23 Re: 2003 RX300 with 65,500 miles [steve_]
Jun 15, 2009 (3:56 pm)
I disagree, but I'm not surprised the host of this forum would direct the conversation to a link on this site.
#23 of 23 Re: 2003 RX300 with 65,500 miles [mdhutton]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 15, 2009 (5:19 pm)
Make sure you see the "right" book too. I've always read that Kelley sells one just for dealer subscribers.