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Lexus RX 330 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,943
    Sounds like it really should be a $1,000 price decrease:

    Weak yen gives Japanese autos big US advantage (Forbes)

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  • gardencargardencar Posts: 293
    Great post and great monniker. I suppose it comes from your sartorial tastes? Anyway, before I bought the RX330, I also went to look at the MDX and like you, decided that it was not as well constructed or as luxurious as the Lexus. You made the right choice, especially if you are single or have a small family. Although the MDX has the advantage cargo wise and in towing capacity, the RX is much classier, sportier, and a better deal. Congratulations, GQ!
  • gardencargardencar Posts: 293
    Hey Steve,

    Did I space out or did you guys just recently add this reply feature? It's pretty convenient, so I'm using it for the first time here, to let you know.
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    It's new today, but the jury is still out on the Re Re Re Re feature :-)

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  • OK, a strange twist to my happy tale from March 23.

    I thought we closed a deal on a RX 330, Metallic Silver/Black Leather, AWD, Premium Plus Package with heated seats, headlight wipers, tow prep, cargo mat and wheel locks for $38,500 before tax and title (MSRP was $41,838) on that date. Not the best price, but an ok one that is certainly higher than what I've seen on this site, so the dealer has got to be making $$ on it. I thought we were all set and called the salesman to confirm the details. No reply... multiple messages later and I still don't hear from him.

    I finally get a call from the dealership saying that this vehicle would be available to me for around $39,200. (!!!) Obviously not acceptable! What is up with that? I'm now irritated with this dealership and decide to take my business elsewhere. (Funnily enough, the Lexus survey folks called my house to ask how my purchase was going. Can you imagine?)
    Tonight, the phone rings again and it's one of the dealers that I had blast faxed back in mid March calling out of the blue. He told me he'd do the deal for a price that happens to be a bit less than the original guy. Unfortunately, the car is coming down from Canada in the next few weeks. I've had more twists and turns on this purchase than I expect I'll have during my first day of driving my new RX 330...once I finally seal a deal!!

    Any advice on how to get this nailed down, when the exact vehicle I want to purchase is not on the lot yet? I don't want to be a two-time Lexus Loser!!
  • dandgdandg Posts: 86
     we bought same RX330 (except flint/black leather),with same options/list and where able to get it for 37500(+50.doc fee).We emailed dealers in MA ( live in NH) and a two dealers that where others at made deals from members on this board who emailed us.By end of first week had two dealers bidding for sale.That RX with that option package should be pretty common on lots we found most had them on lot.Try and get more dealers in bidding,tell them you are ready to buy and want out the door price for as low as possible ,4 k+ off is not unheard of.They also make hold back and refund on advertising money (should total about 900 to 1k)on thease so thay can get pretty close to invoice(37235) and still make money .
    Let us know how you do.
  • gator430gator430 Posts: 12
    Hi Dandg,

    How long did you have to wait for your Flint/Black? We were told it would be about 3.5 months.
  • dandgdandg Posts: 86
    hi gator,
     it was in stock at three of the dealers we where looking at,seems to be a popular combo.
  • gator430gator430 Posts: 12
    Hi All,

    I want to share everyone my buying experience I had with a dealer(Sterling McCall) in Houston. Met with the dealer this past Saturday to finalize the deal. However, there was a fee for 'VIN etching' of $385. I told the salesguy I don't want this but was told all cars came with it. I disagreed and told the dealer no deal. I left the dealer without signing anything and told them I would think about it. I guess the salesguy assumed the deal was still good between us. I emailed him today to restate my stance of no deal, unless the 'VIN etching' fee is removed. The guy said no so I said no. I then emailed another dealer(Westside) in town to match what I got from Sterling. Some how the guy at Sterling found out and was not too happy about it. They both know each other. Now the guy at Sterling has rescinded his offer, citing that I didn't accept his offer and tried to low ball him with another dealer. And also he threatened me about not giving me a loaner car for future services of my GS430. I told him you just lost a loyal customer since I had done all my services at Sterling. I told him this was not professional, and the kind of behavior Lexus would not tolerate.

    Should I report this to Lexus corporate?

  • rparisrparis Posts: 368
    I believe etching actually cost around 50 bucks to the dealer and can be a huge money maker for dealers. I would never purchase etching as an option.

    Local dealers do not want any complaints made to Lexus and do everything they can to avoid a complaint,however, maybe Lexus customer service can assists, especially with the etching requirement. Please keep us informed.
  • windy6windy6 Posts: 57
    What a suprise that Houston area dealers get compaints. I'm not sure exactly which is which but IIRC the 5 Houston area dealers are ownded by two groups.
    I tried dealing with Westside as well but they tried loading up the car with BS items such as VIN etching/gold package/window tinting (over and above what the car comes with. I ended up buying in Austin, quick, clean deal.

    BTW, I would definitely go to Lexus corporate on that threat.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,943
    Etching is worth about $5 tops in my book. Some police departments do it free as a community service (emphasis on community, since the etching itself is useless inho - anyone ever hear that someone got their car back due to the VIN being etched on the glass?).

    I'm not so sure that Lexus corporate cares about this type of behavior, but the local GM should. Maybe write that person and cc corporate.

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  • gator430gator430 Posts: 12
    I finally got a deal with another dealer, Lexus of Clear Lake, in Houston. They were very easy to work with, and I was out in an hour. I hightly recommend them. This is the deal for my FWD, Flint/Black, Nav w/rear camera, premium plus, heated seats w/rain sensing wipers, towing, 18" wheels, and preferred accessory pkg.

    MSRP $42,888
    Selling price $38,183+TTL+fees
    OD $41,263.75

    I did pretty good.
  • dmorelli1dmorelli1 Posts: 13
    I am trading in a 2002 Toyota Highlander LTD w/11,000 miles (brand new condition)& want to purchase a 2004 RX330 w/AWD, Premium plus pkg & addt'l options totaling MSRP $41,938.Anyone have any dealings (good or bad) on Long Island that they can share? I also have a '99 RX300 but I am keeping that one. Thanks in advance for any suggestions and pricing/negotiating info.
  • dmorelli1dmorelli1 Posts: 13
    From everything I've read about negotiating price on a new car they always say to work from the dealer invoice up NOT from the MSRP down...yet on all these posts talking about pricing on the RX330 everyone is talking about how much off MSRP they got.Can someone please explain? How much over d.i. are the dealers in NY willing to accept?
  • dmorelli1dmorelli1 Posts: 13
    I would certainly appreciate it if you could share which dealers you e-mailed who bid on your purchase? I was just quoted 39,000 for the exact same vehicle by a Long Island dealer?
  • ramarama Posts: 10
    Same RX config as #927
    Could not get a deal anywhere close with 3 dealers in north Alabama or Atlanta. Not sure why. Perhaps the competition for price is not as keen or the few dealers keeps the demand and the price high. After 2 weeks of negotiation, the best I could do was $37,000 plus TTL. Deal was with Tom Williams in B'ham. Nalley in Atlanta wanted $200 more.

    Only good thing is OTD was $38,265.
  • twm01twm01 Posts: 12
    Greetings all,

    I am looking for a 2WD 330 with the following options:

    PT - Premium Plus
    HH - Front Dual Heated Seats W/ Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers & Headlight Washers
    TO - Towing Package
    FT - 18" x 7 Alloy wheels w/ Michelin or Goodyear

    Will even take the "forced" port installed cargo mat and wheel locks...

    Any idea on where to get a good deal? Anyone get a similar car in FL/GA area? If so, please PM me with details.

    Tried email, only one response - local dlr in Tampa, tried to give me the Premium (not premium plus) package and other small opts. for 36,900 (on 39,383 MSRP) - 2,483 off.

  • ramarama Posts: 10
    The config you want is what I just bought in Birmingham, my MRSP was $40,538, I paid $37,000 (plus TTL) giving a discount of $3,538, not a great deal by any stretch. I've seen others pay $36,200 to $36,400 on this board in the last 60 days. Can't get those prices where I am.
  • bmw4me2bmw4me2 Posts: 16
    I just talked to the dealer in Sarasota on the exact same car ($39,383). The dealer offered me about the same discount of $2,400 but they have a $495 dealer services fee. My son said the dealer in Orlando is more aggressive with no dealer fees.
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