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Lexus RX 330 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Sounds like we both got good deals. I only deal with sales mgrs for the price via the phone. Then when they are ready to write it up I get a sales person. I dont have the time or energy to have a salesperson go back & forth trying to reduce the price.No hassels when you deal directly with the sales mgr. For me, I tell the sales mgr what I want as them for thier best price, dont share prices from one dealer to the next & just buy from the one whos package is the best. Sewell was very disappointd in our case calling us back twice but the decision & contract had already been made. I would refer the Sewell Salesguy I spoke to as he was upfront & honest & had great follow up, same with the Sewell Sales Mgr. Think we both did well! How fun a new car!! Have a good evening!
  • I got the best deal from Magnussen in Fremont and liked the sales force much better than the Lexus dealer in Redwood City. I used the fleet salesman at Magnussen. As to FWD/AWD in my opinion it depends on how often you plan to go to snow country, how flexible your plans are (if snowing stay over another day?, etc) and if you want to use chains or not. As I ski 15 or so days each year, I got the AWD, if I only went up once a year or so I probably would get the FWD. I am sure others here can tell you the technical aspects of each. I haven't driven my RX330 in the snow yet as we got it the end of ski season last year. Wil let you know the results of my first experience, hopefully in early December.
  • I am in San Diego and in discussions for a 2005 FWD RX330 virtually maxed out, with the GPS and DVD entertainment system, upgraded sound, etc. I have been quoted a "special Internet price" (I used the build your Lexus tool on lexus.com) of $43,989 + tax & lic. fees. I am interested in your impressions as to whether this is a fair price or whether I should attempt to negotiate or speak with other dealers.
  • alolewis,
    How much did Magnussen Fremont quote you, I got an offer from Redwood City $1500 over invoice. I want to get the FWD with premium plus, navigation, heated seated with rain sensor wiper, but the dealer told me Lexus will not make the RX in FWD in this combination, I can only get heated seated with rain sensor either with loaded with rear seat entertainment and ML audio or in AWD only. Do you know anything about it?
  • Hi,

    I am planning to buy 2005 RX330 AWD with following options in Washington DC Metro area.

    2005 RX330 AWD
    Navigation
    Premium plus (included 6 CD changer)
    18" wheels
    Heated front seats w/rain sensor wipers,headlamp washers
    Preferred accessory pkg (cargo mats, wheel locks)

    Did anyone got in the area recently at a good price? Any recommendations for a dealer?

    Thanks,
    -San.
  • Can you please share some of the buys you have made on AWD RX330 in Illinois?
  • Toyota's Cambridge plant has the capacity to build about 60,000 RX's per year and their Kyushu plant builds the other 15,000 to make Lexus' target of 75,000 units, according to some auto industry reports that I've read.
  • I bought my 2004 RX330 from Lexus of Annapolis last month. I tried Silver Spring and Rockville - both left me dizzy with their antics. Lexus of Annapolis has a great internet department and is very nice to deal with. No gimmicks and competitive pricing. They beat everyone's price for the vehicle we wanted AND they had our specific color. We were in and out in under one hour - they even came to pick us to take delivery of the vehicle!

    Here's what we got:
    2004 AWD RX330 Premium Plus Bamboo/Ivory
    All the goodies:
    Premium Plus Package with Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) with High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, Roof rails/roof rack. Also includes: Leather-trimmed interior, Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column with memory, Illuminated entry system and Power tilt-and-slide moonroof with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade.
    Additional Options:
      - Two-level heated front seats (includes rain-sensing variable intermittent wipers and headlamp washers)
      - 18-in alloy wheels (235/55VR18 and full-size spare)
      - Towing package
      - Six-disc CD changer
      - Preferred Accessory Package (includes cargo mat and wheel locks)

    Paid 37,900 + ttl

    My husband keeps it shiny and I get to ride in it alot! (He thinks the car was for him :-))
  • I'd got a quote for a 2005 RX330 FWD, with Premium Plus and Nav. Breakwater blue exterior and light gray interior for $41980 out the door price (includes everything). Is this a good deal? I'm in San Diego area btw.

    Thanks
  • Does anyone have any experience with purchasing a Lexus RX330 in the Boston, MA area?
  • According to Edmunds TMV, a car configured like yours would cost $41,717 before taxes. I would say you are getting a very good deal. Would you mind sharing the dealer's name and more detailed info on additional options and tax/registration fees, so out of state people can get a better idea of how good your deal is? Here in SF, the sales tax is a whopping 8.5%! This translated to $3,630 in sales tax and registration fees for my RX330. In contrast, those lucky buckos in Oregon pay zero sales tax!
  • minyiminyi Posts: 27
    That doesn't sound right. That is the exact option I saw from one of the cars I saw in the dealer lot when I was looking for mine (one with Premium Plus pkg only). Check out lexus.com. I think they have 5 different "packages" they comes with. Or the dealership web sites sometimes have them too.
  • Sure, the dealer is Lexus of Carlsbad. I'm not sure what's the breakdown of different fees and taxes. I think the tax is the same 8.5% here in San Diego, and destination fee about $600? Not sure about other fees. But again, this is just a quote right now, and the sales said they don't have the car yet. So I'll see if they'd honor this when the car gets here and when I go there in person. But no sales tax in Oregon?! Do you think the dealers there raise their prices because there's no tax?
  • Jack: I'm in SCal too. Invoice price on your 330 is 35741 (this from dealer email near L.A.) This includes delivery fee. Add dealer profit, tx and title and relatively small admin fee from dealer (say $45) and you can compare value of your quote. That same dealer you mentioned above told me over email "I do not work from invoice". I replied, "Too bad." And, I thanked her for the email reply.

    I'm guessing you can do much better if you probe Lexus dealers in Orange County and Los Angeles area via email.

    I'm guessing you can get under $37K, plus tx,ttl & fee if you are patient and seek out many dealers for quote.
  • Jack: Additional info. for you:

    Try email to: Lexus Mission Viejo and Longo Lexus. Ask for their best quote over invoice. Tell 'em when you want to buy, etc.

    May be helpful.
  • Thanks buckeye. Btw, can you get invoice prices from the web? I tried edmunds, yahoo, and a few others and so far none showed invoices for the 2005 models and their options. I already put down a deposit over the phone to this dealer, and I wonder how hard it will be if I want to get out of it :(
  • eric2eric2 Posts: 14
    You can check the invoice price of 2005 model from carsdirect.com. The invoice price there is correct.
  • I haven't had luck getting invoice over Internet. My invoice number in reply to you came from a regional Lexus dealer via email price quote...so, in a sense, I'm merely taking his invoice number as valid, when, in fact, I've never seen an official Lexus invoice to prove the number.

    I do think it's pretty darn close, if not the actual invoice on the 330, Prem.Plus to include dest.charge.

    It's your money, so if you want out of the deal tell 'em you've changed your mind. They should refund deposit immediately. OTOH, if you are happy w/dealer....

    Again, I'm guessing you can do much better with price if you go out a bit further with inquiries.

    Good luck.
  • Lacks some of the "standard" dealer treatments here in SCal that I have received on email quotes. For example, the 330 Prem.Plus Pack. also includes hid lights and 18" wheels. So, the prices I revealed to Jack20 include these features, which appear to be "adds" in carsdirect.com.
  • Thanks buckeye. Btw, can you get invoice prices from the web? I tried edmunds, yahoo, and a few others and so far none showed invoices for the 2005 models and their options. I already put down a deposit over the phone to this dealer, and I wonder how hard it will be if I want to get out of it :(
  • BTW buckeye, did your quote included navigation system?
  • Jack20: No Nav.
  • Cars.com has the invoices for the 2005 Lexus RX330. I don't know what is taking edmunds.com so long to post.
  • 2005 Lexus RX 330
    Starting MSRP $35,775 – $37,175 Vehicle Style Selector
      
    Starting MSRP Invoice*
     Front-wheel Drive Base $35,775 $31,659
     All-wheel Drive Base $37,175 $32,898
    Destination Charge: $625
     
    RX 330 All-wheel Drive Base
    Option Groups MSRP/Invoice*
    Premium Package $2,145/$1,716
    Includes illuminated entry system.
       Leather Trim Interior
       Roof Rails w/Rack
       One-Touch Open/Close Moonroof
       Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel w/Memory
       
    Premium Plus Package $2,960/$2,368
    Includes illuminated entry system.
       Leather Trim Interior
       Roof Rails w/Rack
       High Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps
       Adaptive Front Lighting System
       One-Touch Open/Close Moonroof
       Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel w/Memory
       
    Towing Package $160/$128
       Large Radiator
       Towing Hitch
       Transmission Cooler
       Wiring Harness
       
    Navigation System/Mark Levinson Audio Package $6,790/$5,464
    The standard compass located in the rearview mirror is relocated to the navigation screen. Includes voice activation.
       Bluetooth
       Rear View Camera
       Premium Plus Package
       Includes illuminated entry system.
       Leather Trim Interior
       Roof Rails w/Rack
       One-Touch Open/Close Moonroof
       Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel w/Memory
       Mark Levinson Audio System
       
    Performance Package $4,675/$3,740
    Wheels: 18" Graphite Plated Aluminum Alloy
       Tires: 235/55R18 AS
       High Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps
       Adaptive Front Lighting System
       Premium Package
       Includes illuminated entry system.
       Leather Trim Interior
       Roof Rails w/Rack
       One-Touch Open/Close Moonroof
       Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel w/Memory
       Rain Sensing Wipers
       Air Suspension
       Sequential Automatic Transmission
       
     
    Multi-Panel Moonroof Package $3,740/$2,992
    Includes illuminated entry system.
       High Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps
       Adaptive Front Lighting System
       Multi-Panel Moonroof
       Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel w/Memory
       
    Wheels MSRP/Invoice*
    Wheels: 18" Aluminum Alloy $215/$172
       Includes full size spare.
       Tires: 235/55R18 AS
       
     
    Wheels: 18" Graphite Plated Aluminum Alloy See package
    Tires MSRP/Invoice*
    Tires: 235/55R18 AS See package
    Audio MSRP/Invoice*
    6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer $500/$375
    Other Options MSRP/Invoice*
    Leather Trim Interior See package
     
    Dynamic Laser Cruise Control $600/$480
     
    Roof Rails w/Rack $220/$176
    See package
     
    Rear Seat Entertainment System $1,840/$1,472
    Includes a DVD player with 7" screen, 2 wireless headphones and a remote control.

    Heated Front Seats w/RS $665/$532
    Rain Sensing Wipers
    Headlamp Washers
       
    High Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps $815/$652
    See package
    Adaptive Front Lighting System
       
    Heated Front Seats $540/$432
    Headlamp Washers
       
    Navigation System $2,350/$1,980
    See package
    The standard compass located in the rearview mirror is relocated to the navigation screen. Includes voice activation.
       Bluetooth
       Rear View Camera
       
    Rain Sensing Wipers $125/$100
    See package
  • All 2005 invoices for all options are available
    at Kelly Blue book. www.kbb.com
  • minyiminyi Posts: 27
    It sounds reasonable to me. Yet, it seems like it really depends on where you are. The MSRP seems to be roughly $5000 over invoice. Folks from CA and FL seems to have good competition, and heard some got just $500 over invoice. I got $1,200 over invoice in TX, which consider a pretty good esp. for 2005.

    As long as you are firm with number you going to go for the trade-in, I don't think it matters if you do it same time, or do it after settling for the new car. In my case, both dealership checked out the trade-in first before even start any negotiation. I got $500 below the value from KBB trade-in value. I think they typically low ball on the trade-in and cut the price on the new car first. In my case, I showed them the kbb.com result on their own computer, and he eventually came close to that number, and I said, if this much for the trade-in and this much over invoice, you got a deal. He came back from his manager, and said yes.
  • minyiminyi Posts: 27
    Yet, they come with some "additional" stuff, so to get the exact (invoice) price, need to go to lexus.com, and see what they have, and add those in too. The dealer told me ALL dealers in mid-west gets the cars that way. If this wasn't the way, I would have thrown away some of those "junks" and get something else.

    http://www.lexus.com/lexusConfigApp/index.jsp?modelName=RX&mo- delCode=94

    Pick FWD or AWD with ZIP code.

    Then, do the math on kbb.com
  • Is where I put down deposit today on '05 RX330, fwd, prem.plus package w/2nd "options" (see Lexus.com prices and packages), which at retail $3809, includes 18" wheels, 6 CD changer, hid hdlights.

    MSRP: $40257

    Final Price: $36141

    Multiply this by 9.25% (roughly) and add to final price: Total w/tx,ttl,doc fee: $39286

    No trade, cash deal.

    If interested address email to "Internet Sales Manager"
  • Magnussen quoted me $500 over invoice which I thought was very good. I used the fleet/internet salesman. When we purchased (February) we got one of the standard packages of AWD, Luxury Plus package, Nav system, etc. Lexus only packages the cars in certain configurations according to what the dealer associations want is what they told me, can we say "antitrust" here.
  • I drove my '05 FWD 330 off the lot Tuesday night, after a 3 week wait, and according to my paperwork it was made in Japan. Do you have any idea if there is any difference/changes between the 2 plants?
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