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Lexus GS 300/GS 430

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  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    The satellite radio is not part of the ML package. It's dealer installed, several hundred dollars extra (not counting the monthly fee, of course). XM is the only choice, I believe. Also, you won't get a shark fin on your roof; you'll get a black box attached to your trunk (weird).
  • howardg1howardg1 Posts: 14
    Jhamilton1: thanks for the advice, I will try dropping the "M" word. What kind of a deal did you end up getting vs. the sticker price? Im trying to get an idea on how far I can push them and what to consider a fair deal.
  • howardg1,

    I was trading-in a car. It's hard to know, therefore, what kind of deal I REALLY got relative to "sticker" but I CAN tell you this; Lexus traded for $2,500 less than the lowest any Infinity dealer in the greater Dallas area would go for a comparably equipped M. Liked the M . . . alot, but not THAT much! LOL :D
  • azbuyerazbuyer Posts: 11
    Flint Mica nowhere to be found...only 2 units out of 94 to the western US. It seems Lexus is stingy on production...and color choices. I was told that the next allocation will be in excess of 200 units...hopefully not all silver or black! Does any one know how the 430 is selling in comparison to the M45? Nissan is reporting 2200+ units in March. [All M's] For what it's worth, it seems like there's a new BMW5 around every corner, a saturday afternoon visit to their shop felt like a long line at the grocery store. Infiniti was very busy as well.
  • chrisg1chrisg1 Posts: 16
    Longo Lexus has a flint mica, I believe. Have you checked w/them?
  • azbuyerazbuyer Posts: 11
    Called them, only have silver and champagne, thanks for the feedback.
  • lexusjoelexusjoe Posts: 6
    I just put down a deposit on a Flint Mica and Black today at South Bay Lexus - Gets into port tomorrow, Think he said they had another Flint coming but not sure - and not sure of equipment. Mine is the MSRP of $46,670. With a great discount.
  • lexusjoelexusjoe Posts: 6
    Ooops --- $45,670
  • soulundersoulunder Posts: 31
    I too am looking for GS 300 Flint Mica with black interior, no Nav, no ML. I'm in Nashville - where are you? Do Lexus dealers trade cars of equal value to get requested colors or must they come from dealer allocations off the boat?
  • otguyotguy Posts: 37
    Hey Lexusjoe!
    You left us hanging. What great discount did you get on your new ride from South Bay Lexus? Thank you in advance for the info. Could you have got the same discount if you did a special order?

    otguy
  • lexusjoelexusjoe Posts: 6
    No special order, no trade, only from inventory - straight purchase $42K + tax and license. Had to fight and walk a couple of times though. Longo said I couldn't get that price for at lease 6 months. I'm in Redondo Beach - Los Angeles area. Friendly nice salesman. Dealers can trade cars but usually won't give as good a deal as on one in their inventory.
  • r1_97r1_97 Posts: 181
    I think it a choice between itemizing sales tax OR state income tax.
  • dc661dc661 Posts: 71
    GS sales for March were 3209 of which 727 were gs430's.
    M sales for March were 2253 but I don;t know the breakdown.">
  • azbuyerazbuyer Posts: 11
    Fully loaded, hard to get color, still on the boat GS 430 for $45,670???????
  • azbuyerazbuyer Posts: 11
    I would bet the M's were about 25/75% as well. The V8's are for those uf us who want to do more than just smell the coffee.

    Interesting facts, Thanks
  • chrisg1chrisg1 Posts: 16
    About flint mica...I was just at Longo Lexus this morning, they have two flint micas...I think one may be the GS430 as it had the upgraded G-Spider 18" alloy wheels (but since you can get those on the GS 300, it may have been a 300, sorry, I didn't go around the back to look), that one had a black interior, the other flint mica had a grey interior and standard wheels and was a GS300 for sure. Neither car was sold yet.
  • chrisg1chrisg1 Posts: 16
    Was at the Lexus dealer today...the standard wheels can be had in chrome, it's $900. Was also told I can't special order a car with only the nav system as all of them coming out have combo nav/ML sound but I'm going to keep trying. However, I can get one with all the other things I wanted, such as moonroof, power rear sunshade (which I was told today is basically "standard" on all of them right now), and the spoiler, so don't think getting one w/o nav too will be a problem.
  • lexusjoelexusjoe Posts: 6
    No, GS300 -- MSRP $45,670.
  • azbuyerazbuyer Posts: 11
    Congratulations. My sales guy is saying I am 2 to 3 weeks out for delivery but #1 in priority list for the color pkg. I'm with you Flint with black is sweet. Hope he is right.

    This is a great forum and has been very helpful in my buying decision. These are great cars
  • chrisg1chrisg1 Posts: 16
    Hey, did you see my posting (#1931) re: two flint micas at Longo that aren't sold yet? Saw them today.
  • tinypoemtinypoem Posts: 26
    FYI, 3 flint micas have been available for over 2 weeks at Tustin Lexus. 2 with black leather and 1 with ash. I dont think they are budging much from $1000 below MSRP though.
  • damienwgdamienwg Posts: 39
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but with an MSRP that's 6.5K over invoice (15%!!!!!) this is one of the most marked up vehicles on the market right now. The depreciation of these vehicles 2, 3 and 4 years from now is going to be ridiculous.

    If someone knows a dealer more interested in volume than ripping me off and has the numbers 39K and 40K in his vocabulary or more importantly < $500/mo lease (12K miles/yr, $3-4.5K total drive off) let me know. I'm fine with a black base model GS300. The only luxury I'd like is a moonroof.

    I'm in Los Angeles and have no problem flying whereever in the state (36 dealers) to get *THE BEST* deal.
  • Has anyone seen or heard if it's possible to get the '06 GS w/o a moonroof? I am tall with a long torso and my head brushes the roof when I have the seat adjusted to where I like it. I personally don't like/want/use moonroofs anyway. The Lexus dealer salesman said (of course) that what's available is what's available, and everything off the boat comes with a moonroof. Curious if others in the country have seen any variations.

    Also, has anyone heard if the ES's hesitation/surge transmission problem is present in the GS? (See ES330 forum for all the comments about this problem). I am one of those experiencing the jerky transmission in my '05 ES330, and want to make sure it doesn't exist in the GS if I end up trading. Feedback is much appreciated.
  • azbuyerazbuyer Posts: 11
    I called them and they are 300's. They said four weeks out on the 430...hope mine gets here sooner. Thanks for the tip. Bummer is they will treat this like a special order and not deal much if any on the car. I know they would sell me the in stock silver at a better price...alas the joys of buying/negotiating a new car. I'm working with fleet/internet Mngr to try and cut the bs.
  • turnbowmturnbowm Posts: 76
    Drove two new 2006 GS300s and there was NO hesitation and the tranny upshifts/downshifts were flawless. Was told that a totally new throttle control system was developed for the new GS and that the same system MAY be available in next year's ES.

    Martin
  • adb3adb3 Posts: 112
    Glad to see the board returning to GS buying and ownership experiences. Ditto to turnbowm's comments. The GS tranny is the smoothest I've ever driven, no hesitations whatsoever, and not to beat a dead horse but this car is so well I made I'm beginning to place it in the LS category of quality and refinement.

    BTW, went by my dealership today and was surprised to learn they had no GS cars on the lot to sell. None on the lot or the showroom--no 300s or 430s, nada. The only thing it had left were demos. Maybe it's because I live in the high rent district of Northern VA, but no matter, a few somebodies are buying these things.
  • tinypoemtinypoem Posts: 26
    bartalki3,
    Sorry for the late reply. I wound up getting the GS300 w/black interior for about 42K plus taxes and lic from Glendale Lexus. Great salespeople there although I was strictly working with the Internet Sales Manager. They really wanted to beat Longo's price and gave me about 3500 off MSRP and threw in a cargo net and a rear spoiler (wife wanted it badly). They seemed to really want to stick it to Longo as I believe Glendale Lexus is #2 in the area. PM me if you want details.
  • tinypoemtinypoem Posts: 26
    Sorry I didnt notice if thery wre 430's or 300's. BTW. Glendale Lexus just got an allocation in. I did see about 3 in Flint Mica there as well but they were probably all 300's as well. They would probably be willing to deal a bit more than Tustin as they were even willing to trade for the car I wanted at a good discount.
  • tinypoemtinypoem Posts: 26
    Im hoping someone can help me with this. Above the center console there is a tiny 3rd light next to the two "door" lights. This light turns off when the door closes and the door lights go off and stays on all the time while i drive. Is this normal? I cant figure out how to turn it off and the dealer tells me it is always on while the engine is running. Is this the case with anyone?
  • adb3adb3 Posts: 112
    Yes, this is normal. Please refer to your manual.
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