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Lexus GS 300/GS 430

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  • hziembahziemba Posts: 2
    Regarding the rearview mirrors:

    For them to tilt down in reverse, you have to have the adjustment selector on either the left or right one (green light on). In the "neither selected position", the mirrors don't tilt.
  • Good to know thanks, I really dont need them tilting for me each time- maybe when someone else is in the car, to show them the toys but otherwise its unnecessary.
  • jhk_dbjhk_db Posts: 25
    Just wondering if anyone on this forum could recommend a Lexus dealer in Northern NJ. I am looking at the 2006 GS300 AWD (w/ ML stereo, Nav, etc.) and have previously dealt with Lexus of Englewood and Prestige Lexus in Ramsey, but was not sure if either was providing any good deals on the GS300 AWD. Please let me know - thanks.
  • lyttonlytton Posts: 14
    As I was waiting to do the paperwork at the Dealer, I noticed two GS300s being sold to 2 couples; all Seniors considerably past age 65....anyone venture to guess what the 'average' age of a GS300 owner is? (For the record, I'm 43)
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    Well the M has a 45 after it and the Lexus has a 300 after it. That should tell you something. ;)
  • docnukemdocnukem Posts: 485
    GS300? I'm sorry, Lexus owners may be well-preserved, but not that well preserved. :)
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    Well there must be a reason why the BMW 3 has a 25 and a 30; Infiniti has a 35 and 45 and good ol' Lexus has a 300 and 430. They're just not thinkin' young here.
  • Has anyone bought this car yet?? Would appreciate any pricing info on this car. If anyone know where I can get invoice on this car would be very helpful.

    In So. Cal some dealers are willing to go down only $2,000.00 below the MSRP.

    Thanks.
  • hziembahziemba Posts: 2
    I just got an 06 GS, w/o the nav. I really wanted the backup camera, but didn't want to wait 4-6 months, and certainly didn't want to pay about $4000 for Nav/Levinson.

    I was wondering if I could just get the camera (perhaps from an online lexus discounter) and install it. All the new GS have that same LCD display, and even the same screens (for the common things). I suspect that the wiring harnesses are the same regardless of whether or not you have the nav and/or camera. Perhaps in the trunk there is a capped connector to which the camera could be attached.

    I had an Acura Legend (95) without the CD changer. I found that the trunk mounted CD connector was already there, and all I had to do was to buy the CD player, and plug it in - everything worked great, including the control and display on the dash, just as if I had bought the option.
  • redbabyredbaby Posts: 3
    jhk_db: Cut a deal with a high volume dealer in South Florida and enjoy the drive back. The AWD is very rare in the South and I was willing to go to the mid-Atlantic. I even talked to one the dealers in the Philly area (class act) who said I had a much better chance of getting my color/option preference from my South Florida dealer than with him, he had three other customers on wait for the same combination. He said the dealers in his area were much smaller than what we're used to down here. HIgher volume = better discounts. Best of luck.
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    Instead of driving to Florida for a GS, you may want to drive a bit closer to home and check out one of the Ray Catena dealers. Either Ray Catena in Oakhurst, NJ or Ray Catena in Larchmont, NY. I have dealt with Ray Catena in Oakhurst, NJ and they give the best deals around. I believe they are the biggest volume dealer in NJ, so their prices are good!
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    Where can you get invoice on this car, you ask. Try the land of Oz, over the rainbow.
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    You can find invoice prices right here on Edmunds under "new cars."
  • Luckily my aftermarket 17 inch wheels from my 03 Accord V6 fit my new 06 GS. They look AWESOME on the GS, I had them installed today- the guy made one booboo though, he broke one of the tire pressure sensors, so I paid 56 bucks to have the wheels swapped (I retained the OEM dunlops on the aftermarket wheels) but it cost them 135 bucks to order the sensor fro Lexus! -oh well. So now I have the LOW TIRE PRESSURE warnings lit up which is kind of annoying but hopefully when they put the new sensor in that should be alleviated. So if you swap out rims make sure you tell the guy doing it to be very careful. If anyone wants to see a photo of the car with the new wheels I can take it just let me know.
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    I misinterpreted your question. I thought you were asking where you could buy the GS430 for invoice price. The answer to that is nowhere. Where can you FIND the invoice price of the car and options? As hpowders said, right here on Edmunds or Kelly Blue Book (kbb.com).
  • florida1florida1 Posts: 42
    When I bought my 430 last month JM Lexus in S FL literally had over 2 dozen GS's ----and they negotiate----
  • indiana97indiana97 Posts: 58
    I just closed a deal on GS300 RWD. It should be here by end of next week. Question? It comes "satellite ready "in the option package. The deal calls for dealer install of XM. I have had aftermarket Sirius (FM Mod.) in my RX330. I really like Sirius (enjoy the DJ's on several stations), like access to NFL, NBA, (next yr. NASCAR). No, I could care less about Howard Stern. Anyway, I just read that Sirius (May 13) is now available in some new Toyotas. At Club Lexus website, there has been discussion re: Sirius being available as option on new Lexus' "later this summer". If it looks like Sirius will be available to use with the "satellite ready" option later this summer, I am thinking about having the dealer delay the install. Does anyone have any info. about this or know where I could find more information. The Sirius website does not have a contact no. to answer that type of question, Lexus 800 rep. did not have any information. Anyone else had this question or have XM (dealer or port install)? Thanks
  • florida1florida1 Posts: 42
    I leased my 430 from JM Lexus in S FL and they had me lease it through US bank because they would give much better residuals than Lexus FI----My residual was aprox 58%-------JM Lexus a great company to do business with they typically have over 20 GS's!
  • florida1florida1 Posts: 42
    My GS 430 lease $690.00 per month plus tax 36/36 Nothing down!
  • Here is a photo of my GS. I had these rims on my 03 Accord V6 previously. Anyone else have photos of theirs? I love looking at photos of this car.image">
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    Thanks florida1. I will definitely be contacting them within the next several weeks.
    If I do make a deal, it should be a glorious drive back to Tampa.
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    On re-reading Jake's original post, it does seem that he could be asking where you can get the GS430 for invoice price. Perhaps on a planet well beyond the power of The Force. ;)
  • indiana97indiana97 Posts: 58
    The honda rims look great. What kind of aftermarket wheels are the honda wheels (Brand, style)? Where did you get the wheels (Tire Rack type store?)that came off the honda? I agree, I like the look. Were the Dunlaps you used off your origional rims from the GS run flat all seasons?
  • vroommdtvroommdt Posts: 11
    Seems I always buy a Lexus in the first year of a new model. A 92 SC400, which I still have, with only 55K on it and have really enjoyed. A 98 GS400 which I love , with 35K on it now. Went into local dealer to check out getting another GS400, poss 2-3 yrs old and with low miles- and it was the day the 96 GS arrived. What I really love about the looks of the 98-05 model was the "C" piller with that swooping curve of black outlined in brightwork. I couldn't believe they were getting rid of it on the 06 model as I thought it was what set the car off visually. I put my 98 next to the 06, and low and behold, the 98 looked a little "dowdy". After a test drive (in the 300) I knew I wanted one , but in the 430 model, fully loaded and with the Spider wheels. I had to wait a few weeks and make a few trips to see all of the color choices ( not a strong point for Lexus) and settled on Matador Red Mica- with Black interior. The catalogue shows the Black interior as a choice, but they don't make it that way. A quick search online showed that there wasn't an ' 06GS430 in the USA in that combo. But with a 5K downpayment (nonrefundable I was told) , an order was put into the factory. Waiting time= 4 months.I am over halfway into the 4 mos and can't wait to take delivery! By the way-I was offered a $500 discount off sticker for being a previous purchaser, and after some discussion settled on 1K off .The 430s are almost all presold. I went through the same thing in ordering the 98 GS400- it is Spectra Blue and there aren't many of them around. I like a car that I don't see coming and going. I am sold on Lexus driving experience and quality and have had only a few minor problems mainly related to door locks not working as they should.
    Living in the city and sometimes parking on the street, the bumpers take a beating. Does anyone know of a product, temporary or permanent, that can protect the Bumpers (especially rear) from dings??
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    vroommdt: You say you were able to search online for all the GS models available nationwide. Can you tell me how you did that?

    Thanks.
  • armando6armando6 Posts: 1
    I jsut bought the GS 300. it is a great car. However, I am trying to use my Motorola V710 (Verizon) with the car, and I can't get the car to download the phon e book, or find a way to manually enter phon numbers into the car sysytem to use in a hands free mode. Any suggestions?
  • newlexinewlexi Posts: 9
    I want to inform all the GS430 aspirants in SoCal that it is possible to get a good deal if the dealer has several cars on the lot and more are coming in. This weekend I purchased a GS430 for about $4700 below list. I won't go into all the details, but the total drive-out price was just a nod under the MSRP. In fact, after reading all the posts here and on ClubLexus, I felt that the best deal one can get on the 430 is around $2K below list. My wife (its her car) reads none of these posts and decided what the most she is going to pay and the dealer just accepted it. Go figure....
  • vroommdtvroommdt Posts: 11
    Bartalk- The salesman did while we were seated at his desk. He could go through each area of the country and see what inventory was available, what was coming in, colors , trim etc. VROOMMDT
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    Oh, so we can't check the national inventory ourselves, I gather. Thanks.
  • Thanks. They are Konig model "Tantrum" wheels, 17 inch 17x7 (the OEM lexus is 17x7.5 but the tire guys said 17x7 is fine). I originally bought them at DiscountTire. The Dunlops off the original rims from the GS were not run flats, no. The tire pressure sensors were transferred over to the aftermarket rims except the guy broke one so I paid 56 dollars to transfer the rims to the Dunlops but they broke the sensor and have to shell out 135 dollars to Lexus... oh well.
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