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Lexus ES 300/ES 330 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Getting my ES 330 this weekend for sure. Contacted almost all the dealers in LA/OC areas and finally found several dealers that offers really competitive prices so i am going in to finalize my deal when I am done with my vacation.

    As for Lexus of Cerritos...I honestly don't think that they are the cheapest place in town. All other dealers that I have contacted gave me a much lower initial price of the exact same car. It is a good idea to shop around and compare. I think this year they have lots sales pressure so it is better for our consumers to look around more before you pay.

    I will post my transaction after I am done buying the car. Thank you all for ur advices.
  • Can you tell which dealer and what color? Did they have lot of 05's available?

  • Made a deposit for 05 ES more than a week ago. Sales person told me that he will know car's arrival date in couple of days. Since that everytime I call him, he says samething. What should I do?
  • Lexon,
    Can you tell us what dealership sold you this car? Your early post #596 (price: 34.6) informs us that you had a serious problem with one of the dealership. Do you have the car or did you have to place an order for your car? What color?
  • Can anyone tell me what would be a good % of MSRP one would pay at this time of year for a 2004? Or is it even a good idea to be looking for 2004's? Thanks
  • I've been shopping for a new ES330 with all the options, hoping to get an 04 at a really good price. The closest I've found is $34K, with MSRP over $38K. There is a car a dealer has that was in a wreck and sold back to them with only 1400 miles. They are asking $28,900 for the car, or about $10k less than a new one. They have been very honest about the damage and even gave me the number to the body shop, who faxed me the repair order. The damage was about $7k, and it needed a new bumper, quarter panel, rocker panel, trunk, and lights. The overall parts were $3000 and the labor was close to $4000. The body shop has offered me, if I buy from the dealer, the same lifetime guarantee on the work and paint (which is good provided I don't move in the next 5 years). They also told me there was minimal shifting of the rear unibody, but not enough to replace, they straightened out and the car aligned perfectly on a 4 wheel alignment.

    I looked briefly at the car and drove it a few days ago, and I'm going back for an extensivelook and drive tomorrow. On one hand, $7k sounds like a lot of damage, on the other hand, a practically new 330 for $10K less than new sounds tempting.

    Any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated. I am being pushed a bit by the dealer. They just detailed the car today, and if I pass tomorrow it goes on the lot for sale (has not been as of yet, they just got back in on trade after the wreck). So, I have to make a relatively quick decision or chance someone else buying it.
  • mldj98mldj98 Posts: 378
    The one thing you should think about is how long do you plan on keeping this car? If you plan on keeping it for a very long time then it might be something you should do. However, in my opinion, if you ever try and sell this car later and you tell someone it has been in an accident nine times out of ten they will not want to buy it. Of course if they ask you about any accidents you can tell them no but in today's world it is easy to find out that information through CARFAX and other sources. Bottom line, I would leave that one alone and give yourself peace of mind and get the new one. Who wants to drive down the road and always be thinking about the accident this car has had. Of course this is just my opinion.
    Good luck!
  • I just retuned from the dealer. He said his absolute lowest "at this time" is $1800 off MSRP which is approx. 95% MSRP for a non-Nav '05.

    He said the issue right now is "supply and demand". There is more demand than supply at this time. He stated that this may change over the next couple months, in which case the price may be $200-500 lower.

    I may go with the '04 Acura TL...lots of supply around here and I suspect I can get it for invoice or even slightly below.
  • Phn

    Where are you at? If I were you I will definitely NOT consider to buy from there. Going to buy my car tomorrow. Will post the followup within 24 hrs.
  • atoewsatoews Posts: 637
    Poster professordjf is my boyfriend. He just bought a 2004 ES330 about three weeks ago. He bought it when he discovered that Lexus was changing the interior options for the 2005. He likes the red wood panelling and light grey interior better than the equivalent options offered for the 2005.

    Here is his info:

    Purchase Date: 8/11/2004
    MSRP: $37,424
    Price excluding license and tax: $34,000
    Geographical Region: Dallas, Texas
    % MSRP = 34000/37424 = 90.8%

    Options include Nav/ML
  • Picked up new 2005 ES 330 (with Navg./ML etc.) for $35K. (excluding tax, title & registration)

    MSRP $38,444.00
    Price Paid: $35,000

    Alabaster Mettalic/Ash

    Wilkie Lexus in Haverford, PA (near Philly)
  • In your earlier postings, you stated that you had a problem with Wilkie Lexus. I am curious why you ended up buying from them and paid 500 more than the offer you got from Ray Catena in NJ.
  • Paguy2,

    Did you notice of the posted transmission hesitation issues? I'm looking to buy a new 2005 ES330 soon. Just waiting a month or two after release. They won't negotiate much just after the introduction.
  • paguy2,
    When I went to Wilkie Lexus to test drive the '05 Lexus ES330 and order my car I drove a alabaster mettalic/ash car. Did you purchase the demo or did they order your car? They tell me my car should be in by the middle of September. I am a little surprise that you purchased a car from Wilkie because your earlier post states that you had problems with the dealership - what developed?
  • The one I purchased was not a demo. That's what they told me. It had 100 miles on it when I got it.

    In regards to lower offer from Ray Catena, actually the difference (out of door price) was only about $200. Ray Catena charges $200 doc fee and you have to get PA emmission and state inspection done on your own (another $70-80). I think it is worth to pay little bit more to get from the local dealer. In addition I felt Wilkie was more honest and professional than Ray Catena.
  • paguy2,
    You are right by saying Wilkie is not a honest dealership because you just purchased the demo. That is the car that I test drove and that is the only car that they had in stock. Did you ever think how it got 100 miles on it already? You may want to go back and talk to the dealership.
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    100 miles does not make it a demo. Even cars with a few hundred to 500 miles are sold as new cars.

    When you're talking thousand(s), you're talking demo.
  • I do not think 100 miles is a big deal and does not make it a Demo. Actually I said that they (Wilkie Lesus) were more Honest and professional than Ray Catena. All the communications was done via email or phone. Salesperson told me before hand that this car has 100 miles on it since it was driven to a Lexus sponsered Golf event nearby. I could have gotten car with no miles but would had to wait for few weeks. I know people who have bought new car with 400 miles on it.
  • paguy2,
    Your quote from post #591 -
    "The dealer in Philly area (Wilkie Lexus) has backed out since. Not a very honest dealership."
  • have done a lot of research and gone to several dealers some would not give me quote what is fair price for loaded car nav/mark lev vv hl avs hh wu
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