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Lexus ES 300/ES 330 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Hi tomhanx - this particular topic is just for talking about the purchasing process. I noticed you posted this message in the ES transmission problems discussion, and that's the best place to check for responses. We also have a Lexus ES330 discussion, where owners are likely to be found.

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  • lee_wlee_w Posts: 239
    You can go to the New car tab at top of page to find out TMV, invoice, other costs. You should find what you are looking for there. Goodluck with your new ES330!
  • i have just bought a brand new 05, fully loaded. It has Nav., HID, perforated leather, 6 dics, Mark Levinson, sun shade, everything. I only added tint for $250 and 17 in' chrome rims for $1700. The window price is 37,979.11. Saleperson gave me 500 off, 500 addtional off for the chrome rims, and $750. Total amount is $1750 off the msrp + tax. What do your guys think?
      In regards to gasoline, the car requires only regular. Now, i am thinking since this is a relatively big V6, i am going to use supreme. This will keep the engine cleaner and prevent from carbon built up later on. PLEASE ADVISE.
    THANK YOU
  • have just bought a brand new 05, fully loaded. It has Nav., HID, perforated leather, 6 dics, Mark Levinson, sun shade, everything. I only added tint for $250 and 17 in' chrome rims for $1700. The window price is 37,979.11. Saleperson gave me 500 off, 500 addtional off for the chrome rims, and $750. Total amount is $1750 off the msrp + tax. What do your guys think?
      In regards to gasoline, the car requires only regular. Now, i am thinking since this is a relatively big V6, i am going to use supreme. This will keep the engine cleaner and prevent from carbon built up later on. PLEASE ADVISE.
    THANK YOU
  • I think using premium is a good idea for this car given its engine size and compression ratio even though the car will run on regular. YOu will lose some horsepower if you use regular. Besides if you can afford a Lexus you sure can afford 20 cents a gallon extra on gas.
  • lee_wlee_w Posts: 239
    Try these boards for addtional information
    Town Hall forums
  • In addition to being stuck with Toyota's transmission/drive by wire screw up that they won't fix, we paid too much for it.

    Toyota's profit was $10.24 BILLION in fy2003, more than GM, Ford, and Daimler-Chrysler combined! Toyota/Lexus is charging (and we are paying)way too much for their diminishing quality
  • Why are you posting here? Don't you see the transmission problem thread? This site is for people to discuss their buying experience.
  • Walk the talk motownusa. I must have been confused by your post 673 on gasoline grade being more relevant to the "buying experience"
  • There are plenty of threads about this vehicle - let's leave this one for purchasing experiences only. Thanks.

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  • I looked into 2005 ES330 and like its smooth, quiet ride and luxury interior. There is no base model, every one comes with at least a DC package, with the MSRP of $33,964. Dealer is only willing to offer $1000 off MSRP. After reading this forum, I am hoping for a 8-10% off MSRP. I realize this is only the third week the dealer got 2005 ES 330, but others got that kind of deal before in other geographic area. Had any reader here bought a 2005 ES330 lately in Houston area lately? Any comments, suggestions?
  • I searched for weeks before I could find a dealer who was motivated. I purchased my 2005 several weeks ago when in very short supply and was able to get about to the 10% off M.S.R.P. I found the only place close to me that would even talk about discounting was in Southern California. It may be worth the drive for you. Please check my previous post. It gives a little more detail. So far I'm almost completely satisfied with my 330. I'd suggest a few improvments, but the only major frustration is the transmission. This problem is REAL. I don't think it is a reliability issue, but it sure is annoying!
  • I forgot to add; Southern California had plenty of tier 1 cars available. This would be considered the "base model" with little or no added options. I elected to purchase a tier 2 car and am actually now happy I did. I really like the HID headlamps & the heated/cooled seats ($640 each M.S.R.P.). The 6 disc CD player ($550 M.S.R.P.)& Power Sun Shade ($210 M.S.R.P.)are nice, but I have little use for them. I hate the Wood Steering Wheel ($330 M.S.R.P.).
  • I bought a 2005 ES330 last night. It comes with a DC package (17" WHEELS WITH SUMMER TIRES, POWER REAR SUNSHADE, WOOD STEERING WHEEL AND SHIFT KNOB,IN-DASH 6-CD AUTO CHANGER,LUGGAGE MAT, WHEEL LOCKS AND CARGO NET), MSRP is $33,964 (including destination), dealer agreed on a 8% discount, so purchase price is $31,247, plus TTL. and Doc fee of $50.

    There is a 0.26% Inventory Tax, it appears to be a Lexus thing, since at least Honda does not charges this. In addition, there is a $385 "Permavin" charge printed on the sales order (that means it is charged on very lexus car in the region), dealer does not want to negociate on this fee, and I didn't insist either, since my wife really wants a Lexus.

    Overall, ES330 is a nice car, gives a luxury feeling. Transmission issue is indeed real. Even my wife commented that she has to push hard on the paddle to get the car going, but she hated more the stiffness of the steering wheel on a G35.

    This forum gave me very useful information that helped me to get this deal I am happy with. Thank you all!
  • atoewsatoews Posts: 637
    poster: txjay
    vehicle: 2005 ES330
    Date: Sep 29, 2004
    Region: Houston, Tx
    MSRP: $33964
    Price: $31763

    %MSRP = 93.5%

    Does that sound right?

    31,247+50+81+385 = 31763/33964=93.5% MSRP
  • atoewsatoews Posts: 637
    juststartd deal summary:

    poster: juststartd
    Date: Sep 13, 2004
    Vehicle: 2005 ES330
    Region: San Diego, California
    MSRP: $35544
    Price: $32116
    %MSRP: 90.3%

    justsratd - Is that correct?
  • atoewsatoews Posts: 637
    All - I "lost" the data for anchortwn's deal because he included license and tax and documentation fee in his price - so we can't use it as a gage for future deals.

    Quotes are appreciated, but please make sure that your "price" includes everything except license and tax. Future posters will thank you. :-)
  • txjaytxjay Posts: 6
    Right.
    One small note: doc fee ($50) and inventory tax ($81) are added after the calcuation of sales tax. Permavin ($385) is treated as part of taxable purchase price (forced option, in a sense:)).
  • txjaytxjay Posts: 6
    I made a mistake, "inventory property tax" was also charged by a houston area Honda dealer, so I wrongly "accused" Lexus dealer for charging this "exclusive" tax.
  • What is the name of dealer you bought this from? I'm looking to buy soon.
    Thanks
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