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Lexus ES 300/ES 330 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Great deal! These forums have taught me a lot. It isn't unreasonable to expect to purchase a new vehicle at 88%-90% of MSRP. You can get as low as 80% if cash-back rebate is in effect.
  • atoewsatoews Posts: 637
    You purchased a 2006 for 88.4% MSRP, which is a pretty good deal. I'll include your quote in my next summary.

    Sorry for my misquote. You deal sounded so similar to vxlexus's that I just typed that quote in by accident.
  • Paid $30,455 + title + Tags + tax + Doc Fee.
    MSRP $34,384

    No Bargaining involved.
  • Firstly, thanks to all who have posted here. This information has been very helpful.

    I will likely be looking to buy a new car, probably an ES330, sometime next year (can't move right now to take advantage of year end '05 deals, so I will be waiting till '06es are more flexible in pricing.) I know a couple things that I want for sure, but not sure how to make sure I am getting quotes for comparable cars from dealers. I see four trim levels on some websites, like vehix, but I see a large variety of options on other sites, like this one, so I am not sure if each car is built to a particular trim/option level, or if there are many possible configurations. Basically I want a car pretty well loaded up, with Levinson sound system a requirement. I do not want chrome wheels. No color preference except not white. Is there an exact package to ask for quotes for? Sorry if this is already posted somewhere; I couldn't find an answer to this particular question, but I might have missed it since there are many pages of posts to check.

    Also, anyone have a particluar dealer in the Atlanta to recommend or avoid? Thanks in advance. :)
  • dshahsdshahs Posts: 35
    If you paid 33,200 and otd price of 36,000, thats a difference of 2,800. How much is tax in california?? Here in Mass its only 5%. I am just curious. :lemon:
  • dshahsdshahs Posts: 35
    Most 2006 es 330 dont come with Mark Levinson audio system. 90% of the cars with Navigation dont come with Mark Levinson and the other 10% are built with Mark Levinson but with particular color(blue shale and silver pine mica). If you want the Mark Levinson you would have to order it specially thru Lexus and may take a month to get it though. Make sure you let the dealer know that you specifically want the Mark Levinson otherwise you will get the pioneer audio, which to me is very crappy and should not even be in a car this expensive.

    :lemon:
  • I live in the Washington, DC area. A fully loaded (i.e., HH, HL, HN, NL, VV, WU, DC, Z1) runs around $39,200. Based on the various posts, it seems that $34,500 is a target price for a fully loaded 2006 ES 330.
  • Hi nkay. You never mentioned the selling price of the car that you are interested in leasing. This is an important number for you as a consumer to know for two reasons. First, the selling prices of leased vehicles can be negotiated, just as if you were paying cash for them. Without knowing the price of the car that you want to lease you don't know how good a price you are getting it for. The second reason is that one needs the selling price of a vehicle that they want to lease is that it is necessary to calculate its lease payment. I would be more than happy to give you my opinion on this deal if you let me know what this car's selling price is.

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  • Obviously, if price is more important than get the 06 ES sometime around February or March. Lexus also has December to remember sale where you could get some very good price. But remember, the all new ES is coming out next Spring I am guessing some time around March or April. That car would have a more powerful engine (3.5L probably close to 270 Hp) and a whole host of improvement. But then again you probably wouldn't get a good price on an 07. But keep in mind that if you want to buy an 06 next year, your resale value isn't going to be very good because of the all new 07 model.
  • I'm not too concerned about resale because I plan on driving this thing for 10+ years (trading in a 92 Civic.) Reliability and the Levinson sound system are the reasons I am looking at a Lexus. also look at the 07s redesign coming out as hopefully an opportunity to get a better deal on an 06. Plus, my financial plan doesn't allow for a new car for a couple months anyway.

    Looks like from what dshahs says above, the Levinson option is pretty rare, so I guess I will have to see what's out there with ML sound when I am ready to buy, and take it from there. I bet most of the cars with Levinson sound are pretty well loaded up, so I shouldn't be lacking any options I want. But again, I am pretty flexible in the option and color department.
  • YOU MUST GET THE ML SOUND SYSTEM !!!!!!!!! Don't get the standard stereo that comes with the ES. It absolutely sucks compare to the ML. I am somewhat surprised that the ML system is hard to find for MY 06. My uncle's 02 ES300 has the ML sound system whereas my Camry has Pioneer stereo system, the same stereo used on the base ES and there is no comparison.
  • Los Angeles tax rate is 8.25%.
  • The ML system is not listed as an available option on 'Build your Lexus' for the DC area. I have sent an email to area dealers to see if this is the case. There is a 900 price difference between ND and NL.
    Pohanka lexus quoted 35580 for 2006 ES330 with FI, HH, HL, HN, ND, WU.
  • I just checked the Lexus website and found no mention of the Mark Levinson sound system for MY 06. Has Lexus discontinued the ML system for 06 ?That would suck big time. Did anyone bought an 06 with the ML sound system. :confuse:
  • The options vary based on the zip code you enter. CA zip codes provide the most packages, ML being one of them. It is confusing because the website does not list ML option for the DC metro area which includes Northern VA. But I found a 2006 listed in the inventory for Lindsay Lexus in VA with ML option. It was offered on only 1 of 66 new cars listed on the site. I tried zip codes from MA to FL along the east coast on the lexus web site and none of them came up with ML option. So, I guess if you want the option, you have to hope that the area dealer has a few cars with it. But that means that the price becomes less negotiable.
  • Does anyone know what kind of discounts are offered during the 'Dec to remember' program? Perhaps, some one remembers the 2004 program. I have been able to find out from using google that the finance rates were lowered. I was not able to find out whether there were any price discounts or additional options offered (big red bow does not count). Appreciate any help.
  • I emailed the local Atlanta dealers to get their take on the ML option, and so far they report it being readily available here. Here are the package levels and prices one dealer replied with for the 2006 models:

    - MSRP $34,384 Level 1 17" Wheels & Summer Tires, Wood Trim Steering Wheel, 6 CD In-Dash Changer, Wheel locks, Cargo Net, and Cargo Mat

    - MSRP $35,874 Level 2 17" Wheels & Summer Tires, Wood Trim Steering Wheel, 6 CD In-Dash Changer, Heated & Ventilated Seats, High Intensity Headlights & Rain Sensing Wipers, Power Rear Shade, Wheel locks, Cargo Net, and Cargo Mat

    - MSRP $37,524 Level 3 17" Wheels & Summer Tires, Wood Trim Steering Wheel, Heated & Ventilated Seats, High Intensity Headlights & Rain Sensing Wipers, Power Rear Shade, Navigation System, Wheel locks, Cargo Net, and Cargo Mat

    - MSRP $39,214 Level 4 17" Wheels & Summer Tires, Wood Trim Steering Wheel, Heated & Ventilated Seats, High Intensity Headlights & Rain Sensing Wipers, Power Rear Shade, Navigation System, Mark Levinson Audio, Adjustable pedals, Wheel locks, Cargo Net, and Cargo Mat

    This answers my question from earlier about what to ask for when getting quotes. Looks like if I want Levinson sound, I need quotes on Level 4 cars.
  • Good that Atlanta dealers are able to procure vehicles with all the options. I just got an email from a Virginia dealer that ML system and adjustable pedals have to be special ordered. Another salesperson that I spoke with at the dealership said that there will be a 3 to 4 month wait for adjustable pedals. He said that the cars for East coast dealers are shipped to New Jersey and South Carolina.
    By the way, I entered 2 zip codes, 30303 and 30319 in the lexus website. Neither returned an option package containing ML and adjustable pedals. So, your dealer must be maintaining pretty good inventory.
  • Lexus Lindsay is located in my area. They have 10 ($39,074 MSRP) 2006 models with ML system included:

    See the following:

    http://lindsaylexusof.reachlocal.net/new_inventory.htm?start=35
  • atoewsatoews Posts: 637
    I have tracked prices for the past couple of years, and although Lexus does not advertise lower prices (only better financing), the prices in December are typically lower, perhaps up to savings of about 1-1.5% MSRP. In other words, where vehicles typically go for 90% MSRP, they are more obtainable for 88.5%-89% in December.

    My view is that this is because of two reasons:

    1. Vehicles purchases slow in winter and Lexus wants to encourage folks to visit the dealerships.
    2. It can be close to the end of the model year.

    I would predict fairly good prices on 2006s because of many estimates that have the 2007 into the dealerships by Spring of 2006.

    The 2007 will be a major change, if Lexus sticks to its pattern of making major design changes every five years.
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