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2013 and earlier Lexus ES 350 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • mek6mek6 Posts: 1
    I'm looking for info on greater Boston prices. I want ES350 with premium plus package, rear seat side airbags, full size spare, HID headlamps with AFS, navigation system package, intuitive park assist, wood & leather steering whell and preferred accessary package. MSRP is 41,612. I offered 800 over invoice and they came back with 700 over invoice to split difference of processing fees (paperwork). Never had a dealer offer me less that what I offered: total price of 37,900. There is a 400 advertising fee hand written on the invoice. Thoughts about that being thrown in?
  • rxrookierxrookie Posts: 10
    The car you are looking at invoices at $36,476. If you add the Adv fees , which is approx $418, the invoice price becomes $36,894. I know dealers in the DC Metro and NJ add the adv fees while building up the invoice price. So 700 or 800 above "invoice" depends on what you and/or the delaer considers invoice. If you are happy with the price you pay for a car you like, I would say thats the best deal.
  • rxrookierxrookie Posts: 10
    The $41,711 MSRP is a really great car. Been following it for a while, but still waiting to make a purchase. As to dealerships, in MD there's Rockville Lexus and Silver Spring, and Linsday in Va. Been to all three, but unable to decide whats a good price. Could you let us know when you do make the purchase as to how it went ?
  • mbm07mbm07 Posts: 3
    I plan to buy this car within a month or so. I will post details of my purchase after I buy it.
  • benji5benji5 Posts: 12
    See previous posts, especially 504,505,506,508,511. The $400 or $500 ad fee is bogus. It's part of doing business.
  • vnh84vnh84 Posts: 10
    Hello everyone,
    I am looking to purchase an ES 350 with Ultra Luxury package within the next few months. The best price, before TTL, for this car that I have read on this board is $39, 300. Has anyone gotten a better price? What should I expect to pay in the Sacramento/Bay Area? I have family in Southern California. Should I look for a deal down there as well?

    Thanks!
  • tammy10tammy10 Posts: 15
    Just closed on a stripped down 350 today from Lexus of Clearwater. MSRP 36, 747 for premium package and a few minor options. Probably the fewest you can get.

    Paid 32.5 plus a 600 dealer fee (plus TTL).

    I probably could have gotten a Florida dealer to waive the dealer fee at the same sales price but I really wanted a color combination that isn't very common.

    In Florida, may also want to try Wilde Lexus (Sarasota) and Countyline in S. Fla. West Palm was also helpful.

    Good luck.
  • steddysteddy Posts: 3
    1. The preferred driver program park place offers is a bunch of coupons/discount to upscale area restaurants, hotels and other.
    2. Ad fees are not specifically identified. Usually they are tied into the car's selling price.
    3. No. I highly recommend not to get window tinting from the Dealer for a couple reasons. 1st, they charge you3 times as much as a window tint shop would and 2nd, they usually use the cheap window film. I recommend going to get you windows tinted at a tint shop. I got mine at Alta Mere for $189 with an online coupon.
  • ricc1ricc1 Posts: 1
    I live in the DC area and purchased a ES 350 from Prestige Lexus in NJ for $36,500. The savings was worth the drive. I contacted the Internet Sales department, mentioned that I had visited this forum and saw that other people were getting great prices at Prestige. The total price discussion took 20 minutes. The whole experience was wonderful. :shades:

    Here is what I got for $36,500 Plus TTL

    Base MSRP* $33,470.00
    • Standard Features

    Available Packages $7,427.00
    • Premium Plus Package with Additional Options

    Delivery, Processing & Handling Fee† $715.00

    Total MSRP** $41,612.00


    Premium Plus Package with Additional Options $7,427.00
    Premium Plus Package Includes:
    - Leather-trimmed interior
    - Heated and ventilated front seats
    - Driver's seat power cushion extender
    - Lexus Memory System to control power driver's and front passenger's seats (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
    - Electrochromic outside mirrors with tilt-down in reverse
    - Rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers with mist cycle

    Additional Options:
    - Lexus voice-activated DVD Navigation System
    - High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and Dual-swivel Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
    - Intuitive Parking Assist
    - Wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
    - Full-size spare tire with 17-in alloy wheel
    - Rear seat side airbags
    - Preferred Accessory Package (includes Cargo net, Trunk mat and Wheel locks)
  • rxrookierxrookie Posts: 10
    Wow !! Thats a nice price...about $400 below invoice ? Have never heard of anyone going that low on the 2007 ES350. Did the car have any miles on it or was it brand new ? Even Ray Catena was only doing invoice. What color is it ?
  • j6point7j6point7 Posts: 1
    Any pricing info from the St. Louis area? I am looking to buy Prem. Package w/additional options or Prem. Plus w/ additional options. Any pricing someone has received from the midwest region would be appreciated.
  • rkwolfrkwolf Posts: 1
    I just offered 38,000 for Premium Plus with Nav at Superior Lexus in Kansas City and did not get the deal. The sticker was 41,6xx. I am thinking of trying the St. Louis dealerships. Please keep in touch.
  • rou1rou1 Posts: 7
    You guys are great in this forum! I'm looking to purchase a premium plus package (MSRP 41K) here in Houston. I've seen some numbers in Dallas, but nothing in Houston. Any prices out there or feedback on dealerships? I've heard that Houston Lexus dealers aren't as good as the folks on the East Coast. Thanks.
  • benji5benji5 Posts: 12
    As stated in previous posts, I live and bought in NJ a prem plus pkg w/ nav, MSRP $41,711 for $37,200 from Ray Catena Lexus. I've seen posts in this forum for same car from Prestige Lexus for $36,500, also in NJ. The area you live in and want to buy in does make a difference as to how low the dealer is willing to go. Good luck.
  • chidachida Posts: 2
    I bought my Lexus ES350 March 10th from a Northern Virginia Dealer. This is after careful (!) research between BMW 328xi and Benz C350! Lexus seems top of the line for the price and comfort. We drove the Black/Cashmere ES 350 with Navigation the same evening after 4 hours with 32 miles on it!

    The next day (within 24 hours) we drove it on the highway with whole family (wife, and two boys who were excited on the voice of Navigator!) and merged from I-66 East to 495 North (Left Merge. If you live in DC area and everyone knows this is one of the suicidal spots in DC area), the car just broke!!!!!!!!!!! The car stopped in the middle of the highway with the engine on but just revving but not moving!!! Very scary….. Trucks whizzed by and I could roll it to the left shoulder and the family was scared like hell (Still they are!). In the shoulder, as soon as I put gas on the pedal transmission slipped and never moved, but just revs as if the car is on park.

    Managed to tow the car to the dealer and got the loaner. (Long story short)

    The dealer did not come back for the 48 hours about the status of the car and the alternative. They know it is a transmission problem but do not know how to deal with the issue! The next day they offered me a replacement ES350 with the same color due to arrive in two weeks. I met the manager and asking for what Lexus is saying about this, he mentioned Lexus would stick to their warranty and will repair my broken car and at his discretion he decided to give a replacement car. While I value his offering I still want to get the Lexus stand on this. No one could believe the Lexus broke in 50 miles.

    When I called Lexus Customer Appreciation and explain the story the Rep gasped when heard my story. Nobody ever heard of it a Lexus broken in less than 50 miles!! But at the end of the conversation she was trying to end the conversation by saying that Lexus will send me an apology letter! I made sure this has to be escalated and I need to know where Lexus is standing on the ES350 transmission issue!! I got a call from the East Coast Customer Service Manager and she did not know how to handle me. I kept on saying ‘I don’t know what to ask, but I lost confidence in ES350’. She did not accept other than apologize. There is some serious problem in that transmission. She said that, I have to come up with an answer what compensation I am looking for and hung up the phone!

    I decided to ask for a different model of Lexus with the same price, or I do not want any Lexus car!!! I can not run rest of my life in a car which is not thoroughly tested, not backed by the manufacturer and risking my family’s life on it. Lexus refused and their offer was 10,000 miles free service! The price of 4 people live is $39.95!!! It was such a humiliating offer. They did not offer any extended warranty or never even ready to comfort my feelings. Basically they sold me a Lemon and not accepting it. One favor they did was they released me from that car, not forcing me to buy that. (Lemon laws are written in favor of the manufacturers in most of the states including VA!)

    It is certain that 2007 ES350 has severe transmission issues which Lexus knows (there are couple of posting in the internet but not as bad as this) and I AM ALIVE to tell this. If anything would have happened on that highway Lexus would have said a stupid driver died with his family in an accident and put everything under the rugs! After three weeks I saw the car on the bed still waiting for parts to arrive from Japan. They never tried to increase my confidence level on ES 350 or Lexus brand.If you want to try your luck go ahead.

    My e-mail id is (chidacar@gmail.com) and feel free to contact me about the experience!!
  • jaymkjaymk Posts: 86
    Thanks God You all are OK.
    I'll probably wait and see what the 08 model has to bring.
    Have you decided what would be your next car?
    Have you looked into GS350, but I can imagine after what happened it would not be an easy call to get back in the Lexus with that scary thought on the mind.
    Good Luck,
    Thank you
  • jaspalbjaspalb Posts: 84
    Did you try to switch to the manual mode (by turning the stick to left). I am interested to know the cause of what happened. Will Lexus reveal that if I ask. Never heard of transmission slipping like that. Consumer Reports has rated ES350 transmission as Excellent. Generally, except some cases reported in early production, transmission seems to work well.
  • Bought a new ES-350 yesterday. Got 10% off MSRP which worked for me, I'm not a price hound. If you need a deeper discount you should be shopping for a Hyundai. Skipped the $4000.00 Nav/audio upgrade. Give me a break. The GPS is great if you want to go in circles or search for entrances to the highway that were closed years ago. Get a map. Just came back from an extended trip to Japan. When you visit the manufacturing floor with the workers you know why Japanese cars are the best in the world. It's part of their culture, the bar is set at the top. Good enough is not an option. Perfection is the norm and strived for in every area. My Toyota Landcruiser has 192k on it and still runs great. Looking forwarding to owning this Lexus.
  • ylin1900ylin1900 Posts: 4
    I plan to purchase the ES350 soon. Anybody can share their dealer experience and price with me.

    Thank you for your information in advanced.

    YLin
  • chidachida Posts: 2
    Yes. Tried the manual switch also. The frustration is not the issue how Lexus handled it. Will Lexus reveal? Good question. Give a call! They know the answer for mine. No one had never seen in their lifetime, Lexus failed within 50 miles!!
  • jerry5jerry5 Posts: 2
    Considering buying a ES350 in Dallas as the one dealer in the state of Oklahoma is not very competitive. Concerned that might not get the best service in Okla City if purchase out of town. Has anyone experienced any problems with service from non-selling dealers? Quote in Dallas area is about $34500 for a MSRP price of $38157. Is at least $500 better than OKC.
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    Had a new transmission installed in our two month old ES350 with 2,400 miles on the car. Replacement working well but engine has a knock / ticking sound upon morning cold start up. Local Lexus service writer said it was the "fuel injection". Funny, after the first free oil change, it has gotten louder and longer lasting. People ask what is wrong with your car - I tell them it's a Lexus. Friend, in the market, bought a BMW 530 AWD instead. If you want more information about the ES350 and it's woes (and praises), go to clublexus.com.
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    Check out e-bay motors. Dealers are offering quite a few low mileage ES350s with replacement transmissions at a decent price. But your title will be notated that it is a manufacturers buyback (in order to get complaining customers out of the defective cars under lemon law).
  • tdohtdoh Posts: 298
    I bought mine from Coliseum Lexus of Oakland back in August 2006; I chose them because Roseville Lexus wasn't willing to even come close to matching Oakland's offer--guess Roseville must think they're doing pretty good business to so quickly refuse to match...

    Of course, that was last year--things could be a bit different now...
  • Just picked up an ES350 for $35,500 (just under $32,500 plus TTL)from Longo Lexus. Premium pkg plus additional options (w/ rear seat side airbags.) Took under 30 minutes to close the deal!
  • tuneguystuneguys Posts: 3
    Just bought a car identical to the one detailed in Post #536 by ricc1 and at the same dealer, Prestige Lexus in Ramsey, NJ. Thank you ricc1 for your post. Prestige's inventory is available online. I called them up, asked for a sales manager and told him the stock numbers of the identical cars that had on them what I wanted. I referred him to ricc1's post and asked him if I could get the same deal. My negotiation took three minutes. It should have taken four. He slipped in a $149 Doc fee even though they were not going to get me my plates, and I let it go. Does this mean I'm going soft in my old age? Yes. But they did pick us up at the EWR airport almost 40 miles away. After negotiations the (very pleasant) Sales Manager assigned me to a salesman. He took it from there. Great guy. Very creative in helping me pull off a surprise on my wife (her car). And yes, we did save enough to offset airfare, plus had a road trip in a nice car going home.

    Even though those people talk sorta funny up in Joisey :) , all went smoothly and everyone was as nice as they could be. I wish I could tell you their names, but it's not allowed on the forum, so write me at this disposable address: jsbnospam dash edmunds at yahoo dot com (just sound it out then write the other letters as they are written).

    Here's the deal.
    Paid $36,500 plus $149 doc fee (which ricc1 did not mention) + $0 TTL (out of state, so I paid sales tax and bought plates at home). I figure $36,649 is $173 over invoice (plus $660 dealer holdback and any incentives for being such a big volume dealer).

    Base MSRP* $33,470.00
    • Standard Features

    Available Packages $7,427.00
    • Premium Plus Package with Additional Options

    Delivery, Processing & Handling Fee† $715.00

    Total MSRP** $41,612.00


    Premium Plus Package with Additional Options $7,427.00
    Premium Plus Package Includes:
    - Leather-trimmed interior
    - Heated and ventilated front seats
    - Driver's seat power cushion extender
    - Lexus Memory System to control power driver's and front passenger's seats (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
    - Electrochromic outside mirrors with tilt-down in reverse
    - Rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers with mist cycle

    Additional Options:
    - Lexus voice-activated DVD Navigation System
    - High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and Dual-swivel Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
    - Intuitive Parking Assist
    - Wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
    - Full-size spare tire with 17-in alloy wheel
    - Rear seat side airbags
    - Preferred Accessory Package (includes Cargo net, Trunk mat and Wheel locks)

    Good luck!

    (No transmission problems so far).
  • benji5benji5 Posts: 12
    Good job on the price. See, some things are still better on the east coast.
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701
    Hi all,

    Just wanted to take a minute and post this recent buying experience at the above referenced dealership. We will be picking up a new ES 350 for my mother today. Here are the details:
    07 ES350 w/ Premium Plus package exluding Navi:
    Premium Plus Package Includes:
    - Leather-trimmed interior
    - Heated and ventilated front seats
    - Driver's seat power cushion extender
    - Lexus Memory System to control power driver's and front passenger's
    seats (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
    - Electrochromic outside mirrors with tilt-down in reverse
    - Rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers with mist cycle

    Additional Options:
    - High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and Dual-swivel Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
    - Wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
    - Bluetooth® Audio
    - Power rear sunshade
    - Full-size spare tire with 17-in alloy wheel
    - Rear seat side airbags
    - Preferred Accessory Package (includes Cargo net, Trunk mat and Wheel locks)

    Total MSRP was 38,972
    Vehicle also had optional chrome rims from Lexus: 1995.00 option

    Total MSRP: 40,967

    Price Paid: $36,473 + Tax and Tag. The total discount we received was $4494 off of MSRP.
  • I recently purchased an ES350 at Lexus of Greenville, SC with premium package (leather & upgraded spound system). The sticker was $36,747; I paid $32,980 + tax, title, fees.
    That was 10.3% off sticker. Based on other buyer's feedback, that is a decent deal. I negotiated in parallel with 3 dealers over 2.5 days; two of them via internet initially then over the phone. All three quickly went to 7.5% like clockwork after a few rounds of negotiation. Once the local dealer believed I would buy the car somewhere else, they came to the party, which was good because the other guys only went to 8% as "final offer". Of course, value is in the eye of the beholder and others may not consider this a good deal. At a minimum, I would expect 8% off MSRP.
  • I purchased my ES350 about 2 weeks ago and after 30 minutes of travel my back and legs hurt. I tried every combination of driver seat adjustments and can get no relief. The dealer and I set the seat to the best settings, but it is still not comfortable. Even at the best setting, the seat surface is still angled downward toward rear of vehicle shifting the center of gravity on my tailbone. It feels like a threadbare office chair with thin padding. This is an unexpected development; I love everything else on the car. Has anybody else experienced problems with the seat?
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