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2013 and earlier Lexus ES 350 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Do you mind saying what dealership you got this deal at as well as where they are located at. thanks
  • OK folks, I found this forum invaluable to establish "real world" pricing this week when I bought my black/black ES350... So here are my final details:

    2008 ES 350 with a premium package +
    Full size spare
    Rear seat air bags
    HID lighting
    Heated & ventilated front seats
    Bluetooth
    Cargo net & Mat
    6 CD audio

    Sticker was $38,502.

    Paid $33,739 + $259 doc fee + TTL

    Purchased from Herb Chambers Lexus. Shopped Ira Lexus, Lexus of Northboro, Lexus of Watertown and Lexus of Westport, CT (Via Costco purchase program).

    The internet saleswoman at Herb Chambers basically said "call me last and I will take $500 off your lowest price" -- which she did.

    I can tell you this: Watertown, Westport and Northboro TOLD me to buy from Herb Chambers at that price. They ALL said "that price is less than what we pay for the cars, you found yourself a great deal". At that point I guess I figured I had hit rock bottom (3 dealers opting out from a "I will drive there and buy now" phone call!).

    So far, the car is flawless (oops, hope I don't jinx myself) and I have been amazed at the gas mileage (~28mpg for real-world not-all-highway driving)

    Good luck to the rest of you!

    Dino
  • I think the dealers (everyone, may be) are giving free oil change or mainteance for the first 2 years if you buy the 2008 ES350 (not sure about other 08 models cuz this is the only one I was going to get). But the catch is you can only get the 2 years free service from the dealer you get your car from. If I buy from Plano or Austin or even the part of town in Houston that I don't usually go to, I won't be able to take advantage of this service.
  • jano2jano2 Posts: 141
    I understand. Well good luck and be sure to post after you have made your purchase. I will be curious to know who you purchased from and the final price.
  • I thought I would share the ES350 scheduled maintenance cost. It is higher compared to other vehicles and you have to get it serviced every 5000 miles unlike Acura where its once in 7500 miles. Even a 5000 mile service is $140. Here is the chart :

    Service Cost Mileage
    A $140 5000 / 25,000 / 35,000 / 50,000 / 65,000 / 85,000 / 95,000
    B $260 10,000 / 20,000 / 40,000 / 55,000 / 70,000 / 80,000 / 100,000
    C $350 15,000 / 45,000 / 75,000 / 105,000
    D $580 30,000 / 60,000 / 90,000 / 120,000

    Plus,
    every 60,000 miles add $350.
    every 90,000 miles add $730
    every 100,000 miles add $130
    every 120,000 miles add $290

    So for 15,000 miles / year, here is the break down for maintenance cost / year
    1st year - $750
    2nd year - $980
    3rd year - $750
    4th year - $1330
    5th year - $750
    ----------------------
    5 yr Total $4560 + Tax + Inflation
    ---------------------
  • All you really need is an oil change every 5000 miles or so and rotate the tires every other oil change. So this will cost you much much less. Because all the other stuff you are paying for is nonsence.Besides the tire rotation and oil change , the the first 5000, 10000, 15000 mile service they only eyeball fluid levels and that sort of thing.
  • Yes, I agree. I just mentioned the maintenance schedule chart that I have with me to let people know what the dealers are charging. If you go to the dealer and ask for a 5K, 10K or 15K mile service to be done then this is the charge you are looking at. Acura servicing charges are no so high. I am not sure about Infiniti though. I think the Lexus Labor charge is well over $100/hr.

    BTW, they rotate and balance tires in every service.
  • jano2jano2 Posts: 141
    I do not have a Lexus dealer in my town. I could drive the 100 miles to Houston to have it serviced, but would rather just use the local Toyota dealership. Is this OK with Lexus? Does this fulfill my obligation under the service maintenance?
  • espo1espo1 Posts: 27
    Has anyone heard what LFS will be offering for the Dec. sale month? What residual and MF for the ES? Is it the same for GS? I heard around 4% APR that's around .00168 which is pretty good. Couple that with buying down the MF and an Encore discount. :)
  • I am not sure if Toyota is going to do Lexus service. Maybe they will. Check with them. Since I am approaching 15,000 mile service I shopped around and surprisingly in NYC and NJ the prices are even more than I mentioned. 15K mile service in NJ is $470 compared to $350 in upstate NY. I called 5 different dealers and asked why the price is so high and why are they doing so many things that are not mentioned in Maintenance Handbook. They all have standard answer that "We recommend all this and it is much more involved than whats mentioned in the tiny handbook". I am surprised that no other ES350 owners are complaining about this outrageous maintenance cost.
  • zekeman1zekeman1 Posts: 422
    Toyota won't touch Lexus in my area except for an oil change. Beyond that and if that is their policy, plan to drive 100 miles. Btw, what do you mean by "obligation under the service maintenance?"
    Z
  • jano2jano2 Posts: 141
    I probably did not word that right. I have had other vehicles that if you did not follow their routine maintenance they would not honor the warranty (or would try not to do the work under warranty). The preventive maintenance had been done but at an independent garage and was not logged into the service book - had to show the paperwork.
  • Dino,

    I was at Norwood today ... who handled your transaction? Did you get the premium package plus or were you simply saying premium package (+) I got these additional items ....

    Please email me.

    Thanks
    RR
  • zekeman1zekeman1 Posts: 422
    The only thing I've ever had done at Lexus is oil changes or warranty work; have the 20K, etc checks done at an independent repair shop. I've never heard of that voiding a warranty nor has it affected my warranty. Same has held true for Toyota's, Honda's and Infiniti's I've owned.
    Z
  • slanaslana Posts: 1
    The invoice price for your car was $33,911, but you paid 33,739, $172 less then the invoice, plust doc fee of $259. Means the dealer only made $123 of profit!

    I know the invoice price since that's exactly what I've got (except, mine is black, cashmere).

    I paid 34,500 but was able to waive $249 of doc/processing fee, ending up paying
    34,500 + TTL.

    I thought I had a good deal, but you have the best one!!!
  • Thanks - you made my day!
  • prazpraz Posts: 163
    Specials........Rate of Interest!!!

    5.59%

    Last year it was 6.29% and in August it was 5.99%.
  • Unless we know how much you paid over invoice the post is meaningless. To say he got a bad deal when he paid around $500 over invoice is simply not true. If all your car had was the premium package and no other options, then you may have paid more over invoice than he did.

    After doing lots of research and buying a 08 myself, I can tell you that I am convinced that paying 500 over invoice for a Lexus is a good deal. I think dealerships are making more money on financing and service than on selling new cars.
  • The transmission problem is described as a flare. Think of going down the road and your engine reving up, but the car not going.

    I now have 400 miles on my es 08 and I have not had a flare. I took it for a test drive in 20 degree weather last night and it perfomed beautifully. (some people have talked about a cold weather knock in the valves, I have not had that problem either). My hope is that these problems were corrected in the 08's, that's why I bought one instead of an 07. All 07's do not have the problem, based on what I have read.

    GOOD LUCK!
  • prazpraz Posts: 163
    Thanks to all for replying. I have my car for almost a year with 6,000 miles and never experienced a flare as described above since 2 weeks, not sure if I have experienced one before, I hope not. I have not yet tested in cold as it is still 80 deg in Arizona but will keep checking and will post in a few weeks. BTW, my car was built in Sept 2006.
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