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2013 and earlier Lexus RX 350 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • 2013 AWD RX 350
    Starfire Pearl with Saddle Tan interior
    Navigation Package
    Premium Package
    Park Assist
    19" Alloys
    Wheel locks
    Cargo mat
    Cargo Net
    Heated and Ventilated front Seats
    Wood and leather trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
    Cross Bars
    Towing Prep Package

    MSRP $49,609
    Paid $44,500 + ttl at Northern Ca/Bay Area dealer. Very happy with our buying experience...spoke with many dealers in the area but ultimately chose the one who was willing to negotiate the deal professionally and with the utmost courtesy and prompt response.
  • nik11nik11 Posts: 8
    Using carwoo. Got a deal from dealer in Dallas I live in Houston today.

    2013 RX 350
    premium pkg
    19 inch alloy wheels
    heated/vent seats
    intuitive parking assist
    towing pkg
    wood leather wrapped sterring wheel
    lexus display audio pkg
    real entertainment dual LCD/DVD

    (opted out of navigation)

    $44,000-

    Out the door (with TT&L)- $46,840

    is this good deal?
  • nik11nik11 Posts: 8
    I am getting deal from Sewell Lexus similar with premium pkg. , tow pkg, preferred accesories, audio pkg, assist parking and rear dual LCD with DVD entertainment for 44000$ plus ttl
  • jtmyob21jtmyob21 Posts: 14
    I got this quote for the 2013 FWD, with Premium, Comfort and Navigation packages, plus towing all weather tires, parking assist, and wood trim added in that I could care less about. The MSRP is $48,775. The price I was quoted:

    On a 36 month lease, 10k miles a year your payments would be $559 plus tax, with $3500 due at signing. The residual on a 36/10 lease is 62% with a rate of .00200.

    Purchase option would be: $45985 plus taxes, tag, and dealer fee ($698.50).

    Is $45,985 a good price for this car? Can I do better than that, and if so what should I be looking at? I know they won't give it to me at $43k, because that would be $2k under invoice, and this is a popular car here. From what the Edmunds price showed, the invoice price with all of the options included is $45,235 in my zip code, so I think the purchase price is a good deal, but I thought I would see what the general opinion here was. As for the lease, I am not sure if it is a good deal or not. What do you all think? :confuse:
  • martin2498martin2498 Posts: 22
    edited August 2012
    Ended up getting 2013 AWD Nebula Gray w/ black interior

    Navigation package
    Premium package
    Comfort package
    Intuitive parking
    Wood and leather trim steering wheel/Shift knob
    Wheel Locks
    All-weather floor mats

    44,000 + ttl + warranties

    Total was 50k even. This was because we purchased the platinum plan 6 yr/100,000 mile warranty as well as 7 yr resist-all coverage
  • jtmyob21jtmyob21 Posts: 14
    That's a better deal than I was quoted for the same packages on a FWD. What dealership, city, state did you get this deal?

    Thanks!
  • That was at IRA Lexus Danvers, MA
  • kdog8kdog8 Posts: 2
    Great price and glad to hear great experience too. I'm in N CA also. Could you share dealer name? Thanks.
  • valueguyvalueguy Posts: 208
    I purchasd my RX 350 in the evening when the dealership was closing. I got a great deal but the saleman promised me Michelin tires on my RX 350.

    I got home and I had Dunlop tires! What should I do? Should I ask for a swap for Michelin? Tirerack.com shows 4 19" Michelin tires cost $360 more than 4 Dunlop tires.

    I know it is partially my fault but I asked the salesman 4 times and he assured me I had Michelin tires.

    Any advice is appreciated.
  • valueguyvalueguy Posts: 208
    I shopped my Lexus at 5 Florida dealerships and all were hungry to make a sale. All were aggressive but polite and courteous. I ended up with a great deal so stick to your guns and demand no less than $3000 off MSRP for a well optioned RX 350 (delete that dealer fee as I did).

    It took my just 5 days to get multiple quotes, multiple offers and many discussions with sales people. In the end, I got the deal I wanted on the exact car (except for those tires).

    The 2013 is very nice with LED lighting, better 19" wheels, improved center stack buttons, etc. compared to my 2010 version (exact same version). The 2013 is definitely worth $1200-$1500 more than a brand-new similarly equipped 2012 (in my humble opinion).

    Dealers did offer me $5500 off MSRP with NO dealer fee on a 2012 version; I declined and got a 2013. No remorse here over that decision.

    Florida buyers may not get a MA or CA type deal but you can pay $1K more in the Sunshine State and avoid those expensive transportation costs.

    This is my third Lexus and I have NEVER been able to get closer than $1K compared to those fantastic IRA Lexus deals in MA. But, I can get to that $1K gap most of the time with a LOT of effort.
  • valueguyvalueguy Posts: 208
    edited August 2012
    Sales guy called me today and apologized for the mix-up on my tires. He readily agreed to swap them out. He offered to drive my trade to my home and take the new 2013 back for the swap then return to my home.

    I think I will just go there tomorrow so I can test drive the new Sport Version.
    I must say for a MALE drive the Sport RX 350 is mighty nice.

    Kudos to my Lexus dealership for making this buying experience very pleasant and straightforward.

    IMHO, the competition out there is fierce so find your car (color, options, etc) then go drive a hard bargain. You can no longer trust TRU CAR or EDMUNDS for the real invoice price. Dealers have solved that problem.

    Thanks to all those who posted here for price paid. I couldn't have done it without you.
  • valueguyvalueguy Posts: 208
    Dealer exchanged the Dunlop tires for Michelin tires today. 90 minutes at the Dealership. I test drove F Sport version. I'll post about it later.

    The Michelin tires are far better in the rain than the Dunlop tires. In Florida when it rains it pours. I'm not saying anything about the Dunlops (well..yes I am) but there is NO Comparison between the Dunlops and Michelin.
    Sure, if you want to save money then buy the Dunlops (I rec. those only on the AWD model) but if it is "free" with the car then Michelin is the way to go.
  • valueguyvalueguy Posts: 208
    The F Sport was a nice ride. About 10-15% stiffer than a Regular RX. Firm but not harsh.
    I really couldn't tell much difference in power from regular 6 speed to the 8 speed tranny.

    Handling was good and seemed better to me. Seats were nice but not much more comfy than the regular RX. I think they should have beefed up the seat padding.

    Rims were nice for a Sport RX 350. Ditto for the cool steering wheel.

    Overall, I'd say the F package was worth maybe $1500 over a Regular RX AWD with the same equipment.
  • nazzy100nazzy100 Posts: 82
    ValueGuy:

    Can you provide the full name off the Michelin's they put on for you ?

    Like 'Latitude Tour or Pilot etc ?

    And actual size off the tire, I know they are 19, but the full number ?

    Thx
  • valueguyvalueguy Posts: 208
    The Stock Bridgestone tires on the RX 350 are fine. I rate them as a very close second to the stock Michelin tires. I probably wouldn't have gone back to the dealeship for a swap if I had received Bridgestone tires instead of Dunlop.

    No way I want $680 tires on my $49K RX 350. Both Bridgestone and Michelin are over $1,000 installed. Hence, those of you getting those Dunlops are being given a cheaper tire compared to those of us with the Michelins.
  • nazzy100nazzy100 Posts: 82
    edited August 2012
    Thx, I was curious which Michelins were coming through on the 2013, in your part of the country or here.

    My 2012 came through with the 235/55/19 Latitude Tours HP, which are fine so far with 3000 miles only. We have Monsoon here, and it's some major rains ,and drainage here is poor, so we need good tires here to minimize hydroplaning, along with proper driving of course.

    My neighbor just picked up his 2013, and it has the Bridgestones.

    Here in the Desert SW, our problem also, is with cracking due to the extreme summers here. So far, on the last 4 Lexus I've owned, the Michelins, and Goodyears have held up very well on those Rx's

    My other cars/sedans, have done poorly with BFGoodrich and Firestones, with heat related problems here or in Calif type driving/weather.

    Will be interesting to see how we all do with more miles on the Michelins, and the others.
  • valueguyvalueguy Posts: 208
    I had 19 inch wheels on my last Lexus. Michelin tires. We got 50,000 miles out of them before needing new tires.
  • nazzy100nazzy100 Posts: 82
    Here in my area IF you have to buy them to replace worn factory tires, they'll cost you around $1300 plus TL installed professionaly at Discount Tire. That's for the Pilot or Latitude for a 2010-2013 RX 350 FWD.

    If you buy them on line to be shipped then installed, you might save a bit, but too much work really,

    Good idea as others have done here, to negotiate them into your deal with the dealer when buying the car.
  • nazzy100nazzy100 Posts: 82
    Here in my area IF you have to buy them to replace worn factory tires, they'll cost you around $1300 plus TL installed professionaly at Discount Tire. That's for the Pilot or Latitude replacement for a 2010-2013 RX 350 FWD.

    If you buy them on line to be shipped then installed, you might save a bit, but too much work really,

    Good idea as others have done here, to negotiate them into your deal with the dealer when buying the car.
  • conkevconkev Posts: 7
    I purchased a 2013 AWD Lexus RX 350 two weeks ago from Motor City Lexus in Bakersfield CA. MSRP was $49,300. The final agreed purchase price for the vehicle was $45,000 with the 5,10,15, and 20K mile check. That is two more maintenance checks than what Lexus provides. Options on the car include: Navigation, 19" rims, heated and ventilated front seats, parking assist, and other misc options. What it doesn't have: rear DVD system, heads up display, and blind monitoring assist. I think I got a good deal after reading the other comments posted. This is the first Lexus purchased and I can say the dealership was awesome. I have never been treated so well at a dealership. Never! At 51 years old, I have purchased many cars/trucks in my life and I have never had such a pleasant experience purchasing a vehicle. I had to play two dealerships against each other to get the price I paid. It took one week.
  • nazzy100nazzy100 Posts: 82
    You got a nice deal.

    Can you tell us what tires are on it, and is it FWD ?
  • conkevconkev Posts: 7
    The Lexus RX 350 is AWD. The tires are 19" Dunlap Grandtrex Touring A/S
  • nazzy100nazzy100 Posts: 82
    Thx. I'm just curious what brands they are showing up with around the West and SW.
  • lexusrx350newlexusrx350new Posts: 18
    edited August 2012
    When I purchased my new 2013 lexus rx 350 a few weeks back, I included the michelin tires in the deal instead of the stock bridgestone tires. The dealer said he is not familiar with this type of request and now, I see you are like me! The dealer gave me the michelins when taking delivery of the car and mentioned that michelins come only in the nav cars. Non-navs come with bridgestone or other brands. Bridgestones and michelins cost almost the same but i know that the michelin drive is going to be very different from the bridgestones and so insisted on it.
  • conkevconkev Posts: 7
    I didnt even think to negotiate a tire change when I bought my RX 350 AWD. I wish I had requested to change the Dunlap tires for Michelins. Oh well. When the Dunlaps wear out, I might replace with Michelin tires.
  • I told them flat out that if i dont get the michelins although my car is non-nav, I am not buying the car. if i dont get the tire and wheel protection package free, i am not buying the car. the first thing that i checked when i went for delivery is michelins and then the tire and wheel protection on the papers.
  • valueguyvalueguy Posts: 208
    My 2013 RX 350 was NAV vehicle. It still came with crappy Dunlop tires. IMHO, the Michelin tires are worth every one of $400 dollars over those Dunlops. I got the Michelin tires at NO ADDITIONAL COST so why not demand the swap? Instead, the Dunlop tires make any deal at least $400 different if one must get the Dunlop tires (in my opinion anyway).

    That said, with AWD I would consider an additional $400 as compensation in any deal for getting Dunlop tires. On a FWD Lexus the Dunlop tires are unacceptable at any price (at least here in Florida where wet traction means life or death on the road). DO NOT ACCEPT DUNLOP TIRES ON A FWD RX 350.
  • lexusrx350newlexusrx350new Posts: 18
    edited August 2012
    Make sure that someone checked the alignment and balancing after they swapped the tires. It wont be noticeable in the beginning but over time, you will realize that your tires are wearing unevenly and/or vibrating and by that time, its too late. I got mine checked after the tire swap and found an issue that needs to be corrected with the alignment/balancing. Its a trade off i guess, good tires but not factory aligned OR factory aligned but bad tires... lol.. There are a few internet posts that suggest that the bridgestones are better than the latitudes but tirerack still shows the michelins at 7.6 rating vs the bridgestones at 5.1 rating. Some posts suggest that the pilots are better than the latitudes and that the latitudes are junk and so, its all subjective. Cost of michelins and bridgestones is the same.

    Do you have a light color interior like parchment or a dark interior like black? Reason for my question is how can i maintain my parchment interior like new without stains. Its so easy to get stains on this light color.
  • nazzy100nazzy100 Posts: 82
    edited August 2012
    Tires:

    Also, there is no manufacture's tread wear warranty at all on the Dunlop Grand Trek Touring A/S.

    What is wrong with Lexus, putting a Tire with no warranty on a $45-50000.00 luxury car ???

    The Michellin Lattitude and Pilot have a 55000 or 50000 mile warranty.

    Bridgestone has a warranty, but not sure what.
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