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Lexus GS 350



  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,475
    didn't have it in the color and equipment I wanted

    The car I bought wasn't my first choice for color or equipment, wanted silver but settled for gray with the Flaxen (I think that's the color's name - saddle color) and I didn't want the heads up display, but the price was right and I got financing at 2.6% for 60 months. Availability of colors with the Levinson audio package which was a must for me, was not good and we have the largest and third largest Lexus dealerships down here. So, it was now or never so I did the deed.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • peterjhpeterjh Posts: 11
    edited May 2012
    Just picked up a brand new 2013 GS350 (white).

    MSRP: 52,517
    Negotiated: 48,100
    Final Price: 46,600 (after a $1500 conquest incentive)
    They also threw in 2yr / 24,000 miles free maintenance.

    One problem I had is that I was going to pay full cash for the car, but the dealer said I'd need to finance $10K to receive the conquest incentive. So I ended up financing 10K @ %4.99 interest, but I will pay it off in 2 - 3 months.

    Hope this helps!
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,475
    ...but will pay it off in 2 or 3 months...

    I don't remember my dealer telling me that the conquest certificate required that the new GS350 had to be financed - although it is possible - but usually conquest cash does not require that. Be interested in finding out if that was a requirement or if they scammed you into a loan, no matter how short term it is. Anyone out there know the answer?

    Sounds like you got a great deal. That's why I bought one - unfortunately because I had to have the Levinson package and NAV package and NOT the sport model, I ended up with more than I wanted and an exterior color that was not my first choice. Sure didn't need the Intuitive Park Assist here in Florida (no parallel parking down here) nor the Head's Up Display and the Blind Spot Monitor, but the ride and handling are superb! The MSRP on mine was $58,880, or about $2000 more than I wanted, but there was nothing else available and the deal with the conquest was just something I couldn't walk away from.

    Good luck and enjoy your new car!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • peterjhpeterjh Posts: 11
    Yep, so initially, I walked out from the dealer, thinking that they are trying to 'scam' me. However, I ended up calling Lexus HQ office and they did confirm that the Conquest incentive is only available if financed / leased through Lexus. I also called 2 other local dealers and they all confirmed...

    They all told me to keep the loan for min 2 - 3 months before paying off. I did the math, probably paying approx $130 in interest...

    BTW, the car is amazing. :)
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,475
    so initially, I walked out from the dealer, thinking that they are trying to 'scam' me

    Like I mentioned in my previous post, when I bought my car down here in Florida, they did not mention to me that the $1500 conquest required a loan with Lexus Financial Services - and I figured out why - I have a small loan ($16,000) for 60 mos with Lexus Financial at 2.6% on the new car. I now know why they moved me from Bank of America to the Lexus Financial Services loan - had to have some financing with LFS to qualify. Makes sense now. Glad you checked it out - I have never heard of a conquest being tied to a specific loan/lease requirement - and now I have.

    Yes, the car is awesome - a little more powerful than my 2012 Mercedes was, more comfortable to sit in, that's for sure, the choice of econo, Sport or Sport + settings for ride and handling, and the more comfortable ride. Quieter than the Mercedes as well and much less expensive. My Mercedes was $62,325, or about $4,000 MORE than my GS350 - but my GS350 has much more on it, even though the Mercedes was a P2 package car - top of the line.

    I don't use the Intuitive Park Assist (no parallel parking down here), don't pay much attention to the Blind Spot Monitor as it picks up a car in the lanes to the left and right of me too late for me to do much about it, and the Heads Up Display is convenient for speed, but that's why I have a speedometer.

    I have the NAV package, the Levinson Audio Package and the Upgraded luxury package - like being in front of my computer at home, to be honest with you. Heavy on the Technology, and it will take me months to figure it all out.


    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,475
    What I've noticed is that the new Lexus GS 350 rides like an LS 460 and has the handling of a Mercedes-Benz E350 sport. It also has all the luxury features and technology of the new LS 460 PLUS some new features that the GS350, LS460 and Mercedes have never had.

    Best darn car I've ever owned and driven!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • sjr200sjr200 Posts: 8
    I second this. I picked up a GS 350 FSport, Starfire Pearl/Cabernet Interior, Nav, Parking assist, Blind spot, paint protection about 3 weeks ago. It handles like a dream, comfortable, fast, smooth, loaded with tech and looks fantastic.

    I personally love the brushed aluminum trim that comes with the FSport. And the red interior, just awesome. I can also say that the standard sound system sounds great. I know some audiophiles insist on the Mark Levinson, but honestly, you dont need it with this model. It's far superior to the sound system in my wifes RX 350. (something she complains about every time she is in my car lol) I couldn't be happier. I'm in So Cal and it makes the commute so much more enjoyable.

    If you are shopping around in the class, especially in the sport dpt... BMW 5, Merc E350, Audi A6, give the GS 350 FSport a look. You won't be dissapointed.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,475
    I've had some real problems with my new 2013 Lexus GS350's tires. They say it's not balancing since they rebalanced the tires twice. There is a vibration in the steering wheel when the tires are cold. The vibration is so pronounced that I get a rattling sound in my dashboard. Dealership says they can't do anything unless Lexus authorizes that the tires be changed. I've contacted Lexus, but I am not getting anywhere WIYH them. My service dept. told me there have been several reports of complaints about vibrations in the steering wheel in different parts of the country, but Lexus refuses to do anything.

    I sure hope this isn't another hidden problem with Toyota products that Toyota refuses to admit!

    Be careful when you test drive one to make sure there is no vibration in the steering!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • zoombie99zoombie99 Posts: 124
    Some models had a steering issue which was corrected but it was not related to the tires. See further postings on clublexus gen4 forums
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,475
    Steering problems

    I checked that out, but I did not see anything about steering problems in the new 2013 GS 350. My assistant service manager at Lexus told me he drove one of the 2013 GS 350s the use for loaners and it had the same problem. I asked him about the steering problem, and he said he was not aware of any steering problems in the 2013 GS 350, just several complaints regarding tires!

    So I'll have to wait until Lexus makes up their mind about what they plan to do!

    Thanks for the feedback as well as input.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • I've put 5000 miles on my GS350 since purchase mid-August and I must say this is the best vehicle I've ever driven. The comfort, engine smoothness, handling, acceleration just simply outstanding. My only complaint is that BSM should come with the Premium package. I had it on a Mazda6i and it is great function to have. The other was that I had to break the center console cup holder cover to retrieve my DL and C/C that fell behind it when it popped open. Fortunately, the dealer replaced it free of charge even though it wasn't under warranty. The service reps at the Lexus San Diego dealer were awesome... kudos to the internet team as well that sold me this ride. I can't say enough about it!! Best $50,000 I ever spent.
  • ara3ara3 Posts: 10
    Got a 2013 GS 350 awd F Sport in Liquid Platinum. Best quality car I have ever driven. Absolutely fantastic. There is nothing to complain about, and this comes after having an '06 piece of crap and a pretty nice '08. This car is sweet and amazing. Of note is how the new iPhone 5 interfaces. Texts come in and you can play the messages aloud if you wish. Very cool. So far, replies are not working. Not sure why. Talking messages also work with incoming emails...awesome...this car is a winner! :)
  • rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 203
    I have something to complain about--rear seat headroom. The outboard seats are fine, but the rear middle seat is severely lacking. I am 6-2, and I need to lean forward and duck my head to fit in the middle. The seat is unusable for anyone over about 5-9. I don't mean uncomfortable, I mean unusable. You cannot have three adults or tall kids in the back. Deal breaker for me. If you ever carry three in the back, be sure to check this yourself before buying.
  • How much discount should I expect to get for a new 2013 GS350 with a sticker price of $53,375?
  • lz4004lz4004 Posts: 37
    All depends on what state it is. In my state ct,i purchased my 2011 gs350 new.
    I checked prices with 3 of the ct.dealers. One took off only $700. They even had a hard time doing that even though it was my second purchase. Quote`We Don`t Discount`Lexus policy`
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,475
    How much discount should I expect to get for a new 2013 GS350 with a sticker price of $53,375?

    I bought mine for invoice less $1500 for a conquest incentive they had going at the time. It depends on where you live.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • ralfrozayralfrozay Posts: 2
    edited February 2013
    What's up everybody, I live in Miami, FL and Im really interested in getting the Lexus GS350 F Sport and am looking for the best deal around. What would make that possible and what would I need to be under $500 a month if even possible with less than 2k down payment.

    Thanks for any responses.

    PS. Im planning on purchasing next sunday, Feb 24
  • gs350_2013gs350_2013 Posts: 2
    edited August 2013
    Well, this is a major issue with this Lexus. The size of the middle rear seat is simply ridiculous!

    Any normal adult would suffer to sit there and hardly the head has to be stuffed!

    The ES & the IS is much better, while is are smaller and cheaper than the GS but the middle rear seat head-room is away better than this GS!

    I have bought a GS but I am waiting the car as the colour I wanted is not available 'black in black'. I am so excited but I will always consider this car as a car for four passengers only!
  • Maybe you do not value this answer, but simply the reason of buying a GS not an ES is the driveline which Rear Wheel Drive.

    having 306HP over the Rear wheels is a joyful experience that an ES can not afford!
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