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Lexus IS 250 Color Combos - Which One Did You Pick?



  • optimomoptimom Posts: 11
    I think I'm in the minority here, but I'd NEVER get a black interior - it's much too claustrophobic. My husband agreed on this one - we both felt much more comfortable in the beige. We're going to wind up with grey (sterling) because we're getting a tungsten exterior and it only comes that way. Anything but black!
    (A woman I met who had an IS300 with black interior, followed by an IS250 with sterling said she'd never do black again.)
    But again, we all may be in the minority. You should sit in both the dark and light interiors and see how you feel.
  • ohhhhhhhh...MY god!!! Thank you soooo much for your opinion! I have never thoght about that! The feeling and Mood that given by the interior is also VERY important!!!
    mmmmmmmm...Now I am gonna compare both of them AGAIN and CAREFULLY!!! Thank you my friends and hope more of you come here and throw your ideas here!!! Thank u!!! :P :P ;)
  • k9galk9gal Posts: 6
    Just picked up my '07 IS250 yesterday from Raleigh, NC. It is the Starfire Pearl and cashmere interior. It's amazing. I love the color!!! Inside and out. As I drove it 3 hours home, I followed my husband who said how sharp the white looks and also how easy to pick out in a group of cars!!!!(I hope the cops don't think so!) For anyone thinking of this color combo, you will be pleased. The car drives amazingly. I really had to watch my speed. This car glides on the interstate!!!I would not be a fan of black interior since I once had a car that color and it is hot, and the sun also "cooks" the top of the dashboard, and all areas it touches. That may be a good point to ponder. I also got the all weather mud flaps(they are all black) for my car as the cashmere interior will soil easily and I will have times that I can use the rubber mats. They store easily in the trunk. The sound system is great and I do not have Mark Levinson. Hope this helps in your selection!!! :shades: :) :D
  • OHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! MY GOD!!!K9gal, I am soooo Happy and Exciting for you!!!!! Everything you described is EXECTLY what I dream for EVERY night. Just by your description, I feel like I am in the car and driving it around...oooooohhhhh, I am soooo happy for u. I really like the car, and probably will get one EXECTLY the same as yours. WOW! Have to wait for the University of Carlifornia admission fist, then I can BUY my DREAM!!! Yeah!!! really really appreciate your opinion,now I switch my mind back to the CASHMERE interior. Starfire Pearl~booo!Always My Dream. okkkk...Enjoy your Perfect car and LOVE it forever.... :D :P ;) :blush:
  • toddk1toddk1 Posts: 6
    Anyone seen the Black with Sterling interior? Would really like that combo, but according to a few dealerships those don't come together.
  • fbi888fbi888 Posts: 3
    mimi, from reading your posts, i hope you get what you want. anyways, my friend got her starfire/cashmere for 32000 msrp 38000 (about) at Longo at the end of feb. No ML system though. i think you will probably need to go fully loaded in order to get ML - like the luxury packages.

    most dealers said starfire/cashmere is a popular color or hard to come by. there were starfire/black but my friend didn't settled.
  • Fbi888,thank you for your opinion. I went to the longo last sunday and test drove a starfire with cashmere, but it is a pre-owned which means a used car. I have recently just saw a gray(sterling) interior on a silver car. It is Gorgeous!!! Have you ever seen any starfire outside with the sterling(gray) interior? Or anyone knows, please tell me. I guess I will more than likely to go with this combo now.Also for the mark, since I actually listened to both of them, I am very satisfied with the factory audio system, it is good enough. Essential for me are the Navigation, rear spoiler, 18''wheels and the HID lights. I am going next week to start buying, wish me a good luck please with everything around $31,000. Heehee... :P :blush: :D
  • fbi888fbi888 Posts: 3
    no, i have not seen starfire/gray. but, any starfire with a girl driver is just gorgeous and cute. guys should not drive a starfire - emasculation effect (imho).

    i see quite a few starfire/black. however, i think starfire/cashmere is the best combo if you are going to tint - makes a good contrast. a caveat, this combo is quite difficult to keep clean, especially the floor mats - cashmere as well.

    if you want the internet salesman, i can probably ask about it. keep in mind that if the salesman knows that you are intent on the color combo and if it's a high demand combo, the discount is much less. my friend could have bought her lexus for much less.... good luck.
  • optimomoptimom Posts: 11
    I just brought home a tungsten(silver)/sterling IS with nav- same package you want (MSRP 37772) Although starfire/sterling is a possible option, it may be that cars are not being shipped with this combo (which seems to be true for black/sterling), and you’d have to special order it - which would make it much more expensive.

    From my experience, color choice can be a factor in the bottom line price, as you are likely to get the best price on a car on the lot that the dealer wants to move. There are more black interiors around, but they were unacceptable to me. I also wanted a light exterior (easier to maintain). That really limited my options for deals. Many dealers did not have that combo, several who did only had them with spoilers (another $300+). The dealer who had one was unwilling to go more than 1K under invoice (which would have been $32354). In the end, I paid about $32K for a car that was still on the boat - but I got exactly the colors I wanted.

    I also spent a lot of time monitoring the ‘prices paid’ thread on this board. While you might be able to do a little better than I did, I doubt your $31K target is realistic at this time. The best price reported for MSRP 37772 was $31150 (post #1590 by onlinespending), and even he thought it was a fluke. After that came $31500 (#1603), $31800 (#1623), and most recently $31699 (#1695). Two of these were Bay area, two were So. Cal. Only two mentioned their colors – one was silver, one was black – and they both had black interiors. I wanted to get a great deal, but it was worth it to me to spend a few hundred dollars more – less than 1% of the price - to get the colors I wanted.

    This would be a good weekend to shop, as it’s the end of the month. If you want to estimate how much better you might be able to do at the end of the model year, look back in the prices thread at the end of the ’06 year to see what deals people were getting. But remember if you have specific color choices, you may not be able to find what you want then. In the end, the deal you get depends on factors somewhat beyond your control – that is the cars available and how motivated the dealer is to bargain.
  • ohhhh my! optimom, you are so beautiful, you found all the message numbers on that thread. I was looking page by page for them... Thank you thank you thank you. I am shopping with mom tomorrow. I was going to get the Starfire with gray interior, a deal told me it is not possible except to order it. I am struggling between beige and black(interior). Any idea please? I am going for around 31200. Hope I will be succeed eventually. Heehee... :P ;)
  • optimomoptimom Posts: 11
    Black vs beige is a totally personal choice. Clearly black is very popular - it fits with the sporty look of the car, but I find it oppressive. It makes me feel squeezed - and if that was the only interior choice, I would not have bought an IS. But you obviously don't have that reaction, since you're still undecided. Given the choice I'd probably have even chosen beige over gray - I like its brightess and the way it lightens up the interior. If you really love the grey interior, perhaps you should consider tungsten (silver) exterior.

    For entertainment, you might read the hilarious thread on the web site regarding the color "glacier frost mica", a color considered weird by many but beloved by some.
    There's also a thread with bar graph on the popularity/frequency of different colors (from 2006),
    but it doesn't include interiors.

    Good luck with your shopping.
  • stipmomstipmom Posts: 11
    I don't find the black claustrophobic at all since the top half of the interior is sterling. I originally wanted the sterling interior which looks really sharp with that color exterior but the dealer did not have it in stock and was charging me more to get it. In the end I decided the black was more practical-especially when I take my dog with me..As I was riding around today I was really happy with my choice.
  • k9galk9gal Posts: 6
    Hi Mimicat!---I purchased the starfire pearl with the cashmere interior on March 9th.Iif you get this combo, you will not be disappointed. It is truly beautiful and any other interior, black especially, does nor show off the opulence of the maple trim interior. If you are worried about the cleaniness factor, I got my dealer to throw in the mud mats. My sister lives in Florida and bought an ES recently, and the dealer there told her that white Lexus's brought a higher demand and a better price retention. That made me happy considering this is an investment. The starfire color is well worth it. You see lots of silver IS's but not many white ones. The sterling interior is beautiful in the Tungsten and black but would look a little different in the white. Hope you get a good deal as mentioned before, the end of the month is the best time to deal.... :blush: :)
  • socalkidsocalkid Posts: 8
    I couldn't agree more! My wife just got the same combo - starfire pearl and cashmere interior. We live in LA and I joke with my wife that this is a total LA chick car. (with names like mimicat and k9gam I get the distinct sense I'm talking to women). The car is perfect for her and totally beautiful. White makes the car look bigger and the tan interior makes the inside of the car feel bigger. I really feel this is the best combo available in the IS.
  • Hmmmm...Socalkid You could not be more right. I am a girl...muhahaha...I love the starfire and I had a dream about twice every week for my coming new IS. I ordered the car already from longo but it takes couple of weeks to get here. I knew the white/cashmere is beautiful but since the firs IS I set in my life time is the black interior, so I fell in LOVE with it. hoho...but...Just but looking at the car is already kills me...Budda...please let it coming soon!!! :blush: :blush: :blush:
  • kclbkclb Posts: 11
    I will be picking up the Tungsten Pearl with Black Interior in a few weeks...

  • OK, well first wanna say hi to all and thanks for all the great info ive been getting in these forums on the IS 250.

    Now, has anyone else seen the two tone interior with black carpet and cashmere seats? I came across it on another website but I cant remember where, but it was REAL! they said they got it in Utah or some place and that all the 08's had it there.

    I'm close to closing a deal w/fleetrates on my 08 250 but after seeing that two tone interior I REALLY want one!! If anyone knows anything about it please let me know, all the dealers around here think I'm crazy when I ask them about it, Thanks!!
  • louisweilouiswei Posts: 3,717
    I saw the picture too, it was in Club Lexus.

    The two-tone indeed looks great, if I have my way I'll get the black/gray for easier cleaning/maintaining. Could it be a special order? With a special order you can pretty much do anything.
  • I like the black/gray look .... the wood trim on mine adds a little color i didn't think i would like .... but i do. I find the lighter colors just require too much cleaning after a year or two.


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