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Lexus RX 300

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  • borg1of2borg1of2 Posts: 73
    I would suggest checking your numbers over on the Edmunds lease board. Car_Man will have the most recent Lexus financial numbers for March. I will also bet he will advise to not put any money down on a lease. Good Luck
  • kmhkmh Posts: 143
    My RX, going on 70K miles, feels like it starting to lose some of its luxury ride and comfort. I'm thinking of replacing the shocks and struts but want to know the experiences of other owners before I plunk down the cash.
     

    Does anyone have opinions on which brand I should get? Please know that I don't really care to have a stiffer suspension put in - just merely get back the "new" car ride I had in the past.
     

    thanks.
  • jrdowneyjrdowney Posts: 96
    I too have been contemplating an RX purchase. My target has been a 01 but I suspect that the remaining 2003 stock will be priced competetively in the coming months. Anyone have an idea of the remaining inventory? I would also like to hear about pricing deals, especially if the numbers start to be $4000 to $5000 discounts. Finally, do you think the used prices will drop off sharply as well?

    Thanks,
    Jim d.
  • lrisrlrisr Posts: 6
    I was just offered via internet a quote from a local dealer: 37,200 with Nav and 35,700 w/out. According to Edmunds pricing invoice is 36,736 with Nav & Heated seats, 34,360 w/ the Premium Plus Value Package, heated seats and no Nav. I'll be doing my shopping this weekend so I hope I can talk them down to at least invoice for my lease.
     
    I really, really like the deal Hoggrahn got but in my opinion, Aggieque even though the $36K price with Nav is great I think that $4K down for a lease is way too high according to what I've been reading on this site. Of course I could be wrong as I just educated myself on the fine points of leasing this past weekend so please take no offense!

    LRISR :-)
  • mrrogersmrrogers Posts: 391
    I checked at www.carsdirect.com for new 2003 RX300 pricing. I used zipcode 91311 for Los Angeles, and got $35,700 for a FWD base car including freight. Invoice is $31,923. Cars Direct price is $30,323. I realize a stripped car does not exist, but the site would not let me add options for some reason.
        JM Lexus in Margate, FL claims to be the largest Lexus dealer. I searched his new RX300 inventory at his website: www.jmlexus.com. He has an unbelievable 248 new RX300's in stock!
  • hoggrahnhoggrahn Posts: 7
    I live in the Sarasota, Florida area and the Lexus dealer here is trying to get rid of the 2003 models. I bought a 2000 from them in 2000 and now three years later bought the 2003. They are advertising the 2003s this month at $6,400 off the sticker price. I then used my 2000 as a trade and was happy and they were happy. It seems they can't get the 2004s in any numbers until they sell the 2003s. They are also moving into a larger place in April. Give them a call and talk to Tom. You can also get close to the same deal in Fort Myers, Florida. Call them and talk to Gary. Go on line to the Lexus web site and then select dealers and then you'll have the number.
  • brs1brs1 Posts: 17
    Hi,

    I will soon have to carry my parents' large dog
    in my sparkling clean 2001 RX300. I am trying
    to find a dog guard (metal or other net that is
    installed to prevent dog from jumping from the
    trunk to the seats), but I don't see any.
    Can anybody recommend me the source (store,
    internet site, anything) to get one?

    Thanks a lot,
    brs1.
  • mrrogersmrrogers Posts: 391
    Mrs.Rogers and I attended the new car show at the Cincinnati Convention Center Friday. They had a light blue 2004 RX330 and a copper Infiniti FX35 parked within 100 feet of each other so comparisons were easy to do. I respect your opinion on FX35 styling, but I am curious if your better half has had a chance to see the FX35? Mrs. Rogers is positively smitten by the FX. Typically we play this game where the wife wants the luxury car, and the husband wants the performance car. The Infiniti seems to get it done on the luxury side according to my wife. It was fun to watch her walk back and forth between the two cars maybe five times, and even stop midway, and look at one, and then the other. I admit that we have not driven either car, and she may find that the FX35 rides too hard for her liking.
          The Inifini sales rep told us that the AWD reverts to RWD at 25 MPH. I could not find anything about that in their brochure or website. Does that sound right?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Since the 2WD version of the FX is RWD I am satisfied that the torque bias will be to the rear as well as the 2WD "sub"-mode.

    My wife also serves as VP of Finance at Strobe and in that role is always conservative on monetary issues, especially in these economic times. At this moment its going to be hard enough getting her to commit to an RX330, if at all.

    So I doubt if I can get her into an Infiniti showroom absent some sort of subterfuge.
  • devlopperdevlopper Posts: 44
    IF FX does have the AWD system that I can appreciate it may be the one for me as I think it looks great. Certainly a test drive of the new RX is in order.

    Keep us posted about what you learn with regard to its drivetrain.

    Thanks Again!
  • djocksdjocks Posts: 124
    Hi All,

    The lease board for the lexus has been closed. I am posting this to hopefully get some information of lease opportunities for the '03 RX300's.

    I have been quoted to this point from one dealer a lease price of $1005.00 total out of pocket and $499.00 a month.

    Please post if this is aggressive or any figures out there that are beating this.

    Thanks
    Dave
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    If your employer participates in the Nissan Vehicle Purchase Plan, you can get a sweet deal on the FX. For such an example see crikey "Infiniti FX45 / FX35" Feb 8, 2003 11:54am
  • kapouchkapouch Posts: 4
    Thanks, once again, hoggrahn for your insights on this subject as I try to come to a final deal on the 2003 RX 300 (w/o NAV, but all other options) today with another 4-5 inchs snow coming down here in Connecticut. If I could get the same deal as advertised in Sarasota, the car would cost, without haggling, about $33,100. I'd be real pleased with that, but doubt dealers up in this neck of the woods have anywhere near the same volume as your dealer.
    I'll advise where I land on this deal in the next day or so.
    Since you also owned a 2000 RX 300, thought you might opine on some of the other recent postings regarding tracking issues with the RX300 which seem to relate to the stock Goodyear tires. They seem to require replacement, with Michelins being the tire of choice, to provide stiffer sidewalls than the Goodyears.
  • djocksdjocks Posts: 124
    Kapouch,

    I also live in CT. and I am trying to land an RX300. I have only begun looking and paid a visit to McDermit in East Haven. Again it was a lease of $1005.00 down and $499 a month. I have not looked at other dealers.

    Have you had good or bad experiences with any of the four in the state. I live in Wallingford and Hartford is easy but I here the Greenwich dealer might be the most aggressive. Good luck with negotiating and I would appreciate any help.

    dj
  • hoggrahnhoggrahn Posts: 7
    Kapouch,

    The following is my previous post # 7153 concerning TRACKING PROBLEMS:

    "I too had tracking problems when I bought the 2000 RX300. It came with the Goodyear tires and the car pulled to the right and at higher speeds seem to float around from one lane to another. Fortunately, the service manager tested the car and agreed to put some Michelin LTX M/S tires at no cost to me, and the tracking problem was solved. I chose the Michelins based on postings on this board. I did however have another problem, increased tire noise. The tires were mud and snow tires and they were very loud.

    I just bought (3/8/03) the 2003 Rx300 complete, except without the Nav system, at a great discount ($32,673 minus trade) and find the same tires on the car as were on the 2000. At this time I don't have a tracking problem and the car has considerable less road noise than the 2000 with the Michelins and the ride is much smother.

    At the first sign of trouble with tracking I'll put the Cross Terrains on it. Based on others' experiences, are the Michelin Cross Terrains as quiet and smooth as the OEM Goodyears? I'm afraid the tires will generate more noise and not be as smooth. Of course I'm sure they will track much better. Please provide some comments.

    For those who are interested, my 3000 had a total average MPG after 35,500 miles of 21mp."

    At 200 miles I've not experienced any tracking problems, but will let the board know if or when I do have problems.

    I'd still like to hear any reports about the ride and quietness of the CrossTerrains compared to the Goodyears from those who switched. I know the handling and tracking will be much better than the Goodyear tires.
  • mooretorquemooretorque Posts: 241
    I replaced the Goodyears at 25k on my wife's 99 with the CrossTerrains and these have been on for 28k miles to date.

    The CTXs are, both to my ear and my wifey's, as quiet as the Goodyears. The ride did not deteriorate (again, her car, so a major consideration) and all the wierd tracking issues resolved. For me, the car was actually more comfortable (at least when driving), since the increase in control and steering feel are very apparent. I might add that wifey now almost hates to take her car in for service, knowing that the loaner is going to feel floaty and vague in comparison. No increase in tread noise with the level of wear so far, either.

    Highly recommended.
  • borg1of2borg1of2 Posts: 73
    I am going to try and post a link to the Lease Discussion board. There is a pending request for RX 300 lease evaluation. You can post your example as well and see what he thinks.

    mfullmer "Lease Questions - Ask Here" Mar 13, 2003 11:23am
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    TireRack rates Cross Terrains above Integritys in both ride and noise. I know they are better than the Duelers I replaced.
  • fantomfantom Posts: 211
    Michelin CTs are good tires, however they are no better than Bridgestone Dueler HLs. The non HL, older Duelers are frequently mixed in with the much better, new technology Dueler HL model.
  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    As suggested on this board, today I took my 99 RX to a Toyota dealer rather than a Lexus store for the 55K service. The difference, a slightly less opulent customer lounge and no gourmet coffee or quick and dirty car wash. And, oh yea, $22.95 vs. $118.46! Everything except tire rotation and I get Lifetime Tire Rotation on the Michelin CTs which I bought from BJ's.

    Pete
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