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Lexus ES 350

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  • Because they already copied Mercedes, been there, done that.....

    :)
  • Considering how poor the new S and 745/750 are in the caboose. Lexus fairly nailed it!

    The front end is still a little soft, even the current one may be slightly edgier after it's 2004 facelift, but given the demographic, it's acceptable.

    The real problem was the low beltline and massive greenhouse. The new one flows much better, and looks more stately.

    DrFill
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Where are more pics of the LF-SH? So far, looks awesome.
  • There are tons of pics. on several other message boards, of which none that I can link since this forum is censored. Try the Toyota / Lexus auto show site regarding the Tokyo motor show, or do a web search for Lexus LF-SH.
  • In viewing the picture of the 2007 ES 330 I cannot believe what I see. If you expect people to buy this car as is shown you are dreaming. It's a BODY ShOP special. It seems to me that the automobile industry is going nuts. I see many new model cars without BODY Side MOLDING. I would never buy a car without body side molding. Try parking in a parking lot and see how long it would take bofore the doors get dings and dongs.I will not spend anywhere between $30000 or $40000 to have my car lookin like it belongs in a junk yard. Good luck to all you saturn lovers.
  • In viewing the picture of the 2007 ES 330 I cannot believe what I see. If you expect people to buy this car as is shown you are dreaming. It's a BODY ShOP special. It seems to me that the automobile industry is going nuts. I see many new model cars without BODY Side MOLDING. I would never buy a car without body side molding. Try parking in a parking lot and see how long it would take before the doors get dings and dongs.I will not spend anywhere between $30000 or $40000 to have my car lookin like it belongs in a junk yard. Good luck to all you saturn lovers.
  • dardson1dardson1 Posts: 696
    is a big boss at a Lexus dealership. He says (as though every knows it) that the ES is aimed at the luxo-market. . .Cadillac, Buick, and Lincoln drivers who want something a little smaller and with the KYB service Lexus offers. Just confirmed it while shopping for my 80yr old mother-in-law. After some test drives in what she thought she wanted, it took no time to decide the ES was as luxurious as the Town Car she liked but a better size. It is an amazingly simple car, gauges are big, and buttons are intuative. It is buttery smooth as any Cadillac but not so big. She loves it. It impressed me as well, but it isn't trying to be a BMW. They're no dummies at Lexus. This cars have a nitch.
  • Get used to it my friend, it's the Toyota look. The Avalon has it and now the new Camry / ES.

    It's all about form over function.
  • dp5dp5 Posts: 55
    I currently own a 2000 Lexus ES 300. It has been a wonderful car but it is getting a little long in the tooth and I am planning on replacing it very soon with another Lexus.

    Last Spring, I looked at the GS 300 w/ Nav, Mark Levinson, etc. but I couldn't quite justify paying $50K+ for a car and they were selling for MSRP w/ no deals to be had. I learned that the ES was being updated for the Spring and my plan was to buy a new ES the first month or two that they come out.

    Here is my dilemma. According to the posts on the GS forum, you can now buy a GS 300 for approximately $5K less than MSRP and this would be within my budget. In the past, there has been approximately a $7K price difference between a comparably equipped ES 330 and GS 300. I'll probably pay MSRP for the 2007 ES if I buy one in the Spring because it is a new vehicle which means that I could have bought a GS 300 for only $2K more. If the knowledgeable people in this forum think that these numbers are likely to hold up, I'll buy the GS and I could get it in the next few weeks. If not, I'll wait for more info on the new ES. I like the new GS but I've always been happy with the ES prior to now.

    Here are my questions.

    1. Do you expect the new ES 300 to sell for MSRP initially and, in the past, how long does it take for the dealers to start to substantially discount a newly designed Lexus?

    2. Do you think that Lexus will maintain the $7K price gap between the GS and ES or do you think that the ES will be cheaper than this?

    3. Given how nice the 2007 ES is supposed to be, does anyone think that the GS is worth spending another $2-5K for a similarly equipped vehicle.

    Any thoughts and feedback would be much appreciated.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    The new ES will probably sell at sticker at the introduction and for a while longer depending on supply on how willing potential buyers are to go an alternate car if they don't like the price. This also depends on how agressive the MSRP is. If the MSRP is really good, then don't expect further discounts.
    If you can get a GS300 at a huge discount and no discount on the new ES, you can compare them then and decide which you prefer, but you will have to wait to see what either car really sells for when the time comes.
  • tedescm1tedescm1 Posts: 309
    Body side molding are extra... usually about $125.00
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    People put way too much faith in bodyside moldings.
    There is nothing to prevent dings above and below the molding and plenty of cars have these dings there.
    You cannot park near other cars if you don't want dings.
  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    I agree. Moldings use to be beneficial when most vehicles were the same size and were situated in the middle of the door. Now, (for the vehicles that still have them) they are there for looks only. On some vehicles they are situated so low they offer no protection at all.
  • Given how nice the 2007 ES is supposed to be, does anyone think that the GS is worth spending another $2-5K for a similarly equipped vehicle.

    They are not "similarly equipped" because the new ES has a newer more powerful engine!
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    At some point I'm sure the GS will get a new base engine. Maybe 2007. The current engine is probably temporary.
  • dp5dp5 Posts: 55
    Yesterday, I posted that I was deciding between a 2006 GS 300 and a 2007 ES 350. I test drove the GS today. At 38 years of age, I guess that I'm getting old because the GS seemed like too much "sports" and not enough "sedan" for my taste. I'm not sure that it would fit my family lifestyle as well as the ES so I guess that I will wait until the new ES comes out. With this obvious sign of aging, I'm sure that plaid pants and a daily dose of Metamucil can't be too far in my future.
  • tds1tds1 Posts: 73
    Yeah - opinions do change with time! I am 34 - my problem with the GS is that headroom in the GS seems awful. I kept trying to lower the seat but it wouldn't go down any further. Didn't seem like good visibility if you were taller. Rear seat felt like I was in the back of sports car, not a 45K sedan. And don't even get me started on the trunk! It's selling well, but I am not sure who the target is. So, although the 2006 ES still has a little of that "plasticky" Toyota dashboard look to me, I have high hopes for the 2007 ES350. My wish list for the 2007 ES: AWD - Seems unlikely, but you never know, Bluetooth, and Push button Start (a gimmick, I know). My prediction is it will have 2 of 3, but I will lose on AWD.
  • A friend of mine was interested in the new Toyota Avalon but did not buy it because it didn't come with body side molding. He was quoted $350 to add it and was not told that it was a factory option.If you think this is not an important issue good luck to uou.Have a happy time getting your DINGS & DENTS.You must be in the body shop business. They are expecting a bonanza of DING & DENT business.
  • dp5dp5 Posts: 55
    I have the same hopes that you do for the new ES. The bluetooth seems like a great convenience. I agree that the push-button start is a totally useless gimmick but it has a really high cool factor. I live in a warm climate so I'll pass on the AWD but I'm looking forward to having more horsepower than I have in my current 2000 ES.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    I'm not sure why people are not understanding that bodyside moldings do not prevent all dings.
    People who have cars that they absolutely want to prevent dings on take great care not to park near other cars and do not rely on bodyside moldings.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    1. The ES will probably go for MSRP for a while then come back down

    2. The ES will probably increase slightly in its base price

    3. I personally would jump to the GS, but I admit that they are two totally different vehicles. The ES is a FWD midsize entry level luxury car much like my I35 and the GS is a RWD midsize mid price luxury sport sedan more like the M35 (although reviews have criticized it for not being sporty enough)

    You could wait and see what the new ES looks like, and then make your decision. If you like what you see in the new ES but don't want to spend MSRP, you could sign a short term 24 month lease on a left over 2006 ES330 (or now, during their December to Remember event) and then when prices come down in 24 months then go and get the 2009 model.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Wouldnt the 2009 model be out in 36 months, not 24 from now? The 2008 would be the one available in Dec 07.

    You scared me- 2009 is my 10 year High School reunion....

    ~alpha
  • edr1edr1 Posts: 1
    What is the latest on the 2007 ES 330 in regard to pictures and engine specs?
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    oops sorry.

    yea. I think I meant 2008...
  • I agree with you that body side moldings will not prevent ALL dings and dents but by and large they will prevent the majority of them.Where can you park in a parking lot of a shopping center to be sure that no one will swing their door wide open and give your car a real good ding or dent? Acura offers body side moldings on some of their models as an added accessory but as of now Toyota does not for the new Avalon.Perhaps that will soon change if they know people object if they are not available. Talk to any car salesman and they will say "Oh we can put them on". What they don't realize is they are not a factory accessory.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    If you don't want any dings, you park at the far end of the parking lot, walk an extra minute to the store entrance and don't use compact spaces.
    You will still get dings even with body side moldings because other cars and trucks are either taller or shorter and depending on the shape of the other vehicle's door, it will hit your car at a different point.

    What good is just not having dings along the strip of metal where the molding is installed when you still get dings above, below, in front of or behind the ends of the molding?

    Dings could be better prevented with plastic body panels like Saturns have, but for some reason, plastic body panels are not catching on with any other car makers.
  • Lexus is on the media schedule for a world wide introduction at the Chicago Auto Show. Could it be the new ES!? Check the December update.

    http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    what else would they be launching?

    I'm interested in seeing what Toyota and Honda are launching...
  • I can't link it but Vince Burlapp has more "spy shots" of the ES on his site. Do a search and ye shall find....
  • snowbirdsnowbird Posts: 120
    That's a very nice picture of a Toyota Windom. Would you know what year model it was and any engine specs for that car. I would be pleased if the 2007 Lexus ES350 would look something like this one but would prefer a slightly larger engine with AWD which would hopefully fix the rumored trans hesitation problem that seemed to plague the current and earlier ES models.
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