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Lexus RX 330 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • tmgood -


    Does the price you paid ($36,100) for your 2005 RX330 AWD include your $3,000 trade in? So total price = $39,100?


    Thanks for clarifying.
  • wrt33wrt33 Posts: 1
    I'm also looking to buy in Portland, Oregon. Only one dealer in town so I'm not sure how much they're willing to budge off MSRP. So far it doesn't look like much at all. Any suggestions? Also, I'm trying to decide between RX330 and Acura MDX (which appears to be a few thousand less).
  • Will someone tell me what they know about ""? I found them by accident and can't belive the price of a loaded (I mean LOADED) RX330. They have beat the Boston Lexus dealer by $3,000. They have my color, they have the Nav (which is extremely hard to get in Boston Lexus dealers)and yet they have come in thousands under. I know I have to ship the car for about $800 from either a Lexus dealer in Santa Monica or Beverly Hills. Can this price be true or is a rip-off? Please hurry your response.
  • I'm willing to go to California in a heart beat and drive back to get close to invoice, but I'm not at all sure how the Calif sales tax/vehicle cost adders might impact us sales tax free ducks in Oregon. Washington/Idaho no problem/no taxes, but Calif might be a different beast.


    Lexus of Portland has to be the sweetest gig ever. Only dealer within 100 miles of a booming metro area...


    From other posts, it looks like the Seattle area is only slightly better than here with Bellevue being the most competitive. Not sure if the dealer in Eugene is any better?


    Hoping to get some time next week to work on this more.
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  • That's correct.


    They initially quoted me the full MSRP of $41, 453. After I got another couple of online quotes, they came down to $39,100 to match the best online quote I got. With my trade-in, I paid $36,100 + tax.
  • I looking to purchase the RX with Nav, heat seats and prem. package. The best price I found so far is $40,740 incl. destination.

    Any dealer recommendations in the NY/NJ area and prices paid would be helpful.

    Also, is the "December to Remember" just marketing hype or are there really deals?


    Thank you
  • There are nearly twenty dealers in y area, and I have no idea as to which one to persue. They all seem to be offering great deals. The model I'm looking for is 2005 Flint Mica/Graphite:

    2005 RX AWD = $37,175

    Delivery, Processing & Handling Fee = $650

    Available Packages = $7,008

    Lexus DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System (RSES) - includes two pairs of wireless headphones - $1,840


    Premium Plus Package with Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) with High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, Roof rails/roof rack. Also includes: Leather-trimmed interior, Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column with memory, Illuminated entry system and Power tilt-and-slide moonroof with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade.

    Additional Options:


      - Lexus voice-activated DVD Navigation System with backup camera

      - Two-level heated front seats (includes rain-sensing variable intermittent wipers and headlamp washers)

      - 18-in alloy wheels (235/55VR18 and full-size spare)

      - Towing prep package

      - In-dash, single feed, six-disc CD auto-changer

      - Preferred Accessory Package (includes cargo mat and wheel locks)


    Grand Total = $46,673


    Would $42,000 be a good price?

    Please help, because stuff here is so marked up. I am trying to persuade my mom to buy this car, but she has like a block with going to a dealership. Can you'all also give me some reasons , I can use on her. Does "December to Remember," actually mean anything? Or are there really no differences in price?
  • Hi,

    I got the best deal (better that i can find anywhere on any forum). Lexus of Rockville Center in Rockville Center, Long Island (NY area) gave me fully loaded AWD RX330 with nav, premium plus etc (the whole $7008 package) for $40K flat (MSRP: $44,833). I took delivery on 12/23.

    Without nav they were offering it for $38K. Other dealers in the area were at least $1500 - $2000 more.

    December to Remember is 100% real as they told me that these prices are good for this event only. I leased mine for 36 months and they gave it to me on a great lease term.

    Hope this helps..
  • Thanks, that helps. I just got off with Ray Catena, they had the same MSRP but the price he gave me is $42,000 (this price was from the internet sales manager). Apparently, the options the way it's laid out on the Edmunds site isn't the way Lexus ships them. The accurate msrp is on
  • The taxes and all other fees are always based on the buyers's doesn't matter you buy it from neighboring WA or CA or NY/NJ for that matter you'll (or not) pay exact same taxes always.

    Taxes etc are all calculated automatically via computerized calculation which are all based on buyer's address. In case of leasing even the bank fee etc. are according to buyer's state rules/laws.
  • Yes... I was telling you the price from only.. as those are the only 2 pre packaged prices which are readily available on every dealership (with nav is becoming less and less available pretty quickly too). All other permutation-combinations of accessories makes it ...kinda ..customized in which case you'll have to wait longer to get your car and you may not be able to get the same deal also..
  • I wish this were true, but I'm getting a different story. I've been checking into this the last few days. Appears to be no way to avoid paying the California sales tax + local sales tax adders if you pick up in the state boundaries.


    All the dealers I've talked to in Calif will charge sales tax to go out the door. I called the Calif Board of Equalization and it appears the only option to avoid tax is to deliver out of the state of California -- otherwise it is a use tax as the first usage is within the state borders...


    Oregon DMV couldn't figure out what was the real story, but since there is no sales tax in the state there is no govt agency that exists to coordinate with Calif's agency for reciprocity??


    At or slightly below invoice looks pretty much the std at the big SoCal dealers.
  • bennbbennb Posts: 143
    kcmatt -- How hard did you have to battle for the $40,850 price in KC? I'm up in Nebraska and we basically have one dealership as well, but I'm not opposed to scooting down to KC 2.5 hours to save $2000. Thanks.
  • zoomazooma Posts: 19
    Am buying an RX 330 w/Navi and Prem.Plus pkg. today. Dealership claims Lexus finance rate is at 5.5-6%, even for top-notch credit rating. Shouldn't the December to Remember special rates still be in effect? I have read here that others got 3.63 and 3.65. Thanks so much in advance for any help.
  • zooma,


    I talked to the finance guy at Lexus yesterday in CT re: the RX. According to him, the Dec to Remember rates are available until 1/3 when new rates are announced. He also said that best available rate was 4.99 (top tier credit). I have no idea if state matters. I called the Lexus Customer care hotline but they were only able to refer me back to the dealer. I was hoping to get an 'independent' source of financing info.


    Also, you might want to ask this question in the Financing forum. Good luck!
  • zoomazooma Posts: 19
    Thanks for checking, Macarshopper. We are in Maryland, and the Lexus of Rockville finance folks totally denied having any financing "specials" for Dec to Remember, even though one lucky poster on this board very recently reported getting as low as 3.63% from the same dealership (although not on a Navi. model). They claimed 5.9 was the best they were doing for top-tier credit. Hmm.... Their loss -- we bought the car but are financing through Costco/Capital One at a better rate. Thanks again though.


    P.S. I thought about posting this in the Financing forum, but this one seemed to be much more active and informative re Lexus.
  • murmalmurmal Posts: 25


    Congrats for the New year's Gift of Lexus. What was the deal on the car before TAX, Title and their processing fee. Do you mind posting for the benefit of shoppers like me.


    Thanks in advance,


  • Yeah, I used Costco/Capital One for matching. I got it for 4.20%

    I would suggest to upgrade the costco membership to executive. You will get 0.10% lower.
  • I just did a deal yesterday at Pohanka Lexus in Chantilly, VA, and got the 3.63% rate for 60 months. Tier 1 credit got me to 3.99%, and because of previous business with Toyota Motor Credit they dropped the rate to 3.63%, on an '05 RX 330 with Premium Plus and NAV. It probably didn't hurt that this was my 2nd RX 330 this year from that dealer. I traded an '04 with Rear Seat Entertainment that I bought there in February on the '05 with NAV.
  • zoomazooma Posts: 19
    We got 4.2% from Costco/CapOne also, because of our Exec. membership. Lexus of Rockville was the only dealership around that had the specs we wanted (checked Chantilly and others). They told us from the outset that they were not dealing at all on these. We ended up getting about $1,000 off MSRP -- not the best dealing we've ever done, but we were on a tight schedule. In fact, we didn't even consider this car until 2 nights ago (have been frustrated looking for the perfect replacement for our 2002 BMW 530; had almost decided to go with Acura TL, but just did not think we could handle the bumpy ride). These boards are so helpful for quick research -- thank you all!
  • bennbbennb Posts: 143
    Prem Plus pkg (w/o NAV)

    Towing Pkg

    Cargo Mat/Wheel Locks

    Heated Seats/Rain Sensitive Wipers

    18" Rims

    6 disc in dashchanger


    = $42,483 MSRP


    asked them to price it out with the hitch to be added before picking up ($415 MSRP)

    = $42,898

    and then with chrome rims (which they list at $1700 retail)

    = $44,598 MSRP


    Assuming they gave me the value of my trade-in ... I think overall I got about $3,733 off of the total MSRP.


    I think off just the car ... if you toss out the chrome "discount" ... I got about $3,000 off of MSRP. I walked in with the number in my head I wanted for the chrome dipped rims at $1,000 so that's how I arrived at about $3,000 off of MSRP in my head.


    I think I just did OK ... there are two dealers around here and both are owned by the same group. Other nearest dealerships are 3 hour drives away. Probably could've saved another $1,000 travelling, but I feel fine with how I did. It wasn't a GREAT deal, but I don't feel ripped off. Plus they have to have it freighted in from another dealer.


    I think I can pick it up on Wed/Thurs.
  • vietmyvietmy Posts: 3
    Hey guys check out the deal we got-


    05 pearl white 330 with premium package and navagation msrp 43,275

    invoice was 38,311


    Final negotiated price of 38,400 ($89.00 above invoice)


    PLUS recent college graduate program down payment assisstance of $750.00 and 3.94 financing.


    So total out the door we paid 37,660. (had a $10.00 bs fee)


    I think this is the best deal I have seen on these boards.
  • Great Deal

     What state and what dealer did you do business with?
  • To: "vietmy"

         Help me fully understand the price you paid. You said that your "final negotiated price of 38,400 -was- ($89.00 above invoice)." Later you said that your "total out-the-door price -was- $37,660." Are you saying that you paid $37,660 AFTER state sales tax and license fees? If so, you indeed got an outstanding deal.

         I bought an 05 RX 330 with the premium package and navigation and paid $41,000 out-the-door for it. This $41,000 includes California state sales tax and license fees.


  • flwflw Posts: 4
    If you do the math, you know it's not "total out-the-door". The price of $37,660 is BEFORE state sales tax and license fees.


         $37,660 = $38,400 - $750 + $10
  • vietmyvietmy Posts: 3
    Sorry for the delayed response, you are correct flw that is before taxes. However in our state unlike California we do not have to pay taxes when we purchase cars we have 30 days to pay. So I guess out the door is different for us then it is for you.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    So I guess out the door is different for us then it is for you.


    No, it just means your door takes a little longer to close! :-)


    tidester, host
  • vietmyvietmy Posts: 3
    Yeah, Tidester I didnt know alot of places had to pay when they bought there cars. oops. Breakaway how much of your total price was taxes?
  • At local Massachusetts dealer. RX330 AWD loaded (no NAV or performance pkg). Negotiated price $38,000/$43K MSRP. Money factor .00145 (tier2), residual I believe was 58%. $1,250 lease acq. fee (I live in RI) plus 1st payment and BS fees = $2,300 down. Payment, incl. sales tax is $529/mo. 15,000/year 36 month lease. Total outlay over 3 years incl. all fees and sales tax = $20,815.


    I'm sure if I wasn't exhausted at the end of the process, trying to get the vehicle for Xmas time, and was willing to walk out, the fees could have been shaved by about $300-400. But they gave me a surplus on my trade that more than covered it.


    Any questions let me know, best of luck to prospective buyers!
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