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2013 and earlier Lexus IS 250 / IS 350 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • johnnybcarjohnnybcar Posts: 6
    hey blukitty,

    It looks like that's a pretty good deal, although you probably can do a little better. I just went to carsdirect and also to

    At carsdirect, the price offered is above invoice. So, you're getting a good deal. However, at the price seems to be quite a bit below invoice in your local area. That is for a local dealer in the Los Angeles area. I'm not sure what zipcode you're in, but you can probably just go to that site and enter your zipcode in and see what comes out. Also, on your options question -- yes, it does appear that some additional options like the HID get force-selected when I choose the NAV package. So my guess is that the dealer is correct on that one. Anyway, good luck on your car hunting. Hope this helps!
  • blukitty55blukitty55 Posts: 2
    Yes that does help, although I was hoping that someone would tell me I am getting a bad deal OR tell me that I can get the navi without getting all those extras. So now, I have to do some fact checking!! But regardless, thanks so much!

    Also, I didn't know about those two sites so I will check them out.

    Thanks again!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,596
    The current IS has been around since MY 2006. Has anybody read anything about a redesign? It has to be coming around the corner.

    I've always thought the IS to be a handsome car. The IS350 is a road rocket. I just wish the car were bigger - the back seat is smaller than the laughable back sat of an E90.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • orlandianorlandian Posts: 4
    FYI: MSRP $39275, agreed upon $33000. SF Bay area
  • mrpuff26mrpuff26 Posts: 1
    edited June 2010
    I've recently contacted a several dealers and the best one offered the following for $33,999. Can anyone tell me if this is a good deal? Is there a price I SHOULD be aiming for?

    2010 IS 250 RWD
    -Premium Package
    -High Intensity Headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting System
    -18'' Alloy Wheels
    -Rear Spoiler
    -Cargo Mat
    -Cargo Net
    -Rear Bumper applique
    -Illuminated door-sill scuff plates

    I can't remember if I'm leaving anything off though...

  • orlandianorlandian Posts: 4
    FYI: MSRP $39275, agreed upon $33000. SF Bay area

    IS250 RWD
    -High Intensity Headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting System
    -18'' Alloy Wheels
    -Rear Spoiler
    -Cargo Mat
    -Cargo Net
    -Rear Bumper applique
    -Illuminated door-sill scuff plates
  • john1018john1018 Posts: 2
    I am looking for a IS350 sedan in South Cal. I was told that South Cal does not get many choice in terms of packages on 350:

    / Smoky Mica ( if not available, then Starfire Pearl )
    / Black Int + Dark Wood Trim
    / Navi
    / Premium Package
    / Rear lip spoiler
    / HID
    / Accessory Package
    / 18" rims ( i heard no choice on rims )
    / 1.9% for 60 mos.

    I am looking for $39k OTD, because IS250 can go $35k OTD + $4k MSRP difference. The lowest offer that I can get now is $43k, what a huge difference? Anyone knows anything otherwise? It seems like $4-5k more than a same equipped G37. :cry:
  • john1018john1018 Posts: 2
    edited June 2010
    Hi my friend

    I am in the Bay Area, too. Would you mind share your dealership and whether you went thru Internet Sales or walk-in sales? My wife is very interested. Thanks!

    -- John
  • Here's the deal I got....

    2010 IS250 AWD no navi

    Dealership in northern NJ

    MSRP: $36,860
    Price: $33,250 + TTL

    F PT Premium Package Value Edition
    Z1 Preferred Accessory Package: includes GN Cargo Net, LM Trunk Mat, WL Wheel Locks
  • First post, but avid reader recently. It's been extremely helpful.

    I am looking at an IS250 that has been on the lot since early April - is this cause for concern? I don't know how many miles are on it yet.

    Also, the car has clear bra on the front bumper already. Does it seem strange that a new car would have this partially applied?

    Thanks in advance for any input.
  • rolypolyrolypoly Posts: 5
    I paid $29,600 for the vehicle or $32,900 out the door at 9.5% tax.

    Car was base model
    +premium value options
  • I am considering purchasing an IS 250 to replace my Vette as my daily driver. I really prefer manual transmissions to automatics. Has anyone purchased a 2010 IS 250 manual? If so, how do you like it? Did you have to special order it? Does anyone know if the manual option on the 250 will carry over to the 2011 model year? Thanks for any insights.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,596
    I'm not sure where you're located, but I'm almost certain that you'll have to special order an IS250 w / a stick shift. Just curious, why an IS? Coming from a Vette, there will be a big power shortfall & the fuel economy isn't that great for a 204hp V6.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • I am in New Orleans. I am going to keep the Vette as my weekend/track car. My wife has an 06 GS 300 and I just like the way my Lexus dealer here treats me when I bring her car in for service. I also like the looks of the IS and do not need a big back seat. I am also considering a 6 speed Acura TSX. Of course, the more likely result of all of this is I will just keep on driving the Vette every day ( it has over 90,000 miles) until it falls apart and wait until the next generation IS comes out. I am just really afraid Lexus will abondon the manual transmission option, as I suspect less than 2% of IS on the road are manuals.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,596
    Albeit with slushboxes. I actually own a 2010 TSX & love it. I drove an IS250 AWD @ a Lexus driving event way back in 2006 & came away very unimpressed with the car. Now with a stick shift, you can also get an X pkg (sport pkg) which supposedly transforms the car's handling, but you've still got a lackluster 204 hp V6 (IMO). The IS also has a tiny back seat & trunk (probably not a concern of yours coming from a vette. The interior is gorgeous, fit & finish will be perfect, & the IS is better balanced being RWD.

    I love the way our TSX drives. Even our slushbox equipped car is very willing to rev. While the 200 hp I4 won't win you any stop light drag races, it is adequate to keep the TSX moving. The interior is very well done. The seats are thickly bolstered. The car handles nicely, has a generously sized back seat & a huge trunk.

    Have you considered an Infiniti G37S? Available with a 6 speed stick & a 328 hp V6.

    How about a BMW 328i?

    What year is your 90,000 mile Corvette?

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • The Vette is a 2002. I actually owned a 2006 TSX with 6 speed manual and navi. I loved that car but unfortunately it was totalled earlier this year in an accident in a driving rainstorm. I am still having trouble getting used to Acura's new front end, although to me the TSX is the best looking iteration of that new design.

    I do not really care for the Infinity's interior or Nissans in general. Probably just a personal dislike.

    German sport sedans are undoubtably great. I once owned a 1999 Audi A4. The turn off for me is price- and not just price, but the way the options are presented. I am just getting too old and tired to haggle over all the options. I really like the way Lexus and especially Acura package their options so there is not this huge laundry list. I know others disagree.

    Finally, I may consider a Cadillac CTS V-6 manual,or, if the Vette dies, the CTS-V would be a real nice alternative.

    Thanks for your imput.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,596
    I forgot to mention, one of my favorite things about the TSX is it comes with NAV or without. Stick or Automatic. My wife's Black/Black TSX is a handsome vehicle. The biggest difference you'll find between the 2006 & the 2010 is probably going to be the steering. The 2009-2010 have electric power steering which does a decent job communicating @ higher speeds, but just feels too artificial at low to mdrange speeds. I know it saves gas, but give me a good old hydraulic pwer steering unit like my '01 Prelude Type SH.

    I LOVE BMW. They are probably my favorite car company. When you put just a few options in the cars, they do tend to get pricey. My Mom has an '08 328xiA that isn't even completely loaded up (No NAV or Sports Pkg) & her car stickered for over $46,000. Don't cross them off completely though. Don't take what's on the lot, instead order a 328i with sports pkg, 6 spd stick, sunroof, ipod adap, & sirius (MSRP just under $40K) - you won't be disapointed.

    You do get what you pay for though. A TSX is a FWD European Accord. With a 3 series, you are getting a dedicated RWD chassis.

    Acura and BMW are probably going to have at least one stick shift car on the lot.

    I think the CTS V is one bad dude. $60K new is a big pill to swallow, but if you can find a year old one, maybe GM depreciation will place it well within your grasp.

    Good luck!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • avexavex Posts: 36
    I'm considering a 2011 IS350. I will have to "special order" the car in order to get the options I want because I do not like the navigation system or the packages offered in my area. I do realize that it can take 3-4 months for delivery. However, will a special order affect my ability to get the best price on the car?

    Are IS350's now selling for below invoice price? If so, how much below invoice should I be aiming for on an IS350 with minimal factory options?
  • Hi,
    I am interested in the 2011 IS350 with F-sport package and navigation package. Please let me know how your order and price went. I heard you can't get anything lower than 1k from MSRP since it's new. In a couple months, you can get cheaper.
  • avexavex Posts: 36
    I looked at the pricing results on the site. That site seems to indicate that they're selling below invoice. 1k below MSRP is so utterly out of the question that I wouldn't even consider it. I paid only $500 over invoice when I bought my 2008 model, so wherever you're getting that information is completely wrong. If my nearest dealer won't sell below invoice, I'll either go to another dealer or buy another car entirely.
  • ezeeezee Posts: 3
    edited October 2010
    I was just at a dealership today. Dealt with their internet dept. The dealer was Saying if I wanted to custom order a 2011 he could get me one $500 over invoice. We managed to find a 2010 and got it for $1000 under invoice. Picking it up tomorrow.
  • avexavex Posts: 36
    Both of those prices are very good. What part of the country are these dealers located in?
  • ezeeezee Posts: 3
    I'm dealing with Longo Lexus in southern California. I just went through their website and got connected to their internet dept. Seems like their internet dept just tires to make money based on volume.
  • 2011 is250 with f-sport package, navigation and hid headlamp

    they offered me 45k otd. i think it's not a good price at all.

    and i don't need navigation but they said they don't have any 2011 is250 with f-sport without navigation.

    so i have a hard time to decide right now.

    again 45k is too much right? how much should i aim?
  • kingpcgeekkingpcgeek Posts: 1,044
    OTD is a worthless number to compare deals on a national forum. Selling price is the number that can be compared
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  • j1huynhj1huynh Posts: 28
    That's too much!! that's how much I would pay for 2011 IS350 + navigation and f-sport package OTD. ercedes/
  • Stamford CT area...

    Lexus 2011 IS350 AWD with Luxury package, includes Rear Spoiler
    Smoky Granite Mica with black interior..

    Invoice Price: $42,075 .. Dealer will sell it at invoice..

    Is that a good deal?
  • j1huynhj1huynh Posts: 28
    I think that's a decent price but I think you can get $500 to $1k off consider lexus wants to sell more car to remain #1 luxury automaker for the 10th year or else MBenz will regain the throne.. just my opinion.
  • themanchisethemanchise Posts: 5
    edited October 2010
    Thanks for replying..I offered $41,500 for it.. Lets see if he accepts it...Maybe I should've held out for $41K flat..Since I'll get killed on the tax any way...

    Now I see that the Sports Package is very popular..Maybe I should've gone for that one.Any idea what you get in the sports package..The Lexus site doesn't tell you much other that 18s wheels..

    I like what you said about Lexus trying to be #1..I'll hold firm at that price and force him to budge..
  • j1huynhj1huynh Posts: 28
    You can also check at to see comparable prices.

    I am still holding out for my IS350 with navigation and f-sport.

    Have you tried to shop around with another dealer near by to see if they can beat your current offer?
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