Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > ES Models > ES350 (2007 - 2012)
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

Looking to purchase es350

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-20-13, 03:18 AM   #1
LADavidGS
Driver
Trader Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 153
Default Looking to purchase es350

I am currently looking to purchase es350 for my father. Any recommendations? Anything I should know before purchasing? Any recalls or problems I should know about? Thanks in advance.
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
LADavidGS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-13, 05:24 AM   #2
lgb0250
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: NC
Posts: 101
Default

Here's a link that will show you any official recalls/investigations/complaints/service bulletins. Just enter the year, make and model.

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchVehicles

I'm sure your father will love the ES. Mine hasn't seen the dealership since the initial service was done. Pretty trouble free vehicle. Most of the complaints you will read about on this board are from those that own models several years old and those are mostly just wear and tear items.
__________________
2010 ES-350 Matador Red w/Parchment
2010 Toyota Venza Blizzard Pearl w/Ivory
lgb0250 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-13, 06:50 AM   #3
igzy
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: ON
Posts: 212
Default

ES is a solid car, it was a winner of many quality awards. There aren't many things that go wrong on it. Just do your homework as you would for any other used car and have fun shopping
__________________
2007 ES350 Premium
2001 IS300 C-package
igzy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-13, 12:45 PM   #4
LADavidGS
Driver
Trader Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 153
Default

Thanks guys for your input. My and father and I test drove es350 last week and he fell in love with it. He really enjoyed the comfort and the smoothness of the car. I currently have 06 gs300 and familiar with the lexus quality. I found 08 es350 w/ navi 55k miles for $18k w/ clean title, is this a deal? What's the average price for the es? Once again, thanks in advance.
LADavidGS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-13, 03:43 PM   #5
lgb0250
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: NC
Posts: 101
Default

The price is average for a private party sale so yes, I think its a pretty good deal. Mileage is good for an 08 and high mileage is what kills a vehicles resale value. Only thing I would do is have a trusted mechanic check it out and then make your decision. Good luck.
__________________
2010 ES-350 Matador Red w/Parchment
2010 Toyota Venza Blizzard Pearl w/Ivory
lgb0250 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-13, 09:11 PM   #6
christcorp
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
christcorp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 147
Default

As said, the price is about average. Especially for a private sale. I recently picked up a 2007 ES350 from a local dealer. It had 68000 miles. The dealer "Q Certified" it. (Meaning, 2 year/100,000 warranty) on the engine/tranny. Dealers obviously cost more than a private sale. I got it for $18,000 + $499 for typical dealer BS fees. So your price would be about right for a private sale.

As suggested, definitely have it looked at by a reputable dealer/garage/mechanic.
christcorp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-13, 10:51 PM   #7
LADavidGS
Driver
Trader Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 153
Default

another question,

I found 07 lexus es 350 without navi with 33xxx miles asking 18k. Is this a good deal?
LADavidGS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-13, 05:25 AM   #8
lgb0250
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: NC
Posts: 101
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LADavidGS View Post
another question,

I found 07 lexus es 350 without navi with 33xxx miles asking 18k. Is this a good deal?
While it initially looks like a good price, it doesn't book out that way! Only books at around $17K. Of course it all depends on what options it has but the navi is usually the largest. With the typical options of a non navi car, dealer retail is right around the $17K price. Around $2K less if a private party sale. A lot of the price can also depend on what part of the country you are in. CA prices tend to be higher but then again, there is much more competition to buy from! I assume its in excellent condition and the mileage makes it attractive. Depends on your wants/needs.

My final pieces of advice is something that most buyers don't adhear to. It's only a piece of metal. Don't fall in love with it before the deal is done and if you can't make a deal that you're completely happy with, walk away. Good luck.
__________________
2010 ES-350 Matador Red w/Parchment
2010 Toyota Venza Blizzard Pearl w/Ivory
lgb0250 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-13, 07:50 AM   #9
liquidz
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Canada
Posts: 82
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LADavidGS View Post
another question,

I found 07 lexus es 350 without navi with 33xxx miles asking 18k. Is this a good deal?
In addition, please be aware that 2007 models of the Lexus ES350 models may have transmission issue. So that's a buyer beware warning there.

That's the main reason why I skipped the 2007 and went up to the 2009 model just to minimize this risk.
liquidz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-13, 10:21 AM   #10
ThumperPup
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
ThumperPup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 697
Default

it all comes down to the area you are purchasing if your in South Floida and going to a Lexus Dealer that can sell it certified CPO
then yeah i think 17-18 is a price to look for at those dealers and decent

if your going to a private seller or a corner lot dealership or any used car dealer other than the actual lexus dealer then i think i have seen them as low as 13k all the way up to 19k

i think 18k for one without any extra options in that model year is a good price for a Buy here pay here lot but not for a normal finance dealer
ThumperPup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-13, 01:56 AM   #11
LADavidGS
Driver
Trader Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: CA
Posts: 153
Default

does 07 es350 have major transmission problems?
LADavidGS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-13, 07:05 AM   #12
LexBob2
Lexus Fanatic
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 6,357
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LADavidGS View Post
does 07 es350 have major transmission problems?
If you do a Search here you'll find A LOT of reading on an issue with some 2007 transmissions. Some of them had a "flair" that caused the rpm's to spike between shifts in the lower gears, primarily when the trans was cold. I had a very early build (4/06) 2007 that didn't have it, but other drivers reported the issue.
LexBob2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-13, 10:49 AM   #13
ThumperPup
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
ThumperPup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 697
Default

my later build 07 has not had any issues with 66k on it no trans issues
ThumperPup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-13, 07:22 PM   #14
christcorp
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
christcorp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 147
Default

Having bought a lot of new and used cars in my life, whenever people talk about a particular issue/problem with a particular year/model/vehicle; that usually only applies to relatively new vehicles. Other than the typical; "Suspension sucks, weak engine, sloppy, etc... that people attach to an entire line of vehicles in their opinions; if a particular car, such as the example of the 2007 ES 350 had "Transmission Issues"; such issues would have been noticed and addressed by now. We're talking a 6 year old vehicle. Unless the car only had 10,000 miles on it and it's been in storage for the last 5 years, I doubt that there's a transmission issue that wasn't addressed.

We're talking about a Lexus. People who buy Lexus, Mercedes, BMW, Cadillac, etc.... (NEW), are not the type that will simply "Put Up" with a serious flaw. The secondary mark is still particular, when you're spending $18-$20K for a used car. But a 2007 Lexus ES 350; NEW; had a base price of around $33,500. Some, like mine, were over $40,000. That's a lot today..... Even more in 2007. If there were any serious issues, it would have been addressed. We aren't talking Kia, Hyundai, or even a Toyota Yaris. We're talking a car that has a demanding clientele; but more importantly, a vehicle that is 6 years old. If that particular car had a transmission issue, I would bet a pay check that it would have become apparent during the ORIGINAL Owner's possession, and it was addressed and corrected before now.
christcorp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-13, 05:47 AM   #15
lgb0250
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: NC
Posts: 101
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LADavidGS View Post
does 07 es350 have major transmission problems?
If you go to the link I provided in #2 above and enter the info for a 2007 model and then compare it to other years, you will find that the 2007 was truly a disastrous year for the ES350! Over 230 complaints from owners! Way more than other years. Throw in a couple of recalls, 3 investigations and 25 TSB's and you've got the makings for a dissatisfied ownership experience. But then again, you may never have a problem but, I myself wouldn't risk it.
__________________
2010 ES-350 Matador Red w/Parchment
2010 Toyota Venza Blizzard Pearl w/Ivory
lgb0250 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-13, 05:47 AM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GS350 Wheels on 2009 ES350? HardtopSS ES350 (2007 - 2012) 2 11-28-13 08:08 AM
Need some help on purchase aih312 ES350 (2007 - 2012) 0 07-24-13 08:58 PM
lexus warranty 2010es350 ES350 (2007 - 2012) 17 07-11-12 10:48 AM
purchasing an ES350 Gecko123 ES350 (2007 - 2012) 9 03-08-12 08:52 AM
Can I install a in-dash navigation on my ES350? ocwescoast ES350 (2007 - 2012) 4 07-24-07 01:13 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:58 AM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info