Update - got the car! pics below
Hey all, I'll try to be brief.
Was able to snag a base 04 ES330 last September with only 45K on it (that's low!). Love the car, but the lumbar motor has recently gone out causing the lumbar to not retract fully which is KILLING my back. Dealership wants $900-ish to replace the motor.
At the same time, the Lexus dealership where I bought my current ES has a 2005 base GS300 in mint condition with only about 45000-ish miles as well. They're having trouble moving it so I might be able to talk them down and get it for a few thousand out of pocket between that and the trade in for my ES. So it's either pay $900 to get my seat fixed or snag a GS for a small bit more.
I love the way the GS looks. Need to take a longer test drive than I took last weekend to get a good feel for it.
1. How's the pick up in it? I was impressed how well my 800 lb heavier ES was able to get out of its own way. Not looking for a dragster (had a 500hp GTO before baby came along, those days are past me), but something that can at least get out of its own way. Getting a GS 430 is not an available option, sorry.
2. I'm disappointed in the gas mileage (on paper) for the GS for such a light car, but what has your real world highway mileage been like? My commute is about 85% highway.
3. Anyone who's had both cars, which have you liked more in an enjoyable daily commuter?
4. My ES was a BEAST in the snow last year. I'll be using high quality all season tires and sandbags in the rear if necessary for the GS, how has your snow experiences been on proper (non-summer) tires?
Anything else I'm missing? I know I'm giving up a bit of practicality, but seems like it will be a bit more fun of a car. However I'm currently in daddy mode driving around an 11 month daughter daily. Your thoughts are welcome.
edit: got the car, pics below