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Old 08-25-13, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default 2009 IS250 or 2007 IS350?

Debating between these 2 CPO IS... same price... i wonder which is better if considering future resale value(aka less depreciation...)

2009 IS250, premium package with NAV, 62K
2007 IS350, all equipped with NAV, 55K

both 1 owner, no accident.

To me, NAV is good to have but not necessary. more power is good, not necessary either. Probably own it for 3 years b4 CPO expires. More important to me is to have less depreciation when it comes to the time to sell the car~

Any thought, advice appreciated!
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Old 08-25-13, 04:05 PM   #2
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With the data you have provided, HANDS DOWN go with the 350!
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I will consider the IS350 for a little fun for the few years.
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Outside the look changes, a 350 would be best for the time you plan on keeping it. The 250 is good but if you can, I say go 350.
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get the 250 and boost it
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hands down the 350.
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Get the 350, wish I did.
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350. I was in the same boat and went with the 250. Now i'm browsing everyday waiting for a good deal on a 350 to pop up.
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Debating between these 2 CPO IS... same price... i wonder which is better if considering future resale value(aka less depreciation...)

2009 IS250, premium package with NAV, 62K
2007 IS350, all equipped with NAV, 55K

both 1 owner, no accident.

To me, NAV is good to have but not necessary. more power is good, not necessary either. Probably own it for 3 years b4 CPO expires. More important to me is to have less depreciation when it comes to the time to sell the car~

Any thought, advice appreciated!
I own a 350 and love its power but for the less depreciation I'd recommend getting the '09 250 which would sell for more $$ than '07 350 few years later..
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IS350 hands down. Drove a IS250 2009 after I bought my IS350 and it cemented my decision. The IS250 is quick - but the 350 is crazy fast compared to it. Same boat and I went with my 2007, and happy since.
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Besides what others say call your insurance and see rate differences and also the mph is slightly different.
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Thanks everyone for quick and insightful advice!!! what a great forum and a group of Lexus fans we have here

I realized the 09 250 doesn't have NAV but $1000 cheaper... dont think it changed anything based on responses from most of you. The blinker on the mirror and the chrome around central panel are nice, but probably not really matter that much...

However, would insurance be big difference between 350 and 250?

Also, CPO is 3yr/100K for this IS 350(55K miles). What are the Pros and Cons to pay $2K for extended warranty(5yr/100K)? I will only drive 6K a year or less...

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I'd go for the 350. Extra power makes a big difference IMHO.
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Thanks everyone for quick and insightful advice!!! what a great forum and a group of Lexus fans we have here

I realized the 09 250 doesn't have NAV but $1000 cheaper... dont think it changed anything based on responses from most of you. The blinker on the mirror and the chrome around central panel are nice, but probably not really matter that much...

However, would insurance be big difference between 350 and 250?

Also, CPO is 3yr/100K for this IS 350(55K miles). What are the Pros and Cons to pay $2K for extended warranty(5yr/100K)? I will only drive 6K a year or less...
When I called my insurance company before I bought my 350 I asked for comparisons between the IS 250 and 350, as well as the C300 and C350, 328 and 335. The difference between the lower powered and higher powered models was nearly insignificant in each case.

And for what it's worth, I'd pick the 350 every day of the week and twice on Sunday. You live in Arkansas. There's plenty of wide open country and hilly roads to have fun on there. I can understand a person wanting a 250 who is locked into all urban driving, but if you like to drive and have the space, get the 350.

There's some not not an enormous difference in some models. I notice only a bit with the C MB, there is definitely difference in the 3 series, but even still the 328 is a fast car. The 100HP difference in the IS is enormous. The 250 will handle as well and top speed may be governed to be the, but who ever goes there. The 350 s just a quick, fun car to drive.

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Thanks everyone for quick and insightful advice!!! what a great forum and a group of Lexus fans we have here

I realized the 09 250 doesn't have NAV but $1000 cheaper... dont think it changed anything based on responses from most of you. The blinker on the mirror and the chrome around central panel are nice, but probably not really matter that much...

However, would insurance be big difference between 350 and 250?

Also, CPO is 3yr/100K for this IS 350(55K miles). What are the Pros and Cons to pay $2K for extended warranty(5yr/100K)? I will only drive 6K a year or less...
I went from a 09 250 awd to a 07 350 and my insurance went down $7 per month. I'm really happy I made the change! The 350 is so much fun to drive compared to the 250.

The 07 350 I bought was a CPO. I paid $2k to extended the warranty out to 125k & another 3 years. I'm in the same boat as you as far as miles driven each year. Having the car covered until its 13yrs old was worth the extra $2k to me because I have no plans of getting rid of it anytime soon.

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