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Old 12-08-14, 05:31 PM   #1
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So i briefly looked at the buying guide sticky to get a sense of what you can expect from buying a used IS250.

I'm really looking for opinions as to whether this is a good deal or not.

Car specs :
06 IS250 AWD Premium package with navigation.
Exterior Color White - not sure the exact color name but it's very white.
Interior Color: black
Heated and ventilated seats - I guess this is part of the package.

Condition:
Exterior: 8.5/10 - No rock chips or anything on the front bumper. i found one on the hood. Paint shines like new still. Bumpers have no scrapes or missing paint . body has no dings. panel and bumper fit is excellent. Headlights are still clear.

Interior: 8/10 - the back seats are pristine. The front seats do have signs of wear but look better than most cars of this age. The leather is soft. you can tell it's been conditioned over the years.

Mileage - 117k. The guy let me test drive the car for 30 minutes. It drives excellent. Steering is tight and suspension is on point. The dash only rattles when over very rough road.

History: just got about a 9 page printout from the Lexus owners website of the services history. Same dealership and same one owner since day one.

Issues: Okay so there is some bad to this. The car has the dreaded "external system is not connect message" i can navigate the lcd menus but that error comes up when i go into the GPS mode.

Price: I negotiated the guy down to 10,500. Do you guys think this is a fair deal? I'm suppose to pay and pick up the car on Wednesday so i still have time to chicken out.

I'm sort of biased at this point because i just love this car. I just want to be sure i'm not steeping into a crazy expensive repair.
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Old 12-08-14, 05:34 PM   #2
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I'm also an experienced DIY'er. I've done the entire sound system on my Acura RSX. However that's a pretty easy car to work on. I guess take this into account for potential repair cost. Thanks for your opinions in advance. I'm looking forward to becoming a regular on this forum.
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Old 12-08-14, 06:24 PM   #3
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That is around as cheap as it gets for a clean title ones with similar mileage. 10.5k is not much so there shouldn't be too much to worry about. If worse case you need a new lcd unit you can get a similar one off ebay or something for $600-$800.
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Old 12-08-14, 06:36 PM   #4
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I knew this deal was too good. Well i just confirmed from the dealer records. The navi needs replacement

the entry goes:

107762 FOUND THAT NAVIGATION ECU NEEDS TO BE REPLACED SWAPPED WITH KNOWN GOOD PART AND NAVIGATION WORKED AS DESIGNED
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Old 12-09-14, 11:16 AM   #5
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Wow, it seems like you have done the researches. Make sure to asks for any prior accident and check carfax for clean title. Other than that, this is a GOOD deal. I say DEAL!
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Old 12-09-14, 01:16 PM   #6
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Ask $9k with the NAV issue, or $10,500 with it fixed.

Honestly it sounds like only the NAV disk reader needs to be swapped out for a good, working one. A good, used one on ebay can be had for a few hundred dollars + a new NAV disk for $100.
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Old 12-09-14, 05:23 PM   #7
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So i've gone over the history with a fine tooth comb.

More issues detected.

Dealer reported:

Display, navigation
Navigation, ECU
Shaft, Drive Axle (Rear) - needs replacing
Battery - weak, needs replacing
Spark plugs - They recommended be changed.

Next to all of these entries it says "customer declined".

I can do all the labor for all the entries above except the rear drive axle. I know this component is a regular wear item because i've replaced them in past vehicles. I cant find anything aftermarket or rebuilt units for this vehicle. How can a regular wear item be so expensive this is nuts.

I cant thank club lexus enough, you guys are saving me. i don't want to walk out of situation where the issues are known and go for another car that looks nice but i have no clue what hidden gremlins it has.
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Old 12-09-14, 05:45 PM   #8
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Next to all of these entries it says "customer declined".

How can a regular wear item be so expensive this is nuts.

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He obviously declined them b/c he is trying to get rid of the car. Drive shaft i goes mostly b/c of the high mileage, I mean you are buying a lexus after all. Although, I do feel that even at over 100k miles the drive shaft should not be going.

Good luck with your car hunt.
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Old 12-09-14, 06:18 PM   #9
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i'm at the point almost where it makes more economic sense to just lease a new one. at least if this is the maintenance outlook.
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Old 12-09-14, 10:42 PM   #10
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Just to give you my 0.2 cents. I had an 06' RWD. The car was great and I did have a fix for the common IS250 "carbon build up." You can do a search in that item. Most of the maintenance is easy if you're a DIYer. Air filter, cabin filter, motor oil, oil filter, brake fluid, radiator fluid (100K), spark plugs (60K according to the manual), brakes, and tires. If you go to Sewell Lexus website you can get a discount once you register your CL user name in oem parts. Good luck with your decision.
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