Saturday, June 21, 2008

RSP for all

Here is an interesting occurrence I have seen on the Club Lexus site, a rash of '97 RSP Royal Sapphire Pearl SC300's





Now don't get me wrong I think that these models are a great representation of the SC series but I thought that they were "rare". Or does this just happen to be where rare SC's go to get sold?

Posting habit

Sometimes I feel obliged to explain my posting habit or lack thereof. As I have stated in the Welcome message this blog is simply a large elegant folder for my Lexus picks, a place where I can return and find something that interests me in the event that my memory fails me. If it is useful to others then great, if not I still have my info on file. I have an interest in purchasing a Lexus and this is my somewhat detailed (dare I say anal) way of finding the best value for the cost and cataloging it.

As to posting on regular basis well we all know what "should" be done when in reality life has a way of getting in the way. Short version; I'm busy with my work and sometimes find it difficult to find time to post my latest thoughts.

My simple observation of the Lexus market as I have seen it over the last year is that it is getting slammed just like every other make and model. Pre-owned Lexus are getting slammed on price and the time it takes to sell.
This is a fantastic time to find that auto jewel and and drive away in style knowing that your Prius buying neighbour will still be paying for his ride long after your great wheels have carried you in style and comfort minus the auto payments.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

FS: 2000 Lexus Gs400 in Monterey Park, Ca 91803

Silver/gray Gs400 w/ 82050 miles. Great condition overall. Tinted windows. New timing belt / tensioner and engine belt at 78,000 miles, right/left idler, new waterpump/thermostat,new upper & lower radiator hoses, new iridium plugs, k&n drop in air filter,new front brakes/powerslot rotors, new Falken Ze 512 tires w/ 17x7.5 (new style gs300) rims. L-tunes struts/Eibach springs. 6 disc CD changer, factory HID lights. Mobil 1 oil change every 3,000 miles. Recent toyota transmission fluid change. Non-smoker car. Garage kept at all time.
Two remote and two spare keys. Asking 12,500.00 obo. If interested please pm me or call
(626)825-5276 or (626)281-2877

Saturday, May 31, 2008

99 GS400, loaded, Navi, tint, spoiler, 130k miles - 11k

Here is the second black '99 GS400 and the ad is here.

I am selling my 99 GS400, and with my growing family I need to get a larger car (SUV). It has tan leather, NAV, heated seats, 6 disc CD Changer in glovebox. Moonroof, rear spoiler. Its loaded. I have done all the leather treatments, polishing and waxing, etc to keep it looking good. It also has the chrome stock 17" wheels.

Updates and modifications I've made...

Added 05 Tailights - had them professionally done to get orange turn signal to look red.

Added the L-tuned suspension package - Springs/shocks

Also added Magnaflow exhaust, with polished mufflers.

Tinted windows - 20% all around.

Please call me if you are seriously interested in the car ask for Brad (408)921-4837 Must sell ..... $11,000 obo Car and me are located in El Dorado Hills, about 20 minutes from Sacramento off of highway 50.

1999 Black Lexus Gs400... Loaded !!!

Here is one of two Black GS400's that have come on the Club site in the last couple of days, and yes they are both "loaded".

Car #1, ad is here.

Hey guys, I'm selling my 1999 Lexus GS400. Here are some details:
4.0 V8 300HP RWD
Beautiful Black onyx exterior with light tan leather interior
Car is in near mint condition ( exterior and interior with minimal wear)
Mechanically excellent and maintained with all records from Lexus.
Engine is very quiet and free of any leaks or smoke.
Has passed emissions
I have all records from 1999 including oil changes.
Recent work includes ball joints which is a must on the GS400, rear brakes and new tires/rims.
Timing belt serpitine belt has been replaced as well by Lexus.
Brand new 17" Lexus wheels with Pirelli tires.
Clean carfax history, clean title. No rust, dents or accidents.
All options such as heated seats, dual climate control, adaptive suspension, rear spoiler.
It also has the optional rear spoiler and 300 watt Nakamichi sound system ( sounds amazing ! )
Car currently has around 156,500 miles which are mostly highway. This car will run forever .
I've priced the car according to KBB and similar cars for sale online and dealerships. I'm asking $10,500 but will make a deal with a serious buyer.
I will be posting more pictures this week.
Please call me at 630-863-5435 or PM me with any questions or concerns. Car is located in Naperville, IL

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Value cars are not necessarily the least expensive.

One reason the cars on the Club Lexus site are so interesting are the mods or add-ons that owners have placed on the cars. By the description and photos as well as talking to a number of owners one gets the feeling that there is passion to driving these cars and that most of the mods are either professionally done or very close to it by home shop mechanics. When purchasing a GS300/400 that is in excellent condition the chance of getting extras such as HID's, newer wheels, newer steering wheel, suspension upgrades, etc. is a bonus. That is why value is not necessarily price.

One example that has just been posted on the CL site is this:

98 GS300 In Fla.

The time has come to get something different... So the gs is for sale.

-Molded TTE lip
-Molded Sport Design trunk spoiler
-RMM Grill
-jdm 10th anniversery headlamps
-factory hids with 6k bulbs
-factory yellow fogs
-clear bumper lights
-05' Tail lights
-20x8.5 & 20x10 DONZ montanas about 80% tire life
-15% window tint all around

-05' gauge cluster surround
-oem 05 compass mirror
-oem navi
-new leather seats and door panels form

-injen intake
-all maintenence done at 130k
-new t-belt,waterpump,and tensioner.
-new spark plugs

Suspension and Brakes
-tein springs
-Kyb struts
-Rca mod up front
-TcSportline Strut bars
-cross drilled and slotted rotors

viper alarm

The evap and heater core, expansion valve, a/c compressor were replaced like 6 months ago...
both valve cover gaskets where just replaced.
transmission just serviced, had filter and fluid changed, and new pan gasket

oil changed every 3k miles with mobile 1.
$13,000 OBO

The car itself, by the look of the photos, is in great condition and highly likely has been well cared for, the bonus part are all the mods that create the great look.
For a 98gs300 in this market the price is high but therein lies the value as the owner has stated the price with an OBO added on. I will be watching this one to see if there is any action. Is there a comparable on the site where one buys a similar year car and mileage for less money and then adds the mods, I think that the cost would be over the asking price of this fine GS.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

2006 Lexus SC430, 39k Hwy miles, Pearl White w Saddle Leather - NorCal


Get ready for the summer! Sadly, I'm selling my
fully loaded 2006 Lexus SC430 Convertible. SOLD

Pearl White with Saddle leather. It has everything! Clean title, got carfax report.

Fully loaded! Low 39k highway miles. Original owner. Service records at Lexus Dealership. Everything works perfectly. Washed and waxed frequently (I'm a car nut). No modifications. Driven by my mom and wife. Selling because we got a new car.

If you wanna get the SC430, you have to get the 2006+ model. The newer models come with LED updated taillights, 6 speed Auto transmission for faster acceleration and better mpg (older models have 5sp auto), small updates on the interior electronics, etc.

V8 4.3 Liter
6-Spd Auto Overdrive

Mark Levinson Audio
Navigation System

Stability Control
AM/FM Stereo
Stability Control
Front Side Air Bags
Auto-Climate Control
Anti-Lock Braking
Power Steering
6 CD Auto-Changer
Traction Control
Power Windows
Mark Levinson Audio
Leather Heated Seats
Power Door Locks
Navigation System
Dual Power Seats
Telescoping Wheel
Bluetooth Wireless
Alloy Wheels
Cruise Control
Dual Front Air Bags
non-runflat tires with good amount of tread.
1 quarter size door ding. small nick on the dash

Price is $36,700 firm! Priced low for a quick sale. Prefer local but can ship.
send me a PM or email me at pauljchoi AT if you would like to check it out.

No use pointing to the ad as it has sold.

This fine vehicle was posted for sale on the Club Lexus site on Fri. May23 and was sold Sat may24. The low mileage and lower price did the trick. This is a good example of grab it when you see it as it will not last long. The price of $36,700 is more often seen on '04's. Great deal for someone.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Interested in RX300's? Here are two that I found on the Phoenix Craigslist.

- 2000 RX-300 4WD 108K Miles Original Owner, Automatic, Garage kept, Non smoker, Great condition inside and out.
Must sell $12,800 obo – Interested Please call 602 403 4495

- 1999 Lexus RX300 SUV Call us at 480.584.7319 if interested.

Check them out.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

2000 Lexus RX 300 Black / Grey RX300 - $10999 obo (nor cal)

2000 Lexus RX 300 Sport Utility 4D

$10,999 obo

New Transmission from Lexus
Major Tune-up done recently (timing belt, water pump etc...)
Meaty tires
Clean title
Driven by a mother

Vehicle Highlights
Mileage: 135,080
Engine: V6 3.0 Liter
Transmission: Automatic
Drivetrain: 4WD
Exterior: Black
Interior: Grey

Auto-Climate Control
Cruise Control
Power Steering
AM/FM Stereo
Dual Power Seats
Power Windows
Alloy Wheels
Power Door Locks
Dual Front Air Bags
Tilt Wheel
Front Side Air Bags

CD Auto-Changer
Moon Roof
Privacy Glass
Traction Control
Roof Rack

PM me or email me at

local buyers prefer, car is located in the east bay (Fremont)

pictures taken on 5/21/08

See ad here.

I am just learning about these vehicles and I like what I am learning. Check out the RX300 wiki here
This vehicle has a number of key features; black colour, 4WD(the ad says 4WD but it might mean all wheel drive as I don't think a 4WD model was made), traction control, tinted windows, V6, 3 litre engine, and if it is a one owner then all the better.

By the way I read that the RX300 had garnered a number of awards in its day:

99 Sc400 Silver/blk Int

As the title says i have my 99 SC400 for sale....Really nice car, infact i like 99 SC better than my IS350 but need to sell it to pay off the loan for IS. Car is in excellent condition for its age. Its Mellinium Silver with beautiful Black interior. Car is fully loaded for 99. It has Nakamichi stereo system with 12 Disc changer, heated seats, power seats, memory seating, auto tilt 3 spoke steering, perforated power leather seats. Nice wood trim with gated shifter. As you guys know these cars are becoming super rare as 2000 was the last year. car currently has 147xxx miles,mostly highway. Clean title never been in an accident, just got front bumper, hood & rear bumper painted to get rid of little scratches & rock chips from highway driving!! It gets excellent gas mileage for V8!! Car runs super strong and super quiet. All the service and mantainence has been done from lexus dealer and records are available. Pics are to come shortly. Asking price is $11,500 but i am negotiable but please do not lowball me


Ad is here.

I have emailed a couple of people that own SC's and asked them their opinion about this model. One of them had seen this car and said it is very clean and in great shape. The other person said that it is the best of all the Sc's on the Club site at this time. The advantage of the 99 is that it has all the stock upgrades such as the new grill, the much improved CD player, VVTI engine and on this one specifically the owner upgraded the seats to newer perforated leather.
I like this car and fell it is a goo buy and even better buy if the owner is open to offers.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

999 ES300 Coach Edition ((Chicago)) 7,500 OBO ((Make me an offer!!!))


NEW LOW PRICE 7,500.00 OBO!!!!!!

After long consideration I've decided to sell my Lexus ES300. I've pampered her since day one back in March of 05 and now its time we part.

Here's the quick rundown and then the carfax data you can check for yourself. Purchase with confidence!
^ ^And YES the tail lamp bulb ^ ^has been replaced since this pic was taken...I'll upload the current shot of the Odometer sometime tomorrow!!!

Beautiful Pearl White Exterior on Tan Interior - Low Miles for the year ((111,300))

- Excellent Condition ((meticulously maintained and garage kept by me since purchase in March 2005!))

- Rare Xenon projector headlights… ((Yes I've finally decided to include these with the vehicle!))

- FULLY LOADED!!! Remote Start!!!

- All Maintenance up to date ((please feel free to ask)).

- Every Available Option including Coach Brand Leather Seating, Power Seats,
Windows and locks

- Power Sunroof

- 6 Disc CD/ Changer, cassette, ICE COLD AC and more!!!

- Hurry won’t last with this condition at this price

- New Low Price 8,500 or best offer.

((Make me an offer!!!!!!!))

See ad here.

My words:
Here is a bit of a story; the post was placed on Apr 17 with a detailed description and a very detailed car fax. The first price was $10,500 but within 5 days it was lowered to $9,000. Another price drop came 5 days after that for $8,500 and then the most recent price drop on May 14 at $7,500 after which it sold.
I am thinking that this was a good buy as it was well looked after and a '99.

1995 ES300 - mint! garage kept, ultra clean, all service records! (Chicagoland)

For sale is a STUNNING 1995 Lexus ES300. You won't believe this is a 95! Very well maintained. I have service records and this ES has been garage kept its entire life! 154k highway miles.

Every available factory option!
-Heated Leather Seats
-Power tilt/slide moonroof
-Premium Lexus Audio
-6CD Changer combo
-OEM CHROME wheels!
-Dual Power seats
-Automatic climate control
-4100k HID

This is guaranteed to be one of the nicest ES300's around! Very smooth, comfortable, and adorned with typical Lexus quality and reliability. Averages close to 30mpg on the highway. Additionally, all 4 tires are new!!!

Asking $4200. Please email for more details.

Ad is here.

My words:
Here is car that I have not paid attention to but looking at this post for an ES300 I am thinking that this is a good second car or a student car. I will wait and see what kind of action the post gets and see if there is some downward pressure on the price.
Check out the ES300 Wiki here.