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.

Exterior:
-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

Interior:
-05' gauge cluster surround
-oem 05 compass mirror
-oem navi
-new leather seats and door panels form leatherseats.com

Engine:
-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

Security:
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.

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