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I considered a DTS, Lucerne, and MKS, but the LS430 proved to have the best ergonomics for transferring my wife from a wheelchair and transporting her. I located the car in Washington State, had it checked by a Lexus enthusiast and a local Lexus mechanic, and am having it shipped. The car has my target trim level (custom luxury), colors, mileage, etc. Unfortunately, the dealer put lousy GY Eagle RSA tires on it. I should get it in 2-3 weeks.
Greg...that's a beautiful car, I'm sure you'll get some major riding enjoyment out of that one!
I owned a set of Good Year RSA's and never had any problems with them, nice ride and even wear. The ones I hated, that came new on my Element, were the Good Year LS tires. They were flat out bad tires, bad ride, noisy, you name it!
My SRX had the GY Eagle RSA tires on it from the factory. They rode hard and had poor rain traction. I couldn't wait to get enough miles on them to replace them with a set of Michelins to last the rest of the lease. The sales manager at the BMW dealership said that the tires last a long time. I replied "Great, a double curse - lousy tires that last a long time."
I met the notary yesterday, signed the paperwork, and presented the check. I'll call the dealership later today to verify that they have everything they need and hopefully learn when they will put the car on a truck.
The car was picked up from the dealership on 2/4. Expected delivery date is 2/11. Title should arrive separately at about the same time. Washington State privacy regs require that dealer-sold vehicles have a new title without the previous owner's name on it.
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Thanks for the good wishes, all. I received a call from the dealership last night and there may be a delay in getting me the title. Apparently, they shipped the title to an agent near one of the two DMV locations where you can get an instant title printed. When the lady went in to the office, she was told to come back on Tues or Weds because they were out of forms to print the title on. Hopefully the title will arrive about when the car does.
This dealer didn't realize it, but the car has the custom luxury package which is relatively rare. That trim level includes upgraded semi-aniline leather; additional leather trim on the console, dash, & doors; upgraded wood; suede headliner; power door closers; laminated side glass; laser adaptive cruise control; and headlamp washers. It has all the goodies of the ultra luxury model except the back seat goodies (reclining & vibrating seats, cool box, etc.) and the troublesome air suspension.
Will do, Todd. The State of Washington was able to print a title on Tuesday and I should have all the paperwork to license the car on Friday. I'm hoping to put on a few miles this weekend to identify any additional items needing attention before putting the car into daily service, probably in April.
Thankfully, the car's cost came in well under budget because I estimate it needs about $1500-$2000 in body work to fix up dents, dings, and scratches to bring it up to my OCD standards. It also needs the 30K service and one of the steering wheel radio switches is dead.