My New Lexus HS250h is Really Really Clean, but it is Recalled

06.25.10

If you were watching me on Whrrl today, (you do spend your days watching me don’t you?) you would have seen that I got my Lexus out of service at 11am. My car went in to service ten days ago when the backup camera failed. The dealership replaced the screen (which totally baffles me), and when that didn’t work they replaced the computer system (which seems like it would be the first thing to do, right?). When the new screen and the new computer system didn’t fix the issue they called Lexus manufacturing, and someone came up and replaced the hard drive.

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Let me be perfectly frank about this. My car has 2,200 miles in it. My dealership loaned me a little SUV, and then when I was moaning about it, they put me into a loaner HS250h. With the exception of not having Howard Stern, they were able to put me in exactly the same car, that costs me the same $8 a week for gasoline. I was not miserable. In fact, I was delighted that my car was unbelievably clean when I picked it up. I don’t do a good job of keeping cars clean, I figure the house can look great, or the car, but probably not both.

After leaving the Lexus dealer, I brought Junior to the vet,  and as I was watching CNN in the lobby I saw the crawl

LEXUS TO RECALL 17,000 HS250H. STOP SALE ISSUED.

And I might have muttered fuck under my breath… or I might not have, but probably I did.

I’m unsure how I could possibly own a car that is recalled for a major safety issue two hours and thirty minutes after leaving the service bay.

Basically, if you get rear ended in my car, it leaks more fuel than what is deemed safe by the NHTSA, and of course, leaked fuel is a cause for concern because of explosions. Anyone else remember the Pinto of the 70’s?

I buy cars with safety in mind. I am not a happy woman today.

Lexus HS250H Lease

04.4.10

If you follow me on twitter you know that I’ve been car shopping. It feels like it’s been going on forever, and to some degree it has.

My husband and I both needed new cars. I wanted something safe, Jane wanted a hybrid, my husband wants something fast and no one wants to pay too much.

Lexus has an amazing program for the HS250H that ends tomorrow. If you’re near Van Nuys, CA I went to Sam Santoso at Keyes. It was the easiest transaction I’ve ever had, and it was not particularly expensive.

In the interest of sharing what I think is a very good deal (even though this feels hideously tacky), I’ll give you the details of my lease. It’s $1,200 cash and $450 a month, 36 months and 12,000 miles are included as well as the technology package (duh- I’m still me), upgraded chrome wheels, and two years of service.

How do I know this is a good lease program? Well, when I was at the dealership yesterday driving the car and Sam was very apologetic when his cell phone rang. “I’m really sorry, I need to take this call.” I wandered a few moments, and after Sam finished the call he said, “This guy wants exactly the same car as you, except in black on black and he’s giving me the grind.” I smiled at him and said, “well, just structure my deal like his and I won’t have to give you the grind.”

The guy on the phone? It’s my husband’s best friend. I saw his deal, he saw mine, it’s all good.
Now we just need one more car. I’m pretty sure I know what Mr. G wants, we just have to find it.