Just bought a new Lexus!

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  • charley95charley95 Posts: 571
    The tolls don't take cash or coin?
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,063
    edited November 30
    If a new car has paper dealer plates how will the owner get a bill in the mail for driving past the tolls?
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,476
    Only one toll plaza on that route...see attached. I highlighted the toll plaza's you would be passing through enroute
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,476
    If it was me...I'd run the tolls then pay when I get home...use your paper tag number to search and pay

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  • charley95charley95 Posts: 571
    Thanks again TXC for this info. I didn't even think of the tolls. I think my age is starting to effect me, I'm so dreding the traffic crap.
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,476
    It won't be that bad, just run the tolls and pay later

    I've driven over many cities in the US, the Houston area is far the best in the state at handling traffic, as well as many other cities I've traveled outside the state

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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,425
    la2vegas wrote: »
    If a new car has paper dealer plates how will the owner get a bill in the mail for driving past the tolls?

    Don't know about TX, but it is possible their paper plates are actual temp license plates with numbers, versus CA which just have the dealers name on it. Since the CA plates are just advertisements for the dealer, they can be removed. In the near future CA will be going to actual temp paper license plates to get those who avoid tolls. :)



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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,476
    The dealer plates have numbers that are registered to the dealer

    If he doesn't pay the dealer will be invoiced
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  • LegenderLegender Posts: 335
    I can verify that paper plates are numbered and assigned to you. If you hit a toll with the paper tag, you will get a bill in the mail. Happened to us just last month. Same situation.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,476
    I'm assuming you're gonna crash somewhere

    I'd make it up to Arkadelphia AR area, the morning drive should be beautiful from their on up if my memory is correct
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  • charley95charley95 Posts: 571
    Not sure where I'm going to crash after flying all day to get there. Hopefully I'll get a second burst of energy. I have to fly into IAH unfortunately which the guy told me is at least an hour from the dealer if it's not rush hour.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,425
    Quick question.

    What is the difference between IS and GS models? To me it seems the IS is performance oriented, and the GS is luxury oriented. Is that correct?
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  • charley95charley95 Posts: 571
    The IS is smaller. The GS is performance oriented if you get the F-Sport package or the GS-F which is a V8 car.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,655
    My dad had the GS-F but his was a V6. Is the V8 with the newer year? I think his was a '15. For performance, I preferred my G37 as it seemed to hold the road better and accelerate faster. His was a nicer car overall. I could really go for those cooled seats now...
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  • adb3daadb3da Posts: 380
    DSkip wrote: »
    My dad had the GS-F but his was a V6. Is the V8 with the newer year? I think his was a '15. For performance, I preferred my G37 as it seemed to hold the road better and accelerate faster. His was a nicer car overall. I could really go for those cooled seats now...

    I think there is a GS-350 F-Sport that has a V6 and a separate car called GS-F which has the V8.
  • charley95charley95 Posts: 571
    adb3da wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    My dad had the GS-F but his was a V6. Is the V8 with the newer year? I think his was a '15. For performance, I preferred my G37 as it seemed to hold the road better and accelerate faster. His was a nicer car overall. I could really go for those cooled seats now...

    I think there is a GS-350 F-Sport that has a V6 and a separate car called GS-F which has the V8.

    You are correct. I think the GS-F came out in 16. It's pretty much been a flop. The used market is flooded with them. It's just not enough car with a MSRP close to 90k. The dealers are discounting them big time.
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,731
    I looked at the GSF (not the F sport). Couldn’t figure out why the retail. $90k? I’d rather buy an S550 coupe.
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  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,731
    adb3da wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    My dad had the GS-F but his was a V6. Is the V8 with the newer year? I think his was a '15. For performance, I preferred my G37 as it seemed to hold the road better and accelerate faster. His was a nicer car overall. I could really go for those cooled seats now...

    I think there is a GS-350 F-Sport that has a V6 and a separate car called GS-F which has the V8.

    Correct.

    And re the g37 vs gs350, I had the g37 coupe stick shift before I started to test drive the gs350, I believe it’s a wash in terms of acceleration. If I miss a gear, I’m toast. The gs350 was smooth.
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  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,731
    charley95 wrote: »
    The IS is smaller. The GS is performance oriented if you get the F-Sport package or the GS-F which is a V8 car.

    Yes. IS is small. GS is sized just right if you got kids but still want to putt putt around town in style and speed.
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  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,013
    edited December 1
    Joey_V wrote: »
    I looked at the GSF (not the F sport). Couldn’t figure out why the retail. $90k? I’d rather buy an S550 coupe.
    Well, these cars are so out of my realm that I should not even be talking about them but......I'm a car guy from Detroit, I like to talk cars.

    Anyway, I agree with you Joey, the GSF is a nice car but its an expensive underperforming performance sedan car compared to its competition. Plus, there is nothing like driving the German cars or the recent super sedan from Detroit, the CTS-V. I would probably go German as well for $90K. as if that is going to happen....LOL!

    There are several sweet cars out there in the segment.

    1. Audi RS7 - Price: $111,650 - $130,450
    2. Cadillac CTS-V - Price: $86,990
    3. Audi S6 - Price: $71,850
    4. Audi S7 - Price:$80,850
    5. Porsche Panamera Turbo / Turbo S - Price: $147,950 - $161,050
    6. Porsche Panamera - Price: $86,050 - $114,950
    7. Mercedes-AMG CLS63 S 4MATIC - Price: $109,895
    8. BMW M5 - Price: $95,095
    9. BMW M6 Gran Coupe - Price: $118,495
    10. Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC - Price: $105,395
    11. Lexus GS F - Price: $84,935
    12. Maserati Ghibli - Price: $72,850 - $80,950


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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,655
    I think that was my main beef with my old mans f sport. For the dough, it simply didn't outperform the g37 and the finish wasn't enough to justify the difference for me.

    I bet that coupe is a different story though.
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,425
    Now you guys have me looking at the 2018 IS F sport. Fortunately, my Mazda 3 continues to work flawlessly. :)

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  • charley95charley95 Posts: 571
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Now you guys have me looking at the 2018 IS F sport. Fortunately, my Mazda 3 continues to work flawlessly. :)

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    Shop around. If ya don't mind traveling to get one you just might find a good deal. I've never had much luck with my local dealers. Your higher volume dealers tend to price pretty good. To me, half the fun is going to pick it up. I can't tell ya how much sleep I've lost till I go pick mine up.
  • charley95charley95 Posts: 571
    A dealer in LA was the cheapest but, logistically it wasn't going to work for me.
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 519
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Now you guys have me looking at the 2018 IS F sport. Fortunately, my Mazda 3 continues to work flawlessly. :)

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    Bud it’s a great car. I have had one for a little over 3 years. No problems at all. But would not consider anything but the IS 350 F-sport or IS-F. Mine is a 350 and is kind of quick. The F is a different story all together.

    You can’t go wrong with either of them.

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  • charley95charley95 Posts: 571
    Do they still make the IS-F?
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 519
    charley95 wrote: »
    Do they still make the IS-F?

    Not real sure. I drove a 2015 when i was getting mine and have not looked since
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 754
    I don't like the grille. It reminds me of this dude's mouth.

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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,425
    charley95 wrote: »
    Do they still make the IS-F?

    Looks like it. I didn't notice the 350 F Sport when I looked, but now I see it.

    http://www.lexus.com/models/IS

    The problem is I also want to upgrade the speaker and interconnect cables. So, is it cables or a car? :)

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  • charley95charley95 Posts: 571
    The new bass mouth grills on most of their line up is either "love it or hate it". I love mine! IS-F is no longer available.
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