My friend Rodrick Watson works at Westside Lexus in Houston. He got me an is350 back in october.. couldn't haggle back then. But now he has been taking care of other referrals i've been sending him this yr. Tell him 'Bernard' sent you. Also, I know of another guy who was given $1700 off an is350 up at Park Place Lexus in Dallas this past weekend.. don't know the salesguy personally though. Finally, another friend just purchased an is350 from Oregon w/ $2200 off. But he is paying $900 to ship that down to Houston.. still saving $1300 there.
I think the S4 is a hotter car and is probably faster. The Lexus will be more reliable and I used to really like it when it first came out. After seeing more and more on the street in person, I'd rather just stick to a GS to be honest. They just dont do it for me anymore.
Get the Lex. Owned a few Audis. With a new one, you won't be coming out of pocket, but you will be exercising your warranty rights. I know you change cars like some of us change shoes, my friend, but, if for some reason you decided to keep the car for most of its useful life, then it's no comparison. Lex all the way as you should never own a German car off warranty. Good luck.
Ive been going back and forth between the same two cars for a few months.. both have their good and bad points..
Pros: reliability, cutting edge technology, really cool layout and cockpit design, great resale values
Cons: cant get the IS350 in awd (snows here), too many electronic doo dads that govern what you can or cant do, small back seat, back seat doesnt fold down
Pros: Awd, very fast, german design, not as flashy as the IS350, great warranty
cons: basic interior design without all the latest gadgets, off warranty they cost big bucks to repair, mechanical and electrical gremlins, major hit on depreciation (Ive seen used s4's with almost no miles going for low $40's or once high $30's.
Now if Lexus comes out with an is350 awd its a no brainer. Id buy one in a second. what Im probably going to end up doing is buy the 350 for me and the s4 drop top for the wife... she just doesnt realize it yet..