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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#1208 of 5443 Entry level luxury sedan, not sports sedan
Aug 04, 2001 (12:22 pm)
Currently, I have a 1999 300M with about 50k. I will be looking to replace the car in the spring and the new ES 300 will be on by shopping list. I think the new design is looks fresh and elegant, in my opinion, much better than the old version. My objective for a car is an interstate cruiser because I log alot of highway miles annually. I want comfort, quiet and reasonable handling. My 300M is a good car, but lots of rattles and very noisy. More of a sports sedan versus a luxury sedan. Based on the limited reviews I have read on the ES, this car tilts toward the luxury side of the scale, which is perfect for me. Regarding the 210 horsepower engine, if it does 0 - 60 in around 8 seconds, that is more than enough power for 100% of my driving needs. The difference between 8.0 and 7.8 (the tested time for my 300 M)is negligible and I think the 300M is very powerful. If your main objective in a sedan is acceleration, than go buy a BMW or TL. You will sacrifice luxury for a bit more performance. Your call. I prefer the luxury of the Lexus.
Aug 04, 2001 (4:21 pm)
Good article in Motor Trend. There only real negative was the power *dificiency*.
It looks good in Motor Trend though.
#1210 of 5443 What is wrong with the 2002 ES300 new look
Aug 04, 2001 (8:56 pm)
Those who've been whinning about how ugly, bland, and hyundai-like, an so on... I think it just looks the most expensive of any japanese near-luxury models out there, and I don't see how this redesign is any bland/boring than the current model!! I've often heard that japanese cars are boring to look at or to drive and have no personality. Nevertheless, the 2002 ES300 is a REALLY FINE LOOKING automobile, in my opinion. No cars are perfect no matter at what price range, so buy what you can afford and feel comfortable with.
Aug 04, 2001 (10:07 pm)
i am thinking of buying a lexus es 300 2002 but iam not sure if the new curtain airbag is safe for children who are sitting in the back .If anyone have this information please let me know.Thanks a lot.
Aug 04, 2001 (10:50 pm)
I haven't added up the comments on this forum, but it appears more people are disappointed with the styling on the 2002 ES300 than love it.
I will reserve styling comments until I see the car in person. I was very disappointed initially, but have seen a few photos that show promise.
My wife and I own two Lexuses (a 2000 LX470 and a 1999 RX300) and one Mercedes (98 E320). I couldn't disagree with you more ved3. I think everyone wants the same attributes in this vehicle - style, luxury, sport, quality, and value. That's what I want. I don't want a car that looks like every other boring car on the road or, as it relates to the ES300, like a Toyota Camry. I haven't seen the 2002 Camry, so I don't know if the ES300 looks like it or not.
I assumed Lexus would design a car with stunning style. Since they haven't, in my opinion, I am less inclined to buy this car.
Has anyone on this board seen this car in person. And, if you have, would you mind providing comments?
Aug 05, 2001 (8:04 am)
I read the Edmunds article talking about the '02 ES300 nav sys stating this is 1 of the best systems out there....B/S
We own a '00 TL w/ nav and '01 RX300 w/ nav. The TL nav system is mucheasier to use and has more info than the Lexus system. It's not even a close race.
Aug 05, 2001 (8:43 am)
I know Acura uses the nav system made by Alpine. Does anyone know who makes the nav system for the new ES300/Camry?
#1215 of 5443 2001 ES300 Prices
Aug 05, 2001 (9:48 am)
Can anyone tell me why the prices for the ES300 have gone UP on carsdirect.com? I would think that now that the 2002 ES300 is out that the prices would have gone down. Their prices are approx. $1300 over invoice. Did a recent incentive expire or what?
#1216 of 5443 fredvh
Aug 05, 2001 (9:52 am)
The 2002 ES300 is not going to be out until October.