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#1574 of 5443 We have joined the 2002 ES 300 Family
Oct 07, 2001 (11:02 pm)
Yesterday, we leased a 2002 Lexus ES 300 from Magnussen's Lexus of Fremont - California. We were treated as special guests. They leased the car only at full retail cost.
Crystal White ES 300 $ 31,505.00, Navigation System/Mark Levinson Audio Package (Leather Interior with memory and 6-Disc CD Changer) $ 4,860.00, Wood & Leather Steering Wheel $ 330, Heated Front Seats $440 (not needed in California), High Intensity Discharge Headlamps (excellent headlamps) $ 640, Vehicle Skid Control $650, Power Rear Sun Shade $ 210, Cargo Net $ 28, Trunk Mat $ 64, Wheel Locks $ 41.
I didn't care for the standard wheels, so they replaced them with Lexus GS 300 Chrome Wheels for $ 850, they look great. I think they changed the ride quality a bit. The ES 300 chrome wheels were not available.
We also ordered the Gold Kit for $450. That will take up to 3 weeks. If you can order the car with a license plate holder in the front of the car, it looks cleaner.
The Mark Levinson sound system in the demo, sounded really weak. I thought audio system was going to be worst than the standard unit (played a CD). But our car's Mark Levinson system sounds wonderful with really clear sound. Be careful.
Make sure you put the dome light to "auto", otherwise illum. lighting system does not work. And since I'm not used to placing my key in the dash versus the steering column, I scratched the steering column trim.
Likes: Quiet, comfortable, Nav. and Mark Lev. Sound System. Optitron Gauges and high quality interior. Great Headlamps with HID
Dislikes: Transmission doesn't shift smoothly, maybe it will improve. Exterior Style not classy like previous years. Parking Brake pedal causes me to scrape my shoes. Needs more horsepower.
We test drove the 2002 Jaguar X-type 3.0 $ 42,000 (worth $25,000), Acura TL Type-S (great value, good handling and powerful, but not as refined) and Acura RL (lease cost for a $ 54,000 car would be $ 450 per month - great value and again not as refined). My wife's 1999 Toyota Solara has the same interior as the new ES 300 and she wanted something with the same quality feel.
We have had great luck with Toyota cars, hope our Lexus will be even better.
Oct 08, 2001 (5:41 am)
Here are some comments for some of you...
davxx1 -- I placed a $500, fully-refundable deposit on the new ES 300 back in February. That is what my dealer then used when I ordered my car last week. No extra money was required, but remember the dealer knows me since we've bought so many cars from him. I don't know what deposit would have been needed if he didn't know me (perhaps nothing else).
rnbesquire & caves -- Thanks for all the great info on your new cars!
gambhir -- Let us know all about your ES when you get it. You'll probably have the first Black Garnet on this board.
My dealer said it will take about 90 days for my Millenium Silver with black interior ES to arrive. It's going to be a long wait!
Oct 08, 2001 (1:41 pm)
Congrats on your new car--I think you paid slightly more for the gold package--I got it too but lexus lists it for less and I paid around $229 for it--well so you might want to confront your dealer if you wish
I noticed that there is no wood around power window switches--though my current Platinum had it
Other than that I think it is a magnificient car
You must be the envy of your town
Lenscap--I share your agony of wait--for me waiting three more weeks is becoming impossible!
Oct 08, 2001 (2:04 pm)
The look of the wood on the door was taken from the GS. That car has the wood across the top of the door but not on the switch plate. It looks very nice. Having it in both places would be too much I think (although the LS has it in both places).
I sat in a 2002 ES in my dealer's showroom over the weekend and am simply amazed at the upscale nature of the interior. Everything is simply top-notch. One note: It is really neat the way the glove box door does not drop open when you unlatch it -- it opens slowly.
#1578 of 5443 Lenscap /Gambhir/Othhers
Oct 08, 2001 (3:17 pm)
I also sent in an order for the 2002 ES and was told three months from the time I ordered which was Sept 6th. Has anyone ordered a car from Lexus in the past? I am wondering if the three months is accurate. I ordered mine in Starlight Pearl even though I had not seen a car with that color and was just responding to the colors in the brochure. Has anyone seen this color actually on the car? I also went to a dealer over the weekend and sat in the ES again. Very comfortable and the Mark Levinson System is superb. I cant wait to hear my music on it. I am hopeing the car arrives before the three month period as we could have snow in great quantity her in the northeast by December.
Oct 08, 2001 (3:54 pm)
I too am looking at the ES 300, among other vehicles. Also considering getting a '98 LS with about 30,000 miles for the same price range. Anyone else toyed with these two options? I love the V8 and the ride in the LS, but obviously I can get a new ES for around the same price. I've owned an ES before ('97) and it was a good car, though not enough different from the Camry for me.
Quick question: where can you lease an Acura RL for $450/mo??
#1580 of 5443 rare colors/rebelsk
Oct 08, 2001 (6:05 pm)
Alabaster metallic,starlight pearl and mystic green are the rare colors per my dealer --rebelsk--consider switching color to say gold or milennium silver or black and white--
Your order will take 90 days if you ordered a non-standard config (see earlier posts)--my suspicion is you either ordered AVS or ordered Mark levinson or nav in isolation but not together--these cars have to be custom built and would hence take 90 days--will be less if you choose a more conventional config-there are 3 configs so far
#1581 of 5443 Gambhir/Colors
Oct 08, 2001 (6:35 pm)
Yes, you are right. I ordered the car with the Mark Levinson stereo but did not get the Navigation system. I guess it will be DEcember then.
#1582 of 5443 NAV System worth the dollars?
Oct 08, 2001 (6:35 pm)
Hi, I want to purchase a Lexus ES300. I am wondering about the NAV system. I have read some reports, which state that navigation systems are a waste; not perfected yet, etc. Does anyone know about the ES300 Nav System? Is it worth the cost? Or, are you better off saving the dollars? Thanks
#1583 of 5443 Navigation
Oct 08, 2001 (7:57 pm)
The navigation is fun and useful. It is not really worth the money unless you travel a lot to unknown addresses and spend a lot of time using a Thomas Guide or other maps.
It is a great toy even if you don't really need it on a daily basis. I would want to have it in my next car just like I would like to have a great stereo system that I don't really "need" to have.
If you are a real estate agent that needs to take clients around town from house to house or have some other similar use or travel out of town a lot, then it is probably worth it.