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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#1698 of 5443 my new lexus
Oct 29, 2001 (5:30 pm)
My wife and I just took home our newest edition - a Millenium silver, black interior, ML/Nav, 2002 ES 300. We are quite thrilled with the car. Rides like butter and has a wonderful interior. We live in Chicagoland and leased it from McGrath. We paid sticker as our current sedan was on its last legs and we couldn't wait for prices to fall. The car was residualed for 39 mos. at 61% with an MF of .00265. I traded in a 94 Eagle Vision TSI for $1800 and put around $1400 up front for a monthly payment of $602. Just pleased as punch with the whole darn experience. If I got suckered, please don't tell me....I want to believe I did it right!!! For those waiting, it's worth it and for those still undecided, go for it.....you won't be sorry.
#1699 of 5443 gdb55/mrzinj
Oct 29, 2001 (8:21 pm)
gdb55-I am in portland, OR too and believe the info you got is inaccurate
mrzinj-there is no price value of the joy this car is giving you--congrats--you will love the car
all-again the only restriction kelly blue book site tells is that you cannot get avs unless you order BOTH nav and ML
Oct 29, 2001 (8:53 pm)
I am going to sell my 1996 ES300(black on tan leather), which is in good condition except couple of minor scratches on the rear bumber and the hood, it has 64K miles, cd changer and so on. I am asking $15,700 willing to go down to 15,000. Do you think that's a reasonable price for upper new york state. Actually my goal is to buy a '95 Lexus LS400. So please send me some feedback, highly appriciated.
Thanks a lot, LEXUS forever
#1701 of 5443 20 day/1400 mile report
Oct 30, 2001 (1:55 am)
I have 1400 miles on my new ES, and I'm still loving it. I still don't have a good sense of where the front bumper is, due to the sloped nose. The parking garage at my office gives me a tight space between a Ford Exhibition (er, uh, Expedition)and a Lincoln LS. It's a little scary nosing the ES into the space, not knowing when I'll hit the wall. So I bought a carpet remnant which is the color of the cement garage wall, and will glue it to the wall at bumper level, just in case.
I got a little discount on my auto insurance because the ES has etched glass windows. These are numbered to discourage theft.
I put a coat of Zaino polishing compound on it tonight, and the black paint looks deep and wet. Glad I found out about Zaino. It's a non-wax coating designed for show cars. I like it.
Still getting all kinds of stares, esp. from other Lexus owners. Today the owner of a beautiful black '02 GS430 stopped dead in his tracks to let me cruise by. He and his passengers were animatedly pointing and commenting on my ES. Bet he wishes he waited and spent less money on an ES...
I'm getting a lot of bang for my buck with this car. Not sorry at all that I bought an early one for retail.
I'm going to talk to the dealer about swapping the alloys for a set of 16" GS chromies. That will complete the look I'm going for.
I've owned two great Infinitis, one of which I still own with 140K miles. It's still going strong. I like the ES so much more than the I35 I was looking at. The distinctive look, massive interior and trunk space, and the overall luxury of the ES sold me.
#1702 of 5443 Winter Tires for ES300
Oct 30, 2001 (6:31 am)
I am going to get winter tires for my '99 ES this year after 2 winters with the Michelin MXV4's which were just awful in the snow. Previous post have mentioned the Michelin Artic Alpin and the Bridgestone Blizzak. I notice there is a Blizzak MZ-02 and a WS-50. I definitely think I want a winter tire vs. an All Season. Any input/personal experience would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Oct 30, 2001 (7:52 am)
Congrats on the new car. You and I must have similar taste since the ES I have on order is also Millenium Silver with a black interior.
For everyone out there, I saw a guy getting out of a new Alabaster ES on Saturday and went up to ask him about his car. He only had it for three days but said he loved everything about the car and the dealer. His previous car was a one-year old Jaguar S-Type which was totaled as a result of some flooding due to heavy rains a few weeks ago. The guy said he feels the new ES is so much of a better car than his Jag, which cost $20,000 more than the ES. He said the Jag always had problems. Also, he did go look at a BMW too. But the dealer was so arrogant he walked out. It's the guys first Lexus but the dealer treatment, exceptional quality and the luxury of the car itself definitely played a part in his purchase decision.
One other note: The Chicago Tribune's auto writer on Sunday reviewed the new ES. This guy is usually pretty tough but he liked the car. His only real criticism is the price of a fully-loaded car.
Plusses he cites:
1. The car is so distanced from the Camry that it now comes across as a smaller version of the LS 430.
2. The engine is listed a s a plus also. The writer calls it an "alert V6 with good mileage rating." Nowhere in the article does he mention a lack of power.
#1704 of 5443 RE: Winter Tires for ES300
Oct 30, 2001 (11:23 am)
I went with Arctic Alpins on my 2000 ES300. I purchased the tires and an extra set of alloy wheels from Tire Rack. I went with 15" wheels for the snow tires although I have 16" wheels for my non-snow tires. Anyway, the tires (and VSC) have been great. I got through our 200" snow season last year in Upstate New York okay.
#1705 of 5443 mike e smith
Oct 30, 2001 (1:42 pm)
Thanks for the reply on the Arctic Alpins. Are they noisy at highway speeds?
Oct 31, 2001 (11:25 am)
I haven't really noticed additional noise although it seems like I hear a bit more noise in general in sloppy weather. I'm not sure how they would compare to the other tires you are considering with respect to noise.
#1707 of 5443 October Sales
Nov 01, 2001 (2:54 pm)
For those interested, the new ES 300 had a very good introductory month. Sales for October for the ES and some of its competitors:
Acura TL -- 5793
ES 300 -- 5726
Mercedes C-Class -- 5391
Infiniti I35 -- 3732