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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#1780 of 5443 Another Award
Nov 19, 2001 (10:59 am)
Lexus has topped the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study for the 7th year in a row.
Lexus had fewer than half the problems of an average car.
The study measures the durability of four and five year old cars and trucks. An average 1997 car had 3.82 problems vs. 1997 Lexus models' 1.73.
The LS 400 and LX 450 were #1 in their respective categories, while the SC 300/400 and ES 300 were in the top three.
#1781 of 5443 Winter position on wipers
Nov 19, 2001 (3:45 pm)
Hold off on the solenoid. Turning it 180 degrees and pushing it back in may not be the answer. You now have an item installed opposite of it's original installation. Acccording to the owners manual, lift the wipers off the glass and push them back down. I did this a few months ago and had no problems.
#1782 of 5443 Winter wipers post script
Nov 19, 2001 (4:10 pm)
One note on pushing the wipers down, hold the blade and the arm snugly so as not to bend either. They require a slow but firm push downward. You can do the opposite of this to put the blades in the winter position. Sometimes, as designed, snow or ice under the blades pushes them into the winter position. You can leave them there for the winter or return them to the retracted position as I described. This info is per my 99ES300 owners manual, but I don't see why it should be different for your 96ES300.
#1783 of 5443 DBOR: 2 DAYS ALREADY
Nov 19, 2001 (5:59 pm)
What kind of deal did you get on the 02' ES300 w/ Nav? Did you get the Mark Levinson Sound System?
I'm interested in getting one, but do not want to pay MSRP.
Nov 20, 2001 (5:45 am)
rugmankc, The 98 on ES300 and 92-96 ES300 had different mechanisms. The 92-96 ES300's, you can't manually lower the wiper arms by forcing them down. The only way is through the selonoid under the hood. On 98-on ES300s they changed the mechanism and they eliminated the selenoid.
#1785 of 5443 njbaran99-Deal
Nov 20, 2001 (8:00 am)
I was able IMO to get a very good deal. I think one of the prime reasons though was cited in an earlier posting. I live in Los Angeles and the competition is intense among the Lexus dealers. I got the ML/Navigation package with an MSRP of $39,343 for $36,300. I have since ordered the chrome wheels which was not included in the above price.
Nov 20, 2001 (11:00 am)
Thanks for all the info, guys. I had visitors last night, forgot to play with the wipers, but I'll give the solenoid trick a shot tonight, and let you know how it goes.
Nov 20, 2001 (5:37 pm)
I live in St. Louis where the deals for a new 2002 ES are not very good, I am from LA and plan on moving back or at least being there again this summer. Can you tell me what dealer you were able to get $3,000 + off list for I also want to get the Nav/ML pkg. Thanks very much. I have looked at all the cars for the past 2 years including the Mercedes C320, I-35, Acura, Altima, Avalon, and most other cars in its category and I must say I am impressed with the Lexus and do have one on order for January but may delay purchase to get it from LA. My email address is cwdavis1aol.com
Nov 20, 2001 (7:48 pm)
Anyone bought a 2002 ES in the SF Bay Area? If so, which dealer do you recommend and what prices are they going for? I just checked it out at the SF Auto Show and was not overly taken with the exterior, but the interior and stereo are incredible. The workmanship is without equal. Looks like the perfect freeway commuter for me. Thanks for your help.
#1789 of 5443 Bay Area Market by lagniappe
Nov 21, 2001 (10:44 pm)
Go to Pleasanton Lexus. My friend got one from there recently with approx 7% over invoice.