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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#2009 of 5443 Test drive ES300
Jan 14, 2002 (12:34 pm)
I test drove BWM 325(stick), Acura TL, Lexus ES 300, GS 300 and a BMW 528(2000 auto). I felt the best with BMW 325. I previously owned an Accord, the TL's interior didn't feel that different from the Accord. I test drove the ES and GS back to back and found the steering feel on the ES was better than the GS. Anyway, the decision was a trade off among size, price, handling, interior, reliability record etc. The ES 300 interior and its quietness were the major factors that won us over. The rattle and pitching noise is getting to my nerves and I have to really slow down in turns to not roll over my kid in the car seat.
Jan 14, 2002 (8:33 pm)
My ES300 has the premium package + HID lamps;
Edmunds TMV was $33,674; Countyline gave it to me for $33083 + tax&tags
I was more than happy with the price, and I didn't have to kill myself to get it. The buying experience was really easy, just like buying any other major appliance. (go figure!) Ask for wayne, the Internet Sales manager.
I was told by the folks there that they are getting retail for all the ES300s that come in, except for internet sales. So stress that you are an internet buyer. Good luck!
Jan 14, 2002 (11:31 pm)
Would you know what a Lease goes for on that Es 300 you got? From 36 to 39 months with 12k miles a year
#2012 of 5443 Gas mileage
Jan 15, 2002 (9:20 am)
Have now put about 1000 miles on our new ES-300. Question I have for other owners is relating to the gas mileage you have been getting. On city driving we have been getting about 17 miles to the gallon and on freeway about 23 miles. These are substantially below the estimated gas consumption of 21/29. We have only put premium gas in the car. When we brought the car in for the 1000 mile checkup, one of the service administrators told my wife that they were aware that there was a problem with the gas mileage on the new ES-300's. When I told my wife to get something in writing from them, she went back and was told by another service person that for the first 5000 miles the car was still breaking in and not to expect great gas mileage. Any comments would be welcomed.
#2013 of 5443 2200 miles and pretty good
Jan 15, 2002 (11:04 am)
I'm seeing around 23-25 with a mix of town/highway. I was expecting higher, but it seems to be better than what you're getting.
Jan 15, 2002 (12:07 pm)
dbor - why premium gas? ES300s are made to run on unleaded regular. Believe it should say that in your owners manual (by octane number), or check with a couple of your dealer's people -- salesman, two or three service personnel -- to get a consensus.
Jan 15, 2002 (12:40 pm)
Where did you purchase your Lexus in Northern Va. The dealer in Richmond doesn't want to budge off MSRP. How much did you pay over invoice?
Jan 15, 2002 (1:07 pm)
The '02 ES Lexus manual says to use premium (91 octane or higher), probably to help them meet the ULEV standard. So technically, the engine is tuned for premium but there's probably no harm in using regular, as the ECU will compensate for the reduced octane gas automatically.
#2017 of 5443 services every 5000 or 7500 miles?
Jan 15, 2002 (5:17 pm)
My dealer claims that I have to do my services every 5000 miles on my 2002 es. I only drive the car on freeways in warm weather. The owner manual states that I can do services every 7500 miles. Who should I believe?
Jan 15, 2002 (5:19 pm)
A stone hit my windshield (I can see a small spot). Do you know any ways of preventing the window from cracking?