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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#2040 of 5443 Order Update
Jan 18, 2002 (6:41 am)
My process of ordering a 2002 ES 300 has gotten even more bizarre.
As you'll recall, I first ordered a 2002 back on October 5 (a Millenium Silver, black interior, fairly loaded including AVS). When the owner of the dealer lied about giving me a discount, I worked with some Lexus Corporate folks to have my order transferred to another dealer (one that has won the Elite award eight years in a row I believe).
My "new" order at the new dealer was placed on November 12.
All along the salesman has been saying the car is on order and should arrive late January/early February. To my shock, I was told last week that there was a mixup and somehow my order was never placed. Therefore, I am now not looking at getting my car until May.
Being extremely disappointed in the dealer at this, and losing out on being able to sell my 1995 ES 300 at a good price to a private party, made me upset enough to contact the Corporate folks again.
We'll see what happens. I hoping to get a car sooner than May.
#2041 of 5443 "AF" Button???
Jan 18, 2002 (8:41 am)
Anyone know what the "AF" button does on the Navigation Radio screen? I couldn't find an explanation in the manual.
Jan 18, 2002 (12:44 pm)
Arlington sounds like the place to go for those in your area. $40 is also the lowest I've seen for an oil change at the other dealers in my area.
AVS started coming in on ES cars this past November, in southern California. Do you still have to wait on a special order?
Get Lexus to give you an awesome deal on a full spec (w/AVS) for the trouble. Then you won't have to wait until May. The longer you have to wait, the less special that deal you got back in early Cctober will become.
#2043 of 5443 Millenium Silver/Light Charcoal
Jan 18, 2002 (11:21 pm)
It is home at last! It had only 9 miles on it when it became mine. Several family members have already been given rides The purchasing experience at Santa Monica Lexus was generally easy. Bob, my salesperson, told me they just became an Elite dealership. He showed me all sorts of things about the car and pointed out not losing that wheel lock key! So did everyone else get the keychain? Just curious.
If you go there hope you get the regular financing person (actually, I wouldn't know since I never met that person). Anyway, I got someone who was filling in. Her name is Nina Golub and she is one little chickadee I would prefer never again to encounter. She said regarding the new ES I was about to possess: "That's a nice little car." I had some questions about a discrepancy between their number and mine for the license tax, and that witch was really put out.
With the exception of this Golub person and the internet sales manager, my experience at Santa Monica Lexus was generally decent. But there is way too much snot appeal there. They're really into appearance and show. Maybe I should have worn some of my diamonds. However, I suspect the mechanics are probably pretty good, and I'll probably take my car out there until I couldn't stand driving that distance for tune-ups, etc.
I still need to do a much more detailed, close look at the car. And read that manual!
Jan 20, 2002 (12:41 am)
hk2la - Congrats! Enjoy your new car. =)
Jan 21, 2002 (7:08 am)
Lexus Corporate called me on Friday. You're right, they said California is getting nearly all the AVS-equipped vehicles (and there are not a lot of them).
They say they found an inbound one on a boat and they should be able to get a car in 4-8 weeks, much quicker than if I special order one.
I've pushed the dealer (not corporate) for a better deal, but they won't budge. Here in Chicago the cars are going for list.
We'll see what happens. Thanks for your advice.
Jan 21, 2002 (9:35 pm)
Can you post your statistics for gas mileage? Here are mine:
gas mileage: 23MPG
mileage: 1,300 miles
% highway driving: 90%
average speed: 43MPH
Jan 22, 2002 (10:02 am)
Gas Mileage 25mpg
Miles Driven 1200
% Highway Driving 50%
Average speed 50
#2048 of 5443 Gas Mileage
Jan 22, 2002 (10:26 am)
Gas Mileage 20 to 21MPG
Miles Driven 1100
% Highway Driving 50%
Average speed 28MPH
By the way, my car is in the dealership for them to fix the squeeking noise problem around the engine.
Jan 22, 2002 (11:26 am)
Okay so iwa shibernating for some time enjoying my black garnet pearl which got me lot of compliments
The car is a dream-I am impressed that the power seems more than what I thought it would be -definitely the engine breathes better
Got my airbag reacll fixed and they gave me complimentary gas fill up-so that is fixed
only gripe: not impressed with the gas mileage
Mileage: 20 to 21
Miles driven: 3500
% highway : 50-60%
Avg speed: 31
I alos drove to british columbia-a 300 mile trip and I got 27 then but never 29
mostly in city I get 19.8 or so
Had higher expectations
I use premium but now experimenting with using plus sometimes
Lenscap-your experience is frustating
does it not make sense now for you to get the 2003 potentially with a power bump when you have suffered so much
Other issues-If you notice a small grrring noise in park it is your Nav DVD which tends to make a rotating sound
At 55-60 I briefly notice a gear hesitation as some people mentioned
paints seems very good
leather is very good
air conditioning and heating are terrific
Hey BTW where is the wheel lock key--no one gave it to me specially--where is it located