Last post on Aug 14, 2010 at 8:21 AM
You are in the Lexus ES
What is this discussion about?
Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
Mar 09, 2002 (5:45 am)
Just got my ES 300 yesterday. Bought for what appears to be an excellent deal.... $2000 off MSRP on a Premium Package. Went to Park Place Lexus in Grapevine, TX. Talk to Don Eichorst and tell them Brett from Houston sent you. He's a really nice guy. Got the info. from Citybeancount in Austin.
The ride is incredibly smooth, sufficient power, the interior is great. However, I'm concerned about road noise. A plus for the car was supposed to be that it is EXCEPTIONALLY quiet. This is noted in Consumer Reports, other research that I read, as well as some postings here. My dad agreed the quietness was nothing exceptional, and a friend driving with me seemed to feel more noise was coming form the floor board than it should. The car I test drove seemed very quiet. Being disappointed, after driving mine, I drove my Dad's Cadillac over the same area and found a definite difference in the road noise... the Cadillac being quiet. I'm afraid that wouldn't be something that could easily be fixed. Thought maybe it could be the tires, they are Toyo and I'm unfamiliar with them. Has a similar sound to Toyota. Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? It's really bothering me. I'll definitely talk with the dealer next week.
Mar 09, 2002 (10:39 am)
I agree that you should expect an extremely quiet car. To a large degree that is what that car is about. What I would suggest is that you go back to the dealer and test drive another over the same stretch of road. Perhaps one with a different brand of tires.
#2286 of 5443 deal made/trade in question
Mar 09, 2002 (5:04 pm)
thanks to everyone who responded to my post re: price. Based on your responses, I decided to make the deal. Delivery should be within 2 weeks.
Pkg: Premium (included HID, VSC, Wood steering wheel)
Color: Onyx Blue
The only part of the deal I am not too happy about is the value of my trade in. I traded in my Black 99 Honda Accord EX-V6 (w/spoiler, 44850 miles) and they were only willing to give me $12,300 for it (I still owe $11,100 for this car).
I got into an accident (hit a deer) with minor damage (driver side only, fender replaced, door replaced-looks new -no dents on either side). They said they could have given me the Edmunds TMV for this car but the accident pretty much depreciated the car. Do you agree with this?
I wanted to get at least $13,500 for a trade in. I'm trading it in because I wanted to avoid the hassle of privately selling it.
So, do you think I am still getting a good deal? Car hasn't been delivered so I can cancel contract and refund my $1000 deposit.
Mar 10, 2002 (9:03 am)
shiming: I too am hearing the clicking sound you described when I release the brake pedal on my 02 ES300. It's not loud but it's there. Have you found a fix for it? I'll ask the mechanic about this during my 1k checkup next week. Other than that I'm very happy with my car so far.
Mar 11, 2002 (5:03 am)
Could people who LEASED the ES 300 please post your lease deals. I am looking to see what is a fair fprice for leases
thanks in advance
Mar 11, 2002 (11:25 am)
hk2la read correctly what I said, that an ES 300 is more car for the money vs. a comparably equipped 330i. My fully loaded ES 300 stickered for about $5000 less than the BMW. That stretched to $6500 when you throw in the discounts offered by both dealers.
To get a 330i loaded with NAV for $44,000+ is a lot in my opinion.
As an aside, does anybody know how to program radio stations with the NAV? The book says push the numbered button you want and hold it, but nothing happens. Can anyone help me out?
#2290 of 5443 Brake pedal noise
Mar 11, 2002 (11:49 am)
I haven't able to find a solution for the brake pedal noise. But it seems that the noise may be normal because that is how Lexus designs it, and it does not affect the braking performance at all. I asked my Lexus salesman to verify other 02 ES for the brake pedal noise, he didn't hear any abnormal noise. However he didn't say he did not hear any noise at all. I will go to my local dealer to verify the noise myself when I have a chance. If you have a chance to check out the noise at your 1K checkup, can you please post your result?
#2291 of 5443 Programming preset stations with NAV
Mar 11, 2002 (12:15 pm)
As I remember when I programmed my preset radio stations, I did exactly like the manual said, tuning to the radio station you want to set, and then press and hold the number button until you hear a beep, then release it, the radio station should be saved. I will double check.
#2292 of 5443 Preset stations
Mar 12, 2002 (4:25 am)
You must make sure that the frequency is either AM, FM1 or FM2 to set the stations. If by chance you have the FM band for the traffic updates it does not work. If you try to program and it does not take, press the FM bottom again and repeat holding the bottom on the desired station, guaranteed to work.
Mar 12, 2002 (6:50 am)
Thanks, I figured it out last night. I needed to change the radio setting to either FM1 or FM2.