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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#2452 of 5443 Any photo's of a '02 with the rear spoiler?
Apr 04, 2002 (9:01 pm)
I have had my 2002 ES for about 5 months and have almost 11k miles on it. I have leased it for 12k per year; uh oh! This car is so wonderful that I don't use my company car at all.
Anyway, I am thinking of sporting up the exterior with the spoiler that is now available thru the dealership. Does anyone have any photo's of the installed spoiler? My car is blue onyx pearl and I would really like to see an example before I pay $600 for the spoiler and installation thru my dealer (Metro Lexus in Cleveland). Some after market shops have painted spoilers available for about $300, but I want the installation to be proper so I may pay a little more to go thru Mother Lexus.
FYI, I am getting about 25 miles per gallon with a 50/50 mix of city/highway. I have only used 87 octane so far and, based on the recent gas price surge ($1.48 for 87 today), will continue to do do. This car is a wonderful bargain at the MSRP. I have partners who own all of the competitors, and a 5 series really doesn't even compare with this car (a 3 series isn't even worth mentioning vs. the ES, think IS).
I hope everyone who makes the jump to this car is as pleased as I am after 11k miles.
Apr 04, 2002 (9:28 pm)
The wheel weights for balancing go on the inside of the wheel. Tmart
Apr 05, 2002 (12:47 pm)
Glad to hear you are enjoying your car. I am in the "hunt" for a blue onyx but with light charcoal int. (light grey) but am not having any success. Have emailed 40 dealers in the midwest and nothing positive. Most get it with black or ivory. What do you have? Isn't the ivory more like a tan? Thanks. Craig
Apr 05, 2002 (1:22 pm)
You won't find a blue onyx/light charcoal on any of the dealer lots. The interior colors specified for blue onyx is either black or ivory. You can see which interior colors are matched with each exterior color by looking in the ES brochure.
You may be able to special order a blue onyx/light charcoal, which would take 3-4 months max.
#2456 of 5443 Light charcoal interior
Apr 05, 2002 (4:21 pm)
According to the Lexus dealer in San Francisco, only 3% of the interiors are in light charcoal.
I don't know if he was telling the truth since I wanted the light charcoal and they didn't have any.
#2457 of 5443 to Lenscap: Re Zaino Bros. Wax
Apr 05, 2002 (4:43 pm)
I was thinking of trying Zaino wax. It sounds like a two step process where you have to put on the cleaner first and then the wax. How easy is the wax ro put on as well as remove and how good is the shine. Is it better than Meguiars which is what I have been using? Thanks Stephen
Apr 05, 2002 (7:34 pm)
I have been using Zaino for over a year and have approximately 8 coats on my gold '00. It looks great, even when it is dirty. It is so incredibly easy to use and smells great. The first coat "can" be a 2-step process (I understand that there is a new formula that combines the 2 steps into 1). Neither step is hard at all. There is no white residue. It is the greatest and it can turn you into a wax fanatic like me. BTW I loaned my Zaino to my neighbor with a 3 year old white car, never waxed. She Zainoed and the car looks showroom new. She had no problem and she is 62 years old.
Apr 05, 2002 (9:07 pm)
According to the brochure I have, Blue onyx comes with "black, ivory or light charcoal" interior but so few actually get ordered that way that I believe the 3% quoted by jkim98 is probably accurate. (I even called Lexus and discovered that in the midwest, only 3 were delivered---among 40+dealers during the month of March!!) So I may just switch to Silver with the light charcoal. Hopefully that will not be hard to locate. Thanks for all your comments.
Apr 05, 2002 (9:46 pm)
By all means go with the Zaino. You won't disappointed. As Trublu00 mentioned, it is easy to apply and easier to remove, almost like dusting, no rubbing. They now make a ZFX additive which turns it into a one step process. However, the two step process is no hard.
Apr 05, 2002 (11:54 pm)
Silver with light charcoal I hear is the most popular color option. Which made it hard to get last year since so many people were pre-ordering the ones coming into dealers weeks in advance. But I'm sure they stepped up production on those and they should be plentiful.
Sorry, I made a wrong assumption about the interior color choices for blue onyx. If you don't mind waiting 3 months, you could always special order the car. That way, you could also configure all the options the way you like it, not the way they're pre-packaged. And it beats waiting around for a blue onyx/light charcoal to show up at one of your local dealers, if ever.