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You are in the Lexus ES
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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#2511 of 5443 First Lexus, above (1995 ES 300 with 136,000 miles)
Apr 15, 2002 (8:07 am)
If you can afford the maintenance, and the car is in good condition, and you really want an ES 300, it's probably a good buy.
My friend just had his 130,000 service on a '93 ES 300, and although it needed $1200 worth of replacement suspension parts (not bad after almost ten years), the tech told him it should last another 130,000 easy.
However, if you're buying this car on a very tight budget, I'd say don't do it. If a sudden $1000 repair bill could break the bank, you're probably better off going for something else - like a much cheaper, newer car (say a recent Corolla or Civic, etc).
Just as an example, I left my '96 ES 300 in for a service, and it had a slight fuel leak - needed a fuel rail (if I remember correctly). Also needed a couple of other minor things, but a $70 service bill turned into a $700 repair bill.
Basically, you have to make the right decision for you.
Apr 15, 2002 (4:54 pm)
1. Use them all. This gives you the best chance of landing a good deal. E-mailing the dealer directly with a specific purchase offer is probably your best bet after you've done a little research into how much these cars are selling for in your area.
Apr 15, 2002 (4:59 pm)
I'm in the "under 28" category, but according to Lexus the stereotypical ES buyer is a married, 50 year old male. Guys that have gotten past their sports car craze and want a smooth, peaceful ride. Or buying the car for their wifee.
Basically, an old fogey's car. haha.
Of course, you'll probably find more of the younger owners talking online about their ES. I don't quite see my grandpa chatting about cars online.
Apr 15, 2002 (5:27 pm)
Very funny. 50ish. Bought a MY02 last week for wifee. Traded an MY00. Car does have a very smooth/quiet ride.
Fuel type? I used 89 octane in MY00 and in my 01 RX 300. Premium not required or needed. Right? What do others use?
Apr 16, 2002 (3:57 am)
Do you like your RX 300? I am considering buying a 2000 RX off a lease! =)
Apr 16, 2002 (5:55 am)
I'm in the 28-35 category.
In my area, the ES 300 is extremely popular with people (mostly men it seems) in their late 20s/early 30s.
To provide some examples, the following people I know drive ES 300s:
1. Friend from growing up (33, on his second ES)
2. Roommate from college (33)
3. Brother's friend (36)
4. Friend from graduate school (32)
5. Another friend (30)
Apr 16, 2002 (10:03 am)
I'm 29 but already suffering from mid-life (quarter-life?) crisis . Before I bought my '02 ES, I considered the BMW 325 - a car I perceive is more appropriate for my age. I asked most of my friends and family which car they would choose and most guys (ages 28-33) liked the BMW better and most women (ages 27-32) liked the es300 better. My mom likes the es300 better. She likes it so much she's picking one up in October.
If I could do it all over again, I would pick the bimmer and pick the es300 5 years from now. I feel old driving the ES.
#2518 of 5443 Transmission
Apr 16, 2002 (11:24 am)
I bought my 2002 ES about a month ago. From time to time the transmission feel like it slips. Mostly notice it at low gear. Feels like it spins and then finally kicks. Causes a bit of a delay which can be dangerous when changing lanes or wanting to enter traffic. Anyone else notice this?
Apr 16, 2002 (11:27 am)
I took my 2002 ES for a 500 mile roundtrip between Masachusetts and New York and averaged over 30mpg for the trip. I have about 10000 miles on the car and maybe when they break in, the mileage goes up. I did use premieum fuel for the trip. By the way, I am 48 and have only driven Hondas, Toyotas, Acura, And Lexus over the past twenty years.
Apr 16, 2002 (11:52 am)
I experience the same problem with my 02 es300. This is actually one of my major gripes. When slowing down to make a turn, I feel the transmission "kick." I am definitely not impressed with the passing power of this car. Not very confident when passing or merging into traffic.
I drove a 00 es loaner and it had a much smoother tranny than the 02. I hope the 02 can be fixed.
Some people here say the tranny "learns" your driving so it should get better. I have 600 miles on mine and it still hasn't "learned" how I drive. Sounds like BS to me.