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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#3455 of 5443 Rattles & Gas & Stereo
Jan 18, 2003 (11:27 am)
Rattles: My 2002 ES 300 has also developed rattles in the right rear door. This did happen with the onset of cold weather and the rattles are not as bad once the cabin warms up. Lexus has a Technical Service Bulletin about the door rattles as it is a known and a common problem. Unfortunately, the Lexus solution does not fix the problem. My dealer kept my car for several days trying to eliminate the rattle and did not succeed. They are waiting for a new and improved Lexus TSB that will resolve the problem.
I am surprised and disappointed to have a new Lexus with rattles that are louder than any other car that I have driven.
Gas: I have followed the advice of my Owner's Manual and my dealership and only used Premium Gas in my car. I have not had the Transmission issue described by some on this board.
Stereo: I have the standard sound system with the six disc CD Changer. It sounds as good or better than the Bose system that I had in my Infiniti and I cannot imagine paying extra for the ML upgrade.
#3456 of 5443 hooray - noise problems
Jan 18, 2003 (12:01 pm)
I believe that because of the superior insulation of the Lexus ES300 over other cars, rattles may seem louder because the road noise is not as apparent. It is perhaps the "so quiet, it is noisy" syndrome, which some think is nonsense. I seem to hear every little noise in my vehicle, but when in other vehicles, I realize the rattles are there, just not as apparent.
Jan 18, 2003 (10:42 pm)
Some people say it's nonsense, but I don't think so at all. It's common sense. If you're in an area where the baseline noise level is much higher, your ears aren't going to be picking up quieter squeaks and rattles as well as in a quiet environment.
#3458 of 5443 Sirius satellite radio
Jan 19, 2003 (7:31 am)
I'd like to install a Sirius satellite FM Modulator in an '03 ES300. Can the electronics module be located unobtrusively? Has anyone thought of or done this?
#3459 of 5443 ML Stereo opinion, etc
Jan 19, 2003 (10:51 pm)
I am something of a self-proclaimed audiophile, and I love the Mark Levinson sound system. I feel that anyone with a love of music could not be disappointed, but for many, the Lexus sound system would suffice. I think either one is superior to the Bose system in my previous vehicle.
My '03 ES runs fine on 87, no perceptable difference with higher octane either in performance, or mileage. I will stick to my normal program, which is using only regualar grade, and once per month, a tank of premium.
I may experiment more after car gets some miles on it.
I got my 30 day service yesterday. I was impressed by the level of service. My passenger door mirror does not dim at night as it should. They inspected it and ordered a new mirror.
I have no regrets with my purchase...
Jan 20, 2003 (11:06 am)
How does one tell when they don't dim?
#3461 of 5443 Image in mirror is noticeablely darker.
Jan 20, 2003 (8:41 pm)
#3462 of 5443 Image in mirror is noticeablely darker
Jan 21, 2003 (12:35 pm)
Jan 21, 2003 (5:17 pm)
LOL. You really can't tell?
#3464 of 5443 Mirror - I really can't tell.......
Jan 21, 2003 (10:39 pm)
I guess that must mean they work. Or maybe it means they don't work. LOL
Actually, I can tell on the rear view mirror because it turns greenish at night. The driver side appears different when I turn the auto dim on versus off, but on the passenger side - well maybe I just haven't been in enough traffic to tell.