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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
Nov 10, 2003 (7:00 am)
There is no way the ES 330 will be going up in price $1200-1500. The car was essentially lowered by that amount for 2004 since the previously optional leather was made standard. If there is a price increase, it would not be until the spring and even then would only be $100-200. Lexus has never bumped up the price of a car by more than a few hundred dollars in mid-year (and any Lexus price increase in the middle of a model year is rare to begin with).
#4264 of 5443 December to Remember
Nov 10, 2003 (8:51 am)
An excellent event, but those commercials are so elitist, bordering on vulgar. I hope Leuxs changes their ad campaign this year.
Nov 10, 2003 (11:22 am)
Are you referring to last year's commercial that included parents surprised their very young looking daughter with an IS 300?
#4266 of 5443 Pompous ads
Nov 10, 2003 (3:18 pm)
The IS300 ad where the the parents buy their 16 year old an IS300 was kind of funny and so was the one where the husband buys his wife a new LS400 and wraps it in a red ribbon.
But many people who buy Lexus vehicles want that image or they would get a Toyota instead.
#4267 of 5443 Transmission problems in the '04 model???
Nov 10, 2003 (5:33 pm)
The thread entitled "Transmission problems with 2003 ES-300 ?" contains a few recent posts suggesting the transmission shifting problem may have continued into the '04 model ES330. From what I've read, it's a computer programming problem creating the shifting irregularity. With a precious brand at stake, and if this is only a computer problem that presumably is remedied through re-programming, why would Lexus have not solved the problem with the '04 model year release?
I've test driven the '04 ES 330, but have no prior experience with the ES300, or its transmission problems. I must admit, I had not read all this feedback about shifting problems prior to my test drive, so I was not especially sensitive to shifting irregularity, but none was obvious. As a possible ES330 buyer, any more specific or conclusive feedback would be appreciated...that is in addition to my proposed second, more focused test drive. Does anyone know if Lexus is formally acknowledging problems with the '04? Thanks
#4268 of 5443 Interesting Observation
Nov 11, 2003 (4:18 pm)
I am new to this topic in Edmunds, so please bear with me. A common complaint with Japanese luxury cars has been their derivative and somewhat conservative styling relative to their European competitors. Has anyone seen the new Mercedes-Benz CLS concept? It is a swoopy four-door sedan based upon the E-Class, with coupe-like stying cues. To those who have seen the CLS, it is just me, or does it bear a slight resemblence to an ES330? Just a thought to see who is copying whom
Nov 11, 2003 (4:29 pm)
I'm liking your posts already. Keep up the good posts
#4270 of 5443 Transmission problems in '04
Nov 11, 2003 (6:35 pm)
Read the entire thread.
There are two 'transmission' problems.
The first is that there's a brief lag when you hit the gas hard. This is actually a drive by wire problem and has nothing to do with the transmission. RPMs remain stable. The lag is brief, but noticeable on all drive by wire cars - including the '04 ES330.
The other is a true transmission problem that a small percentage of people see. The 'fix' is to reprogram the transmission. This improves it for some people but makes it worse for others. This problem's symptoms are a hesitation to go into gear when downshifting - usually accompanied by the engine RPMs going through the roof before the downshift occurs and then a hard clunk into gear. This problem does not appear to happen with the '04s. All the complaints of '04 'transmission' problems seem to involve the drive by wire issue.
I have an '04 and don't have any problems with the transmission at all. The drive by wire lag is only a minor annoyance and isn't even noticeable unless I mash the accelerator clear to the floor - which shouldn't happen if I'm driving with reasonable caution.
#4271 of 5443 Transmission problems in '04 by jragosta
Nov 11, 2003 (6:48 pm)
#4272 of 5443 Can't wait to get an ES330, and Thank You...
Nov 12, 2003 (7:24 pm)
Just wanted to say Thank You to all of you who post to these boards about the ES330/300. I've spent several months reviewing different automobiles in preparation for my next car purchase. The messages I've read on the board(along with time spent behind the wheel), have helped me in finalizing my decision to purchase an ES330.
The thing that's killing me is that my accountant wife wants me to wait until her vehicle is paid off in June. If that's what it takes, so be it. But until then, I'll keep drooling on everyone else's ES 3xx until I can get my own.
Thanks so much for the informative reading.