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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#4765 of 5443 Returning my leased ES 300.
Feb 18, 2005 (5:00 pm)
My lease is up on my 2002 ES 300, so I am returning soon and buying my mother's 2003 ES 300 from her. The leased 2002 that I am returning has the factory chrome wheels on it. The car originally didnt come with chrome wheels, but I had the dealer install them and factor them in monthly payment. Nowhere on the lease contract or the window sticker does it show the car has chrome wheels on it. So my question is, if I swap the chrome wheels out with non-chrome one, and I return the car with the factory non-chrome wheels, will lexus financial services or the dealership know or even care? I would appreciate any help.
#4766 of 5443 Re: Returning my leased ES 300. [reservecab]
Feb 18, 2005 (7:15 pm)
I think you will find that the Service Department records ALL services (no matter how minor) by VIN in a database. You can try returning the car w/o the chrome wheels, but I'll bet even money that the dealership will discover the discrepancy.
#4767 of 5443 Re: New 2005 ES330 - Transmission Fixed? [turnbowm]
Feb 20, 2005 (10:35 am)
I have a 2005 ES with 2,500 miles. So far, no hesitation unless I am driving between 1-5 miles and it's not consistent.
And yes, I can live with that.
As far as the difference between a Camry and a Lexus, I've had both. The Lexus is better.
#4768 of 5443 Re: New 2005 ES330 - Transmission Fixed? [bikegal]
Feb 20, 2005 (11:29 am)
Hi bikegal. I would like you to tell us why the Lexus is better. Forget the Lexus dealership, etc. and just concentrate on why the Lexus car is better than the Camry. I would like to hear your answer. Thanks in advance.
#4769 of 5443 Re: New 2005 ES330 - Transmission Fixed? [fredvh]
Feb 20, 2005 (3:34 pm)
Lovely interior. From the wood to the ventilated leather seats to the controls.
All kinds of standard bells and whistles over my Camry, which did not have a moonroof, etc.
Smooth, quiet ride, better than my Camry on the highway.
Great warranty, safety and reliability records.
And I know you don't want to hear anything about the dealership, but when I got my car in December I didn't realize it had summer tires on it until after I bought it.
Guess what? Dealer gave me four brand new Michelins for no charge when I asked for them a couple weeks later. So, yes, thumbs up for the dealership, too.
Those are my reasons in a nutshell. Hope you can find some for yourself.
#4770 of 5443 Is the 2005 ES prewired for a telephone
Feb 25, 2005 (8:17 am)
Have just purchased a 2005 ES330. I need a telephone in my car for business reasons. I know it does not have Bluetooth but I think I read somewhere it was prewired for a phone. If it not prewired what options are out their. In my LS 430 I was using and old analog voice recognition phone which was hard wired in to vehicle.
#4771 of 5443 2005 ES: shortcomings
Mar 02, 2005 (6:53 pm)
I purchased a 2005 ES330 recently, have been driving it for a few weeks now. I am very happy with it overall, but there are a few shortcomings that I noticed:
-- too little headroom (and I am only 5'10", 150lbs)
-- heap and shoulder room are lacking, too: my head almost touches the upper door handle. I tried to lower the seat, but then visibility is compromized.
-- the driver seat is too narrow and a bit firm, and doesn't have enough thigh support
-- the auto climate system is frustrating: why do I have to hit the internar air circulation button every time I start the car? I fully expected that it would remember the setting that I left when I turned off the ignition
-- the throttle is still not very responsive, despite all the reprogramming and improvements over the last years. The simple test is to press the accelerator 1/3 to 1/2 way down and release within 1/4 of a second. Nothing happens, and tachometer doesn't register anything! I've heard that the throttle system will be completely new for the 2006 model, although if it's the same as in the redesigned 2005 Avalon, I am not encouraged (I test drove the 2005 Avalon, and was not impressed with the throttle).
-- shifts could be smoother, too, especially between 1st and 2nd, and 2nd and 3rd.
-- the Nav system is great, but I wish I could assign custom voice tag to preprogrammed addresses. In its current form, the only destination voice commands it recognizes are "Home" and "Quick Destination 1" thru "Quick Destination 5". I t would be nice to be able to key in the address and assign a custom voice tag to it, such as "My Hotel", "Uncle Earnie", or "Fred", so that you can later set it as destination by speaking it
-- my rear passengers found it difficult to fasten the seatbelts: the buckle is sunk too deep in the seat
-- body lean during cornering is pronounced
Mar 03, 2005 (10:13 am)
Would you mind posting your purchase price and dealer for those of us who are still looking for a car?
#4773 of 5443 Re: future 1 [1951tarheel]
Mar 03, 2005 (10:24 am)
Paid about $3500 below MSRP, the dealer is in Massachusetts.
#4774 of 5443 Transmission again
Mar 04, 2005 (11:57 am)
In its latest auto issue (April), Consumer Reports downgraded the repair record of the 330 to average because of...you guessed it, transmission problems.