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You are in the Lexus ES
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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#5059 of 5443 Re: ES 330 turn signals too quiet [olddave]
Oct 03, 2005 (5:29 pm)
Ref. Turn signals
FYI: I have had 3 Lexus'
Now have ES330, 2005, and I agree with your assessment of turn signal.
My '94, and '01 had loud signals, too loud.
My new '05 is too "silent", and its very easy not to hear it.
I suspect that company had complaints about the noisy ones, and decided to
go the other way...I, too, wish it was adjustable.
However the ES is a great car, and gets good milage.
#5060 of 5443 Re: ES 330 turn signals too quiet [eagle12]
Oct 03, 2005 (8:19 pm)
eagle12 - thanks for the reply -
My ES330 now has about 7000 miles on it and the turn signals still drive me crazy!
Everything else works just like Toyota/Lexus says it is supposed to, so I have been happy with it otherwise.
It is good to hear another voice of reason!!
#5061 of 5443 Re: ES 330 turn signals too quiet [eagle12]
Oct 03, 2005 (9:01 pm)
What kind of mileage are you getting? City and Highway?
#5062 of 5443 Tire Wear
Oct 04, 2005 (9:13 am)
While waiting delivery of my 2006 Lexus ES330 I have been reviewing the brochure. I noted that under disclaimers they state "tires fitted with 17-in wheels are expected to experience greater tire wear than conventional tires. Tire life may be substantially less than 32,000 kilometres (20,00 miles) depending on driving conditions. I have normally gotten at least 40,000 miles on a set of Michelins. I hope I didn't make a mistake in paying more for the 17" tires. Perhaps I should have stayed with the standard 16" tires. Anyone have any comments on the tire wear situation?
#5063 of 5443 Re: Tire Wear [toron]
Oct 04, 2005 (5:18 pm)
Many cars are coming with high performance tires, which handle better and stop better than regular tires - a major safety feature.. However the grip they get is at the expense of treadwear. So far only Lexus has seen fit to warn people so they aren't surprised later - Good for them!
#5064 of 5443 ES330- how many MPG are you getting.
Oct 06, 2005 (6:07 am)
Driving a new ES330. Love the car but the MPG is lower than expected. Hoping this is because it is only a few weeks old and will increase as I drive more. I do perform some running around town with my children but most is highway miles.
#5065 of 5443 Re: ES330- how many MPG are you getting. [tmknies]
Oct 06, 2005 (8:16 am)
I have a 2005 ES330 with almost 7000 miles on the odo. I am getting 19.5 - 20.0 avg mpg for mostly city driving. Last weekend I fueled up with premium gas (I normally use 85-octane regular) for a 100 mile highway trip. At the end of the highway driven portion of the trip, the "avg mpg" shown on the instrument panel indicated 30.8 mpg. The entire trip was on freeways and/or 2-lane highway at speeds of 60 - 65mph. I live in the Denver area. Last June we drove a 3900 mile trip to the East coast and back. When we started the trip, we had 800 miles on the odo. We averaged 26-27 mpg for that trip. I hope this is helpful to you.
#5066 of 5443 Oil Change Frequecny/Mileage
Oct 06, 2005 (4:51 pm)
I have a 2005 ES330 with 8700 miles. First oil change at Lexus dealer
was 5,000 miles. I drive 800-900 highway miles monthly. Is every 5,000
about right to maintain this car properly ? Any thoughts on the topic ?
#5067 of 5443 Re: Oil Change Frequecny/Mileage [silleck330]
Oct 08, 2005 (6:19 am)
I own a 2003 Camry LE V6 which I believe has a similar powertrain as your ES. My dealer always recommended 5000 oil change interval. Although the manual states that if you drive "normally" you can change oil every 7500 miles. I do not like to push things so I stick with the 5000 mile rule. Some dealer suggests changing oil every 3000 mile but that isn't necessary with today's car.
#5068 of 5443 Re: Tire Wear [toron]
Oct 08, 2005 (2:38 pm)
I purchased a 2005 ES330 in early June 05. It came with 17" tires (215, 55, 17) Bridgestone Turanza. I didn't see the placard on the rear window warning that I may get no more than 20,000 miles of wear, and the salesmen neglected to warn me. I wouldn't have purchased the car with these particular tires if I had known. However, you may wish to check to learn what brands are available for the 17" wheel and pick some other tire. I believe the Michelin has better wear stats. So far, in my first 2500 miles, I notice that the Bridgestone gives a comfortable ride and corners and brakes well. However, a tire for a sedan like the ES330 should wear much better than 20,000. Incidentally, I'm also disappointed with the very limited amount of rear leg room (it's only good for short people or children), and the problem some people have been having with the transmission is a concern. Some owners notice a jerk or lurch when they step on the gas after slowing down. Also, the downshifting isn't always smooth. I understand there is a TSB out on this from Lexus to the dealers - a software update, but I haven't had it done since the service rep reported mixed results to me and said that, once applied, they can't undo it. It seems to me that most people by a Lexus to avoid these kind of problems. Oh, and you can add me to the list of those that think the turn signal isn't loud enough. I frequently find myself failing to turn it off.
Overall, I would say that I bought a fancy Camry. (But my wife's 2004 4 cyl. Camry has a smoother transmission.)