Last post on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM
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Lexus ES 300, Sedan
#12 of 21 Re: Should I keep ES300 ? [dmccarty]
Oct 11, 2007 (8:46 pm)
The problem with sludge formation is because Lexus recommended 7500 mile oil change intervals.
This is a mistake, as people were using the car on petroleum based oils for 7500 miles, instead of 3000 miles.
Use a FULLY SYNTHETIC OIL - Havoline, Valvoline or Mobil 1 High Mileage and a Mobil 1 EP or Purolator Pure One oil filter every 3 months or 3000 miles and the engine will last for 250,000 miles easy.
Also, don't forget to change the PCV valve, as a blocked PCV valve causes combustion gases to remain the crackcase causing sludge and gel.
I have a 1995 ES300 with 170K miles
#13 of 21 Re: Should I keep ES300 ? [dmccarty]
Oct 12, 2007 (8:21 pm)
dmccarty - I purchased my 1999 ES300 over 4 years ago, used with 79000 miles or so. I did not know the car's history either, and as it turns out, I had the oil gelling/sludge problem. The car consumed large amounts of oil and definitely blew smoke out the tailpipe shortly after purchase. Your car will likely have similar symptoms if oil sludge is a problem. Lexus does have a good-will gesture and they will repair this at no cost...depending on the year of your vehicle. They took care of mine 4 years ago, gave me a rental car, and I have not had an issue ever since. I change my oil every 5000 miles, and do NOT use synthetic as others have suggested. As long as you are astute about changing your oil, you will not likely have a problem.
Oct 13, 2007 (7:58 am)
Hello all, I just bought a used 1996 300es with 96,000 miles. The owner before me did all maintenance execpt the timing belt which i am doing now.I had two questions that i hope someone can help me with, The manuel says 91 octaine or higher (not sure what owner before used)Has anyone used regular gas for a period of time? Did lexus make this car with a 4 cylinder, i have the 6 cylinder but a mechanic says that most of the sludge problems were with the 4 cylinder's Thanks for any info
#15 of 21 Re: 1996 300 ES [daveonli]
Oct 13, 2007 (9:23 pm)
I have a 99 ES300 with 89,000 miles and it as been flawless. It has been well maintained, including the timing belt at 80,000 miles. Mid grade gas was used until a year ago when I switched to regular. I have not noticed a difference and it still performs beautifully.
#16 of 21 Re: Should I keep ES300 ? [dmccarty]
Oct 17, 2007 (8:15 am)
Worrying doesn't help. If it is too late to return the car, then just take the car to your mechanic and have him take of both valve covers. It will be apparent if the engine is sludged or not. It probably isn't; it likely will have some varnish stains but thats about it.
If the engine is good, then since you have the car apart, now would be a good time to replace the timing belt and tensioner, seals, serpentine belt, water pump, spark plugs, pcv valve, clean the throttle body, drop the transmission pan and clean the filter. It is going to cost about $2000. By the way, the next time you buy a used car, take it to the mechanic and spend the 200 to 300 bucks to have it properly inspected BEFORE you buy it.
If you don't have a mechanic now, then now is the perfect time to fine one that specializes in Toyota/Lexus. Try this link for help finding a mechanic http://www.cartalk.com/content/mechx/
#17 of 21 1994 Lexus ES300
Jan 02, 2008 (11:27 pm)
New to this site but would like to get some advise. Thinking about buying a 1994 Lexus ES300 with 175,000 miles. The asking price is 2300. Is this a good deal or is the car to old with to many miles? Does any one know how the gas mileage is?
Any other things I should be concern about. Thanks for your help.
#18 of 21 Looking at a 95 ES300 - Comments Welcome
May 03, 2008 (3:03 pm)
Looking at a ES300 with 103K miles on it. Good shape, woman owned. Price would be about $4000. 2 questions:
1. Looks like you can run regula gas in this car correct? Premium suggested but would like to use regular.
2. Timing belt - does the 95 model have one?
#19 of 21 Re: Looking at a 95 ES300 - Comments Welcome [tomk17]
Dec 25, 2010 (8:31 pm)
I have a ES300 1996 with 271k miles--I use premium gas -get better gas milage. Just changed my timing belt. I paid $2000.00 2 years ago with 241K miles on it and I love it.
#21 of 21 Re: 1996 300 ES [daveonli]
Oct 11, 2012 (11:47 am)
Lexus did not make any other engine but the 6 cyl for the es 300 that year