Last post on Jun 06, 2007 at 3:37 PM
You are in the Lexus ES
What is this discussion about?
Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Lexus ES 350, Car Safety, Tires, Sedan
#4 of 6 Re: ES350 in the Snow [rmcneice]
May 31, 2007 (6:49 am)
When it's time to go..., accelerate, get up and going from a stop, due to engine weight bias FWD will be a lot like having AWD/4WD. Well, maybe that's too strong, but certainly better than any RWD of equivalent weight, power, etc.
On the other hand if you suddenly find that directional control is being threatened by adverse roadbed conditions you might find yourself wishing for a RWD vehicle.
FWD drivetrains are currently going through an evolutionary phase wherein the manufacturers are rethinking the dynamics of the automatic transaxle shift pattern and seemingly dropping manual transmissions from the product line.
Read the owners manual section regarding engine compression braking, lack thereof, to see what I mean.
#5 of 6 Re: ES350 in the Snow [wwest]
May 31, 2007 (7:19 am)
Thanks for the confirmation everyone. Your explainations make total sense to me, while my business associiate's story did not. He is still a devout Lexus owner - moved up to the bigger models. But I just couldn't accept his story about the 350. It must have been a different/older model several years ago.
I agree that the 350 looks like a no brainer purchase. I really like the car, all its amenities, and it drove better than an Infinity G35 AWD in my hands. A bit softer overall but more like I am used to with my '96 Infinity I30 front wheel drive car.
#6 of 6 Re: ES350 in the Snow [rmcneice]
Jun 06, 2007 (3:37 pm)
"Said he slid right through an intersection"
"ES...very bad in the snow..."
If the second statement is the result of the first statement/incident then I would ignore your friends input altogether.
Except for maybe brake failure or poor tires sliding through an intersection is more likely the result of poor judgment on the part of the driver than problems with ANY car model. On second thought brake failure is the ONLY exception.