I looked at the previews for 2004 TL
and disliked its overwrought styling.
The present model is elegant and
classy. The TL is well-designed for
long trips, the interior is superb, the
handling is precise. Love the step-
tronic tranny, TL accelerates quickly
with a base engine; I found no need for
type-S. A bargain compared to tiny BMW-
3, or 530, Benz C320, or Inf. I35.
Lexus ES300 looks too much like a Camry
and costs 36K+ with leather. TL is
ultimately the best all-around choice.
I prefer its FWD configuration because
it does much better in CO winters than
RWD found in 2 competing sedans.
Step-tronic transmission (great passing
time), luxurious interior, elegant
styling (newer models have prominent
grills), comfortable pwr front seats.
Cornering and handling, good Mich
tires, safety. Memory system for 2
drivers/2 keyfobs. Great Bose stereo
with 6CD indash changer.
Nothing as of today. The 1999
transmission issues have been fixed for
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