1996 Lexus ES 300 Long-Term Road Test

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1996 Lexus ES 300: Bonding

March 22, 2013

1996 Lexus ES 300

I took this picture to riff on how small the mirrors are in this 1996 Lexus ES 300. But now it seems a fitting farewell photo as the car leaves our fleet.

I drove a lot of miles in this car, both around California, and coast to coast. If you mention this car, I flash back on the windy spring day I drove it across Wyoming or the morning I parked it by the Atlantic while I ate fried clams with my father. Sure, there were the hard times too, like watching coolant pour out of the back of the engine in Detroit. Or the pesky check engine light that just wouldn't go away.

But the undeniable fact is that somehow this big hunk of machinery, which is just a collection of metal and leather and paint and glass, becomes a part of our lives. When it's gone we miss it. At least we have the memories, and a few photos, to remember it by.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor, @ 154,206 miles

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