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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


  • zhangrenhou zhangrenhou Posts:

    I hope it finds an owner who will take care of it as well as you did.

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    Don't get rid of it. Loan it to a staff member as a personal car and let them drive it into the ground. Let's see how durable this car is and what continuing maintenance is required to keep it on the road as a daily driver!

  • lagambler lagambler Posts:

    I am in the LA area, what is the asking price?

  • redford76 redford76 Posts:

    why is this website sooooooo 1990's? i really reallly hope someone in edmunds has it in their career goals to improve the content and speed of this site. i am SHOCKED that you actually posted content on this lexus es300....most of the time all of the $$$'s in cash held up in your fleet of cars meets few if any reviews. thanks useless website

  • mdj61254 mdj61254 Posts:

    I have the exact same vehicle down to the chrome wheels and gold emblems, glad you had the opportunity to experience these wonderful vehicles, I intend to keep mine for further long-term road testing!

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