1996 Lexus ES 300 Long Term Road Test

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1996 Lexus ES 300: Cataracts

November 12, 2012

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Good thing the roads in California are lined with reflective markers, because otherwise I might have driven the Lexus ES 300 into the ocean last night.

I'm not saying the headlights are weak, but the last time I saw a light pattern like this, I was riding an ISDT-style Husqvarna dirt bike with a headlight the size of a baseball. If you wanted more light, you just revved the engine harder.

The Rontoya tells me that the Lexus had its headlight lenses cleared with a Mequiars kit about six months ago, but it seems like the plastic has become occluded again. Maybe another treatment is required? Or maybe the bulbs are toasted?  Or the little electron running around inside the ES have grown feeble?

Probably you wouldn't notice the headlights while driving around in the city, since there are plenty of other cars to light the road around you, not to mention streetlights.  But when it gets fully dark, the difference between the Lexus' headlights and new cars is dramatic.

We'll look into it.  Probably we'll be polishing the plastic again.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 151,022 miles

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