1996 Lexus ES 300 Long Term Road Test

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1996 Lexus ES 300: CD Player is Just Fine

January 7, 2013

1996 Lexus ES 300

A recent post reported that the CD player in the 1996 Lexus ES 300 was broken. It's not. The problem was that you have to put the CDs into the cartridge upside down or an error message is reported. I know because I've made that mistake before.

I wanted to make absolutely sure it was working so I grabbed the first disc from my stack of CDs that are busy gathering dust. I took it out to the car and put it in (upside down, as I already mentioned) and hit play. The Fab Four were soon amazing me with one of their best albums.

I moved on to the "jammed" cassette tape issue, also reported in the earlier post. I pushed play, then eject, and it finally both played and ejected. So we're completely back up to speed sound-system-wise.

There are plenty of things on the ES that could either be fixed or improved, so it's important to eliminate those things that aren't in fact broken.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor, @ 152,799 miles

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