1996 Lexus ES 300 Long Term Road Test

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1996 Lexus ES 300: Reminds Me Of

October 17, 2012

1996 Lexus ES 300

This is something that you might relate to: pretty much every time I get into our Lexus ES 300, it reminds me of driving older cars that have been in my family through the years. The ES is like that car your parents/uncle/grandma bought years ago, and it's still around. Maybe you no longer live where you grew up, so you fly in to visit for the holidays. And there it is, the used car in the family that's still kicking and yours to drive during your stay since you didn't get a rental car.

Our ES is like that for me. The seats are worn, the steering wheel wrap is slick and the radio antenna sounds like it's got one foot in the coffin when it powers up and down. This car's done its time. But no-starting issues from last week notwithstanding and knocking on fake wood, the ES does again seem to be running pretty well, and there's a sense of comfortable familiarity here that I sort of enjoy.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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