1996 Lexus ES 300 Long Term Road Test

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1996 Lexus ES 300: Stranded

May 21, 2012

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<sad trombone>

Tried to leave for the office on Friday in our longterm 1996 Lexus ES300 and was greeted by a general difficulty to start. Plenty of cranking power, but it took some throttle to catch and keep it running. It would die if I lifted. Never lift!

I suspected the idle air control valve and even attempted a quick DIY cleaning of it. No dice. There was no way I was going to try to limp this thing to the office in L.A. stop-and-slow traffic, so I called in for reinforcements.

My esteemed colleague Ron Montoya, cousin of Inigo, has more details and will give y'all an update in the near future.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 146,000 miles or so.

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