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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Lexus ES 300 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2001 Lexus ES 300

  • A car that coddles but makes no attempt to invigorate.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Nice array of luxury and convenience features, strong and silent V6, slick safety technology is either standard or available.

  • Cons

    Many desirable features are optional, no GPS navigation system offered, shares too much with the pedestrian Camry to truly impart luxury.

  • What's New for 2001

    A glow-in-the-dark emergency trunk release handle is now located in the cargo compartment, while child seat-tether anchors have been added inside.

Full 2001 Lexus ES 300 Review

What's New for 2001

A glow-in-the-dark emergency trunk release handle is now located in the cargo compartment, while child seat-tether anchors have been added inside.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Update: still happy after all

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Vehicle: 2001 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I wanted to follow up on my ownership experience; My previous post was listed by "W." and posted on 4/26/10. After having purchased this car back in Oct. 2009, it still runs beautifully and has not left me stranded once. I have put almost 40,000 miles on the car (now @ 136.5k miles) since my last post, and I still love it! I use my car for courier work (lots of stop and go driving), and it never hesitates. I had an O2 sensor replaced, which ran about $300; other than this one repair and basic upkeep (tires, oil changes, brake pads, tune-up), this car has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I recommend high-mileage rated synthetic oil to keep the engine at peak performance.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Cup holder problem fixed

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Vehicle: 2001 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Excellent car. To improve the lousy cup holders, go to a Sprinkler Irrigation Store and buy a plastic Green Atrium Grate for a 4" drain pipe (about $6). Get the green grate, not the black grate (better fit for cups) then spray paint it black. It fits perfectly in the existing cup holders. It even has a lip that secures it to the lid of the armrest. You will think it was made specifically for the 97 - 01 ES300. Now back to the rest of the car ... amazing ride, great freeway gas mileage, quiet, excellent standard sound system, comfortable, adequate power. Mine has low miles, 48,000, and I suspect it will be a typical Lexus and be trouble free as my prior Lexus purchases have been.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

My 2nd lexus es 300

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Vehicle: 2001 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I just bought the 2001 ES with very low mileage (55K) in near showroom condition. I was driving a 1994 ES that was a superb car, but I was ready for one a bit newer. This car is awesome. It's looks fool you into thinking it's ultra sedate and staid, but when pushed this car will surprise you in it's strength and agility. I bought it because I was already familiar with the quality of Lexus. I could have bought an even newer model, but I really liked the clean lines and angular body style of the '00 and '01 years more than the newer '02 to '06 models. It's a vehicle with understated elegance that performs remarkably well. I'm enjoying every moment driving it.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Awesome used car

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Vehicle: 2001 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I bought my ES300 back in Oct. 2009 after reading over Edmunds and various other websites. I finally caved in and traded my old 1997 MB C230 (210k mi, saggy headliner, expensive to maintain) for a more reliable car. While looking for cars like newer Accords & Camrys, I lucked up and this appeared locally on a car lot. For an older car, the ES300 feels right at home and better equipped compared to a newer Accord or Camry. I compromised and bought it with 98k miles (kinda high mi), and Had to recently service it for new belts & water pump at 105k miles. My mechanic stated "it's basically an expensive Toyota," which is exactly what I wanted: Everything works well, and it starts every time.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

New used lexus owner

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Vehicle: 2001 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Compared to my Nissan and 2001 Camry I feel it is a 20 to 30 % better built vehicle.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

A car built correctly

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Vehicle: 2001 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this car in June of 2002 it had 26K miles on it. Today in Nov of 2009 it now has 189235 miles. I have only had two repairs the trans and the idle control sensor. The ride is extremely smooth and road noise is low. The sound system is great. I am amazed by the power when you want to get up and go the car responds great. It is a pleasure to drive with the sun roof open and the sound system cranked up. I will continue to buy Lexus products.



Talk About The 2001 ES 300

2001 Lexus ES 300 Discussions See all Started By

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e8lg
01-09-2013
The preliminary agreement focuses on two engines; a four-cylinder model called the 5S-FE and a six-cylinder known as 1MZ-FE. The engines were used in Toyota Camry models from 1997 to 2002, Solara mode...


lenscap
lenscap
03-01-2002
Having traded my 1995 ES 300 (which I bought new) for a 2002 (which now has 90 miles on it after one week of driving), and also having a friend with a 1998 ES 300, I think the 2002 is far superior to ...


lenscap
lenscap
08-02-2002
My 2002 ES 300 does have an amazing ride. While it seems better than the old LS 400s, it's probably not quite up there with the LS 430....



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