My brakes had to be replaced at around
15,000 miles due to warped rotors.
This also meant replacing the tires.
Fortunately Lexus covered the cost. I
just had them replaced again at 39,500
miles, at my cost. Was told that the
area I live in is to blame since it is
slightly mountainous. My husband has
70,000 miles on an 02 Yukon and has
never had brake problems. I also would
have like a smoother shift in the
transmission. They did the computer
changeover, but it is no better. When I
took it in last I was told the brake
replacement at 14K+ was a recall. When
I called Lexus I was told there had
never been a recall on the 02 Lexus.
Fun to drive, great stereo sound,
smooth around the curves
Although I do like this vehicle, I have
to say it totally lacks 'get up and
go'. It has major hesitation when
trying to pick up speed QUICKLY such as
getting on an interstate or crossing a
lane(s)rapidly to get out of traffic's
way. It has stalled badly in critical
situations. I know in the years
subsequent to 2002 the engine has been
upgraded to a 3.3 litre but I just
wonder if .3 is enough to do the job.
I doubt I would ever buy another ES
unless that engine was significantly
I LOVE the looks of the exterior front
end. The inside is beautiful too. It
has a quiet, smooth ride. Like gliding
along. Corners beautifully also. The
stereo system is great and the leather
seats are fabulous. Very roomy. It
also has a large trunk which really
comes in handy.
It needs a MUCH bigger engine. It
hesitates severely at critical times
when power is quickly needed.
One big problem: I left the car in the
garage for my summer vacation for one
month. It went totally dead. Dearler
said it was not uncommon because of
all the on-board computer features.
Why put so many features if the
battery cannot support it? Service
consultants said I should have
mentioned that I was a frequent
traveller before making the buying
decision. So you have to be able to
afford to buy expensive car but no
allowed to travel? The salesperson
never told me that, and Mercedes and
Porches did not give me this condition.
2nd question: noise started to appear
after a year.
Quietness; fabulous interior quality;
Corolla & Camry should not share that
many common features with ES, may me
feel like I am driving a cheaper car
I had a 1993 Buick Park Ave Ultra that
was supercharged so I figured the
hesitation and lack of power was
because I was used to a different car.
The braking is poor, brakes replaced
at 14000 miles,car hesitates on
acceleration(dealer did the computer
fix yesterday)still the same,had
loaner car 2004 ES330 -same
problems,brakes, acceleration etc.
LOVE THE HEADLIGHTS
Poor trunk light,
comfortable on wheel when driving for
This is my 2nd ES300. I traded in a
1998 model for this car. Power and gas
milaege are less than last vehicle.
Brakes on car were poor and unsafe.
When dealer serviced car he informed us
there was a defect. Vehicle was not
recalled. Brakes were dangerous,
customers are not notified. You find
out when you complain about the brakes.
I will never buy another Lexus.
6 disc in dash CD player, dual climate