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2003 Lexus ES 300 Sedan

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Lexus ES 300 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Lexus ES 300

  • Packed with features and safety equipment, the ES 300 sets the standard for entry-level luxury sedans -- as long as "luxury" is the most important part of this segment for you.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Comprehensive array of luxury and convenience features, superb ride quality, smooth and silent V6, advanced safety technology, excellent reputation for reliability.

  • Cons

    Bland driving characteristics, less powerful than most competitors, many of the desired features and options are expensive, no split-folding rear seat.

  • What's New for 2003

    Completely redesigned last year, the 2003 ES 300's only change is the addition of power-adjustable pedals.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (113 total reviews)  |  Write a Review

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

A top quality car

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Bought the car new in 2003. Got a very good deal. Have put 150K miles on it. The last trip averaged 27-30 mpg. No major problems. The trans does still act funny every once in a while like most ES-300's. I noticed a lot of people had problems with the rear door window. I've replaced the switch twice. It still rides like new and looks it. The value is around $10K. I wouldn't sell it for $15K



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Bought this car for my wife. She loves it. Really well built. Quiet. Sound system is amazing. Smooth/classy. Very happy with this car



5 of 8 people found this review helpful

Best car experience. vanilla ice

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Bought the ES300 with 6 years and 36,000 miles on it. It was essentially as good as new, as it had been maintained by a Lexus dealership and driven less than 6,000 miles a year. I've driven it 12,000 miles in the first year and it has been just like the first year of a new car. No troubles at all. Flawless. A superbly built and engineered car, it does everything well and smoothly. I have noticed slight "hiccups" in the transmission but is hard to tell the conditions that create it. It happens about every 100 miles or so. Power is more than adequate but it's not a muscle car by any stretch. The local Lexus dealer service dept. advised me I will need to replace the engine mounts at 60,000K.




All around quality

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

I purchased this car used, 6 model years old and 69,000 miles. It is very comfortable to drive on extended trips, smooth, quiet, soft leather seats, and a high quality sound system. It has soft and smooth handling, as its designed as a luxury sedan, not a sports sedan. My only problems have been a pair of new catalytic converters(warranty) and after replacing a rear window, the automatic switch is off so I need to manually stop it on the way up. I will definitely look at Lexus when my wife's Avalon needs replacing someday. This one will stay in the family for the rest of its lifespan.




Low cost luxury

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

I purchased the car at 6 years old with 69000 miles so someone else took the depreciation hit. Very nice car for the price. Smooth and quiet ride, and lots of amenities. Its not a sports car, but was not designed as one. It has a lot of the features of the Lexus LS without the price tag. Very dependable car. Catalytic converters needed replacement but were covered under warranty. Lexus dealership was outstanding on the repair. One window switch issue, automatic function does not work right after the window needed replacement, but not sure if it is a switch problem or an installation problem. After 4 GM cars and one Dodge, wife's 2003 Avalon and this ES 300, I am sold on Toyota.




Meets expectations - generally...

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

The ES300 has been a very high quality and reliable automobile requiring very few repairs above and beyond the required scheduled maintenance. This vehicle gets decent gas mileage and generally averages about 21-23 mpg, and also has a very quiet and comfortable ride. However, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this specific model has a slight hesitation in acceleration that the dealership was unable to correct. The automobile also has a fairly fragile paint job that scratches easily and is susceptible to rock chips. Reading the center console displays of radio/CD and heating/AC settings can be difficult when wearing polarized sunglasses.



Full 2003 Lexus ES 300 Review

What's New for 2003

Completely redesigned last year, the 2003 ES 300's only change is the addition of power-adjustable pedals.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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