When a car is rated as the top selling Lexus for the past 15 years there gotta be some serious reasons for that.After owning SC300 I needed a 4 doors so best reviews went to the ES300 and its bigger sister ES330.GS had mixed reviews, I hate the IS, I can't afford an LS and I don't like an RX SUVs.Don't listen to those who say that the ES300 is a glorified Camry, they probably never drove a Lexus. You will see the build quality in every single piece of interior, the sound the hood, trunk and door latch locks. And NO, these interior wood are not fake, Lexus doesn't use fake woods in its interiors. I have some suggested improvements below (not a deal breaker though, guess I just got spoiled).
Its a Lexus so enjoy it.
-The climate control LCD and the audio LCD light should have been blue or fluorescent light instead of that dull green at least it would have matched the cluster fluorescent light. I hate that the front end looks kinda a Camry and that green color LCD lights.
- Better cup holders, these cup holders are UN-Lexus and they suck.
- Leather interiors wear fast ( I guess because they are too soft and smooth).
- The seats structure/where padding meets the structure is not a very solid one ( they feel cheaper than other Lexus).
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
Comfort, leg room, fast acting A/C, gas mileage, looks
the little quirks with the tranny and the switch problems on the rear window. They've already added more power to the newer ones.
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.
Great interior. I love to caress it! A superbly smooth ride. A sense of luxury of a much more expensive car. Strides well and holds the road with authority. The brakes are responsive and are the best ABS system I've had, even compared to Infinity and BMW 7 series. The sound system is top notch.
The fit between the front bumper and the front fenders dislodges easily with minor bumps. Needs to have a firmer fit. Apparently fixed in the ES350. Also the power issue was addressed in the ES350.
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.
Smooth ride. Very quiet. Great stereo. Silky smooth handling. Wood grain interior. Very comfortable seats. CLASSY.
More snap to the engine, which was done in the ES 350.