I looked at Mercedez, Audi, Acura and a
whole bunch of other cars. I decided to
settle for a Lexus ES300 because all
the features that I was getting as an
option in some of the other vehicles
were all standard in the ES300. It is a
great drive. I already put in 1400
miles in the first 3 weeks. The dealer
was great and definately deserves
The windows open at a touch of the
bottom. That is good add on in the
summer. The sound is awsome. Heated
seats would definately help in the
winter. The cruise control switch could
use some improvement.
Lexus should have a design that makes
it stand out and not look like a Camry.
The standard seating is cloth but
difficult to find cloth. Why not make
leather a standard.
Would love to have the stereo controls
on the steering wheel.
Basically I'm very pleased with this
car. The only thing that bother me is
the new 5 speed transmission. Here's a
brief example of what I mean: If I
drive about 35mph and then slow down to
about 5mph and than try to accelerate
there is a hesitation. It's as if the
transmission can not decide on what
gear to go into. When it finally does
there's a slight lurch forward.
One other thing is a rattle that
happened in the right rear. The dealer
had to remove the rear door panels and
do something to the insulation to
correct it. There was a service
bulletin about this problem. I didn't
expect that on a brand new Lexus!
The GPS Navigation system is great.
Fix this glich in the transmission.
My '94 Lexus transmission was much
better than this '03.
The car is very comfortable, and has
complete set of luxury features. Small
truning radius makes it easy to park.
5 speed transmission is very smooth
and responsive. Gadgets are well
defined and easy to read. Low cabine
noise and soft suspenssion make ride
One touch all window/sunroof
open/close (and from remote),
navigation, breakes, automatic wipers,
wood/leather steering wheel.
Global closing from remote, steering
wheels controls, free nav DVD upgrade,
voice activated features as Accord has.
When I bought this car, I wanted a
solid car that would last and age well,
ride nicely and get decent mileage. I
did not want an accord or camry either.
I reviewed at least a dozen cars and
the ES 300 was always at the top of
each category. After purchasing the
car I have slowly learned it's little
nuances and feel. I have grown to
really appreciate just how solid a
vehicle it is.
1000 miles. Has an erratic transmission
shift pattern. Was present in the 2002
models as well, and was suppose to be
fixed by a software change, but it
isn't. It is actually dangerous. If
you release your gas pedal, and press
it back to where it was you get a huge
thump. You also find it very
hesitantif going from say 27 to 40 mph.
The delay is very noticeable, don't get
into an intersection, and need
immediate move. First Lexus says, the
fix is delayed (shelved), and now
theysay end of 2003. I don't think
Lexus knows how to fix this 5 speed
problem. It affects power because
normal gas pedal pressing doesn't allow
the transmission to shift quick enough.
The floor lights coming on when in
park. Fit and finish look good except
around door panel sill carpet. The
electric trunk opener is handy, as well
as the dual ac.Need more ac flow to
rear passenger without blowing driver
Fix Transmission,more power,Better
carpet trim work door panel. Easier
stick for steer.wheel tilt. Better back
bolsters like BMW. darker leather,
lighter easily dirtied. leather on door
posts,no fabric.Looks like Camry.
Harder paint on front bumper that
doesn't chip so easy/discolor.
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