I traded a 2002 Camry for this and
can't go on enough about this car. I
was sold on Lexus after buying an RX
300 for my wife a year ago and
couldn't wait to get my own. I have
enjoyed the vehicle very much for the
week and half I have now had it.
Extremely quiet, rich in luxury
amenitites and a pure joy to drive
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.
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.
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.