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2003 Lexus ES 300 Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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Base 3.0L V6 5-speed Automatic - (114 reviews )
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Performance a bit disappointing
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By Andrewky
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2003 Lexus ES 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

This car has the mushiest transmission shift I have ever experienced. The car lags annoyingly when attempting to accelerate for passing at highway speeds, and never seems to select the appropriate gear for optimum performance. The fit, finish and luxury of the car are beyond reproach. Unfortunately, driving pleasure is marred by the transmission characteristics for which Lexus has no cure. I've had two Mercedes sedans recently and the ES300 just doesn't measure up to the performance standards set by the Benz's.


Best Features

Heated seats, wood/leather steering wheel, multi-disc in dash CD player, the quiet interior and supportive seats.


Worst Features

Driveability....acceleration and transmission shifting. More highly styled wheels would help the rather bland exterior.


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Love my Lexus
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By Dan Devine
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2003 Lexus ES 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I am on my second Lexus and I am very pleased with the performance, reliability, style and dealer service. My best car experience.


Best Features

Great pick up and speed for a 6 cyl.


Worst Features

Rear view side mirrors that automtically adjust downward for backing out of tight spots.


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Great car to own!
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By Birgit
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2003 Lexus ES 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I have owned this car for 1 year and 10 months-not one thing has gone wrong with it. Excellent service at the dealership! Very comfortable to drive! Pleasure to own!


Best Features

Sterio system programable garage door opener button


Worst Features

none


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Need to go back to manufactor
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By Dissapointed
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2003 Lexus ES 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Problem with transmission program. Vehicle drive sluggesh from 0 to 20. Manufacture enhancement made problem worse. No present fix for now.


Best Features

Nice car overall. Except for defect. Safty issues.


Worst Features

Start over with new program and transmission.


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Wonderful - with even greater potential
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By unclecheeb
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2003 Lexus ES 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

A wonderful vehicle in a class by itself. Attracts attention, but the ES and Camry look too similar. Fantastic interior. Comfortable seats with a myriad of adjustments. First-class fit, finish and quality of materials, exceeds quality of others in class. Ride is plush, but not advertised as a sports sedan. Safety features abound. Excellent driver and passenger protection. Many comfort and convenience features, yet there is room to further distance the ES from the pack with the addition of convenience option features from the LS series e.g., keyless entry/ignition, storage bins, auto-adjusting steering wheel, auto door closure, etc.


Best Features

Fit, finish and quality of materials. Quiet cabin. Very good creature comfort and convenience features, e.g., dual climate control, heated seats, in dash CD with cassette. Excellent safety features.


Worst Features

Transmission needs "response" improvement. HP/torque should be in the 250 - 275 range for a more confident feeling in uban driving situations, e.g., merging, passing, quickly getting up to speed after manuvers, etc. Can not see radio/CD readouts in sun. Offer 17 inch wheels.


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