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2003 Lexus ES 300 Sedan

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Base 3.0L V6 5-speed Automatic - (115 reviews )

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best of the "small" luxury cars
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Exterior Design
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By russ heisinger
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Vehicle

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


Review

I hardly expected the quality of build
that is shown in this car. It is
excellent. The V-6 is plenty quick
enough for entering short on ramps to
the expressway, and it handles well.
One has to remember, this is a luxury
car, not a Vette! So far, it is the
best car I have ever owned out of the
30 or so I have had.


Best Features

The NAV system is super, the Mark Levinson stereo system is super, and the fit and finish beats any of its German competion!


Worst Features

Stering wheel stereo controls would be nice


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Smooth and Quiet
Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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By jrsmithson
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Vehicle

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


Review

I have owned the vehicle for six months
and have 3222 mile on the meter. It is
silky smooth and quiet. No wind or road
noise. A little floaty on uneven roads
but only minimum. Mileage on trips have
been 26mpg and around town about 21mpg.
Eventhough it is based on the Camry and
consumer magazines say buy the Camry
because of the cost. I have drove a
2003 Camry and the ES300 has nothing in
common to a Camry on the road. I highly
recommed this car to anyone wanting a
silky smooth quiet car that get you
there in style.


Best Features

Appearance Big list of standard options Smooth Ride


Worst Features

A little more power for mearging in traffic. Traction Control should be standard.


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Gary's ES300
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By GaryN
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Vehicle

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


Review

I had a 2000 ES300 before this and
loved it, but the new car is so much
better - very solid, excellent riding
and handling. It took a while for me
to get used to the new body style but
I've learned to love it, and the
interior is beautiful.


Best Features

Interior comfort, solid feel, fun to drive.


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The Camry is just as nice
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By dienberg
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Vehicle

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


Review

The leather, wood, and soft materials
are gorgeous. I especially like the
alluminum skuff plates and the
intricate interior lighting at night.
The exterior fit and finish is
perfect, unlike my mother's 2002
Camry. Both cars, however, have had
their fair share of rattles and
squeaks. I'll admit that there are
definitely transmission shudders, but
my 99 Solara exhibited the same
characteristics. Whatever reviewer
claims the noise levels are too high
is nuts. If you don't need the extra
warranty, the FANCY interior, or the
extra soundproofing, save and get a LE
V6 Camry. Overall, a solid best buy
in the class.


Best Features

Quietness, Beautiful interior design and finish, Best paint job in the industry (Don't need to pay $300-$800 more like the German's make you do for metallic), Standard Pioneer stereo is fantastic.


Worst Features

Fix the squeaks and rattles (especially the Moonroof), they are inexcusable in this price range. My 99 Solara did not have one squeak or rattle in over 48,000 miles of driving. More contrast on the stereo screen.


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Longed for the ES300 for three years
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By New ES300 Owner
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Vehicle

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


Review

Overall, I love the car. It's a luxury
car so I can't complain too much that
it doesn't take off from a red light
the way I would like. But after
getting started, it really moves. I
was warned that the Lexus could be a
little noisy, but to me it's not
unbearable.


Best Features

My favorite features: Automatic lights. Never having to worry about turning them off or on. The feature that detects water on the windshield and automatically turns on the wipers rates high. One touch button opens not only the driver's but all windows.


Worst Features

Redesign storage area between front seats. Opening is on the awkward side; so are the cup holders. Also, living in a big city, automatic activation of the theft deterrent system would have been great.


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