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A beautiful machine!
By Alex on 06/17/09 12:45 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Review

We bought this car used in March of 2008 (Certified though), and we have had absolutely no mechanical problems with it (minus one tire that had an improper seal, easily fixed)! One of the best cars we've owned! We used to be a Honda/Volvo family, but my husband acquired my stepmother's 2002 RX300 in 2005, and since then, we have fallen in love with the brand. A reliable, QUIET car! Only improvement would be better mileage around town, we're getting about 17.5, which is still good for a V6! Kudos, Lexus!
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Best FWD used car value for under $20K
By nixima on 05/26/09 16:49 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I test drove the Passat, A4, TL, and G35. They are all nice cars but the ES330 drives more smoothly, is more luxurious, does not require premium unleaded, and is more roomy inside. The transmission isn't as bad as some of the other reviewers have stated. Once in awhile it will have problems finding the right gear but 99% of the time it's fine. Other problem areas are the steering knuckle joint makes noise during the winter (there is a TSB for this). The headlights were aimed way too low but are easily adjusted with a screwdriver. The stock Michelin tires are not very good in the snow. Overall the goods outweigh the bads for the ES330.
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Love it!
By Kathy on 03/05/09 16:14 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I love this car! Bought this car last summer after driving an Acura TL. I have always loved the classy look of a Lexus car...I get compliments all the time on my car (it's white). Drive is quiet & feels great, have had no mechanical issues at all. The cup holder is my only complaint--it's not deep enough and you have to hold on to the cup so it doesn't tip over. Otherwise, LOVE IT!
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Great car
By JJG on 02/23/09 18:17 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Review

This is a great car in the snow. I went from all wheel drive to this and do not regret it. The stability control works great. It is a very quiet car low road noise.
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For What It Is, It Is Perfect
By Synthetic on 01/27/09 19:31 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Just bought with 44,500 miles. It replaces our LS 400 which we drove for 15 years until it was sideswiped. This is a beautifully balanced car in all regards: comfortable, reliable, economical, and loaded with lux features. Unlike some other raters, this transmission is very smooth.. no issues at all (and I was looking for them). We are delighted, and look forward to another 15 year run in this Lexus. The ES is not as cushy as our LS, but it is close, and about 25% more economical on fuel.
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Solid vehicle for under $20K
By Dirty McNasty on 01/27/09 11:35 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Review

This is my first Lexus and most certainly not my last. It's funny how people don't understand how nice a Lexus is until they actually own one. They do so many little things to their vehicles that other's don't. When you finally own a car that's made in Japan, you'll understand. Yes, there is a known transmission jerk that you learn to avoid, trust me I own one. Plus, the dealer has a flash for the ECU to almost fix it.
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Watch That Dealer
By Janice on 12/16/08 16:52 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Recently purchased 2005 Lexus 330, absolutely FABULOUS! Replacing brake pads and rotors because dealer pulled one over on me, but this car is my dream. One note: gas pedal seems a little sluggish, not sure if it's the high heels or not. I couldn't decide what to replace my 11yr old Mazda with and decided to go with a total luxury vehicle that is reliable and gorgeous. Believe me, I did my homework. This car "rocks"!
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Outstanding 2005 ES 330 with 48K miles
By MJW on 11/19/08 13:55 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I've had my ES 330 for 3 months and have made one rather lengthy trip, plus drive to work every day. I haven't experienced the transmission problems that others have. The navigation system that many complain about is fine. Read the manual and plan ahead. I agree the cup holders leave a lot to be desired. The sound system is great, but I wish the CD changer was in the dash. As for gas mileage - on my 1500+ mile trip I averaged 28.65 MPG, which includes driving into some heavy head wind - average speed 70+. Not a sexy car, but I am glad a made this purchase. Perhaps I just got lucky?
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DON'T BUY A 2005 MODEL
By Tamra Parks on 08/08/08 13:14 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I have the same issues as others with the transmission and it drives me crazy. I complained at the 5,000 mile checkup and the dealership told me, "We know about this common complaint, but you will get used to it." In other words, too bad. My car has 63,000 miles and I have not gotten used to it. So I will never buy another Lexus because of it. This is my second one. Also, the cup holder is so flimsy that it broke and they want $380 to fix it. The quality is equivalent to what you would find in a $10,000 car.
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2005 ES 330
By Rich on 07/26/08 20:41 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Review

The ES is a pleasure to drive and one of the quietest cars I have ever been in. It offers a great ride with nice power. Controls are logically laid out for easy operation while driving. My 3 points of criticism are: 1) Terrible cup holders 2) Transmission hesitates when accelerating from a slow roll is a very poor design on this model 3) Front seat should be longer to reach closer to your knee for improved comfort and better support "under leg".
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