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2005 Lexus ES 330

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Base 3.3L V6 5-speed Automatic - (151 reviews )
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Navigation system needs update
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By Timothy Rossiter
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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The 2004 ES 330 is an outstanding car. The major problem and I mean major is the navigation system. It is not accurate and reads from the bottom up not top down. It is extremely annoying while driving and limits your choices while driving the car. The car must be completely stopped to change anything with the system. If you are in sales and need accuracy especially at night this is not the navigation system for you.


Favorite Features

Smooth ride and quiet interior.


Suggested Improvements

Please, please update and change the navagation system.


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


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The car has a very bad shifting which the dealer says is normal. Very jerky motion like something from a 10 year old car. Not what I would consider luxury. Engine revs way too high. The ac is fine the controls are good but still not what I would consider luxury


Favorite Features

Radio is very good, sound and ease of use. Window switches that allow for one touch up and down is nice.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the transmission. It has made it so the car is not enjoyable.


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An ES 330 with lots of problems
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By smirror
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought an Acura TL in 2002 and had a lot of noise problems. So when I needed to buy another car last year, I went for a Lexus brand with great reputation. But I was disappointed completely. The transmission hesitation made the driving so painful, in addition to many noise problems (rattling door, overhead, steering column and front passenger seat). In fact there are widespread complaint about the transmission problem in the Edmunds Forum discussions. My mistake was that I did not read them before buying the car. Still, I am surprised that the reviews here are pretty much all good. Go check out the Forum before you buy the ES. Don't make mistakes like mine.


Favorite Features

Great interior material. Looks luxurious.


Suggested Improvements

Transmission needs re-design. Better workmanship to reduce rattling.


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It feels more expensive than it is
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By Ibsig
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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Great compromise between road performance and luxury. Doesn't handle quite like the TL, but it's far more pleasing to sit in. Probably an unfair generalization, but if you are under 40, you buy the TL--if you are over 45, you buy the ES330. If you are 40 to 45, you're on your own.


Favorite Features

Cabin is comfortable and it works well. Appointments like wood inserts add to luxury.


Suggested Improvements

A little more headroom in front. A little tighter suspension-- stabilization option is a must.


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Frustrated by Lexus
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By Ray Wiese
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I've been wholeheartedly disappointed with the ownership experience. Dealer "acknowledges my problems" but states "Lexus has no technical fix". Problems are transmission surging when accelerating from a near stop (say, 5 mph) following speed humps or in stop/start traffic - caused by computer controlled throttle and wind noise from driver's mirror. Also, dash & door rattles that come and go depending upon outside temperature. From a brand ranked by many as being of high customer satisfactory rating, I personally have been wholeheartedly disappointed with the ownership experience. I truly want to love this care but remain frustrated with Lexus and Toyota. Expected more for the money.


Favorite Features

Fit, form and finish are nice. Ride is good.


Suggested Improvements

Lexus must fix the acknowledged problems with the computer controlled throttle in this vehicle. I've learned this has been a chronic problem for several years with no fix. Wind noise from the driver's mirror has been described as "normal" yet no noise is heard from the driver's side mirror.


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