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Finally, the car I've been looking for
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By Brad Gould
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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This is the first car that after owning for a while I haven't found anything that I dislike. This oddly enough is also the first car I've bought without driving first.


Favorite Features

Nav system, vented seats, interior design


Suggested Improvements

There is a brief delay when you first step on the peddle off the line.


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bad transmission
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By X-Redhead
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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Poorly shifting transission. It can not find next gear easily. Almost like the transmission is slipping and then takes hold and my head snaps back. Service manager says "you will get used to it". Huh?? For $37,000!! Tires, according to info that came with the car "may not last 20,000 miles". Bridgestone Turanza. Instruments hard to read in the daytime. Next time I will buy the Acura. Can't wait for the 2006 model Acura. This is the third Lexus I have owned and the first time I have been disappointed with my purchase. Also own a 2003 Mercury GM LS and at this point like it better.


Favorite Features

Soft ride. Leather.


Suggested Improvements

Improve body style. Too much like the Avalon only smaller. Gas mileage improvement needed.


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Top Luxury/Moderate Performance
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By LBPop
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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If I was 10 years younger, this car would not have been my first choice. However ,in my mid 50s it's perfect. Luxurious, quiet, classic and, with the ride stabilization, it handles relatively well. The shift lag seems to improve over time. It can be reduced by decisive decisions to accelerate. If you hesitate, it does too.


Favorite Features

Interior appointments, sound system and automatic lights and wipers. I love letting the car make those decisions.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the shift lag and stiffen the suspension just a little.


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Another Home Run
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By Mike1948
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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This is my fifth Lexus, and as with my two prior ESs and two GSs, the results are the same, fantastic. I have found the car to ride beautifully, and the reliability to be what I expect out of Lexus. While the body style is not the most agressive, it still carries an air of luxury. I would once again recommend Lexus to any of my friends looking for a new car.


Favorite Features

The navigation system is great.


Suggested Improvements

Telescoping steering wheel.


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


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I get a lot of attention when I drive this car. It feels solid, sticks to the road and doesn't bounce around. I understand the gas mileage will increase with more miles on the car than what I have.


Favorite Features

My car drives great and is smashing to look at. Black garnet pearl w/black interior.


Suggested Improvements

Acceleration is a bit slow. Had to wait several months for the car since the interior colors on the lot are too light to be practical.


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


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This is my second Lexus, and I also have a new 05 Highlander Limited. I have owned many Toyotas and I keep coming back to their products because of the exceptional build quality and bullet proof reliability (a luxury in itself). This Lexus looks great in black and the black interior is easy to maintain. The ES has a smooth ride and predictable, if uninspiring, handling.


Favorite Features

The interior wood trim (red stained veneer) looks great with the black interior and I like the five star safety rating and curtain airbag protection. Ventilated seats are a neat feature as well.


Suggested Improvements

It's a great near-luxury car but looks much too similar to a rehabbed, dolled up Camry. I do not like the lack of good interior lighting; there is a dome light only, no header panel illumination other than map lights. The radio is kind of weak compared to my last Lexus and Toyota Avalon.


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Wish we had two 330s
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By Jerry
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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We had planned to buy the Avalon, and had been researching it long before it ever reached the dealership. The same day we drove the Avalon we also drove the ES 330, and our minds were made up. The Avalon is an excellent car with a better engine, but when fit, finish, materials quality, etc. are taken into account, the decision for us was easy -- the Lexus won, hands down. In addition to the car itself, you inherit a vastly different sales and service experience. We were worried about the reported transmission issues, but we learned from the Edmunds discussion boards that using a variable driving style during the learning phase was the key to good performance. It worked for us.


Favorite Features

Top quality interior, quiet ride.


Suggested Improvements

I agree with another reviewer that the standard audio system could be better.


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


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We have approximately 4K miles on this vehicle and we are very pleased with it. It is the quietest car we have ever owned and the gas mileage is close to advertised. Beautiful interior and extremely comfortable leather seating. Suspension is unmatched and the car handles like a dream.


Favorite Features

Dual climate control with adjustable heat and air vented seats. Outstanding sound system with 6 DC changer. Beautifully designed interior with wood trim accents.


Suggested Improvements

Transmission shifting at low speed. If there is a negative to this car it is the shifting at very low speed. If you slow to almost a stop and then accelerate, it lunges. Quite annoying.


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Likeable but not Loveable
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By MJL
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I've had my ES 330 for a bit over 2 months. Traded in a 2002 Acura TL. While the Lexus has a more upscale interior (i.e. wood trim steering wheel) the handling is not nearly as nimble as the TL, nor is it as quick as the TL (notwithstanding that both cars have the same HP rating). I also find that the double-wishbone suspension of the TL makes for a slightly more comfortable highway ride that the rack & pinion ES. All in all a nice car, comfortable and competitively priced with the likes of Acura TL, Infiniti G35 and Cadillac CTS. That said, I find it a likeable car, but not a car that can be characterized as a "driver's car". Only averaging 23 mpg combined city/hwy using req'd premium.


Favorite Features

Quality of interior materials and upscale feel of interior. Very quiet ride. Excellent audio system.


Suggested Improvements

With 240 ft.lbs of torque the car should be much quicker - improve responsiveness. Separate the odometer from the trip odometers and relocate the trip reset button to be more accessable.Add audio "mute" button on steering wheel.Bundle popular options within base price - option list long & expensive.


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Quiet as a Lexus
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By GLB
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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This is my first experience with a foreign automobile and I am thrilled that I finally made the change. This car is a great value for the money. The only "quirk" that bothers me is the strange shift pattern when slowing down to take a corner - seems like the transmission lags behind and doesn't shift soon enough.


Favorite Features

The ventilated seats are my favorite here in the deep south. It's nice to have this feature to keep the heat down on long trips or after the car has been sitting all day in the hot Georgia sun.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the quirky transmission and add power tilt and telescope to the steering wheel. Don't change anything else - it's too nice to mess with!


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