Got my '93 ES300 when I was in school 4 years ago with 180,000 miles on her. Now have 228,000 miles and still runs strong. Only "big" repair I had done was swapping out the transmission which put me back about $1500 a year after I bought it. Comfortable interior, great drivetrain that takes all kinds of abuse (as mine had with previous owners...trans went out because it went 180k miles on original fluid) and runs forever with original parts. If you take care of this thing and simply check/change fluids regularly, it will exceed your expectations.
Update: the one problem that I've run into with high mileage is suspension bits wearing out. Parts are cheap, but if you have a shop doing all the work or you don't know how to diagnose which piece is causing an issue, you'll probably end up spending a bit tracking down the culprits.
i got this manual transmission 93 es300 with 170000 miles on it and it still ran great the owner before me replaced the clutch and thats it.now it has 256000 miles on it and still runs great the paint is still perfect leather is cracked some but not much the key fob quit working for the locks and the antenna just stays up all the time now..alls i do is change the oil and i just put new brakes on it other than that its a great car.....i am going to upgrade to a 400 next time though maybe a gs something still 4 door with a v8 although i will miss that my es300 gets 31 miles to the gallon on the highway which people tell me is above average i think it has to do with the manual transmission..
After having transmission problems on my 1985 Mazda 626 LX, I purchased my 1993 Lexus ES300. Excellent car for the price. had 132k when I bought it. Now has 164k+. Nothing major has needed to be replaced. I burnt out the alternator with a subwoofer, but that was a dumb on my part. Long lasting parts, and a smooth, comfortable ride.
The 6 disc cd changer, the exterior sport car look. a mean machine with the power and the gas mileage
When my favorite Maxima got stolen I purchased this car with 63k from a friend who owned it only for 2 months, because of the Lexus reputation for quality. It now has 170k. When I got it, there were no problems. Soon I had to put a new radiator, waterpump, timing belt,fuel injectors. Shocks broken, engine leaks oil/overheat, water in the rearlight, the power radio stays up and doesn't retract, and not working long time ago. The hood doesn't stay open/hinges don't work, and A/C doesn't work in humid/rainy days,some of the instrument cluster lights are burned out, the truck needs to open with the key LOT of issues/little things keep me wonder what's happened to the Lexus quality...
The exterior and interior looks awesome even 17 years later, comfort, plenty of style, and a powerful V6 DOHC engine
I traded my '93 V-6 Camry in on a '93 Lexus ES300 and have been very happy with it. The ride is super quiet and smooth and feels as if I'm in a newer car!! The suspension is nice and soft and absorbs bumps without any harsh ride. It has 153k miles (only 152k at trade-in time)and you'd never know it. It does need some fixes, but does not in any way interfere with the reliability or drivability. Needed repairs: 2 cv axles, new exhaust flexpipe, valve cover gasket and power steering and alternator belts. Possibly new tie rod ends, due to loose, sloppy steering and too much freeplay. These engines never die and can go to 400K with NO problems!!
Moonoof. heated seats, power, reliability, quiet engine, beautiful exterior & interior style and superior comfort, lots of features, excellent handling on corners/turns.
Make longer-lasting heated seat on passenger side, automatic trans. is a bit jerky/rough from park to reverse,install factory cd player and the handling on snowy roads is ATROCIOUS!! LOWER repair parts cost! WAY TOO expensive to fix these cars, which leads owners to neglected maintenance!!!