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1998 Lexus ES 300

Base 3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic - (49 reviews )

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Great Car for old people and accountants
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By loco
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1998 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan


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Great reliable car, decent fuel economy, very comfortable but not too fast. Overall if you need a car for everyday that you know would not let you down you should buy it.


Worst Features

miles per gallons


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Probably the Most Reliable Ever Built!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Sim
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1998 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan


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Drove confidently from NV to IL with just under 199K purring like a kitten (and still purrs). Had to replace front struts and control arms, that's about it. Went through over 3 dozen new and used cars (BMW, Acura, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, GM, Dodge, Mazda, VW, Saab), but none, NONE like the ES300. This is car is ultra reliable and it can probably go for another 100K. This is really why many are loyal to the Toyota/Lexus brand. It's hard to beat it's quality and reliability combination. The engine will most often outlast the body and suspension. If there is a need for used car, this is the best one to get.


Best Features

Engine is still smooth and sound. Granted it's a more refined engine, but being a '98 and 200K, it's quieter than my '07 V6 RAV4. Paint still glossy after 10 years. Parts are always available, if needed. No wonder these cars have great resale value.


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Black on black beauty!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Kwam
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1998 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan


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Great car. It runs very smooth and has useful features like traction control, heated seats and memory seats. I also like the adjustable suspension. In sport mode it can almost hang with a beemer.


Best Features

Heated seats, memory seats, smooth and quiet ride, adjustable suspension, responsive engine. The fact that it uses regular gas.


Worst Features

Inside light should come on when you open the car. It should have a telescoping wheel,more responsive steering and the memory seat controls should be in a better location.


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Dark of night sale/surprise
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Sandra Hartnell
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1998 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car at night on the fly after an auto acc. so didn't have it checked out. The radio LED didn't work nor did the lighter/chargers-annoying. The mpg however is 24 consistently and I've gotten up to 28 after servicing across the state. When you have to step on it it REALLY kicks into high gear with a pleasant rush for this resistant to aging gal. I'd buy this car again and will probably keep it a long time. Not crazy that it looks almost exactly like a Camry but the plus is the parts are interchangeable.


Worst Features

The heated seats barely feel warm and I've heard from other owners that the radio LED going out is common. Don't why a 94 Maxima can have heated mirrors but this Lexus doesn't.


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Moving on up
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By metfan
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1998 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan


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Have been a Toyota loyalist for the last 15 years until I purchased my first Lexus about 3 years ago. I bout a 7 year old ES 300 with 100K miles on it. I have put about 50K on it since then and the car has been flawless. I change the oil about every 5K, and that is all that I have needed to do. Yea, I have the CD display problems that everyone else has, but other than that, the car is great! I get a realistic 25 mpg, and can hardly hear the car purring, even when completely stopped. I seriously do not believe they can make a car run any better than this one! I'll drive this baby for another 5 years.


Best Features

Reliability. Multi-adjustable comfortable leather seats. Large trunk room. Ample rear seat room.


Worst Features

None. This is the perfect car.


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