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1998 Lexus ES 300

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Base 3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic - (48 reviews )

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Great car with amazing reliability!
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By seattlegirl
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1998 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan


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I have owned this car for a little over a year now and am still loving it. The car had 68k miles on it when I bought it and now has 80k and runs as if it was new. The only maintenance it has needed was a new tail light bulb (the car told me it was out or else I never would have known). It's so comfy both to drive and ride in and fun to drive. I wouldn't call it sporty, but I love the comfy ride the responsive steering. considering it is a luxury car, the es300 gets great mileage. It doesn't take premium and I can get up to 26 mpg driving lots of highway. Very quiet, lots of handy features. There's even an extra outlet plugin for an iPod in the console. The styling is classic, people love it!


Best Features

Auto driver and passengers seat adjuster, leather, wood accents, steering, center console is so handy!


Worst Features

Cup holders! I had a mocha fly out of one while making a sharp turn. Floormats still have mocha stains on them! Telescopic steering wheel would be a nice touch. Also I wish the keyless entry clicker was integrated with the key like on newer models.


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Excellent Reliable Car
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By johndds
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1998 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan


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Original owner. ES 300 is extremely reliable: no engine/transmission problem. still get 19+ MPG. Timeless body design. Excellent value. However, does not drive like a BMW.


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Used but still a lexus
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By avan
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1998 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan


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I love this car, the '97 to '00 body style with it's sporty, deliberate lines stemming from its lifted rear to it's lowered front end quite simply seem to flow better than that of the newer models which, though impressive in their own right, seem more to me like that of a family ride. As far as performance is concerned this car handles like a champ and practically drives itself, it's impressive 200 hp is more than complemented by its smooth beyond reason shifting. Interior and dash controls are simple and elegant like that you would expect from Lexus. There is a downside in its poor turning radius but it's made up for by its ease of handling suitable even to that of a 5th grader. 5 out of 5.


Best Features

Memory seats, heated seats and side mirrors, adjustable suspension, sporty design, I love the design, by far my favorite ES 300, and the simplicity and sophistication of it's dash and climate controls, the in-dash, not trunk, cd changer puts it over the top.


Worst Features

None serious, different brakes altogether, larger rotors, new caliper design smaller single piston caliper bushings tend to wear too easily causing break pulls and uneven pad wear, AWD would be nice.


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Can't Wait to buy another one!
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By bwhite
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1998 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan


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Bought this car with 130,000. Now has 160,000 and runs as smooth as ever. Very fast and responsive, use synthetic oil for the engine due to the mileage. It still attracts a lot of attention. A little snug for me at 6'2". Highly recommend it. I would absolutely buy another one.


Best Features

Driving speed, smooth exterior, very responsive engine.


Worst Features

Could be a litte wider with more headroom for taller drivers. Otherwise, wouldn't change a thing. Also, should come with a cd player.


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Still Running Strong
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By wilsonmd
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1998 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan


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We've had our car for almost 6 years now. It currently has 140,000 miles on it and I am happy to say they have been carefree miles! We haven't had to do anything to this car (other than normal maintenance)! It still rides smooth and quiet!


Best Features

We live in the snowy mountains of Utah and more than once, the traction control has saved us.


Worst Features

Did not come standard with cd player.


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