Bought my ES300 at 83,000 miles. No troubles, absolutely no troubles at all. Never been to the shop at all except for regular maintenance oil changes. At speeds above 75, wind noise gets appreciable higher through the window. The car has lots of pep only when floored. The tranny thinks for about a second before shifting and then the car flies. A very smooth ride and smooth steering. Absolutely disgusting cup holders. I have given up on the floor mat after numerous spills. There is a noticeable body roll during cornering at high speeds, but that's due to the soft suspension bug - again the ride is magnificently soft. If you are looking for a soft, plush, trouble free ride. This is not a sports car.
There are few cars in ones lifetime
that one buys that you look back and
say to yourself "Why didn't I do this
sooner?". The ES300 is one of those
cars. Unlike cars we've owned in the
past, we enjoy the car *more* the
longer we own it. The legendary
quality of a Toyota is kicked up a
notch with the Lexus. Don't be fooled,
this is NOT a rebadged Camry. Having
driven/owned both, the only things they
share is the same parent company. "The
Relentless Pursuit of Perfection".
Well, I think Lexus is getting pretty
darn close to the finish line."
The Lexus es300 is one of the best cars I've owned. After 8 years I have had no problems with it. It drives smooth and is pretty fast. The seats are comfortable and it's quiet and gets decent fuel economy. (I get about 19/24 mpg.)
I purchased a certified pre-owned 2000
with 33000 miles one month ago. This
is my first "luxury" car after always
having sports cars. Its a great car,
but not without flaws...in my opinion,
there is more wind noise than there
should be in a car of this caliber
(mostly noticeable on the highway or
over 55 mph). The only other thing I
dislike is the radio/speaker system -
"Lexus Premium Sound" is pretty poor.
VERY weak bass no matter how you adjust
If you have an opportunity to get the
upgraded Mark Levinson stereo, I'd try
it. I was also surprised I can't quite
reach 30mpg, even on conservative all-