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2002 Lexus ES 300

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2002 ES 300
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By GLR
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2002 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Its an excellent fit of a car. I would never buy another American car because the service you receive is terrible in comparision to the Lexus dealership. They treat you and your car fantastic. But overall this is the best car I have ever had in 30 years. It can be a bit pricey with options but its worth it when you include the great service and support you get from them.


Best Features

Navigation system, comfortable and quiet ride, engine sound is minimal, service from any Lexus dealership is the best


Worst Features

Like to see heads up display like I had in my Bonneville SSEi. More driver's set leg room. Telescoping steering wheel with radio controls which I now understand they have on the 2005's. All the controls on the dash lighted at night like heating and air.


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The Lexus Myth
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By phil
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2002 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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The impulse acquisition of this Lexus from a good TV ad on the GPS (the Lexus came with it) was a poor decision on my part. I stepped down from Mecedes Benz and/ Seville quality. My "Lexus owning business associates" encouraged me to switch brands. "The're dependable and never in the shop!" In the first year they replaced the front brake rotors two times. I kept remarking about the engine/transmission match up and the "hesitation on acceleration/pausing, but was assured that I had a great imagination. It was recalled by a Lexus letter at a later date. The backs of the leather front seats would depart when the electric seat adjustment were initiated.I am happy back in a Mercedes Benz.


Best Features

I attended the Lexus dealer school on the operation of the GPS and the auto's systems operations. I found the audience knew more about the GPS than the instructor. Once into the GPS operation I found it was very satisfactory.


Worst Features

Don't acquire the first year production of any model! Service people need to listen. If your customer says there is a problem then either fix it or take the car back--Don't wait for the factory to tell you that you need to repace the engine/transmission micro chip!


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I like it!
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By Valeriy
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2002 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

No problems yet.

I am tall, so, it could be bigger. Also rear
spoilers should be good for the car.


Best Features

I enjoy to drive it.


Worst Features

No.


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Transmission and Brakes
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Alabama Gal
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2002 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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My brakes had to be replaced at around
15,000 miles due to warped rotors.
This also meant replacing the tires.
Fortunately Lexus covered the cost. I
just had them replaced again at 39,500
miles, at my cost. Was told that the
area I live in is to blame since it is
slightly mountainous. My husband has
70,000 miles on an 02 Yukon and has
never had brake problems. I also would
have like a smoother shift in the
transmission. They did the computer
changeover, but it is no better. When I
took it in last I was told the brake
replacement at 14K+ was a recall. When
I called Lexus I was told there had
never been a recall on the 02 Lexus.


Best Features

Fun to drive, great stereo sound, smooth around the curves


Worst Features

brakes and transmission


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Lexus ES 2002
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Patricia W.
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2002 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Although I do like this vehicle, I have
to say it totally lacks 'get up and
go'. It has major hesitation when
trying to pick up speed QUICKLY such as
getting on an interstate or crossing a
lane(s)rapidly to get out of traffic's
way. It has stalled badly in critical
situations. I know in the years
subsequent to 2002 the engine has been
upgraded to a 3.3 litre but I just
wonder if .3 is enough to do the job.
I doubt I would ever buy another ES
unless that engine was significantly
bigger--


Best Features

I LOVE the looks of the exterior front end. The inside is beautiful too. It has a quiet, smooth ride. Like gliding along. Corners beautifully also. The stereo system is great and the leather seats are fabulous. Very roomy. It also has a large trunk which really comes in handy.


Worst Features

It needs a MUCH bigger engine. It hesitates severely at critical times when power is quickly needed.


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