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2002 Lexus ES 300

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Base 3.0L V6 5-speed Automatic - (85 reviews )

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


Review

Too many problems for a luxury car:
computer failure on braking system,
jerky transmission, and inferior tires.
Had to replace Toyo tires at 20,000
miles due to very loud road noise. The
cost of replacement was partially
covered by warranty. Poor radio
reception without external antenna.
Poor gas mileage for a car with no "Get
up & go" performance.


Best Features

Great interior design for comfort. Like convenience of 6-CD Player and the "smart" windshield wipers.


Worst Features

Needs better transmission & more horsepower to improve performance. Tire warranty should cover total cost of replacement when dealer acknowledges that the tires are defective.


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Rear Door Rattles
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By 4ali
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2002 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

This is a powerful vehicle but is not
at all quick off the starting line.
The adaptive variable suspension works
well and responds to the driver's mood.
The ride quality is truly "creamy".
Braking distances are very competitive.
If you can afford the Mark Levinson
sound system, you won't regret it.


Best Features

Ability to adjust the character of the vehicle with the adaptive suspension. The "creamy" ride quality.


Worst Features

This car needs steering-wheel mounted audio controls. Annoying, annoying, rear-door rattles in cold weather.


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Noisy start and rattles
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By BIGGUY
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2002 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Not many people can say they ve owned 2
2003 ES300s.. I bought one in Oct/2002
a 2003 model.. Brought it back to the
dealer 3 times for an engine noise on
starting the car.. They attempted to
fix it numerous times and I finally
said. I don t want it.. Enough is
enough.. Well I traded it in last week
for another one with Nav system and ML
stereo pkg which I m very happy to have
done the second time around.. The car
itself is nice to drive, luxurious and
quiet well except for a rattle in the
front dash or upper window.. Still
needs to be determined where.. The Nav
system screen is also loose..


Best Features

Leather,Nav,Mark Levinson, seat comfort


Worst Features

RATTLES... RATTLES...RATTLES


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Nice car but..
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By Ole John
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2002 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Well it has a nice ride & is quiet.
Nice features. It is a little under
powered, but I expected that. Many have
complained about instability of the
transmission - but it is my
understanding that the ES300 has fly-by-
wire control, & have
experienced "shuttering" to different
degrees - from the feeling that your on
a bumpy road, to a low frequeny shutter
after coming down a hill & getting
ready to go up another. This is a
classic unstable servo system -
something that the engineers should
have solved long ago. BTW, the
transmission isn't all that great
either. Should be a lot better for a
35k car made by Toyota.


Best Features

Nice ride, quiet, nice interior.


Worst Features

Solve the engine servo control problem & get a better transmission


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Finest Yet
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By #2in2
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2002 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Wow! Just traded my 2001 ES300 for the
2002. Night and day difference! This is
car #40 for me and I've done them all,
from Studebaker to Mercedes. This is
the finest car I've ever been in. Style
is awesome, interior a knockout, quiet,
smooth and responsive. Tranny is a big
improvement over last year, as is
everything else.


Best Features

tranny, more interior room, style and overall quality. Automatic wipers!


Worst Features

I gues a few more hp would be nice, but I really don't miss them.


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