2002 Lexus ES 300 Consumer Review: Dependable, High Quality Sleep

2002 Lexus ES 300 - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (3.0L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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Dependable, High Quality Sleeper
By lexusboy9 on


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


So I purchased my ES300 about too years ago with 109K already on the clock. She was mint condition and had one owner..She was flawless even with the mileage and years on her. I purchased her and never looked back! To date she has ran flawlessly, always their when I need her. I had one time where she did not start and it was because of a bad battery, slapped a new one in and she fired right up! Lexus really built this car for the long haul, Sheila (My ES300) currently has 129K on her and each mile has been timeless on her. She continues to get better with time. I plan on driving her until she tells me, I can't go any further! LONG LIVE THE ES300 I love her!!!

Best Features

Moonroof, HID AUTO leveling headlights, high quality leather and heated seats, all auto up and down windows, Sound system is to die for out beats my friends 2014 Nissan Altima's Sound, Quiet engine you can barely hear her running, Auto rainsensing windshield wipers, Rides like she is hoovering above the ground on all types of roadway, The dashboard is gorgeous with woodgrain, coeworkers always compliment me on the interior. If you keep premium gas like it calls for in it she barely uses gas

Worst Features

The only gripe that I have with Shiela is her 6 cd-changer stereo, it gets kinda finicky every now and again. Other than that no complaints EVERYTHING works and looks as if it was new
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By ben_ulture
on 07/02/14 20:13 PM (PDT)

You're really passionate about this car, right? That's pretty cool. Enthusiasm is good. I just inherited the same car, from my grandmother, to my sister, to myself. Only ~69,000 miles on it. I'll probably drive it 'til it falls apart, myself. I'm used to compact cars, myself, with the biggest car I've ever owned (until my Lexus ES300) being a Toyota Camry. The Camry got totalled (not my fault), and with the Lexus I've rear-ended a woman on the freeway (she had slammed on her brakes unexpectedly), resulting in the slightest of damage to her back bumper (looked mostly like paint from my car), but a good crush in my front bumper. I also "brushed up" against a parked car in a store lot. Again, my victim's car sustained no noticeable damage, but now _both_ ends of the front bumper looked like they had been punched out ... perhaps by the Incredible Hulk. I got lucky when the owners of the parked car said, "I don't see any damage, you might as well just go," which I absolutely did. That's when my sister informed me that, despite it's modest size, a Lexus should be driven like an eighteen-wheeler, because it's so freakin' powerful that stopping it takes time and distance. No more tailgating for me; I don't care _how_ dense the traffic is! Safe following distance, reasonable speeds, and ultra concentration (MY 2002 ES300, if not yours, is apt to wander out of its lane if the driver starts playing with all the neat functions inside the car). Oddly enough, my six-disc changer also gets finicky, especially about ejecting CDs. One terrible night, I though I'd be stuck listening to "The Best of Gary Glitter" for all time.

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