2003 Lexus ES 300 Consumer Review: Great , but not like the previ

2003 Lexus ES 300 - Consumer Review

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115 Total Reviews

Base Sedan (3.0L V6 5-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Great , but not like the previousES300s
By musicman2721 on


2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


1000 miles. Has an erratic transmission
shift pattern. Was present in the 2002
models as well, and was suppose to be
fixed by a software change, but it
isn't. It is actually dangerous. If
you release your gas pedal, and press
it back to where it was you get a huge
thump. You also find it very
hesitantif going from say 27 to 40 mph.
The delay is very noticeable, don't get
into an intersection, and need
immediate move. First Lexus says, the
fix is delayed (shelved), and now
theysay end of 2003. I don't think
Lexus knows how to fix this 5 speed
problem. It affects power because
normal gas pedal pressing doesn't allow
the transmission to shift quick enough.

Best Features

The floor lights coming on when in park. Fit and finish look good except around door panel sill carpet. The electric trunk opener is handy, as well as the dual ac.Need more ac flow to rear passenger without blowing driver so hard.

Worst Features

Fix Transmission,more power,Better carpet trim work door panel. Easier stick for steer.wheel tilt. Better back bolsters like BMW. darker leather, lighter easily dirtied. leather on door posts,no fabric.Looks like Camry. Harder paint on front bumper that doesn't chip so easy/discolor.
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