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2004 Lexus ES 330 Sedan

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Base 3.3L V6 5-speed Automatic - (227 reviews )

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Class-action suit needed
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By M. Marcotte
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2004 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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Our ES330 is our second Lexus. But the
transmission in the ES330 is rougher
than a stick shift. It lurches, pauses,
hammer-upshifts, and hunts for gears.
These shifting patterns could produce
unsafe conditions and loss of control
on slippery roads. Lexus needs to fix!
But they deny the problem. I was told
by Meade Lexus service that the 2003
transmission software correction
helped, but that the softwear update
for the 2004 actualls makes conditions
worse. Anyone interested in a class-
action suit can have some of my $ and
time to pursue.


Best Features

Nice car spoiled by transmission. We're all going to face extraordinary depreciation and/or onerous repair bills when these transmisions start to self-distruct from rough shifting patterns.


Worst Features

Transmission recall.


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Love my new SportDesign ES330
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By chgoRX300
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2004 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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Just got my 2nd Lexus 2 weeks ago!
Lease due in Dec.2004 but Lexus wants
to keep their happy customer offered
me a 6 mo. payment waiver program.
Basically I drop off my 42 mo. old
RX300 and bought a new ES330 without
any hassle.
I picked the SportDesign Special
Edition which has a sportier looking
wheel and Black-eye Maple wood trim
and smoky black finish in the back,
GPS and ML is the best in the market,
rear sun shade is cool. The ride is
quieter than my RX300 (SUV) and the
engine runs silkily smooth. I already
have over 500 miles on my new baby.


Best Features

Black Eye Maple Wood Trim. TouchScreen DVD GPS, ML Audio. Rear Sun shade. Value (compare to BMW) quite plush ride.


Worst Features

Built-in Satellite Radio, "Shift on demand" like Acura and BMW offered


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Drivers seat
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By JR Cole
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2004 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I drive about 100 hundred miles a day
and find the drivers seat the most
uncomfortable and painful. The front
of the seat is mounted ~2" higher in
the front which positions all the
weight on your thighs. I've tried all
the adjustments the seat will allow
with no relieve. I spoke to the
service manager about my problem his
only comment was "ya that seat
sucks!".

Don't get me wrong all the acculades
given this car are well earned and if
you only drive around town 10 to 12
thousand miles a year you will
probably never notice the discomfort.


Best Features

The smoothness and quiet can't be any better, it's hard to believe your moving


Worst Features

Re-design the front seats!


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Excellent And Bland
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By David P
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2004 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I agree the ES does not offer GT
sedan performance. Kick in another
$30K, if that's what you want and get
the 430. I do not feel that the power
or the transmission cause any safety
problems. You can lock in a lower
gear ratio, if the situation calls for
it and the engine will give you what
you need. I don't care about Porche,
G35 Coupe, GT Sedan performance any
more. That's why I bought the ES.

If you don't care to have high
performance handling and
throttle/transmission response and if
you do want a quiet comfortable ride
with very nice interior appointments,
excellent sound system and plenty of
luxury features, this car is a great
buy.


Best Features

Interior appointments and comfort, sound system, surprisingly huge spacious feeling interior, heavy car feel, quiet, gentle ride.


Worst Features

I feel as if I have to reach way back, almost behind me to get into the center console storage and that's somewhat inconvenient.


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great car
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By Paul K
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2004 Lexus ES 330 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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This sure is one of the best luxary
cars out there in its price catagory,
it has very smooth acceleration and the
engine roar is also very nice. Got ours
fully loaded, really glad we got the
navigation. interior is the best part
of the car, great lether and wood trims


Best Features

auto-dimming rear view mirror, engine roar, mark levinson sound system, HID lights


Worst Features

a little bit more hp, tiptronic transmission, mirrors should move down when parrell parking like on the RX.


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