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2005 Lexus ES 330

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Lexus no more
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By Lexus No More
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased a 2005 ES330/new... had it in for service 4 times. The transmission always felt like it was missing when slowing down and then accelerating. Once you got going it is a very smooth ride. Apparently the design is flawed. There is a computer chip that needs to refresh, which is fine if you never yield or slow down to go around a corner. The dealership offered a new ES3 50..with extra cost... but I just purchased a 2007 530i BMW.


Best Features

Nice interior....


Worst Features

Work on that computer chip...the change from a cable to the computer chip began in 2003...too many bright people out there to not come up with a better design.


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Size vs me
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By mark
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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The Lexus ES 330 is a nice car. However it's a bit cramped inside. The between the seats cup holder is terrible and the acceleration is weak. Fuel mileage on trips is good, but poor around town.


Best Features

Auto aligning headlights.


Worst Features

Cup holders, power.


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Retirement Car
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By Hank
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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We wanted a car that would make long trips easy. The ES 330 does that in style. My wife can't stand the cup holder. She drives it to work and needs her coffee. Since Katrina the traffic has gotten worse than ever. I am glad she has the comfort and safety of her new car while sitting in traffic. I find the tires transfer noise to the cabin. Our car had to have the radio replace shortly after purchase. Over all I am very happy with our retirement road trip transportation. PS. ours is gold and my 4year old grandaughter has gone on several trips with us and thinks Goldielocks is fun.


Best Features

Creature comforts and ergonomic style. The CD changer holds 6 volumes of AM Gold


Worst Features

CUP HOLDER!!! A retrofit would be nice. Great.


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Frustrated by Lexus
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By Ray Wiese
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I've been wholeheartedly disappointed with the ownership experience. Dealer "acknowledges my problems" but states "Lexus has no technical fix". Problems are transmission surging when accelerating from a near stop (say, 5 mph) following speed humps or in stop/start traffic - caused by computer controlled throttle and wind noise from driver's mirror. Also, dash & door rattles that come and go depending upon outside temperature. From a brand ranked by many as being of high customer satisfactory rating, I personally have been wholeheartedly disappointed with the ownership experience. I truly want to love this care but remain frustrated with Lexus and Toyota. Expected more for the money.


Best Features

Fit, form and finish are nice. Ride is good.


Worst Features

Lexus must fix the acknowledged problems with the computer controlled throttle in this vehicle. I've learned this has been a chronic problem for several years with no fix. Wind noise from the driver's mirror has been described as "normal" yet no noise is heard from the driver's side mirror.


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TCM, ECM Problems
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By Henry Casimer
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2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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My wife is principal driver but in January 2006 I drove the ES330 4,000 miles from northern IN to Key West and return. The engine and transmission fails to respond to throttle commands and the vehcle does not downshift to third gear when needed. With the pedal to the metal at 60 mph it takes forever to get back up to 70/75 mph. Same problem on entrance ramps. Trying to merge in 4th or 5th gear at 2,000 rpm will not get you out of the way of 18 wheelers. Car is at the dealer now. Have reported this to NHTSA as a safety issue. 25 mph not too impressive. GM can do 30 mpg with 3.8 L.


Best Features

Quietest vehicle I have ever driven


Worst Features

Change HVAC and audio displays from LCD to LED. Iluminate tach needle during cranking to be able to see that engine has started.


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