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Lexus ES 300/ES 330



  • igibanigiban Posts: 530
    If one has an ES or TL with Nav for 4 months and is still not sure how to use the Nav, it's a good sign that he/she really should not have gotten it the first place, for one reason or the other. These are really easy to use tools that can come in handy when you need it. But if printing maps serve you fine it's cool too.

    When I got my ES I actually wanted one with Nav w/o ML. They did not have that but they do now. I think they still don't have one with ML only tho. I was glad they did not have such config at the time. ML rocks.
  • velostic.....price out the 17"s and you'll find the cost much higher than the 16"s and the brand / type options to be fewer....the 17"s sure look nice with the six spoke, but the price and availability is a consideration.

    In addition, the 17"s are suppose to ride stiffer due to the narrower sidewall. I have an 05 with the 17"s but haven't pushed it hard to tell the difference from the 16's which I had on an 2000ES (Toyo TPTs). For me, I decided on the better looking rim on the color I wanted. The 17"s look really nice and the 16"s are similar to the Camry XLE rims.
  • i just became the proud owner of a 2000 lexus 300es. (also, i'm many thousands poorer.)
     in talking to my mechanic, (have already had to replace oxygen sensor) i was advised to never, never jump start my car. nor should i hook up any lexus to jump start another car. he said that it will do damage to the alternator.
    anyone know about this? if such is true, does this mean that if my battery dies before i replace it that i must call the tow truck? or what?
    also, soon it will be tire time. is it true that i can move to H rated. V is terribly expensive with terrible warranty. the falken is looking pretty good to me, per reviews on tirerack.
    thanks for any help.
  • I have 2001 ES 300. I used it to jump start my pickup truck a couple of times. The car seems to have no ill effect so far.
    Regarding the V-rated tire, my car originally came with Bridgestone RE092 V-rated 16" tires. After they wore out at 25K, I changed them to Yokohama Avid H4 which are H-rated. They have much better wet traction compared to RE092, and also last longer and cheaper compared to old RE092. I think tire rack now shows tires from Bridgestone called Potenza G009 at about the same price as Yoko, and the reviews seem to be quite positive. You might want to try them.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,006
    differences in the Coach Edition or Platinium Edition are cosmetic...different leather, floor mats, wheels, side badging, smoke black emblems, and color options. I wasn't aware they had the Coach in 2000 for the ES, believe it was the Platinium, which is what I have. Coach Editions included a piece of Coach luggage.
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    You can figure out yourself whether or not the car has HID headlights and VSC.

    TO figure out the VSC, check out the button under the driver side of the dashboard, under the key hole. If you follow it down some going towards the gas pedal you will see a black button. On it should say either "TRAC" or "VSC".

    To figure out HIDs, simply turn on the headlights. You can tell from the color of the light being emitted. If it's bluish in the beginning and then turns whiter after a few seconds, it's got HIDs. Also, when you first turn on the lights, if it's got HIDs, they usually swivel up and down slightly to adjust. You can easily see this if the car is parked up against a wall or something.
  • 16" tires provide a better and quieter ride. 17" tires improve handling slightly. It all depends on what you value more.
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 853
    Exactly what is the Lexus "December Sale"?
  • Would like to hear what kind of mileage people are getting with the 2005 es330. Looking to buy one. Will I get a better price after dec. 25th?

    Was told by dealer problem with later is inventory gets low.


  • Hi Charlie:


    I bought a 2005 ES330 last Saturday and have 350 miles on the car so far. Averaging 21.8 mpg (combination of city and highway miles). To see the specifics of my purchase see the price paid board (I don't want to get into trouble for posting on the wrong thread).


    Good luck to you and happy holidays.
  • Maybe this has been covered before, but for the life of me I can't tell the difference between the Camry and ES 330 (On the road or in the parking lot).


    How does Toyota (Lexus) manage to sell , at a premium, the ES

    model. Are their big differences under the sheet metal?

    What's the skinny?
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    "but for the life of me I can't tell the difference between the Camry and ES 330 (On the road or in the parking lot)."


    I would suggest to get a pair of glasses! lol.
  • Are you kidding? Have you examined each of them? Have you test drove them both? My sons in-laws had a Camry XLE and were always of the opinion they were the same. Since then, they leased the ES and now state there is indeed a world of difference. At the dealership, the difference becomes even more pronounced. The keyword is QUALITY. Lexus gives you a super helping.
  • My Mom has a '99 ES with 25k miles. Yes, 25k. She's followed the maintenance schedule according to mileage, but I wonder if she should be following the "time" schedule. I don't have acess to a routine maint. schedule, does anyone have a link to one? Any suggestions on what should be done by the six year mark. I thinking all belts and hoses at least. Brake fluid perhaps? Thanks everyone, ep.
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    Your mom should be following the time schedule and not the mileage schedule. She should be getting oil changes every 6 months at least. Also remember the 99 ES300 engine is one of those engines that has had oil sludging problems.


    I think at this point if it hasn't been done, alot of fluids should definately be changed, especially brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant. As for belts, you should have them checked before getting them changed.
  • Thanks for the feedback. I reviewed the service with her tonight and it's had a oil changes every eight to ten months with the 15k service done at 15k. I'll bring it in for the 30,000 / major service and a likely transmission fluid change when I'm home next week. I'll have here follow the time schedule a bit more closely from here out.
  • gratzgratz Posts: 4
    My third Lexus is a 2004 ES330. It is the worst car I have ever owned. When you lift the foot off the accelerator, the car slows rapidly. Three times I nearly got rear ended. Then at about 18 mph, it jumps and goes into a normal coasting. Lexus says this is "normal". But it does it to varying degrees. Sometimes not at all. How can that be normal? Friends that have driven it have nicknamed it the "Lurch". Have 6K on it, but if something doesn't change, I am going to Infiniti or Acura NOW. It is better than getting killed by a close following vehicle.
  • Traded my 2002 ES300, with 27,500 miles, for a 2005 ES330. Averaged 28 to 29 on highway travel with the 2002 ES300. ES330, only 1,000 miles, averaging for highway travel around 27 mph so far. Extremely happy with both cars.
  • carlocarlo Posts: 2
    I too have a problem with the transmission on my ES330, sometime it seems to skip an than suddenly jump into gear. This is a very dangerous situation, when merging onto a major highway. The dealer said there is nothing they can do to correct this problem, I am waiting on a call from Lexus to see if they, "can make me happy". I intend on filing a Florida Lemon Law complaint, I feel this is a very unsafe situation. I am looking for other people with similar complains.
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