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Lexus ES 300/ES 330



  • 99es30099es300 Posts: 3
    I have a 1999 ES 300. I really like the convenience of the all-in-one key remote found in the 2000 and above models. If I buy the key remote (blank) off the internet and have it cut matched to my key, can it be programmed to my ES? (The key looks the same, but is there ability to be programmed to the remote?)

    Also, it looks as if the 2000-01 tail lights (complete tail lights) will fit my 1999. Is this possible? What about the headlights?

    Thanks to anyone who can help.
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 853
    Yes, thanks Pat. I posted in the wrong forum.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Why doesn't Lexus add a SuperCharger to the Camry Hybrid and market it as an ES250h..???

    700 VDC already available for a variable frequency AC power source for a nice compact 3 HP AC motor to drive the centrifical Supercharger.

    Virtually no power comsumption from the batteries until WOT or near WOT and then enough GO to make it POWERFULL enough for a Lexus.
  • 99es30099es300 Posts: 3
    A guy is selling a 1999 ES300 asking $9,000. It has 111,000 miles on it.. What are thoughts on this possible purchase? It is pretty clean and looks to be well maintained. From my research, I have found this to be a pretty reliable car... Anything specific I should pay attention to or look for?
  • es3000es3000 Posts: 1
    my middle vents on my '93 ES300 is blocked some how. When i switch from head and feet mode to head mode there is a knock sound in the dash area and air seems to be coming out defrost. Also air is trickiling out center but comes out fine on the sides and below, when in that mode. Has any one had this problem? If so how did u fix it? Do i have to take the dash apart?
  • larry1larry1 Posts: 29
    The tail lights from a 2000 or a 2001 WILL fit on a 1999. I've seen pictures on
  • curt2005curt2005 Posts: 70
    There is a clear tube a few inches from where the jack rests under the toolkit pallet on the right side of the trunk. What does it do? Thanks.
  • roachbuggroachbugg Posts: 15
    Hello all,

    I write because I have a question about an offer made on an ES330. A dealer has emailed me about a 2006 ES330 Black Diamond with NAV for 32,880. Does that seem like a good price? The car has about 4,300 miles on it. Sounds good to me- but I want to be sure. Any input would be helpful. Thanks :)
  • greayregsgreayregs Posts: 9
    Any recommendations of where to hide a key on a 2004 ES 330?
  • romka8888romka8888 Posts: 1
    Please help!!!
    I just bought a used 2002 ES300. It only came with one master key/remote. Is going to a dealer the only option to get the second key/remote? I have seen people selling uncut "factory" key/remote. Can they be cut and programmed either by myself or the dealer?

    Thank you for your help.
  • curt2005curt2005 Posts: 70
    My just-bought 2005 330 has the rear license plate mounted with only the two screws at the top. As a result, when I close the trunk lid, it makes the car sound like a rattly clunker. Very tacky.

    I want to get a plain four-screw frame.

    The dealer's pretentious frame has shiny rounded caps over the screws. Do the caps snap off or what?

    Once I get the dealer's frame off, will I find provision to use four screws instead of two?

  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Why advertise for the dealer?

    Buy a nice frame that uses 4 screws.
  • curt2005curt2005 Posts: 70
    Yes, that's what I'm trying to do.

    My question is

    When I get the frame off, will I find holes for four screws or only for two? There is no clue looking at that part of the trunk lid from the inside

  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,286
    What you need to do is add strips of adhesive rubberized foam at the back of the license plate so that it sits firmly onto the car when the tope two screws are tightened. Also, you may need to add little strips of electrical tape at the edges of the plate where it slides into the dealer provided holder to prevent rattles.

    I hope this is clear to you, otherwise please let me know.
  • curt2005curt2005 Posts: 70
    I would still like to know if there are four holes or only two in the trunk lid.

    While I haven't been tried to get the caps off the two screws and remove them, I was able to examine and experiment with the setup.

    There are rubbery pads on the trunk lid apparently where the lower two holes would go.

    vcheng is right that the lower part of the license plate is rattling in the frame.

    Since there doesn't seem to be any easy way to get at the back of the trunk lid, I assume that you must use sheet-metal screws instead of bolts and nuts.

    What a cheesy setup for a quality car from a fancy dealer.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,286
    (I say the following light heartedly, so please don't be offended.)

    "I would still like to know if there are four holes or only two in the trunk lid."

    Two holes in the trunk lid, with threaded capture nuts intended to hold the licence plate. Uno, dos. No more. No tres or quatros.

    Please don't use sheet metal screws to start new holes. They'll start the rusting process and it'll get ugly (and expensive) to repair.

    I have used the foam tape method for all my cars with good results and no rattles, even with booming music. Try it, you'll be surprised how effective it can be.
  • curt2005curt2005 Posts: 70
    Exactly what I needed to know. Thanks.

    Will try sliding some double-stick tape between the license plate frame and the licence plate to stop the rattle when I close the trunk.
  • jbolltjbollt Posts: 734
    I've done the same with my last 3 Toyotas...I used a Scotch foam mounting tape, specifically designed for outside use, as I discovered early, that the regular "inside" foam double sided tape didn't hold up well in AZ...don't know if it was the heat, or our very limited rainfall. I put it between the plate and the trunk lid, and the plate and the frame.

    Good luck, and enjoy the quiet trunk...Realy a shame that Toyota and Lexus don't provide the second set of lic plate holes, but this solves the problem.
  • patepate Posts: 8
    Different people have given me different advise on this matter. What is the impact of using the low octane vs the top octane fuel? please advise. What will be best for the car or does it matter?
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