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Lexus ES 300/ES 330



  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121
    I saw an ad on a magazine about ES300 coach edition. Is it a good deal to buy a coach-edition, instead of the value package?
  • mgmgmgmg Posts: 3
    Edmunds TV price for 2001 ES300 with Coach package & HID lamps is $30,583.
    Has anyone bought it for this price in the Chicano area?
    Does anyone know of a dealer ship that offers this price in the Chicano area?
  • rob175rob175 Posts: 19
    I also have my questions re: the paint on my 2000 ES300 (Diamond White). I too have noticed very small "rust" looking spots on both rear quarter panels. They rub out easily with wax and a cloth, but I still wonder what they are from. Also, I agree that the paint seems to not be very resistant to chipping. As comapered to other cars that I've owned it appears that the paint on my Platinum Edition is considerably more "delicate".
  • rob175rob175 Posts: 19
    For "mgmg", I purchased my ES300 (2000) Platinum Edition last August, just before the 2001's were to come out and drove out of the dealership paying $31,100 INCLUDING all tax, title, and transfer stuff. I bought it at Arlington Lexus and was treated very well.
  • mgmgmgmg Posts: 3

    This is good information since I'm talking with Arlington. Could you tell me the MSRP and/or invoice price on your platinium edition. This will give me a refernce point for negotiations.
  • rob175rob175 Posts: 19
    The original MSRP was approx 36,700...Platinum Edition
  • deuce56deuce56 Posts: 46
    Rob, If you get to your dealer before I get back to mine let me know what they think about the rust spots. I tried a mild polish but could not remove my spots. I was afraid to use anything more abrasive.
  • ugmd20ugmd20 Posts: 11
    I recently bought a black/onyx Coach edition and have been very pleased. The difference between the Coach and the standard editions are Lexus logo badging on the outside of the car (smoked chrome for Coach), wheels (upgraded, and much more attrative in my opinion....also a smoked color), Coach leather interior w/perforated leather, Coach logo on floormats, center console, and front side panels on the outside of car, and also a very nice Coach travel bag (approx. $500-600 value). I see fewer of these on the road than the standard edition ES300's, a feature that I also enjoy. The only downside is that you're limited to either the white or black for the exterior of the car. We were all set to buy the white one when we took a second look at the black on black version. The black exterior w/the black Lexus badging and wheels made us change our minds. Black is a bit harder to keep clean, but I wash my cars at least once every one to two weeks anyway. We've been very happy. Let me know what you decide.
  • mgmgmgmg Posts: 3
    For "rob175". Thanks for the MSRP info. I will use this in the negotiations. mgmg
  • rebelskrebelsk Posts: 65
    Any new information or pictures of the new ES300 that is coming? thanks
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    You can bet that when new information is available, someone will post it without needing to be prompted. Many people are interested in this.
    There is a little information and some rumors about the 2002 model in previous posts.
  • kwseibertkwseibert Posts: 2
    I went out to my car this morning and it turned over very slow.. I thought it was the battery but it is about 16 mos old.. The Alternator is only putting out about 50 amps. (Checked at the local Autozone) - Autozone wants to sell me a new one. Any advise?
  • sguedrysguedry Posts: 3
    I have a '94 ES300 with 79,000 miles. Bought it new and have maintained it very well changing oil every 3,000 miles etc. though not at the Lexus dealership. It's about 50 miles to the dealer and I've been able to get everything maintained very well at home. The only problem I have had was some AC work that the Lexus dealer warranted---until now. My wife came home and I noticed an oil spot in the front of the engine. Brought it to my regular mechanic and he said that it was transmission oil and the gasket needed to be replaced. Called around and the cost will set me back about $1000 to $1500. My questions: Is it usually for a gasket to go this early? Does the price sound about right? Should I consider trading it in? (I had hope to get at least another two years out of it---the exterior and interior is in excellent shape). Should I bring it to the Lexus dealer, another local car dealer or a tranny shop? (My mechanic doesn't do this type of work) Any suggestions comments would be appreciated!
  • justfind6justfind6 Posts: 30
    In response to the question about '95/'96 300s, I would like to share my experience. I bought a '96 ES 300 Coach Edition (black/tan interior) in Jan 2000, with 47,000 miles on it.
    I now have 66,000 miles, and no problems whatsoever. I've had the services done at the dealer up until now, but I just found a very good mechanic who will be taking care of it from now on.
    The ride is nice, but don't expect BMW handling. This car is built to be a highway cruiser, and I think it excels at that. Handling is fine, but don't get too agressive on the twisty back roads.
    The interior seems to hold up well, apart from some discoloration of the wood trim on the doors.

    I have a co-worker who has a '92 ES 300 with 130,000 miles. He just had it serviced, and it needed approx $1200 worth of stuff - suspension bushings, shocks/struts etc. However, the dealer said the car is in great shape and should easily do another 100,000 miles. You have to expect to put some money into any car once you get over the 100k mark, but with the ES 300, it seems to be worth it.
    I plan to hang on to mine until it dies or starts costing more than it's worth to maintain.
  • justfind6justfind6 Posts: 30
    Even if it costs $1500 to fix the gasket, that's only $62 a month if you plan on keeping the car for two more years. It's a lot less than a new car payment.

    If you are going to have it fixed, you may want to consider doing the timing belt at the same time. Even Lexus dealers should cut you a break on the labor charges if you have both done at once. They have to open up the engine either way.
  • si88si88 Posts: 39
    Leased it for 4 years. The more I drive it the more I love it. My decision was between this and an Acura TL-S. I almost feel like its too expensive looking for my style. I came from a '98' 4-Runner to an ES 300 Coach Edition, white with ivory int. Tried to get the dealer to knock off an extra $500 for the Coach bag, but didn't fly.

    What is the top end speed on this hwy cruiser? I want to wait until she's broken in before I max out.

    Also for those who travel alot, whats a good detector? I heard an ad for something called the Phantom. Its a detector and a scrambler for $299. Anyone ever used these?

    Looking forward to hearing from current ES 300 owners.

  • justfind6justfind6 Posts: 30
    Congrats on the new car!

    Do NOT believe any of those ads for so-called radar jammers. They are junk. It takes a lot to really jam radar - probably enough to microwave the cop and his car to crispy critters.

    I'm sure there are radar detector forums in here, but I like the Valentine One (only available from Valentine, see

    There are others that are better in some respects, but if you live in an area with a lot of armed tax-collectors (oops, I mean, cops) the V1 is great at telling you how many signals it's receiving and the direction of the signal.

    Saved my butt on numerous occasions.
  • ripinrocketripinrocket Posts: 157

    Your top end is about 137-140MPH.

    Do you really want to try it?
  • rickc5rickc5 Posts: 378
    My '97 ES sprung a leak at 51K miles. It was the SEAL between the engine and tranny, not a gasket. Tranny fluid spots on the garage floor. Dealer fixed it under the drivetrain warranty, but they had to remove the tranny. Turns out the seal was "mysteriously" pinched, result in premature failure. I'm sure the bill would have been in the $1500 range if I had to pay for it.

    The sensitivity of the new Escort 8500 is MUCH better than the Valentine. Mine picked up a local sheriff using Ka radar more than five blocks away and around a corner. Check out this link:
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