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Lexus ES 300/ES 330



  • asawasaw Posts: 54
    That's what it is: light acceleration. The onboard computer chip expects you not to demand too much power by moving into higher gears quickly. This results in fuel saving when you expect it the most, during light acceleration.
  • cavescaves Posts: 13
    Agree with esowner about the transmission. It is smooth, except when quickly acceleration from low speed. Seems a little crude. My 2000 Mits. Galant is a lot smoother. Surprised by how firm the ride is in positive sense. No float. Spent the weekend in San Francisco, felt the potholes but with a filtered sense. Average 27.5 on the highway. Nav. System is great and HID lights are amazing. Car needs wider tires. The tires look too narrow for the car, just like the GS 300. Ordered a wood kit. Too many pieces, I only wanted pieces for door switches.

    Enjoy your new ES300.
  • I checked with my dealer regarding my special order of the car with the Mark Levinson but no navigation system. I ordered it on September 6th and have now been told that I may be February before I see the car. Boy, that is a long wait for a vehicle.
  • I ordered my LS400 in 2000. It took my car about 3 months to get here from the time the dealer ordered it. I would say 3 months is about right.
  • The Lexus Es 300 in America is amazing with the flip motion dvd - navagation - system to the amazing 12 speaker surround sound. It also has rear heated seats but only in damn central calafronia because of a japan tech shop : (
  • Have any of you compared these two vehicles when making a purchase? What thoughts did you have related to a comparison?
  • Okay, just purchased the new ES for $2800 off list. Will take delivery in a week. Good luck with your purchases.
  • tiger8tiger8 Posts: 120

    Where did you get $2,800 under sticker? Is the car loaded? I assume you're not ordering it from the factory, if you expect delivery in a week.
  • Anywhere in southern California...there's like 15 dealers in this region. Competition is strong. Make it clear that you're here for a no-hassle, quick deal and that you'll go to one of the dozen other Lexus dealers if they don't sell it to you for what you want. Settle on one price where the dealer can still make a decent profit and don't budge from it, nor try to get a lower price afterwards. Be ready to buy on the spot with your offer (don't do a 'I still have to think about it'). And if you're young enough, it doesn't hurt to bring a hot girl along who knows how to flirt subtly. =)

    Mine's not anywhere near fully loaded (no nav, no levinson, no vsc, etc.). I could've got the one off the lot, but I opted for the one coming in next week that'll still be wrapped in plastic when i get it.
  • modvptnlmodvptnl Posts: 1,352
    Picked up a Dark Burgundy(?) cream colored(?) interior '02 ES on 10/27. It's got the ML, NAV, lights etc. It stickered for 39,3ish(?) and capped it at 36,700. I felt $1,000 over invoice was a fair deal for all.

    Dealer claimed the NAV will play a DVD in the disc changer. Does anyone know if you can??? We keep getting a GPS map type message when we attempt this.

    @80 MPH plus I hear a little wind noise around the drivers
    side B pillar. Should I complain to dealer?? The car is so eerily quiet, a noise like this seems out of place.

    Color is a little dark for Vegas dust but is beautiful when polished. NAV is a cool toy. ML could thump a little more and be louder but I think it sounds crisp.

    Tried to push wife into CL type S(GREAT LEASE RATE!!) but she complained that the high bolsters were uncomfortable. The Lexus was way smoother/quieter but the Accura flat hauled. After driving a Cobra for 4 years I guess she wanted to be pampered!!I then tried to push her into the GS430 but she didn't like the styling!!!

    The main attraction to the wife was the SC430 style front end. Does anyone else see this???

    It was tough to buy a car with no major incentives but the ES did get to the wife like no other car I've seen in our near 19 years of marriage.

    Wish list??? MORE HORSEPOWER and rear wheel drive.
  • hard to complain about perfection but two minor and very minor gripes
    _Rainsensing wipers do not start till rain hits really hard--so small droplets dont trigger it making me nervous sometimes
    --rear sunshade goes down when in reverse but doesnt come back when shifted back in drive

    otherwise just wonderful
  • tiger8tiger8 Posts: 120
    Thanks for the tip. I assumed because the car is new and demand high that dealers were selling them at or about sticker.
  • gambhir, THink about how annoying that would be when parallel parking, when you are reversing the car then forwarding then reversing, and so on .
  • I stopped to get gas today and the latch for my gas tank didn't release. I had to manually open the latch with the release in the trunk. I have a 97 ES 300. Has anyone experienced this problem and is there a quick fix without taking it to the dealer?
  • The Honda Odysey has what looks to be the same NAV as the ES300. A Honda dealer lives up the street. He told me that his service dept also told him that you could play a DVD in the NAV but apparently this is not so...He thought it would be cool for the kids
  • For what its worth, it seems that the ES300's are in very high dealership was sold out, one had a few. Most want between 1000 under MSRP to MSRP..if you want to order NAV w/o ML or vice versa, 120 days...also, traction control not yet avail (coming in DEC)..same for the option that changes handling from sport to normal..
  • Don't they come with an ON OFF button?
  • Does anyone have any experiece with the dealers here. I understand JM Lexus is biggest but I know of two others (same ownership) in FT Lauderdale. I'm going to be looking for the new ES300, but do not weant the NAV set-up.
    Thanks. Bill
  • My car has traction control
  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    My grandfather bought three LS 400s from JM (1990, 1993, 1996). He loved the dealer.

    And yes, JM sells more new Lexuses than any other dealer.
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