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Lexus ES 300/ES 330



  • kmg68kmg68 Posts: 108
    Not only will the engine have more power, but the MY2007 ES350 will have better options, new body stsyle etc.
  • y2kgusy2kgus Posts: 1
    People...This is a real problem in this model. It's a horrific shifting vehicle. My wife & I have owned multiple Luxury brands. Benz, Infinity, Range Rover etc. and this is as bad as it gets. I can shift smoother with my old Triumph sports car. The 3 times I took it in to my Lexus Dealer (Last time was 5/02/05)has resulted in "We know about the problem but we can't fix it" The service person handed me a "TSIB dated Aug 4 2003 TC004-03" which dictated a long list of procedures to follow for the "HARSH ATM shifting" So as you can see this is serious. We are attempting to make Lexus reimburse us for all our payments and eat the car back in to their inventory. We are furious with the misrepresentation since we bought after the Aug 4 2003. (Bought in Oct 2004) The salesperson told us to drive around in the 4 speed mode and that it would get smoother as the trans "learns your driving characteristics" Obviously a pre-existing condition...Gus
  • ruby1ruby1 Posts: 8
    I just had the "updated" software loaded in my car (ES 330 2005). It seems to have helped a little but the hesitation problem is still there. This is really the first problem that I've had with a Toyota product. I guess I'll just have to put up with it for the next 3 years.
    Someone posted a link to the article in the Pittsburgh paper around April 12th. I would suggest printing it out and taking it to your dealership. Good luck to all with this problem!
  • Were you able to turn the light off? Wife has an IS300 and the dealer wants $104.00 to change the oil, Guess I'll be doing it but need to turn the light off.
  • wasabi911wasabi911 Posts: 47
    On a similar note...I’m currently leasing a 2005 Lexus ES330. When you lease a car, are you required to have the car serviced by a Lexus dealer? Since the dealer is 20 miles away, it would be much more convenient to go to a local auto shop to have a simple maintenance performed.

    Furthermore, if I were to go to a local auto shop, is there a way for them to reset the service maintenance light on the dashboard?

  • lepfloridalepflorida Posts: 7
    Sorry for not responding right away, I am new to these forums. To answer your question, I consulted with a lawyer neighbor of mine who said that as long as I had documentation, I could just follow the Lemon law process on my own - which I did. Update, I received the call (yesterday) to drop-off the vehicle today at 3:00. They confirmed that they had my check waiting for me. I will keep you posted.
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    NO, you don't need to service a leased Lexus at a Lexus dealer. You can take it anywhere where you want to or even do the servicing yourself. Just keep records.
  • lepfloridalepflorida Posts: 7
    An independent person inspected the vehicle one final time today at the Lexus dealership and then handed me a check for nearly $5,700 after driving the leased ES330 for nearly 20 months. It is nice to know the Lemon Law process works. In the end, I am just happy I did not get into an accident with this vehicle.

    FYI, Lexus seemed much more receptive to taking me serious once we were nearing the arbitration hearing date. Having said that, I must say that Lexus treated me with respect throughout most of the process. Especially, once they realized I had all of my documentation in order.

    I wish you all a safe ride and efficient resolution.
  • scoti1scoti1 Posts: 676

    BTW, what did you get to replace the Lexus?
  • silleck330silleck330 Posts: 19
    My 2005 ES 330 is a sweet machine. Shifts very fine for my driving style.
  • billodbillod Posts: 31
    To reset the Maintenance light all you have to do is the following:

    1. In the odometer window there are three choices; ODO, Trip A & Trip B.
    Select the ODO option.
    2. Turn the key to the ON position but do not start the engine.
    3. Press and hold the reset button in the odometer window.

    That's all there is to it. The maintenance light will go out.
  • lievliev Posts: 93
    what are you talking about? when I clicked on the site it took me to the site but I could not read because the only things I see are the car and whole bunch of squares and a few Japanese characters that have no meaning to me. You must be a Japanese then? I'm not.
  • lepfloridalepflorida Posts: 7
    Scoti! - Thanks. I purchased a 2005 Acura TL and am VERY happy. It rides well and the bluetooth technology works well. Acura was not very aggressive with their lease programs, but I got the price I wanted ($32,225 plus taxes and fees) with 1.9% financing and $0 down.
  • jokojoko Posts: 3
    I have had it with this transmission problem with my ES330 and have read your note. In the back of my Lemon Law book is a form to fill out and send to manufacturer. Is this the procedure you took? And what is next after that? I really would be grateful for any advice you can give me as to how to proceed with this task. In case you aren't watching this forum any more, I'll try to send same message to your e-mail if possible. Thanks,
  • curt2005curt2005 Posts: 70
    In searching the forum, I saw some comments a year or so ago that Dynamic Stability Control is not available in cars that dealers have in stock and that it is only available with navigation. Is that the case these days? Thanks.
  • motownusamotownusa Posts: 836

    I believe the word is VSC (vehicle stability control). It is a stand alone option that also includes traction control and brake assist.
  • spyderredspyderred Posts: 137
    DSC is dynamic stability control and it is what is on the BMW's from model year 2001. Similar to VSC vehicle stability control on Lexus.

  • Does a 95 ES 300 fender, hood, headlights, dash, radio and other parts fit on a 92 ES 300? Does anyone know and please list the parts of what is compatible.
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    "Does a 95 ES 300 fender, hood, headlights, dash, radio and other parts fit on a 92 ES 300? Does anyone know and please list the parts of what is compatible."

    First of all, what are you trying to do???

    The Fender, hood, headlights, are interchangeable. But with the headlights, remember they changed slightly for 1995 from the 1992 to 1994 headlights, so change both. The dash is different as a 1992 model did not have dual airbags. Radio will be compatible although 1995's was slightly different.
  • I have a 92 lexus es 300 and i need those parts. I found a 95 es 300 with blown engine so i was gon' snatch those parts for my car. Does the leather seats fit too? Also does anyone know how to fix the gas gauge? Ever since i took da dash out to replace the needles for the gauges my gas gauge is always at full.
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    The leather seats will fit, at least the driver's seat will. You may have a problem with the passenger seat since I believe 92's did not have height adjustable passenger seat, but the 1995 did. The key to making sure they fit is to make sure the mounting points on the floor are the same.If they are, you shouldn't have a problem.
  • I was told that XM is the only satellite radio currently offered.
    (was told Sirius is not available)

    Is Sirius going to be offered any time soon?
    Going to buy ES 330 this month...
    Can I have satellite radio installed at dealer after taking delivery and get the same quality installation?

    Will I be able to switch from to XM to Sirius after?

    What should I pay for the satellite radio ?
  • jokojoko Posts: 3
    Lexus doesn't care to fix the problem. Our dealer offered to buy the car back which we are leasing but they want an additional $1573 to do so. So, we contacted Lexus and asked for their help in negotiating a break even settlement. We've had the car for 6 months and it has 3000 miles on it. Just heard from Lexus today, after 3 phone calls from me (they never return calls) and they informed me there was nothing they would do. The car was designed that way (to shift improperly, endangering safety). The jerk on the phone just kept saying how sorry he was that there was nothing they could do. Not as sorry as I am! Never again will I buy a Lexus or a Toyota. So much for consumer satisfaction...........
    Anyone considering buying Lexus, think again.
  • jokojoko Posts: 3
    Don't buy a Lexus ES330. Read all the stuff about the transmission and the lack of Lexus courtesy regarding customer service.
  • NE 1 know how to fix the gas gauge on a 92 Lexus ES 300???? My gauge is always at full even when its not full tank.
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 854
    Am interested in a new ES330 but would like to hear from 2003-2005 owners as to what kind of mpg I could expect to get from the 3.3 engine? Thanks
  • silleck330silleck330 Posts: 19
    2005 Classic Silver Metallic ES-330
    6,500 miles
    26.5 MPG highway. I am using premium fuel.
    Transmission is very smooth for my driving style.

    This is one nice car. The finest vehicle I have ever owned.
    I thought I wanted more sport (TL) but have since changed
    my mind. This car is a pleasure to ride in !
  • shocasershocaser Posts: 36
    I have a 2004 ES330 with 10K miles on it. I have average 20-21 in the city. Have only taken one extended highway trip of about 200 miles. I averaged 27 mpg on that trip, averaging 75 to 80 mph. I must say that I have been very pleased with the mpg on this car. I have been using mostly premium gas, though I do occasionally put in a half-tank of mid-grade.
  • popeye7popeye7 Posts: 15
    I recently went shopping for a set of replacement tire for my 03 ES330. I was amazed at the difference of opinion as to what is a suitable replacement tire. The factory tires are Bridgestone Potenza RE-92s with a V speed rating. I haven't gone over 90 mph in my life, let alone 149 mph, the maximum speed on a V rated tire. I plan on keeping this car for a few years, so I don't want to pay the significant premium for a V rated performance tire. Two tire dealers strongly recommended the V rated tires and another said that he could not, by law, sell me a lower rated tire due to recent liability statutes. What's going on? Fortunately I haven't had to buy new tires, except for my kid's cars in quite some time. Can anyone recommend a good, quite riding, set of replacement tires for my 03 ES 300?
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    First off, you can get H-rated tires. I would recommend not going below H-rated as handling will suffer noticeably. There is no legal liability to installing H-rated tires on a car originally equipped with V-rated tires. It's all a crock on the part of some tire installation places to help them make more money. I recently was buying tires for my uncle's LS400, I called a local Goodyear shop and they mentioned nothing of a *law* and tried to sell me T-rated tires! Last fall, I bought tires for his ES300 and Sears and they said they can only go down ONE tire rating from factory spec.

    Here's some tires I would recommend to you for your ES330(I don't know if these will be available in your size, but check them out at Tire in your tire size):

    Bridgestone Turanza LS-H. Just bought them thru Tire Rack for the LS400 mentioned above. They are pricey but they have a good warranty and are well suited for a luxury sedan. Very quiet, and a very plush ride while still giving good road feedback, and they are great in the rain!!

    Falken ZE-Ziex 512: Bought these for the above mentioned ES300. These may be available in either H or V-rated for your tire size. These tires are cheap and I am really impressed by them!! They are also quiet, give a good luxury car ride and don't give up too much in handling. These also have a good treadwear warranty. Also, try going to Sears. Out here in NJ, Sears ads always have these tires in them. You can probably get them for about $80/tire.

    Yokohama Avid H4S/V4S: the ES300 mentioned above had the previous version of these tires before the Falken's I recently installed. Very similar to the Falken's. Only thing I didn't like was as they got close to replacement they got somewhat slippery on wet pavement. This new H4S/V4S version might be better.

    Michelin MXV4: These come in H-rated & V-rated. They are very pricey and won't last you much longer than the above mentioned tires, but they are low rolling resistance, which will get you very slight improvements in gas mileage(you probably won't notice). They are a all around good tire but a bit louder, I think, than any of the other tires mentioned above.

    And lastly go to or and do some research(Tire rack is alot better when it comes to research).
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