"Excellent Vech to Drive!!! Smooth handling, take turns very well and you can't hear the car running at all. Auto climate control is wonderful just set it and and leave it, heated seats are nice, get's a little too hot sometime so I set mine to low. As far as performance, Fast, Fast, Fast. Accelarates quickly, takes hills well and all the luxury I need. Wood Grain, leather evrything, full headrest, vallet keys and a nice size truck space euipped with a first aide kit, Im loving it. Ovrall Lexus made a grate, luxury high performace car that will be around for years to come.
ES 300 Owner"
"I purchased it new in 2000. Have only 55000 miles on it and it has really been a pleasure to drive and to enjoy. I guess the only problem i have with it is that it is too good to turn in for a newer model. Some concern over no warranty coverage,but, this car doesn't owe me a dime!!!!!!, and the book value is over one third of what I paid for it."
"Bought this car in CA and moved it to MA with ony 1700 miles on it. Wife drove it for 5 years, and then passed it to me. 90K miles, and only service needed other than normal maintenance was an airbag replacement. The bag went bad with no warning, just an airbag light on the dashboard. Other than that, the car was supremely reliable and comfortable. Toyota reliability with Lexus experience is a definate plus. I was impressed with the dealer service when we bought it, and also the dealer where I got the airbag replaced."
"I purchased this car new in 1997. The car currently has 183,600 miles on it. Did light regular maintenance for the first 100k miles. Only do the occasional oil change nowadays (certainly less frequently than recommended).
In these ten years, I have never had a problem with this car. Moreover, the car drives as if it is one year old. Still extremely smooth and quiet. The engine has not lost its potency, and fuel mileage has not suffered.
I am extremely satisfied with this car's ride and quality after so long (and I've owned and driven many cars, japanese, american, and german alike).
I don't plan to ever sell this vehicle as it is worth MUCH more than the $4k-$5.5k I could expect for its sale.
If you are considering the purchase of one, rest assured that it will treat you better than its mileage and age imply.
Certainly not the most sporty of vehicles, but a quality luxury car through-and-through."
"This has been a pretty good car. I had to replace the transmission w/ 140,000 miles on it. Due to a faulty knock sensor. Other than that no complaints. Plenty of power and a good ride. If you buy this car, for God sakes make sure you have the spare key. They cost $140.00 to replace. The remote is $240.00. Also make sure you have the wheel lock key and its registration papers."
"I bought a 1997 ES 300 in 1999 with 40k miles on it. It now has 165,000 and has not given me one minute of trouble in the 8 years that I've owned it. I would like a newer Lexus, but this one runs so great that I hate to part with it. I'll drive it until it literally dies on me, which could be ???? I won't drive anything but a Lexus, ever."
"I'm in sales. I drive over 60,000 miles a year. I've had 3 95's, a 94 and a 96. The only things I ever fix are the brakes. I hardly ever have any other problems. Yes, they eventually have problems with the lights in the speedometer cluster. The power antenna also usually breaks down over time and the front seats crack. For the money, a used one only cost $2000-$3000 today, I don't think anyone could buy a better used car."
"One of the best purchases I've ever made. This car has only broken down on me once in the 13 years I've owned it. And it was only a belt that needed to be replaced. It now has 325k miles on it and still runs strong like it's only a couple years old. I recently bought a used Infiniti but wish I had bought another Lexus!"
"This car has never not started, has never left me on the roadside. Its white with light great siding. Gas mileage is 20-22 in town and 31-33 on the highway. Very well maintained. Have records. Very comfortable seating."
"This 1994 Lexus ES four door sedan has approx. 200K miles and is still going unbelievably strong! ... One would think that the car would not perform so well when reaching this mileage total. WRONG! This vehicle is truly unbelievable. I highly recommend it. In fact, I may even consider selling mine for the right price/offer. It's white with black interior and the body is complete, as is the interior."
"This has been a great car. The car has 191k and still runs great. We have only had to replace a drive shaft because the joint boot split, replaced the radiator & timing belt. The car has never failed to start. The interior is good quality though the leather has not held up due to the previous owners not doing yearly reconditioning,"
Pros: "relaxing to drive with lotsa power when needed"
Cons: "cup holder and ashtray cheap"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"it came from kentucky, ive had it 2 yrs clean no rust. front seal leaks a little. but if i change that i will just rebuild motor and tranny. its that good of a car. after replacing struts & axles pratty smooth"
"I bought this car when I was 16 and drove it for the past 10 years back and forth from Ohio to Florida. I just recently sold it for over $2,000, even though I probably could have gotten a little more. I have loved this car since the day I got it and I believe I will never own anything but a Lexus for the rest of my life, if I can control that at least. I never had issues with the car and it was hard to let it go."
Pros: "very reliable and easy fix cheap car parts"
Cons: "sit to low to ground"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I just want to see if i can get an good offer on a trade in before i decide to trade a perfectly good car i only had one problem out of it since i brought the car a year ago and its been running swell since then.."
"Best car I have ever owned! Love it. 21,000 miles, I drive another vehicle as well. Smooth ride, handles nicely, beautiful and classy. Thinking of selling, can't quite make up my mind, too attached to this one!! I have been asked many times to consider selling my car for more than KBB, passed on those offers at the time. Fully loaded from factory, no problems to mention, too minor. I would buy another Lexus in a New York minute."
"This is my first car, and it is in fact older than I am, but it drives so well and is very reliable. For it's age, the hiccups it has are not a problem. The only problem mine has had is piston misfiring, but that is not a huge problem. I do wish the engine was not so difficult to navigate for my repairman."
"I bought this car thinking that all it needed was a fuel pump. i have changed the fuel pump, cv shafts, radiator, altenator, rewired the headlights, and changed the balancer. also the oil pan gasket and valve cover gaskets leak like crazy causing a horrible ammount of smoke to come off of the exaust and a bad smell. and lately the computer is malfunctuning causing the car to loose its guages, light and parts of the ignition system. i will never buy another lexus. if you do buy make sure it has been taken care of instead of just being ignored and driven."