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1996 Lexus ES

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 18/Hwy 26/Comb 21 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, 3.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic, 4-Spd w/Overdrive
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

1996 Lexus ES Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 151 Ratings for the 1992 - 1996 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Some work

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car not realizing how much I was going to have to replace under the hood, but now I have a new car..basicly, everything under the hood has been replaced the only thing that has not been touched is the transmission. Good car I have put a lot of money into it just kinda sad to see what it values at. I have put 5x more money into then what it is worth. still working out some qwerks, dunno if I could sell it to get my money that I have put into it just wanted to see what it was worth."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Extremely comfortable and smoothe. Needs work.

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 134,560

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great A/C, moon roof, etc., dependable family car"

Cons: "New radiator required."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I purchased car from best friend car dealer with 53,000 miles for $7500 in 2003. While getting some A/C work done in 2010, this same friend offered me a used engine with 30,000 miles on it, which I accepted, even though I didn't need it. So, the current engine has only 61,000 miles, and it runs perfectly. The first seven years, this car was only driven by my stay at home wife for errands. When she passed away in 2010, I used the car as my back-up. This year, I just returned from trips to Las Vegas and Yellowstone, with no problems whatsoever. Last week, it overheated, but caused no engine damage. It needs a new radiator. My wife would not keep records, but I have a detailed record of its every maintenance item and milage with MPG recorded for every fill-up. There is no body damage. Car has never been in an accident. For my own peace of mind, several years ago, I printed out an approximately 2500 page comprehensive repair manual which I have used very little, to go with the car. It has never failed an inspection, the last one in January."

Very Nice

By on Sunday, January 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 270,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "reliable, lasts a while"

Cons: "minor hiccups"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"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."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

i love this car

By on Monday, November 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
10/10

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.."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Rebuilt engine for 1994 Lexus ES300

By on Sunday, July 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Dependable car, smooth ride, rebuilt engine"

Cons: "Minor dents"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The car has minor dents and the interior is in excellent condition with the exception of the driver's leather seat which has some wear. All windows are darkly tinted and meet state inspection guidelines."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

what a good little car. i plan on rebuilding it

By on Sunday, January 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 256,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

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"

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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