"We have owned this car since 2001 when it had 65000 miles on it. It was our number one car until 2007. Because of the reliability and comfort of this car, we purchased a 2007 Lexus ES350. Our 1999 Lexus has been an excellent number two car,and is still running like new."
Pros: "Fun to drive, comfortable, stylish, fast, lexus"
Cons: "Cup holders are horrible, stock cd player lights"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"First off I want to say I just purchased mine used with 113,500 miles. I got it from a family friend whos Grandma bought new, then sold to her daughter, then it was in my friends garage. therefore it was in perfect condition, everything works great, interior is still good, exterior only one small issue. Its comfortable, AC is nice and cold, stock system sounds great, purs doesn't roar. They say 0-60 in 7 seconds, sounds about right. I'm 6'5 and I have enough space. Can fit a small family, probably no more then 4 if there is a baby. REVIEW BEWARE: I have owned this car less then two weeks I will change if any issues that are detrimental to review score. Trunk is large enough, built in security system.One problem that has happened to me and I've heard others say is the lights in the stock CD player go out. Minor issue for the price these days and how long/great they run. One thing i'm a little worried about so far is engine gets hot fast, or so it seems. Gauge doesn't go up high and doesn't effect car. If you can get one of these at a decent price go for it. All the reviews say these cars last for ever."
"I bought this car used with 86k miles for $10000 in 2001. It now has ~235k miles. 5 years were highway miles, to and from work. The only issues I've had was changing the exhaust pipes for ~$600, and the engine now has a slow oil leak. This car is from 1997, and that is the only two issues that I've had since buying it 14 years ago. That's not bad in my view. Otherwise, it still runs and sounds smooth, is very comfortable, reliable, and good on gas. Great value for an 18 year old vehicle; worth EVERY cent!"
"Purchased the 99 new. Very smooth ride today. Gets about 28MPG. New transmission @ 192K. Started making some whining noise. Ignition Coil pack @120K. O2 sensor @ 150K. Charcoal Canister @200K. Sounds like a lot of issues, but for 16 years and 202K miles it has been great. Way better than my old chevy product I had before. AC still cold after 16 years, unlike my husbands 04 Camrys which needs work. Was in a minor accident, rear ended at a stop light. Car just needed some new paint and I was fine. Will definitely buy another one when the wheels fall off."
"I bought my 1997 Lexus 10 years ago and it has been one of the best cars I've had. I've maintained the regular car maintenance (oil changes, filter replacements, etc...) and it still drives great for it to be a 17 year old car. I stand behind Lexus as a top of the line car company. Although every car company has had its shortcomings, I would buy Lexus again and recommend it to anyone else who is looking to buy used or new!"