"I just replaced the timing belt and water pump, thermostat and spark plugs after 106K to make sure it will last me another 10 years. I bought this 2001 Es 300 in 2006 and will finally pay it off in Oct. 2011. I will keep it for at least 5-7 years and decide if I need a new car. For now, I am enjoying my 11 yr old "brand new" car immensely!!!"
"fantastic car this es 300 .had 2 ls 400.s before this loved em all although the 400s were much nicer the es is more than most other cars. smooth ride and best bells and whistles of most in its class. im hooked and would rather own a used lexus than almost any other new car. have over 100k and still no major problems only an ignition coil ($100) and battery in the 2 years i own it. cant beat that ...try one you will love it"
"I bought my 98 ES300 off of a used car lot 12/06. I was a little sceptical but the test drive I took it out on won me completely over. I got onto the highway and was going 90mph in about 8 seconds! Talk about get up and suprised. Downside, LCD screen payed out a month or so after buying it however the cd changer/radio/cassette still work perfect. Leather on the front driver seat cracked a bit so now I use this leather softening and conditioning gel. Need to replace the sencors(87 bucks a pop and there are 4 I beleive). I bought it at 87,000 miles and I now have 124,000. I drive this car everywhere and feel very confident in it. I also rode passenger on a long trip and was suprised at how confortable the backs seats were. When I do go to buy a new car, I AM getting a Lexus. expensive but very much worth it!!"
"Our 97 Lexus did well for us. We bought it used. However, the electrical system seemed to be unreliable. Sometimes the fan would work for the heater/AC; the window mechanism broke and the CD player/radio needed to be replaced because it was shot. Also, the seat heater on both front seats went out! But other than the electrical, the car was great!. We ended up getting a different CD/radio system. We tore the doors apart and fixed the driver's side outside handle and window mechanism, OURSELVES, instead of paying the dealer $500!"
"I found this car for half of the KBB and my gosh is it worth so much more then what it books for. This car was $35,000 new and it's still to this day worth every penny. Found this beautiful gem for $3900 and it now has 180,000 runs like the day it was made. (Lucas and Seafoam additives help). I will drive it till the wheels fall off! Love it!!"
"My wife and I have had this car for almost 19 months. It is our third Lexus and is proving to be the best of the three. Plenty of power, great styling inside and out, and no problems to speak of. We get compliments all the time. Several people have complained of the gas mileage but I check ours often and my wife gets 22 to 23 in town and we get 33 or better on the hwy. For 270 horspwer you can't get better. Great car all around and won't be our last Lexus."
"If you are looking for a dependable, reliable, strong, and good all around vehicle. Well I would recomend purchasing this car. As far as crash test, no other car would I recomend. The old school hard unibody construction and a added plus of having rear wheel drive. you can not ask for more. And everyone that you look at will be fully loaded compared to other vehicles in the price range. Buy it you will love it."
"Seems my 2004 Mercedes was in the shop every month, so in 2005 in purchased the ES330. After 38K miles in heavy driving, not a single problem. I traded up to the new ES350 last Dec 06, and after 18K miles, not a single problem. This car is extremely comfortable, stylish with outstanding quality, and best of all I average 26mpg city/hwy. Vented seats are the best for the hot AZ summer. All of this for under 40 grand, this vehicle is a great value!"
"Bought the car with 24K miles and haven't regretted my decision once. It's got 58K now and other than routine maintenance and a heater fan replaced under warranty it's been perfect. It is no sports sedan but awfully nice to get into and drive a long distance in total comfort and quiet!"
"I purchased this vehicle new in February 2004 and now have 51,000 miles on it. I have had many luxury and non-luxury vehicles. I completely love this car! I have never loved a car like this one! With 51,000 miles, I have never had to have any work done to this vehiicle except routine maintenance. This is an exceptional car and definitely worth every single penny!"
"This car has a very strong engine. Good handling, and plenty of trunk space. A couple of things that make this car a "must trade" for me, the interior is not roomy enough for me... I'm 6"tall. Though the leg room is very good, even at my height. Not very much shoulder room. The Other challenge I faced was the glove box. This car has a cd changer, so there is only enough room for a vehicle manual. I will say, my previous vehicle was a Toyota Avalon. Enough said.
I got a really good deal on this car and my wife feel in love with its fun and sporty looks, and how it still manages to stay luxury at the same time with that Lexus name. You won't be disappointed with this vehicle. So long as your average to small person."
Cons: "cupholders are pointless, gas mileage not great"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned this car for over a year and it has been a very reliable car with only minor mechanical issues. It is very comfortable to drive I love all of the extra's like the automatic lights the leather, sunroof ect- It's quiet and and sleek and it has a lot of power."
"Reliable, Very confortable, silent, very good driving and vsibility. The leader seats after 12 years still in very good shape. The cup holders do not hold the water botles well. I will buy another Lexus in the future."
"Great dependable car. Keeps going and going and going and going.....Use this car as a commuter vehicle and it is pushing 250,000 miles and it just wont quit!! Love it and we are keeping it but are adding a gx470 to our garage too :)"
"I bought my 97 Lexus ES 300 brand new in August of 1997. As of January, 2011, that wonderful car is still in my driveway -- after having been driven slightly more than 250,000 miles. It is now my 19 year old daughter's car and I am delighted she has such a wonderful, reliable car to rely upon. Yes, I have certainly spent money not only for maintenance but, in a quarter of a million miles, for repair. But the car is an absolute joy. Still rides buttery smooth."