"Now, I own an 86 BMW 325i, as you can tell buy my name. I love it a little bit more than this car. I bought this car brand new in 93 because I wanted a smooth daily driver so I wouldn't miles on my BMW. I have driven Toyota's forever. My dad bought one of the first Toyota's before they were big. A toyota corolla station wagon that I drove for 300k+ until it died. My ES has over 189k over the 14 years I've owned it and still drives the same, handles the same, gets the same gas mileage and everything. I've kept up with the service manual at the mileage benchmark and never had any problems. It just keeps going and going an going. The interior was good at the time, although not as good as my BMW which I will forever love. But this car will forever put Toyota on the map for me. I expect to get every mile I can out of this car."
"I have owned this car for over a year and i have experienced a few issues. My car has 149000 miles on it. it has a great original suspension, but at 100k it is wise to put bilsteins on it. The valve cover gasket started to leak at around 140000 miles. If you havent already, have the steering nut tightened, it is a recall on this vehicle and it will make steering a little tighter. The Car does not have a lot of get up and go, but enough for a base line luxury vehicle. Lets be honest, we arent racing the ES."
"Runs great! I got the car at 89,000 miles from auction. It now has 112,00 on it and have had no problems at all. The only scare I ever had was the check ingine light came on. It turns out that it was a loose gas cap. Love this car great deal hope to have it till it quits!"
"This car is surprisingly nimble and quick and is well appointed with an ample back seat for two adults. The only criticism I have is with the transmission. It does not respond well in low speed cornering when I accelerate at the turn because it does not downshift to a lower gear because the rpm's are low."
"I have been driving over 40 years with maybe 20 different cars and trucks, American, Japanese, Italian, German and Swedish. I have never had a car as perfect as my 1997 Lexus 300 ES. After 10 years and 80,000 miles, I have not had ANY (Zero) problems. With proper maintenance, this car will run forever."
"i owned this car from 2001 until i lost it in towing in nyc this year, 2011, othrwise i would still have it. i loved my car. it handled like a pro in the snow and ice. i never had problems with it outside of regular maintaince. a wonder to my life. i never experienced any overheating because i cared for my car. i'd recommend this year (94) to any first car owner. i'll miss it dearly."
"We bought our Lexus in 2001 with 50,000 miles. It now has 190,000. My husband takes horrible care of this car, and yet it keeps going down the road. When we bought it, it needed about $1,000 worth of work, which he never did. It is just now starting to have some minor problems, but it has been an excellent car."
"I have owned the Lexus es 300 for 6 years. I bought the car with 132,000 miles on it. It was my first Lexus. I upgraded the suspension which I am not sure it made a difference. Anyway the car has 278,000 miles and runs excellent. I drive all across the state of California and love every carefree mile. What a car, that why I just bought another one (later model). Thankyou Toyota for manufacturring such a reliable auto for the big P."
"I love this car. It was very innovative for it's time because it's practically like my mom's 09 nissan murano. I've had some radiator issues, but only a couple hundred dollars to fix. The leather seats are very scratched and torn in the back, revealing the cushions. I plan on getting that repaired at some point. I'm surprised the keyless entry system still works. I got this car from my grandma when she got a tahoe in 2008 with 181k on it. I have practically restored the exterior of this car (i made the headlights clear again and got a new paintjob). I plan on doing something for the interior. I love this car and if this car ever gives out, I will definitely buy a toyota/lexus again."
"I love my Lexus. I have only had regular maintenance done to it and it looks and run like it did when it came off the showroom floor. I understand these vehicles are expensive to purchase. If you are planning on having the vehicle long-term, why not spend a little extra on the purchase price and still have the vehicle running like new when it is 14 years old?"
"Bought my ES300 for $500.00. It had 190K on it at the time. I had to fix the flex pipe in the exhaust and put new tires on it. I got another 55K out of it without any major problems. I owned the car for about 1 1/2 years and the only problem that it started to develop when I sold it was leaking oil out of the valve cover gaskets. Other than that, it was a great car. It was still on the original engine and auto tranny at 245k when I sold it. It just did not want to die. :) It made me buy another Toyota after selling it. Thank you Toyota!"
"The Lexus Es300 is the best car I have ever driven. You can sense that it wants to keep going even though the ABS is out, and the check engine light is always on. Those are the only to problems its had, and I didn't even service it. The Lexus is one of the best cars that I have ever driven, and will probably ever drive."
"I inherited this car from my mom with 32000 mi. I've put on 50,000 in the last 5 years and will probably put on another 50000 before I trade it in or pass it on. Great car, I like it better than the loaners I get on service days."
"We have owned this car for 5 years and love it, it just keeps going and going. We bought the car with about 125,000 miles and it now has 244,000 and still looks sharp and drives great. We have only ever had to do a few little things to it, namely, replace the antenna, the dash light, tires, brakes, and battery. It still has a lot of pep, too."
"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."