- good fuel economy
- reliability, handling
I bought a preowned ES, from the local lexus dealership. Just after the basic warranty expired (51k miles)front strut mounts had to be replaced, Oil leak by 55K miles. Wrote to Lexus abut the problems, they sent a very silly reply, and the local dealership refused to do scheduled maintainence on my car. I decided to get rid of it. While trading it in, at Mercedes dealership discovered the car had body work done before it was sold to me. I remember asking the Lexus salesperson about any wrecks, he gave me a lecture on the high standard of the pre-owned cars they sell. (My fault I trusted the dealership and did not ask for the car-fax).
I think Robert De Niro in movie "Analyze that" working as a car salesman for a day at Audi dealership, summed up Lexus very nicely. He said to a customer who owned a Lexus: " Lexus, Toyota,Toyota, Lexus it is the same thing, it is a ----Toyota, get a real Luxury car."...read morehide
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- nice "small" car,excellent no frills auto-remember Pearl Harbor!
- rough ride,dealer without scrupples, wrong tires, rims, etc
Tried out a new 330 in Dec. 05, bought one in Jan 06. Dealer had not prepped car, road worse than my tundra pickup; did not want 17" low
profile tires, sales rep said the Black Diamond edition only came that way. Month later, I tried to return it, paid 38000 for car, dealer offered 28000!! Mechanic later said I could have ordered the 16" full profile tire! Month later, they offered to replace 17" tires with 16"
tires and rims. Replacement tires were valued $60.00 less than original tires and then dealer tried to charge me over $600.00!! I told the finance offer to just give me my car keys and he refused. Another finance idiot started smiling at me to whome I responded with a loud voice#@&**??%#!!! I had paid cash for the car and did not believe I
should take any insults from a bleached hair punk. Now I am getting Letters with a lexus return address but the contents are soliciting for
a credit card companyLexus is pimping for....read morehide
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- quietness!!! sound system !!!
- transmission not up to a lexus level, exterior look not up to a lexus level
Though ES 350 is in the market, I'd buy an ES 330 if it didn'd have a transmission Problem. I was stunned with the inside material. Actually, if you compare the ES 350 and ES330, you'll notice that there is a slight advantage for the ES330, just concentrate! YES!!!! the wood finishing in ES 330 '06 is much better than the 350, and that of the 350 reminds me of es330 '04!!!!! MAN!!! I'm quite sure that 2008 es will have the es 330 '06 wood finishing!!! See how japanese think? so if you wanna buy a 350, wait till 2008 is in the market, otherwise stick to your 330!...read morehide
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- Fuel Efficient (20 city, 26 hwy), Smooth ride, Great handle of the vehicle
- I wish it had a BOSE sound system. THis one is fine though.
I used to have a toyota corrolla and upgraded to the Lexus. The toyota company makes great quality cars (never had a problem with my 'rolla), and i expect this one to be much better! I love the smooth look, feel and ride of the car. I got it in Crystal white and tan leather--looks super classy. You pay for the quality and the service behind the Lexus name. I get free car washes for life of my car, the service that the lexus team provides is second to none. I always get loaner cars (if i need it), AND they included a 2 year maintanence package for FREE. I dont think you'll get that buying a camry. You'll be sent off in a "courtesy van" sharing a ride with 10 other people needing to get to work the same time you do next time you need service Toyota people (trust me, from experience, not fun.) Dont let people tell you you're buying a "souped up Camry", they're just jealous they can't afford a Lexus. :)...read morehide
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- Cheap cost for a Lexus . Low down payment to own a Lexus.
- Ride isn't very comfortable with vinyl seats . Doesn't feel sporty. To much like a Toyota product.
Test drove this vehicle and the ride was low to the ground and very noisy from the engine. The transmission jerks and jabs you from first to second gear . You expect more from this type of car. With the obvious transmission flaws i guess Lexus is still in the pursuit of perfection and maybe one day they will fix this transmission problem .
Lexus and Kia seem to share the same Transmission problem hopefully they are not sharing component configuration. Until this problem is fixed I will look elsewhere ....read morehide
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- a lot of options come standard but more means alot of money to spend
- Questionable Reliability when taking a closer look at the Auto Show
i took a look at the ES330 at the auto show.
the car i say is pretty good. but there is no sportyness in the vehicle and the only thing that made it different from 05 was that it had the OPTIONAL XM satellite radio. other cars like Cadillac comes with it standard. now the car costs over $500 more.
There is a bland center concole with small screens and cheap plastics in the car. there was plastic parts that fell from beneath the steering wheel and you could see the cheap plastics.
there was questionable engine specs. as i looked under the hood of the vehicle a whole metal plate that was the internal part of the engine but was visible from outside was completely rusted and the engine didn't look clean. some parts like washer fluid tanks didn't look clean and this was a car that was never driven! the air conditioning had an extremely loud sound when blowing and the car doesn't even have vented rear brakes!.
the quietness of the car was on par with others.
Relibility i guess is stil good but from reliability reports, the car is falling from the years before.
the 2007 redesigned ES 350 looks a bit sportier but on the picture lexus took off the wood trim from the dash. the radio looks as bland as ever with no improvements.
The Toyota division used to have such great cars but i think that underthinking and lack of effort is now going to kill the company.
others like GM are now starting to catch up and i would definatly prefer the CTS for performance, comfort and that it is 3,000 less than the ES330....read morehide
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- Everything's just about right
- No complains
I had a 2000 Lexus before it got flooded by the heavy rain. I loved the old model, that's why I bought the 2006 without a second thought, and it proved to be the right decision.
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- very comfortable for me as I am on the road most of the year and put on lots of miles
- don't like not having a telescoping wheel, should have one, gas mileage is still not what promised
We drove Cadillacs for years but did not even think about anything else until we drove one, gotta love them Very user friendly
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- High quality, strong performance, comfort comfort comfort.
- You don't get a 2nd one for half-off.
I've driven a Toyota Avalon for the past number of years and had planned to but another. I usually go over 200,000 miles per Avalon with no problems at all. (just give tuneups, oil changes, and routine maintenance when you should) But I bought a Lexus ES instead. Why? Nothing on the ES that's "not as good" as the Avalon, but a few things are noticably better.
* ES handles better. Holds to the road tighter than my Avalons have. No "sway" in tight cornering situations. I read the comments about the ES transmission...mine is smooth and performs at least as good as my Avalons have.
* The new Avalon body style is not near as nice as the ES is.
* The INTERIOR of the ES wins hands-down. My old Avalons had the wood trim, etc. Classy. The new Avalon dash looks like something they'd put on a cheap car trying to convince a 16-year old it's a race car. u-g-l-y.
I would definitely recommend an Avalon to anybody.
BUT if you're looking for all the good things you like in an Avalon but of higher quality and a drastically better ride-experience, the ES is it. WOW....read morehide
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- Paint, engine, interior finish, soft ride
- Same bad tranmission as 2005 ES330
It has the same terrible tranmission as the 2005 model. Gerks and stalls. Wait for the 2007 models and maybe they will fix this annoying problem. Lexus knows about it but refuses to do anything.
Maybe buy the Avalon instead.
Check out the reviews for the 2005 ES330 at this website
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