1990 Lexus ES Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1990 Lexus ES 250 2.6L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.6L V6 Automatic
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 miles
Most recent distance141000 miles

Summary:

Straight

Faults:

I know my power steering pump is going bad. My fuel system is going bad also like it doesn't want to get gas when I give it to the engine. It causes it to miss fire. My tires shredded twice. My yellow light on the front of the car went out. My passenger seat has a tear in it. My front end suspension is very loose like it will scrape just about on every whole you hit. Had a fuel pump replacement soon as I got the car.

General Comments:

It has good handle and pretty good braking and I do love to drive fast. I love the o/d button and the Ect power button it gives the car some juice. I have to admit it does drink gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd September, 2004

1990 Lexus ES 250 2.5L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Bravada

Summary:

A great overall value!

Faults:

The power steering pump had to be replaced twice and is still questionably operating.

The driver's side window regulator had to be replaced.

General Comments:

This is a perfect car for your son or daughter or as a second car to run around town in. The gas mileage could be a little better for a small 6cyl. Overall, this is one of the best compact used cars on the market.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2003

1990 Lexus ES 250 2.5 liter V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles

Summary:

A trustworthy and fun to drive car

Faults:

Water pump at ~150k.

Alternator ~150k.

Cracked radiator in 1999 (mileage unknown)

Front seat side panel wore badly - was replaced in ~1999.

General Comments:

We've had this car a long time, so it is hard to remember all maintenance repairs many of which are expected (such as the alternator dying so late in life).

It is a 5-speed which is wonderful, but not the typical.

For the most part, it has required few major repairs.

Lexus dealership work is incredibly expensive.

The dealerships are great -- some even have internet access and other nice services as well as good repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2002

6th Aug 2005, 20:19

Good review.

Some things you can't fault the car.

Water pump should be replaced on schedule @ 120,000 miles with the second timing belt replacement.

Radiators don't normally fail if you change the coolant/thermostat/Pressure caps on schedule.

1990 Lexus ES 250 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V6 Don't Know
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles

Summary:

Expensive lemon

Faults:

1.TRUNK WAS NOT BUILT RIGHT SO THE HINGES WERE REPLACED 4 TIMES. The trunk buckles open about an inch 4 months after the dealer changed the hinges. When it was no longer under warranty, they dealer would not change the hinge. I have seen this problem on other cars.

2, Sunroof was not used and it caved into the passenger compartment and had to be replaced at 50,000 miles.

3. Lexus-Toyota/Camry engine was well-maintained, but at 70,000 miles, a piston blew through the engine floor. Short block was replaced. The Toyota mechanic did not replace hoses. It overheated and ruined the engines one month later.

4. The overheating caused the radiator to go and eventually the transmission went.

WE donated the car to charity. What a lemon. We bought it from the dealer as a used Lexus company car at 17,000 miles.

Other people have had good experiences with LEXUS, but this car was a nightmare, an expensive nightmare because LEXUS repairs are much more expensive than most cars. My MAZDA GLC is still running well after 280,000 miles.

General Comments:

I would never buy a LEXUS again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th August, 2002

14th Jan 2005, 15:20

I have a Lexus and have had no problems like this at all. How did the engine overheat to the point of being ruined, without the driver noticing and turning off the car immediately? This is as ridiculous as driving on a flat tire and wondering why the rim gets ruined! And the transmission, was it filled with the proper fluid, and the proper amount? If it was neglected, that is hardly the fault of the car. I am sure the car is much happier now, maybe it will get maintained properly.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 11 reviews