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1992 Lexus ES 300 3.0G 3.0 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Exceptional Lexus quality and Toyota reliability

Faults:

Gauge indicators flicker.

Factory stereo amplifier very quiet.

Transmission starting to give trouble, rough changes.

General Comments:

My car is a Toyota Windom which is the Toyota version of the Lexus ES300.

Exceptional value as Lexus has a several thousand dollar premium over the Toyota version of the same car. In fact, the Windom is even cheaper than a Toyota Camry of similar year and specification on which both the ES300 and windom are based.

Absolute impeccable condition for a vehicle of 14 years old! Upholstery is almost as good as new on seats and door trims. There are no rattles, except loose change in the ashtray.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2006

28th Aug 2007, 04:29

I have a 92 Toyota Windom, and it drives, smells and even looks like new. It was my dad's car, and it has been off the road for over 3 years. Now I have got it, and I am putting it back on the road, and even more, I'm going to do it up, body-kit and all.

1992 Lexus ES 300 3.0L V6 without VVT from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 without VVT Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance144500 miles

Summary:

Good, but with a few reliability issues because it is the first edition of the ES300

Faults:

Some oil leaks and burns, giving off smoke. This problem has been 80% fixed recently with oil additives that soften up the seals. We will probably take it in for a mechanic to fix the remainder.

Driver's seat belt is slightly frayed.

Driver's seat leather is slightly worn.

Speedometer needle no longer glows.

Radiator needed replacement (but that's most likely related to a bad frontal accident back in 1993).

Steering wheel is slightly faded on one side (due to the sun's rays shining in from the driver's window).

General Comments:

This car's engine is in exceptionally good shape. All it needs right now are two things: a replacement of a few oil seals, and valve clearance adjustment. Without the slight tapping noise caused by the increased valve clearances, the engine will sound almost brand new.

However, even with these normal maintenance issues, I clocked 8.20 seconds to 60 mph in a test today. This is, I believe, 0.5 seconds better than the original specs. No aftermarket products have been used except a radiator replacement (cheaper than OEM).

The suspension is still in pretty good shape, except that it feels slightly less solid than it did years ago.

The interior, aside from the few aforementioned issues, still looks exceptionally new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2005

1992 Lexus ES 300 3.0 Liter V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.0 Liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired192112 miles
Most recent distance192140 miles
Previous carMazda RX7

Summary:

Still runs and looks great

Faults:

Red needle on the speedometer, which is lit up day and night. Had to the replace entire gauge cluster at a Lexus dealer for a high price of about $600 US. Ouch!

General Comments:

Only have had the car for two days and I can easily tell that this is by far the best and highest quality car that I have ever owned. It is probably getting close to needing a new engine, due to the high mileage, but I will do it when necessary and the car will last for twenty years, I believe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2000

26th Jul 2002, 14:18

I have a Lexus ES300 1992 with 198,000 miles. I love my car and have had it since 1994. I have had some issues such as having to replace my transmission at 97,000 miles, my rack-in-pinion (sp?) steering, at 127,000. My radio has died twice (I actually initially bought the car for the sound system with the 6 CD changer). I have had quite a few oil leaks and my gauges are not all illuminating anymore. But overall it has been a joy, the body has lasted great, and I want to drive it for another 40,000 miles.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 6 reviews