1994 Lexus ES 300 3.0L VVTi V6 from North America
Quality, Luxury, Performance and Style in 1 package
Parking brake kits fell apart causing the back tires to lock. luckily the car was barely moving at the time.
Driver's side heated seat stopped working.
Keyless entry occasionally doesn't respond.
I really like this car. It doesn't look anywhere near the 12 years old it is.
My only major complaints are the front seats are very uncomfortable for long trips and the trunk is pretty small considering the size of the car.
I particularly like the 2-tone red that was offered on these cars, which is what mine is. The black leather interior is holding up very well, just the steering wheels is starting to show wear signs.
Dealer servicing is a joke. I will never take it there again
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th May, 2006
24th Mar 2008, 10:57
Original writter here: the car has now surpassed 300,000kms or 180-185,000miles (not exactly sure of the calculation) and is running very strong. Can run and beat the newer cars on the road without problem and has the style to make people ask if I bought a new car. I Love it! It's loaded except for the cell phone option and the heated seat problem listed above was just a faulty switch, replaced with a used one and has worked great since. Recently had our first child while I was away on business... Got me home travelling at 155kmh on a 250kms trip (I made it for the delivery too! with no tickets!) Just sailed smoothly! Couldn't be happier; once we save a little money Lexus has found a customer for it's new ES series!
9th Dec 2011, 10:58
Wow, time flies.
Original poster of the comment, and it's now December of 2011. A lot of things have changed, but my Lexus really hasn't.
Pushing over 500,000kms (315,000 miles), and runs as good as ever. Maintenance work has been done (brakes, tires etc), and needed new rear struts. Otherwise I can't complain.
Paint is starting to fade on the roof, but what can you expect. A/C, all power features including sunroof, even the power antenna are all working still. I don't see it stopping anytime soon either. I will now run it until it dies, as I can't find anyone who would wants to buy anyways LOL.
I don't know how Toyota did it, but they have built an amazing vehicle that stands the test of time. Once we can afford it, we will be looking at an RX for sure, as we now have 2 kids, and the ES is just too small. If you find a good used one, BUY IT!
9th Dec 2011, 16:29
Your car's longevity shows what a little maintenance, a reliable used car, and a little luck will do. Lexus made some great cars. Many are on their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th owners. And many are still running strong. Hopefully your RX will be as reliable. 05/06 were very good years for the RX model.