1997 Lexus ES 300 V6 gas from North America
Best car I ever owned
1. Radio LCD display (faded); bought the part and replaced it myself (easy fix).
2. Serpentine belt changed at 215K.
3. Time belt and water pump changed at 310K.
4. Brakes, rotors and emergency brake at 315K.
5. The car trunk stopped responding to the remote or the internal button in the cabin. Sprayed WD40 through keyhole on the trunk, and in a few minutes the issue was resolved.
6. Rattling sound. Found rusty lose covers under the fuel tank and catalytic converter/exhaust pipe area. Got them removed.
7. Front shockers sound. Sprayed WD-40 at top of both shockers, sound gone.
8. Front leather seat stitch opened up while the leather was still in very good shape. Found a $17 leather patch being sold on Amazon. Applied this leather patch over the stitched area, and the seat is looking fantastic, and the ugly look of the opened stitch is gone.
9. Transmission shifting issues, which started after a transmission oil change. Put in a bottle of Lucas and continued to use the car with problems. Though the transmission will die eventually, however it recovered in about a month's time, and has been running smooth ever since. This issue happened at about 230K odometer reading.
Excellent, excellent, excellent car. I have used it over longer distances non-stop, nearly 1000 miles, as well as daily city use without any issue. The car is so smooth and reliable that I don't ever wish to leave it. Now it is my son's car and he is equally happy with it. It will stay in our family until it dies, we will not sell it.
All the issues above were so minor, and mostly I was able to find a solution and fix it on my own.
The car has developed rust on both sides of the rear wheels, as well as the clear top is peeling on the front driver's side too. The paint all over the rest of the car's body still is shiny new. I am planning to do a rust fix and plasti dip over it in a couple of years.
Great car to own, drive and maintain.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th September, 2014