1999 Lexus ES Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1999 Lexus ES 300 3.0 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance181000 miles
Previous carLexus ES300

Summary:

It should be Gods automobile!

Faults:

Alignment at 180,000. Maybe due to I had rims on the car, many potholes in NJ.

VSC and check engine light on once in a while. I drove the car for 2 years with the lights going on and off, but never any problem or work required. To get rid of the light (check engine), disconnect the negative battery terminal and reconnect; lights will go off. VSC just turn the car off and it will go away.

General Comments:

Pretty fast for a 6 cylinder.

Handles very well; can handle sharp turns and weaving in and out of traffic!

Very comfortable heated electric seats moves in all directions. (driver and passenger)

Climate control very comfortable, AC freezing, heat very hot.

Windows defrost very quickly, within seconds.

Front wheel drive very good in bad weather.

Smooth driving and quiet engine.

TOO MANY TO LIST!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2006

1999 Lexus ES 300 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carCadillac Eldorado

Summary:

Nice economical daily driver

Faults:

No problems so far.

General Comments:

One week after I bought this Lexus, I had new tires installed. I went with Michelin Hydroedge. The car had 4 brand new Coopers on it when I bought it. I hated to get rid of 4 new tires, but they were awful. They were so noisy I could not take it.

The car also had all new brake pads on it when purchased by me. I just know they were too noisy and squealed too much for me. I changed these two weeks after buying the car. I changed them to Raybestos Quiet Stop brakes.

I really love the instrument cluster in this car. It is so nice and bright which makes it really easy to read.

The carpet is too low quality for me. The carpet in the ES300 is something that should be put in a $15,000 economy car, not a Lexus.

The steering is nice and tight. The ride is on the stiff side.

I think it is strange that there was no automatic dimming rear view mirror offered since this is considered a luxury car.

It will take about another 100,000 miles before I can give a better opinion on how good this car is to own, but it does look promising at this point.

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

Review Date: 3rd August, 2005

1999 Lexus ES 300 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

A ticking time bomb

Faults:

The transmission failed at 91,000 miles, necessitating a complete replacement.

The original equipment tires had to be replaced three times within the first three years that I owned the vehicle.

The battery has had to be replaced twice.

General Comments:

The car handles well.

The car is comfortable to ride in.

The interior is fairly roomy.

There were virtually no mechanical problems with the car for the first three years that I owned it.

However, during that three-year period, the original equipment tires had to be replaced three times, and the battery twice.

Since the car has gone off warranty, the transmission has failed completely, the rear main engine seal has had to be replaced, and the front struts are also due for replacement.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th December, 2003

1999 Lexus ES 300 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

A great car

Faults:

Barely perceptible noise from the sunroof cover early on. Dealer (Mission Viejo, CA) was all over the problem immediately with two testers in the car with me. They could barely hear it, but promptly gave me an RX300 to drive while they replaced the entire sunroof ass'y. Only problem so far.

General Comments:

It's fast, very quiet and luxurious. All 4 C-Series owners I know readily admit that the ES is a very impressive car; all express regret that they didn't buy or lease one.

Local dealer service is great. Neighbor owns a Mercedes S500 and goes on and on about how great her service is. Listening to the details, it sounds like that great service is normal for a Lexus owner.

When I bought it I heard MANY comments regarding Camrys, but always from people who, for some reason, drove comparative junks. Biggest differences I'm aware of with respect to the XLE would be sound, styling, trim line-standard equipment and ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2001

19th Sep 2007, 09:28

Hi everyone.

I just purchased a 1999 ES300 Coach edition with less than 89,000 miles for 2 thousand less than retail value. The car is quite pleasing and I'm happy to join the group of Lexus owners in America. I plan on using this car for the next 5-10 years.

23rd Jun 2009, 14:39

April 2009.

Just purchased a 1999 ES 300 with just under 44K. Coach edition. Like new top to bottom. I love it. Paid low PP blue book. An awesome deal for a luxury car that has at least 5-10 yrs problem free miles left on it.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 9 reviews