2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0 from Australia and New Zealand


Very good car overall


Found that the driver's seat is sunken.

PCV valve.

Power steering was tighter.

General Comments:

I love cars, and I love to feel how different cars feel to drive. With my car history, one can easily conclude that.

I bought a Lexus ES300 for the second time.

I bought my first Lexus ES300 98 with 200,000 miles in hurry and I really liked it. Then I switched to BMW, which is not my type of car (tight steering!)

Well some time ago I wanted to buy a car that I wanted to keep for longer, and I was waiting for a Lexus or Honda Legend. I like comfortable cars rather than sports ones!

Then I found a Lexus ES300 2000 with only 110,000 km, single owner, no accidents, with log books, and I bought it.

I really love it.

I noticed a few bad things in this car and I took care of them.

PCV valve - I got a PCV valve from Amazon.

Sunken driver's seat - I replaced the driver's seat foam with a passenger seat foam (I got the passenger seat from one owner who was dismantling his damaged car).

Tight steering - I flushed the PS fluid may be 5-6 times, then I added Lubeguard (from Amazon) to the PS fluid and it has improved.

I tried different fuels. With 98 RON fuel the car runs smooth, but doesn't increase the Km much.

E10 makes the car sluggish, so I am filling it with 91 WITHOUT Ethanol.

I get around 400kms to tank with the A/C on.

So far I am enjoying this car.

Will add some more soon!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2014

2000 Lexus ES 300 3.2 V6 from North America


A piece of crap


I bought the car in January of 2012. Ever since then it's been all hell.

I first tested it, and it was amazing, drove like beast, very smooth, and very quiet. Bought it for $3500.

Now 5000 km later, the check engine light comes on with 4 codes. Fixed the O2 sensors for $500, and knock sensors for $700.

Drove for a good 2000 km, then another check engine light came on, so I fixed the MAF sensor for $210. Mind you, I took all these repairs to Lexus, biggest rip off of my life.

So then 3000 km later, another stupid check engine light came on. Took it to Lexus; it turned out I needed a timing belt, so I just said screw it, turned around and sold it for $1350.

So altogether, I spent 1410 in labour and part costs, and 500 getting it diagnosed at Lexus. I lost $4000 on this piece of junk in 4 months.

Toyota/Lexus, never again, and please don't make the same mistake I did; go buy yourself a Honda or Acura.

General Comments:

Absolutely nothing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st April, 2012

21st Apr 2012, 21:19

The only mistake you made, was buying a 12 year old car already with well over 200K km, and expecting it to be like new. Toyota or no Toyota.

22nd Apr 2012, 02:29

I agree, I bought a 1997 Toyota Camry for $10,000 (this was about six years ago). The vehicle only had 50,000 km on the clock, and I spent $5,000 on the piece of rubbish in the time span of six months! So I sold it and bought a Volvo.

2000 Lexus ES 300 from North America


The car not as comfortable as my 1991 Cadillac, but it definitely performs


The car has no apparent issues. The check engine light was on when I had a pre-purchase inspection done. The seller had the shift solenoid replaced before I took ownership, and all appears to be well.

It was recommended that the timing belt should have been changed at about 90,000 miles, which has not been done. Talked to another owner that had his go out at about 115,000, and another that is at 169,000 without it.

I drive this car about about 50 miles a week. What do you think should I do. What will a Toyota dealer charge compared to the Lexus dealer?

General Comments:

The car handles great, happy with the purchase.

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

Review Date: 30th January, 2010

9th Nov 2013, 02:44

I wouldn't worry about changing the belt until it breaks. It is a non-interference engine, so nothing will get damaged. Mine has 190,000, and the belt has not been changed.