2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0 V6 from North America
Front passenger strut mount began making a metal-on-metal clanking sound around 94K. Found that to be a common issue with these models. Parts and labor for both front mounts: Lexus dealer > $600, Toyota > $400, Local mechanic $300.
Replaced tires @ 95000. Word to the wise, stick with the speed rating (I think it's V-rated) tires that are recommended by the manufacturer. They have a stiffer sidewall than the ones with a lower rating. I purchased a nice set of Goodyears (H-rated) on sale from TireRack.com. They look and ride nice, but if you put the Lexus recommended pressure in the tire, then they look under-inflated. Well if you put more air in the tire, then it rides hard like a go-cart.
Awesome ride... smooth, quiet, and it has a classy style. I love how smooth yet quickly it accelerates. It's not as crisp in the corners as the Euro imports, but it makes up for that in pick-up and comfort.
They aren't very common, you don't see one everywhere you turn like the Camry or the Accord but they are still very reliable. Love the frameless doors.
The only gripe I have about it is that the seating can be a tad bit uncomfortable for a left-handed driver. Other than that, it's near perfect.
I have the local Toyota dealer do most of my major work (timing belt, transmission flush, tune up) because they use the same parts and procedures as Lexus does, plus I save a TON of money. I take care of it and it returns the favor.
I intend to drive it for at least another 100,000+ miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd March, 2008