2003 Lexus ES Reviews

2003 Lexus ES 300 6 cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles

Summary:

Great ride for the price

Faults:

Not getting the gas mileage it used to; 17/23.

Interior filters smell sour easily.

Sensors replaced 2x. 400 plus.

Can accidentally get 2 CDs in one slot stuck.

Clear coat over pearl on rear bumper failing.

Key fob cracked. 200+.

Dash light for seat heat replaced, and one tail light.

General Comments:

Quiet ride.

Mostly comfortable and roomy.

Looks great still.

Enough power.

Dependable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2013

2003 Lexus ES 300 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired125 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

The car should be recalled

Faults:

The engine will surge out into traffic at anytime. When the car is at a complete stop and the gas is applied the car will hesitate for about three seconds then surge out into traffic. NHTSA has investigated five deaths and 30 crashes in 2004. While driving the gas must be applied very slowly or the car will surge at any speed.

The sunroof has creaked since the car was purchased, was told by the dealer that this could not be corrected.

Lexus Corporation has stated that if the car is driven by two different people the transmission will shift on its own due to the memory of the transmission. My car is driven by two different people and shifts on its own at all times. The transmission will stick for about 10 seconds which is very common with my car.

The catalytic converter has been replaced once due to the smell coming out of the vents. The smell still comes out of the vents and it does not matter if the heat is on or not.

General Comments:

The Lexus ES300 is a very unsafe car to drive. NHTSA should look into this matter more closely before more deaths occur due to the surge of the engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th February, 2006

7th Feb 2006, 16:22

Learn how to drive your Lexus, its not a Kia. Get use to the amount of power it has. I have the same problem with mine, but it doesn't bother me, I've gotten use to it. Just don't gun the car getting into traffic on the freeway. Give it gas very slowly.

2003 Lexus ES 300 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance26000 miles
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

For the price, the car is great

Faults:

Tires completely wore out at 14,000 miles and needed replacing.

General Comments:

This car is great for both city and highway driving, with a very smooth ride. Brakes are very responsive and handle well on slick roads.

The seats could be made a little more comfortable, which you especially notice after driving great distances.

Buyers should pay close attention to the tires that come with the new car. The dealers use a tire on the new cars that are very soft, so the car drives very smooth at the beginning. However, the tires start wearing out about 5-10,000 miles and you start to hear loud roaring sounds as you are driving. In my case, the dealer was only willing to pay for two new tires, even though all tires were bad. After having all four tires replaced with top quality tires, I found out from several other Lexus owners that they experienced the same problem.

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

Review Date: 29th January, 2005

28th Apr 2005, 06:25

The dealer is not responsible for the tires that are put on any vehicle that come from the factory. The manufacture is.

Did you read the owners manual and have your tires rotated when the manufacture states? Did you make sure the air pressure was kept where it is recommended?

If you follow these recommendations the tires will generally last longer than 14000 miles.

2003 Lexus ES 300 3.0 liter from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 liter Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired134 miles
Most recent distance4001 miles

Summary:

I would like one like the demo I drove.

Faults:

The transmission is unpredictable and quirky up to 40 MPH.

General Comments:

This is probably a great car. However I can't get past the lousy transmission.

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

Review Date: 9th October, 2003

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews