Used Vehicle Review: Lexus ES300/ES330, 2002-2006 —

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LEXUS ES300/330

September 7, 2006

The Toyota commands respect for a lot of reasons: reliable, roomy and refined, to a few. But the last thing will ever mistake a for is a luxury car, even in leather-trimmed XLE form.

For those who like the Camry for all of its practical but demand a little more in the car they drive, Toyota’s Lexus division has the answer, in the of the ES, the Camry-based executive sedan been on sale since

As nice as the original ES250 for its 2.5-litre V6) was, this car has a long way. With a ES350 in showrooms, this used car review will a look back at the third version.

Based on the fifth-generation Camry arrived in 2002, the third-gen was, as these things to go, bigger, more powerful and luxurious that its predecessor. sold in 2002 and 2003 powered by a 3.0-litre V6 making 210 In 2004, displacement was bumped to 3.3 adding 15 horsepower and necessitating a change to ES330 to keep the car in with Lexus’ engine-displacement-based convention.

2005 Lexus ES330; by Bob McHugh. Click image to

Changes to the methods used to horsepower ratings resulted in a drop for 2006 models (to All third-generation ES’ used a five-speed transmission.

Safety is a definite too. The ES earned five for driver and front passenger in National Highway Traffic Administration’s (NHTSA) front testing.

2005 Lexus photo by Bob McHugh. Click to enlarge

Standard side helped the car earned five for front-seat occupant protection in impacts, and four stars for rear sear occupants. The ES “good” ratings from the Institute for Highway Safety in both the organization’s frontal and side impact tests.

This thread at the Lexus Club details some issues with the ES, but the list all generations of the car, not just the version. Go here for a list of related to various repairs and procedures, and an FAQ on these cars can be here. And to access a factory manual, click here .

Lexus ES300; photos by Yoxon. Click image to

You won’t be surprised that, the Toyota model it’s on, the ES holds onto its value well, with used ranging from $24,175 for a model (more than of its MSRP) to $40,350 for a 2006 If you can live with the less-powerful engine (it only gives up 15 to the 3.3), we’d recommend for a 2002 or 2003 model to advantage of sub-$30,000 prices. Or, if you can without a luxury nameplate, go for a Camry XLE: a 2006 is worth just under

The ES isn’t an exciting car and won’t more than a passing from bystanders, but like the it’s a comfortable and dependable way to get and simply offers a splash of to satisfy drivers who want a dash of luxury in their commute.

Lexus Owners Club – is a North American offshoot of a Lexus website. Here find a forum dedicated to the ES in all of its ranging from the original to the brand new ES350. There’s a heap of other topics to here, like aftermarket audio/video, for sale/wanted and many A basic membership is free, and an optional gold membership for a subscription fee. This is for more than 20,000 Lexus owners.

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