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Cons: Difficult to see traffic conditions with a quick glance out of the driver's side; I have to physically turn to see other cars.
Advice: Check for rattlesI like my car-owned for 1 1/2 years now, except for an annoying rattle in the moonroof trim. It squeaks every time I hit a minor rough patch in a road. The dealer said the noise was caused by a bottle of hand soap in the map pocket on the passenger door--not true! I'll try a different dealer for my next service.
Pros: Inside comfort and appearance
Cons: major hesitation issues
Advice: Do not buy this vehicle if the hesitation issue I reference is of concernMajor hesitation issues! The hesitation is danderous and can cause a major accident when attempting to merge from an interstate exit ramp. Although the car looks beautiful on the inside, I finally got Lexus to buy me out of my lease after 18 months of conversations. The settlement (before the arbitration hearing) was worth it. The navigation is nice, but does not have a voice recognition funtion like the Acura TL. In terms of performance, the Acura TL exceeds the Lexus ES330. I should have selected the TL the first time around.
Pros: Nice interior for the price.
Cons: Dangerous enigne hesitation, too much body roll.
Advice: Do not buy this car until Lexus fixes the engine hesitation problem..The ES ride is soft and the interior is nice. Handling, however, is below average with too much body roll in turns. The transmission often shifts roughly. The much talked about engine hesitation problem when accelerating is frustrating at best and can sometimes be downright dangerous. It is a known problem with Lexus and cannot be fixed. It occurs on 2003 and newer ES models and is computer related (some cars are worse than others and the problem gets worse over time). I had to get rid of the Lexus after 3,500 miles at a substantial loss in value. The Acura TL, while maybe not as nicely appointed, blows this car away in the way it drives and handles. More horsepower, much less roll, no engine hesitation and the transmission shifts much more smoothly. All in all, I should have gone with the Acura.
Pros: smooth transmission and quite engine
Cons: noisy interior and poor pick up
Advice: It is a car for ...senior citizenExtremely noisy and poor acceleration. Smooth trasmission and very quiet engine. Intruments panel leave a lot to desire (light/visibility). Extremely hard on tires. It requires a new set of tires every 20,000 miles (regardless the type of tires you use.
Pros: comfortable ride and sound system
Cons: GPS Navigation system
Advice: Don't buy the extra GPS systemThe drive floats compared to my BMW Z3 but that is to be expected in a Lexus. I am happy with the car except the Navigation GPS system is consistly off 300 yds (specifications state 100 yds) to more than 4 miles. If I mark the location, it will take me back to that spot. But if I enter the address, chances are it will not get you there within the 100 yd. specs.
Cons: emergency acceleration
Advice: Don't buy because of acceleration defectVery Dangerous because the ES330 hesitates when accelerating under emergency conditions. Accelerator is not directly linked to gas pedal, but rather runs through a computer that is apparently confused by extreme acceleration. It almost caused me to be involved in an accident two different times when I attempted to get out of the way of speeding drivers. Local dealer will do nothing saying 'it meets Lexus standards.' I definitely would not buy again. The ride is great. The look is great. What good is that if you, or a loved one, are killed in an accident?
Pros: The Rain Sensing wipers
Advice: test drive one for 24 hours and do what you do on a daily basisWe purchased this car about 8 weeks ago and the drive is fantastic!! We have taken 2 long distance trips in it and the comfort and ride are top of the line for the price that we paid. We will be Lexus owners from now on, I guess until we turn them in for wheelchairs.