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Pros: The total quiet and comfort
Cons: More power
Advice: If you want a quiet and comfortable auto, this is the oneThe car is fast, but is no sports car. It is extremely comfortable. The air cooled seats are terrific. I have had no problems with the auto. The car rides like a dream.
Advice: Go for the GS.I have 16,000 miles on my ES330 and I still have hesitation problems between 1 to 10 miles per hour. I started putting a higher octane gas in it and that seems to be helping a bit but not totally. Otherwise I love the interior, the nav system, the sound system and the smooth ride. I probably wouldn't buy again because of the transmission issue. I can't seem to get past it. I'm thinking about an Infinity or Audi.
Pros: full size spare on a matching rim and overall quality
Cons: hesitation on acceleration
Advice: price shop this car and look for the best price without a trade inIt is true, there is a hesitation on acceleration from a dead stop. I do think that lexus should offer a fix for the problem. My wife drives this car mostly and she has told me that when we first got it,it did hesitate for her, but now she does not notice it. It does hesitate for me when I drive it. Other then that I like the car, the interior is luxury car quality and the exterior fit and finnish is excellent, although it does not have a 'telescopic' steering col. and the controls for the heated and ventilated seats are very small. I do not notice any 'jerkiness in the tranny like some of reviews state. Overall I would give this car a 8.75
Pros: Interior material
Advice: Don't buy it!I bought the 05 ES330 in 11/04. The trasmission is so rough and potentially dangerous, like many other owners reported. The dealer says it's normal. Then how could Lexus claim it is smooth on it's website? Also, there are rattlings on a door, overhead, steering column and front passenger seat. The dealer has not been able to fix them after many times of repair.I am so disappointed with the Lexus brand. I want to get rid of the car soon, even at a substantial loss. So don't buy it until at least Lexus fixes the transmission!
Pros: cooled seats!!!!!
Cons: headroom with sunroof
Advice: Buy; there is a fix for the 'jerkiness'. Read on..........To all of you complaining of the jerky transmission; it's normal at first. I too questioned the acceleration (the car I drove had two inches of gas pedal travel until it drove) until I realized it's drive by wire. Similar to a jet fighters controls, there is no mechanical connection for the gas, but an electronic one. It takes about 90 minutes of ONE person driving it(city and highway) for the computer to set your preferences. As soon as that's done, it'll go away. So just load in some fav CD's and drive around for a while til it's done. How hard is that?
Pros: THE SMOOTH RIDE AND THE HANDSOME INTERIOR
Cons: THE LOOK OF THE REAR TAILIGHTS
Advice: BUY!!!!!!!!!!I RECENTLY PURCHASED A 2004 ES 330 WITH 18000 MILES ON IT ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW THIS IS THE FINEST VEHICLE I HAVE EVER OWNED AND I HAVE OWNED ALOT OF THEM.QUALITY IS EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK AND THE RIDE IS OUT OF THIS WORLD.I KNOW I WILL ENJOY THIS CAR FOR A LONG TIME.THANK YOU TOYOTA YOU REALLY HAVE A WINNER ON YOUR HANDS. I ALSO LOOKED AT THE NEW FORD FIVE HUNDRED AND WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE FLIMSEY INTERIOR.
Pros: Lovely interior, history of reliability and good dealer support when needed.
Cons: Initial hesitation when driving between 1-5 mph. Now with nearly 1,200 miles that seems to be gone.
Advice: Test drive it at all speeds.Bought my car with 10 miles on it. Initially, it felt sluggish. But it gets smoother by the day as the miles pile up. My previous car was a Camry that rode exceptionally smooth for a car with 155,000 miles. I'm confident this car will exceed that. I have about 1,200 miles now and the mileage is getting better as well. I enjoy the heated seats, the HID headlights and cargo net. I have the Michelin tires after switching from the summer Toyo tires, which would have lasted about 20,000 miles or less. They are a bit nosier but not by much. I also have the 17 inch tires for slightly better handling, which can also add a bit of noise. I'm very picky. But I'm loving my car. The transmission shifts smoothly and it's so quiet. Sometimes I accidentially hit the turning signal and don't realize it's on. Even the bland exterior is growing on me.