1999 Lexus ES300 Review, Pete, From Piscataway, NJ
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Lexus ES300 ES0
| ||Model of the car:||Lexus ES300 ES0|
| ||General comments:||A lot of people are comparing this car to some sports models. This is NOT a sports car. It is a quiet, comfortable, smooth-riding entry-level luxury car. If you're looking for a car with a stiff suspension sports feel, this is not the car for you. I love my ES 300. Like my Maxima GLE(Maxima SE for the sports car lovers). I chose this car for the soft ride. One complaint enthusiast have is the soft ride. If it were up to Car & Driver, Motor Trend and Road & Track, all cars would be peeling out from 0-60 in 5 seconds or less or cornering like Nascar racers. 7.6 seconds is fine with me. If you want the stiffer sports ride in this class, buy the IS 300, BMW 3 series, Infiniti I30T or Acura 3.2 TL Type S (all excellent cars - I've test driven most of them). But if you like a smooth luxurious feel, then you'll love the ES 300. When I was shopping for a new car, it came down to a 97 Acura 3.5 RL or the 99 Lexus ES 300. There were several reasons that I chose the Lexus. 1. Better exceleration and smoother transmission.2. Quieter cabin and ride.3. Insurance quote was higher for the Acura than the Lexus4. Better certification (3 year-100K from my time of purchase over Acura's 62.5K from original time of purchase)5. High quality, no hassle sales staff over Acura's lack-a-daisy, pushy sales staff.6. Better over all service at the dealer. (Leather couches and several choices of coffee or tea :)7. Regular gas over the 3.5's required premium fuel.8. Just a great riding car!!!At 30+ years old, I should care less about the complements and stares I get from driving this car, but it is fun. I'm used to the stares because my other car is a Mazda Miata. MSN's Carpoint rates the ES300 the best value for overall performance for cars 6 years and older. In fact, most all Lexus' are on the list. The ES 300 is a great car and a good value.|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||Can't think of any... Maybe the heated seats - there's only one setting, but Lexus corrected that in the 2000 model.|
| ||Previous car:||96 Nissan Maxima GLE - The Lexus is more powerful and a lot quieter94 Nissan Maxima, 96 Pathfinder, 90 Mazda Miata|