1996 Lexus ES 300 Overview

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Buy One. by chitwooddouglas
 — cup holders and cig-ligther, needs upgrade, cant charge nav sistem when both full of drink on long trips. other than that im not setting in the back because its too fun to drive. This car is better th... Read More
Awesome, My Friend Liked It So Much He Bought One Of His Own by markswim
 — Great car in terms of luxury, build, and reliability. It is right at home on the highway and cruises at 80+ with the air on with absolute ease. If shopping for a car of this age I would only buy thi... Read More
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1996 Lexus ES 300 Overview

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1996 Lexus ES 300

By this eighth model year for the entry-level luxury sedan, the ES 300 had become the best selling Lexus.  Nothing was added for the new model year, but two new exterior color choices became available.  The ES also was offered in a limited production Coach trim, which was entirely aesthetic.  By this time, Lexus had added a forth series of car: the sporty GS.   The arrival of the GS seemed to signify a concession by Lexus, that the ES as it was could simply not compete with the BMW 5-Seies or the Mercedes E Class.  The GS 300 was needed to fill that gap.   
Still, the ES series sold as it did for a reason.  While marked by  reliability that stood well above many European competitors, the ES was quite luxurious and a fine performer.  The 3.0 liter V-6 provided 188 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque.  The ES 300 reached 60 mph off the line in 8.4 seconds, and completed a quarter mile in 16.4.  Powerful brakes brought the ES from 60 to 0 mph in just under 140 feet.  Firm but forgiving suspension and responsive steering rounded out the ride.  When inside the ES, outside surroundings including traffic, wind, engine noise, and road hums are very muted.  
In numerous consumer reviews, drivers report that their ESs have reached the 100, the 150, and even the 200,000 mile marks.  While the ES 300 may not have been up to par with German sports performance, it had kept a steady pace in establishing its own image.  The sedan had been hampered by its similarities to the less elegant Toyota Camry.  However, 1996 was the final year for the second generation of the ES.  After years of gradual improvements since its debut in 1989, the 1996 ES 300 might have been the last in the series that  could be labeled as synonymous with the Camry.


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Lexus ES 300 Questions

Wayne Lauziere

Water Light Come On But Levels Are Full

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Whats Wrong And How Do I Fix It?

I was playing music then all of a sudden it went off and i noticed the antenna retracted and wont go back up the radio shows that music is being played but there's no sound.

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How Do I Remove Driver Door From 1996 Lexus Es300

how do I remove driver door from 1996 lexus es300 and what tools do I need?

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Catherine Shanks

96 Es 300 Today The Ect Power Light Came On... How Do I Turn It Off Or Shou...

how do I turn it off or should I leave it on? Just bought the vehicle and no manual came with it...help? please advise..and thanks!

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1996 Lexus Es300 Check Engine Light Came On And Speedometer Stopped Working...

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