1996 Lexus ES 300 User Reviews

1996 Lexus ES 300 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 9 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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"ride" 5 reviews
"beautiful car" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"exterior" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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chitwooddouglas writes:
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5

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looks are bu teeee full!

Cons

I dont own another one.

chitwooddouglas
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Buy One. — 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 than my 2001 cadi DTS. I'm a Lexus owner fof life now.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Broc writes:
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4

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Super fun, super reliable.

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Not recommended for tall people.

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1996 Lexus Es 300 4 Dr Std Sedan — This car drives like a bat out of hell! But its looks are deceiving... The car looks good, but it has one major flaw... The cup holder and the cigarette lighter cant be used at the same time... very ridiculous. The car has good milage if you drive it calmly, but its hard not to with its v6. This car is very fun and very reliable. I have only had a few problems since I got it.

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Yolo writes:
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good engine and general quality

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suspension/body roll

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Lexus Es300 1996 170k Miles — springs r way too soft. crazy ass body roll. acceleration is great but is very lacking on hills. braking is good but there is enormous amounts of body roll. still handles alright though. My car specifically does not handle bumps AT ALL. need to go less than 5mph for ANY bumps. hopefully this is just my car and not the whole lineup. Seems to be of great build quality as the chassis has gone through 170k miles and is still doing great. Few squeaks but i think its more from the suspension than nything. Interior is very good, I have full leather with premium sound system stock. Exterior is fine... not much to say. The car takes any grade of gas because the ecu learns to adjust for it. however, you get better performance and reaction time from the car with premium gas. You may also get better mileage with premium gas. Maintenance-wise, its normal wear and tear from more than 10 years of use with 170k miles. there are things that need repairs. The car is fun to drive to some extent.... definitely not a sports car. However, recommend it very much as lexus puts many features in the car.

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troyslexus writes:
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4

Pros

Smooth ride, lots of power to pass. Very safe. Comfortable, comes with sun roof and power everything, low cost.

Cons

Lots of freeway miles, leaks sometimes, easy to fix

troyslexus
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It's Been A Great Car To Own And Drive And Still Has Some More Miles To Offer The Next Owner. — This car is dependable and easy to drive. Very relaxing and smooth - the V6 engine is nice to have. It has a few dents and dings and the interior is a little rough. All in all, why would one pay $1950 for an old Nissan or Honda when they can ride in style with this 96 Lexus ES 300 - With all the bells and whistles?

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Wolf_359 writes:
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4

Pros

A good-looking car design.
It's a Lexus.

Cons

Maintenance costs can be expensive, and other than oil changes, there's not much more I can do myself.
I leave all the rest to my trusted mechanic.
Takes premium gas.

Wolf_359
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A Fine Ride. — I've had this car for six years and have put 62,000 miles on it since I bought it with 104,000. In that time, the major expenses have been timing belts, a new starter, suspension, brakes, and one fuel injector. Recently replaced the alternator and belt, but did it myself. For a Lexus, it was actually an easy job. Good gas mileage; upper teens for city, and around thirty on the highway. This car has performed flawlessly on three cross country trips.

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markswim writes:
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Pros

Looks much newer than it is.

Cons

Antennae breaks easily

markswim
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Awesome, My Friend Liked It So Much He Bought One Of His Own — 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 this car or another Lexus.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Justin writes:
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Lexus makes the best cars lol

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the windows are weird lmao

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Great Car — Acceleration is great along with the handling, appearance i wouldnt say is great but deff not horrible. driving a lexus is like driving on a cloud. if i had to get another car i deff would only want to get a lexus. no matter how old, as long as it has low miles

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joel writes:
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sleek

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nothing

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Car — comfortable, re li able , dec ent power, leather interior, cd, casette, I put a bunch of miles on it and the car just kept running all the way to the dealership when I got my new car, new one soon

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jonathan writes:
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Car For The More Mature Crowd, Reflected In Its Handling, Safe And Unexciting. — 1996 Lexus ES 300, was a beautiful car, drove well and was nicely appointed, just a bit too floaty, comfortable though.

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Reviews From Other Years

2003 Lexus ES 300 Reviews

Love This Car By mun777

i love the fuel economy and reliability of this car bought it when it had 173000 miles on it 5 months ago and now it has 187000 on it and still purrs like a great car. good for 4 people 5 is pushing i... Read More

All Around Solid Car. By greekinese

The Lexus ES300 is a very reliable and safe car. It also has a sleek look to it. Lots of room on the inside for a midsize sedan for stretching out on long trips. Speaking of long trips, the ride is... Read More

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2002 Lexus ES 300 Reviews

Totally Worth It By Brook

I love it! Had it since 2006, totally reliable, GREAT LOOKING and smooth riding. Downsides are that it needs premium fuel and the pick up is not the greatest. If you are looking for a used luxury car,... Read More

Nice Daily Driver/family Car By Terrance

This isn't your everyday powerful sports car, but it does make a nice commuter car. The interior is nice and there is a lot of leg room for the driver and all of its passengers. The trunk is pretty bi... Read More

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2001 Lexus ES 300 Reviews

Excellent Car! By MTurner

Typical Toyota/Lexus: well engineered, ergonomically sound, well built, great value. It doesn't handle or accelerate like a sports car, but then I didn't think it would. It is very, very comfortable... Read More

Dream Engine By Mohammed

nice engine.reliable. smooth ride. no hassles. similar to a camry but refined. a recommended buy fr all toyota enthusiats. dnt drive v4...it uses more gas than a v6. v6 has a greater performance tha... Read More

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2000 Lexus ES 300 Reviews

Good Buy By OKqPwixvGDuXgylmrIJ

These would make great cars for anyone, with low mileage. I like the not overly-complicated dash and radio controls. The sound system is fantastic, loud and accurately recreated. The six disc change... Read More

Lemon By tillie_b

The car looked great, but it almost immediately developed issues. Yes, I bought it used and should have known that it had an engine recall in its past. What a mistake. They called me 'smoky' at wor... Read More

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1999 Lexus ES 300 Reviews

Solid, Comfortable By rhubbard

This is my mom's car I haven't driven it much but when I did I was impressed with it's acceleration and handling. I prefer My BMW but for this style of car it is impressive. I was also surprised by ... Read More

Fun, Safe & Fast. By Taylor

This is an amazing car. 11 years later is still looks beautiful, drives beautifully & still fast. Only repairs have been the transmission, which is my fault because I romp the hell out of this car. It... Read More

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