1997 Lexus ES 300 Overview

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Luxury, Sporty, And Power All In One. A Good Status Symbol ;-) by Apollo_26
 — I have only one complaint about owning a Lexus... They are not known for sturdy cup holders... They break really easily, so you have to be gentle with them (hard when you have kids in the back seat wh... Read More
Great Car by Bryan
 — The car is of amazing quality. While driving down the busy loud streets of boston, I just roll my windows up. and it's quiet. I don't even hear the engine on idle or light acceleration. It has a su... Read More
My Dad's Old Car 1999-2005 by Justin
 — This was my father's old car. It was great. I learned to drive on this car and it was a blast to drive. It had an impressive V-6 that really moved when you needed it to, it was incredibly reliable,... Read More

1997 Lexus ES 300 Overview

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1997 Lexus ES 300

The arrival of the 1997 ES 300 signified the beginning of the third generation of the Lexus entry-level sedan.  With the debut of the GS 300 sports sedan in 1993, the ES had been put in an awkward place.  The ES was initially conceived a sports sedan, but it fell short of its German competition.  When the GS took its place in the sports sedan niche, questions arose about whether the ES 300 was simply a re-badged Toyota.  In 1997, a totally redesigned ES 300 aimed to cut all ties between itself and its Toyota counterpart, and to stand on its own as true luxury car.
The ES 300 had expanded in all dimensions: height, length, width, and wheelbase.  About seventy pounds were shaved off the vehicle's curb weight.  Some refinements to the 3.0 liter V-6 allowed for more power, boosting horsepower from 188 to 200.  Engine torque was bumped from 203 to 214 pound-feet.  The ES's 0-60 dropped to just over eight seconds, and the quarter mile time snuck under 16.  Despite steady power increases, the fuel economy had changed little since 1989.  This year, efficiency increased to 19/26 mpg.  No matter how much additional horsepower was added, nothing seemed to interrupt the silenced ride.
Although these ESs are under a ten years old, many owners complain about electronic failure for the interior displays.  Lighting for both the radio and the instrument cluster dims or disappears.  This was an occasional problem throughout the second generation as well.  While noteworthy, it is still an infrequent problem.  The consensus on the new ES was that it combined comfort, luxury, performance, and safety into one attractive and relatively affordable package.


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Why Won't My Tail Lights Work On 1997 Lexus Es 300

I have replaced the bulbs for the tail lights and the fuses. All other lights are working except for the tail lights. Is it possible that I have something connected improperly?

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