1998 Lexus ES 300 Overview

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Family-friendly Luxury That Holds Up Great! by Biannale
 — Also suits aged parent passenger with mobility issues. Trunk fits all walkers easily, front passenger seat adjusts to suit everyone! Great for long-haul, family road trips, commuting, easy to park. Lo... Read More
Great by nibiruan2300
 — I love all the imports but my Lexus share Camery parts but have a luxury feel. It's good on gas and maintainence is fair for a luxury import. Very reliable and made for family trip as I have drove in ... Read More
I Love My Lex. by phellis1
 — I have 301,000 miles on my es and rides like brand new. I would recommend this car to anyone, as long as you maintain it properly. Gas mileage is great, and i had some rims and custom things on it and... Read More

1998 Lexus ES 300 Overview

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1998 Lexus ES 300

In 1998 Lexus continued to add safety and comfort features to the new ES sedans.  Now in its third generation, the ES 300 was fitted side-impact airbags and reduced force front airbags.  An engine immobilizer and new antitheft system were also included, and a premium Nakamichi sound system was optional.  The prior year had been a pivotal time for the ES series, as a redesign had successfully dissolved more ties between the Lexus and the Camry.  While the ES still utilized the Camry platform, the gap had been widened significantly with respect to appearance.
The ES 300 featured a revamped engine which had raised horsepower to 200.  The 3.0 liter V-6 would be replaced again in 1999 with additional potency and new technology.  For now, the ES sped from 0 to 60 in 8.2 seconds and was described as quite responsive through the higher gears as well.  Powerful brakes returned the ES from 60 mph to a stop in 138 feet.   The light weight and fairly modest engine contributed to economical fuel consumption, at 19/26 mpg.
Over time, the ES 300 had been dubbed the entry-level Lexus as more expensive models like the GS 300 and LX 450 SUV had appeared.  However, significant strides had been made to pull the ES closer to the reputation of its Lexus kin.  The redesigned exterior gave the ES 300 a sharper and more dynamic look, and interior refinements established more similarities between the ES and the LS.   However, drivers still found the list of standard features a little short for a luxury car.  In 1998, a CD player was still considered an option.


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If You Change The Ignition What Would Cause It Not To Start

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Where Are The Fuses For The Lighters On An 1998 Lexus E300 And What Are The...

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Why Does The Car Only Go In Drive Mode When Shifted In Every Gear?

Wife has a 98 lexus es300. Every gear is stuck in Drive mode. The dash gear indicator light is on neutral when its in park. When you shift out of park, Reverse is in Drive, Neutral is in Drive and...

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1998 Lexus es300 Owning this car for over a year with no problems. On a cold night I sat in the car while it was started and running The heat and radio was on and everything was find. I turned off the...

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George Bennett

Is The Alternator Protected By A Fuse On Lexus Es 300

the battery light comes on. is the altenaor protected by a fuse, i am not a robot

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