2003 Lexus ES 300 Overview

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Average User Score

4.25 stars

Based on 10 reviews

Best Reliable Car....... by Ammar1985
 — Best sedan, Smooth, Comfortable, Leg Room Very Reliable,Stylish, Really well built. Quiet. Sound system is amazing. Smooth/classy ride. Very happy with this car. It has 160K Miles on it but still run... Read More
Its A Lexus... Nuff Said... by Simeon
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2003 Lexus ES 300 Overview

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2003 Lexus ES 300

The 2003 Lexus ES 300 was unchanged, after undergoing a complete redesign for the previous model year.  In 2004 it would receive a new engine.  For now, the ES had gained a new status within the Lexus lineup, finally relieved of its entry-level classification.
The new ES 300 featured more room and amenities than its predecessors, and the exceptional ride quality was of course unaltered.  Sticker price reflected the revisions, as Lexus attempted to establish the ES as more of a peer of the LS 430.
For the last time, the ES 300 housed a 3.0 liter V-6.  This engine made 210 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque.  The 0-60 mph mark remained at about eight and a half seconds.  The engine utilized Toyota's Variable Valve Timing technology, which improved power, fuel efficiency, and emissions.  Fuel economy was observed at 21/29  mpg.  This third generation of ES also saw a transmission grade, from a four to a five-speed automatic.  
While the ES image had been revised, one problem remained in the eyes of many drivers: power.  The ES series power plants had evolved from a very modest 156 horsepower engine, but performance data had not seen dramatic change.  Owners felt that a car priced comparably to European performers should be more capable.  Granted, the "it's a Camry" comments had largely dissolved from the user reviews, but the underpowered ES still needed to validate its sticker price on the road.  Once again, a new ES was a year away.


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Lexus ES 300 Questions


When Should Timing Repairs Occur

What are costs for timing adjusments and when should they be done 2003 lexus es300

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Slow Running

Thanks Mark, but after replacing the blown fuse ,now i have slow running problem, What do i do and where is the slow running in the car please?

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Slow Running Of The Car

where is the slow running of the car?

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My Battrey Went Flat And I Had To Try Jump Starting The Car, But The Guy As...

I have lexus 2003 model ES 300. My battrey went flat and i had to try jump starting the car, but the guy assisting me mistakenly placed the negative cord on the positive in his own car and a spark c...

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I Have A 03 Es300, If I Cannot Open The Dr. Side Door From Inside Or Outsid...

Door will not unlatch with inside or outside handle, how can I fix it if I can take the panel off

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