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2003 Lexus ES 300 Overview
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Based on 7 reviews
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
Lexus Es300 Changed The Battery And Will Not Start
Battery was getting week, so I changed the battery. Now the car will not turn over and will not start. Is there a reset or security systems reset that is preventing the car from starting? Brand new b...
I Have A 2003 Es300 Lexus How Do I Change The Center Brake Light That Is Ri...
It sounds like some scratching or boiling water or rain dropping on a roof. It is a very wierd sound and i don't even have to start the engine for it to sound. Also, its not constantly there. It stop...
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How Do I Check Transmission Fluid Level?
My owners manual doesn't specify. On other cars I've checked transmission fluid level with the engine running in either neutral or park. I've checked mine both ways and the dip stick shows I need fl...
How Long Should The Replacement Timing Belt, Tensioner And Parts Last?
At 116900 miles the tensioner and timing belt of our 2003 Lexus es300 broke in the middle of a major highway way out of town. The recommended local mechanic - who rebuilds racecars as well - says tha...