2002 Lexus ES 300 Overview

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2002 Lexus ES 300 Overview

Since its debut in 1989, the ES series had been dubbed the 'entry-level' Lexus. While that title may seem contradictory, remember that the ES was once the only other Lexus option aside from the LS 400. Through the years Lexus added the SC coupes, GS sport sedans, the RX SUV crossover, and the flagship LX full-size sport utility. All were priced higher than the ES. Could an 'entry-level' stigma have slowed the evolution of the ES? How far could Lexus have taken the ES, while still allowing for comparative affordability? In an attempt to attract potential Toyota, Honda, and Nissan buyers, Lexus had to keep the ES price relatively low. However, the arrival of the affordable IS series in 2001 provided an opportunity for the ES to ascend to the next level. In 2002, Lexus introduced this fourth generation of the ES sedan. The ES 300 was completely redesigned for 2002. The new version was larger, quieter, and more luxurious than any previous model. It now seemed more akin to the flagship LS 430 sedan. In addition to a new body, the ES also received more safety features and amenities. The VVT-i boosted engine was the same 3.0 liter V-6, providing 210 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. The 0 to 60 remained the same, at 8.5 seconds, but 60-0 braking distance was improved down to 122 feet. Drivers were very pleased that the new ES finally featured a navigation system. Convenient voice-activated control was frequently cited as a favorite feature. Wood trim and soft leather now filled the cabin of every ES. A longer options list included heated seats and moving headlamps. The antiquated Toyota cup holders were also replaced.


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    What Causes Break And Abs On Dash? I Had Rear Pads And Rooters Replaced, Ho...

    I had rear pads and routers replaced. Hours later BREAKS and ABS appeared on dash ?

    200 views with 2 answers (last answer 5 months ago)

    Timing Belt Question

    I have been told my timing belt has broken and the entire engine needs to be replaced on my 2002 Lexus ES 300. I can see the belt, the car will start (barely) and then dies. Di I really need a new...

    12,325 views with 18 answers (last answer 5 months ago)
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    Ran fine stop at home for an hr or two, went to leave won't start . was low on gas so ran to gas station almost a 1/2 tank now still will crank but won't turn. 136k on it . oil is at good level. I ...

    7 views with 1 answer (last answer 6 months ago)

    Lexus 2002 Es 300 Red Oil Light On And Then Engine Light On

    I have a 2002 es 300 lexus with 157K miles. While driving RED oil light on, engine light on and stops suddenly. Engine doesn't start at all. took to Service center told needs new engine. tried to st...

    89 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 months ago)

    Had An Emissions Coil Code Come Up On A 2002 Es 300?

    Check engine lights comes on every now then with a little shudder accompanying it, usually happens when RPM gets down around 750. Mileage does not seem to be effective, and car resumes a smooth ride. ...

    22 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 months ago)