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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    I Have A Gear Problem

    Hello. I recently bought a 02 es300 and i realizes that from switching from neutral to drive it goes straight to gear 4 and skips drive. Will driving the car under the 4rpm still be damaging my car or...

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    My Oil Light Came On My 2002 Lexus Es300 And The Car Stop, The Engine Turns...

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    Lexus Es 2002 Won't Start

    Bought this car in March drove for anout a week then parked in garage for 5 to 7 weeks went to start was dead put in brand new battery it started after that it was in garage for 2 days and same th...

    5 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)

    2002 Lexus Es300 Battery Change, Only Drivers Window Works, Cannot Roll Dow...

    Changed battery. Only driver's window works. Cannot roll down other three windows either at each one or with the drivers console.

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    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...

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