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The new Lexus ES300 is totally unobtrusive, utterly inoffensive, and completely without complexity. This is a good thing.

After all, how many machines do you own that are painstakingly designed and vigilantly executed to lower your heart rate? We're talking precision engineering for the sake of tranquillity.

Just note some of the details Mr. Toyoda's engineers fussed over in the ES300's recent redesign.

They moved the pivot point of the front-seat headrests up, so instead of tilting forward to tickle your cowlick, they now swing out at the bottom to cradle your neck for more comfort. They relocated the passenger vanity light from the sun visor to the ceiling so the light softy illuminates your face from above instead of blazing directly into your enlarged pupils. They laminated the side windows with a water repellent coating so raindrops bead up and zip away. They coated the air-conditioning condenser with a resin impregnated with an antibacterial agent so the cabin never smells like a mushroom cellar. They designed the headlight clusters with replaceable brackets so minor collisions are easier on the wallet.

The new ES300's ad slogan could be "The Ultimate Pacifying Machine."

Of course, the middleweight Lexus has always been this way, much like its less-expensive platform partner, the Toyota Camry. Both are comfortable, composed, and about as reliable as the tides. They are also about as riveting to experience.

The previous ES300 finished third in our nine-car roundup of $30-something-thousand sedans ("Ennui and Upward!" February 2000), praised -- but also cursed -- because it generated no sparks with which to ignite an argument. Now that it has a new vanity light and rain-repelling glass, would the redesigned ES300 gain a position or two in that same comparison test?

Not likely.

All detail sweating aside, the ES300 still suffers a shortage of combustible material, either of the negative or positive variety. And in these parts, where driving is a form of entertainment, an unclaimed $38,665 would more likely be exchanged for a well-equipped BMW 3-series, an Audi A4 3.0 Quattro, or even a Lexus IS300 and a year's worth of gasoline. Among real speed snobs, the ES300 will remain on par with Manhattans and Oprah's Book Club as just a bit too benign.

Not to say that the new Lexus isn't a dream machine for some people. Leather, plastic, and wood paneling (carving a tree for the wheel and shift knob costs $330 extra) unite inside with scrupulous precision. There are no gaping seams, no serrated mold partlines, nothing that isn't resolutely screwed down.

The atmosphere is always hushed, as though someone important were about to speak. If you spend the substantial $4860 to get leather seats plus the Mark Levinson audio with CD changer and voice-activated navigation system, that someone could be you. Alternatively, you can spend $3010 for leather and Levinson without nav.

It's a very nice stereo even at half the defense-contractor price, which doesn't include the free steel-resin sandwich panels in the fire wall that block noise so the unit's crystal beat thumps unimpeded. Also included at no cost are the extra body gussets in the floor, across the parcel shelf, and on the spare-tire well that battle vibration. With the throttle wide open our decibel meter registered just 69, the same as in the previous ES300 and what most cars post while coasting in neutral at 70 mph.

The new sheetmetal does put some extra inches around the passengers. Front occupants get another inch of headroom, and rear-seaters get an additional 0.8 inch over their noggins. As in most Toyotas, front-seat passengers are slightly shorted on bottom-cushion length, a problem that will be most acute for long-legged drivers who will feel as though they are perched on a ledge rather than a seat.

There is adequate space in the comfortable stern for adults, whose boots will slide under the front seats and whose knees will nestle into scalloped pockets in the front seatbacks. Even so, rear head clearance is tight enough that the hair on a five-foot-eleven editor does the static tango with the headliner.

If you pit new against old at the track, the performance numbers are also a wash. The V-6 whispers the same 210 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque as the previous ES we tested, but each pony now has 16.9 pounds to move instead of 16.5, due to the 96 additional pounds carried by our 3558-pound test car.

The additional payload apparently helped offset the slightly lower overall gearing of the new five-speed automatic, such that 60 mph arrived in 8.3 seconds, just as it did in February 2000, and the quarter-mile registered 16.2 seconds at 85 mph, within a newt's nose of the old car. As in the previous ES300, the thrust from the whole system is seamless, as it would be if the engine powered the car through an extension cord from across the street.

Toyota's ubiquitous 1MZ-FE DOHC 24-valve V-6 carries over from the old ES300 with few detail changes. Among them are thinner valve stems, which combined with the solid shim-type lifters (instead of heavier hydraulic self-adjusting tappets) serve to reduce the valves' mass, allowing engineers to relax the valve-spring rate and reduce the subsequent noise from the valves striking their seats.

The new U150E electronically controlled five-speed transmission is the exact same box as the U140E four-speed installed in the old ES300, but with revised clutching that provides an extra overdrive gear. The only problem is that now that it has two overdrives, the transmission is reluctant to give them up.

More-urgent downshifts would be welcome (although it may affect the heart rate) via a sport/images/media/61/assets-image-020403163412jpg-photo-8650-s-inline-image.jpgeconomy button and some extra lines of software code. These buttons used to be on almost every Toyota product. Where did they go?

The new ES300 isn't any friskier on the skidpad, where its 0.76-g performance sat just to the left of the old car's 0.77 posting. On the other hand, the brakes showed a small improvement. The new ES300's 183-foot stop from 70 mph was generated with a reliably firm pedal and represents an eight-foot improvement over the previous car's stopping ability.

Doing the two-lane twist, the ES300 moves with aplomb. On our test vehicle, which lacked the $620 variable-rate shocks (which actually cost $1910, as they must be ordered with the $650 stability control and $640 HID headlights), the ride cleaves toward lush. But enough high-frequency tremors make it up the seat mounts to give the impression of a suspension at work. A Lincoln Town Car this isn't.

The front-wheel kingpin axis now lies forward of the wheel center, a design trick that adds some starch to the steering in straight-line runs and gives more lively turn response. Overall, the ES300's steering is still insulated, preferring secrets to confessions. But the weighting seems appropriate to the car's capability, and the understeer trigger actually feels pushed a notch or two up the speed scale.

TONY SWAN
To the enlightened (as a C/D reader, we assume this includes you), an automobile should furnish transport for the spirit as well as the flesh. To others, it's merely a place to while away the time between points A and B, and thus should be as unobtrusive and hedonistic as its owner's means allow. With the arrival of the cheeky little IS300, the Lexus ES300 has been retuned to satisfy those "others" more than ever before. No longer required to deliver a minimum daily requirement of lateral g, it can be cushy, quietly elegant, and just about transparent to its occupants. That may not suit the hotspurs here at C/D , but for all those others it's damn near perfect.

DANIEL PUND
My mother-in-law told me the other night that "the Lexus is the best car." This, after driving her mother's last-generation ES300. And for a variety of reasons that we needn't explore now, I couldn't disagree. A smoother, more comfortable, silkier operator doesn't exist for anywhere near the price. History would indicate it's probably less likely to break on you than anything else. Still, you'd never catch me in this sand-colored tuber. Lexus of late seems to have an unnatural interest in root vegetables. The SC430 is an Idaho russet. The RX300 is clearly a rutabaga. But this new ES, it's a yam. Definitely a yam.

PATTI MAKI
This is one smooth car. Thirteen years later we have a "downmarket" Lexus that is nearly the equal of the original LS400 in size and luxury appointments, and this V-6 even bests some of the old V-8's performance. And get a load of this nav system: It's decipherable on the first try! I managed to program my home as a destination before I got home! The ES300's Mystic Gold paint is gorgeous. The California walnut "genuine wood" trim is something to see in bright sunlight; it takes on a burgundy cast that is breathtaking. Now, if Lexus could just dial in a bit of ride control, because wallowing and floating like an old land yacht is no longer a desirable luxury trait.

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Let's be clear: Although we strive to find every detail of a vehicle's life so far, we are focused only on the vehicle's history, and do not collect any information on previous owners. The information we provide relates solely to the vehicle, its odometer reading, any accidents that have been covered up, where the vehicle comes from and much more — it never gets personal. We've uncovered irreparable damage several times in the past, but other times our vehicle history checks draw a blank — and sometimes that's actually a good thing.

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Did you know that considerably more used cars are sold than new cars? We think this second-hand system is nothing short of fantastic. However, it goes without saying that it gives rise to different methods and tactics: Some sellers will disguise a car that's been in an accident under a fresh coat of paint, tamper with the odometer or conceal theft. This is one of the less appealing aspects of buying second hand. Our goal is to establish trusting relationships between buyers and sellers, since this is the best way to help customers make the right decision. Your new car should be reliable and make you feel safe, as well as make you feel like you haven't paid too much.

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2003 Lexus ES 300 - Toyota soul with a little flair.

This car overall has been one of my favorite vehicles. I bought it pre-family/pre-marriage and it took me well into life with 2 kids. I put over 175k miles on the vehicle and the quality of it's parts and finishes held up well to the wear that everyday life placed on the car. It's very roomy (this was a big benefit when I married someone who is 6'5") and although it may not be the most eye catching cars it does have classic style. It's reliability was great thanks to Toyota quality. It had a smooth ride from the day I drove it home to the day I sold it, and it held a good resale value compared to other cars.

This car overall has been one of my favorite vehicles. I bought it pre-family/pre-marriage and it took me well into life with 2 kids. I put over 175k miles on the vehicle and the quality of it's parts and finishes held up well to the wear that everyday life placed on the car. It's very roomy (this was a big benefit when I married someone who is 6'5") and although it may not be the most eye catching cars it does have classic style. It's reliability was great thanks to Toyota quality. It had a smooth ride from the day I drove it home to the day I sold it, and it held a good resale value compared to other cars.

We took this car on our honeymoon up to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We took this car on our honeymoon up to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Reliability was the most positive thing about this car. With the exception of a dead battery it never left us stranded. It also had a wonderful, smooth ride. Interior finishes are high quality and stood up to the test of time.

Reliability was the most positive thing about this car. With the exception of a dead battery it never left us stranded. It also had a wonderful, smooth ride. Interior finishes are high quality and stood up to the test of time.

Price (compared with Toyotas) was the biggest con, but it helps that the car held a higher resale value even 10 years down the road. Another downside was the paint quality. We bought this vehicle in black and it did show scratches easily so I would advise getting the additional clear coat protectant.

Price (compared with Toyotas) was the biggest con, but it helps that the car held a higher resale value even 10 years down the road. Another downside was the paint quality. We bought this vehicle in black and it did show scratches easily so I would advise getting the additional clear coat protectant.

2003 Lexus ES 300 - Lexus ES300 style and class endures.

The Lexus ES300 is a classic ride, combining style, form and function. The stylish exterior has stood the test of time, with its sporty, sedan comfort and quality. Interior touches such as warm rosewood trim rivals that of more expensive European models. The leather upholstery has an upscale fit and finish, with lumbar supports in driver and passenger seats providing comfort even on long cross-country trips. Interior noise levels are minimal, with no wind noise or rattling. All controls are well-placed within easy reach of driver at all times. Although the car may not be the fastest off the start line, its cruising comfort, stable ride and road handling capabilities make up for any 0-60 mph lackluster performance. The interior space provides plenty of headroom for even taller adults, w... (more)

The Lexus ES300 is a classic ride, combining style, form and function. The stylish exterior has stood the test of time, with its sporty, sedan comfort and quality. Interior touches such as warm rosewood trim rivals that of more expensive European models. The leather upholstery has an upscale fit and finish, with lumbar supports in driver and passenger seats providing comfort even on long cross-country trips. Interior noise levels are minimal, with no wind noise or rattling. All controls are well-placed within easy reach of driver at all times. Although the car may not be the fastest off the start line, its cruising comfort, stable ride and road handling capabilities make up for any 0-60 mph lackluster performance. The interior space provides plenty of headroom for even taller adults, with adequate legroom for backseat passengers. Large trunk space accommodates several large suitcases for longer road trips. The basic sound system provides plenty of volume, and there is an upgraded sound system available too. All in all, the Lexus ES300 is a dependable, comfortable ride for five passengers and can go the distance, providing hundreds of thousands of miles of style and comfort.

Had a great time beach-camping in the Lexus ES300. Campsite was on a barrier island with no surrounding buildings or campers, so we opened up the Lexus and enjoyed the car stereo which provided outstanding music to our entire campsite!

Had a great time beach-camping in the Lexus ES300. Campsite was on a barrier island with no surrounding buildings or campers, so we opened up the Lexus and enjoyed the car stereo which provided outstanding music to our entire campsite!

Overall classic styling withstands the test of time. Nice size - not too small, not too large. Comfortable driver and front passenger seats with lumbar support. Excellent fit and finish throughout. Attractive wood grain interior trim. Smooth, quiet ride. Uses regular gas.

Overall classic styling withstands the test of time. Nice size - not too small, not too large. Comfortable driver and front passenger seats with lumbar support. Excellent fit and finish throughout. Attractive wood grain interior trim. Smooth, quiet ride. Uses regular gas.

Valve job required at 90,000 miles, but manufacturer helped with parts. Spotty performance of window regulators after 100k miles. Back seat has small trunk pass-thru but doesn't fold down for cargo room. Fuel economy isn't outstanding but average for sedan.

Valve job required at 90,000 miles, but manufacturer helped with parts. Spotty performance of window regulators after 100k miles. Back seat has small trunk pass-thru but doesn't fold down for cargo room. Fuel economy isn't outstanding but average for sedan.

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2003 Lexus ES300 Start Up and Review 3.0 L V6

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