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Best Car I ever Owned by NJ Giants Fan on 02/09/2012. Trim: 1998 Lexus ES 300, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Bought this car on 08/08/08 with 180,000 miles. Must be good luck with those numbers. Have had Toyota's since 1992 and have always been satisfied. Figured I'd give Lexus a shot. Bought the car for $3600 from an adult couple who had the car since 2000. Car was well maintained. Bottom line, I just changed the oil every 5-6K. Car ran great for 3.5 years. I bought a battery just before Xmas of this past year, but other than that, nothing!! Furthermore, about a year after I bought her, I got rear ended by a goofy teenager . His insurance co. paid me $1100, 00. The only visible damage was a torn bumper. Covered these tears with a couple of bumper stickers and pocketed $1095.00!!!!!
Cons: Leaked a little oil....maybe a quart every 2 thousand miles. Countered this by using 20w-50 about two years ago which almost eliminated the leakage. CEL was on for the last year, but didn't effect my driving or performance at all. May have been activated by the thicker oil. Who knows??? All these Lexus seem to have these issues with the check engine light.
Overall review: Very satisfied! Essentially the car cost me $2500,00 and I sold it 3.5 years later for $2000.00. Only cost was oil changes and battery for $90 at Walmart. The car never saw an auto shop during my ownership. This car was my daily driver, and always started up, even after sometimes going a week to 10 days between starts.. (I have a train station within walking distance of my condo) Interior leather was in great shape with no rips, and was very comfortable. Car drove incredible for an almost 14 year old car. There is almost no road noise, and very little wind noise, and no steering wheel vibrations, even at 75 miles an hour. Car was a pleasure to drive, especially on long weekend trips. AC and heat always worked well. Sound system was stellar as well. Averaged 26 mpg on the highway using regular gas. Like I said, you would never expect that the car was 14 years old with over 215,000 miles on it.
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