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Nice car, but VERY POOR DRIVETRAIN by Jake on 05/22/2011. Trim: 2002 Lexus ES 300 Sedan, Owned 4 years.
Pros: The vehicle has a rich feel to it without a rich price.
Cons: DRIVETRAIN. The engine has very little power unless it is completely floored. The transmission in these cars behaves the worst of any car I've owned; they only operate smoothly under certain driving conditions. It is as if the computer tries too hard to predict what the driver is wanting to do. Being in stop-and-go traffic can be a real pain with surging of the engine when you want to brake. All these problems are a result of the vehicle being an ULEV(ultra low emissions vehicle) where the computer tries to micromanage the way the car drives. One would think that this would improve fuel economy but that is still unimpressive at about 20mpg mixed driving on a very weak engine.
Overall review: If you still have a pulse, do NOT buy this vehicle for a daily driver, you will be disappointed. This vehicle is only good for long highway trips where its driveability issues are not so noticeable.
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