I had a 2001 Camry LE and traded it in (plus some cash) for a 2001 ES300.
I thought the Camry had a smooth ride but the ES300 rides like a cloud.
Sounds like you were looking for something wrong in the Lexus. Well, you
found it. I agree with the previous person that replied here...keep the
Camry. But if you do.....don't come crying to us. And you're unhappy
about where to put your sunglasses...????
You mean like this?
My Camry broke down.
Can someone in the Lexus Fraternity help me fix it, please?
You wish :)
Did I mention that my 15-year old Camry still uses the original
factory bulbs in its tail lights and turn signals?
I only had to replace one headlight because the high-beam filament burned out
My 1988 V6 Camry has only been disabled twice and that was because of a
dead battery (they don't seem to last more than about 5 years),
and twice because of a flat tire,
over the past 13 years I have owned it.
Nothing lasts forever, and for all our sakes,
I hope my 2000 Lexus ES 300 Platinum Edition will be just as
reliable over time or I will have to post more incriminating data here.
This car already has had a rear window power regulator issue, and some front
seat assembly issues, from what I see from the service records from Lexus
under the previous owner. Did you feel lucky buying a used Lexus?
Like Lexus, I'm also into the "Relentless Pursuit of Perfection".
Before I owned a Lexus, the ads led me to believe that this was
the Japanese Rolls Royce.
Now my impression is that it is a refined, high-end Camry, possibly
long-term robustness for the desire for luxury and high-tech gadgetry.
And that's fine if you want to buy a new luxury car every couple of years.
The 2000 ES 300 does have its merits over the 1988 Camry.
The safety feature (ABS brakes, front and side airbags, Traction/Skid control,
God forbid, but if I were to be involved in an accident, I'd feel safer in
my 2000 ES 300 than in my 1988 Camry.
Tha cabin is much quieter than my 1988 Camry, and the ride is softer.
But even practicality is compromised: the rear seats don't fold down,
and now I hear that even the Toyota Avalon's doesn't either.
I get the distinct impression that this car was designed/made for people who
want to buy a new car, keep it for a couple of years, and buy another
new car. What could possibly go wrong then?
This creates a great market for new car dealers, and a great secondary market
used car dealers trying to sell these "Pre-Owned" cars to people who
don't want to shell out the bucks for a new car.
And if something does go wrong, the amount of high-tech stuff in there
excludes the majority of auto mechanics from even trying to fix it,
which creates another lucrative market for Lexus to cash in on.
If I were a business-minded person, I would have it no other way too.
But I like that leather and wood steering wheel in my 2000 ES 300 Platinum
It's the nicest steering wheel I've ever seen or used.
I hope you got that in your 2001 ES 300 as well.
I'm not really trying to be a wiseass, but why are you talking about a
4 model year old car and what you feel they should change on it?
The car has been completely redesigned since then. If you had
something to say about a 2002/03 then ok, but a 2000?
Thats like complaining that my 1978 Mustang doesnt have airbags. I
think Ford should put airbags in.
Go drive a new model and give feedback on that.
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