About Lexus ES 300
Lexus ES 300 is a mid-size car manufactured by the extraordinary Japanese automaker Toyota's luxury automotive division Lexus from October 1991 to 2003. The first Lexus ES 300 was introduced in 1991 as the second-generation ES. Being produced through three generations, Lexus ES 300 has won some awards and recognition such as J.D. Power and Associates' Best Luxury Car in Initial Quality in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
The second-generation Lexus ES 300 (XV20; 1996-2001), during which is actually the third-generation ES, was introduced in September 1996 for the 1997 model year. It was offered in base, limited Coach Edition and a Platinum Edition trim levels. Lexus ES 300 then was powered by a 3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 gasoline engine that could produce 200 hp and 214 pound-feet of torque, and engine was mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Then the third-generation Lexus ES 300 (XV30: 2001-2003) made its debut in July 2001 for the 2002 model year. Still powered by the 3.0 L V6 engine, but this engine was paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Though NHTSA has rated ES 300 the maximum five stars in tests, during 2003 for the 2004 model year, Lexus ES 300 was finally replaced by the Lexus ES 330.
Lexus ES 300 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
An unavoidable fate for the giant steel-made item, Lexus ES 300 is that it would fail and break down one day due to the assembled auto parts in it being defective and useless. And what you should do for delaying the day to come is to learn about how to diagnose and solve common problems on it as early as possible:
First, transmission failure. According to car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com, this issue is the most reported problem about Lexus ES 300 by drivers. They told normally when the vehicle reached at about 100,000 miles, transmission slipping or jerking started to appear. Some complained that the indicator did not match the gear and the vehicle could not be turned off, vehicle starting in another a gear or not going into gear at all may happen as well. If you could also hear whirring and whining noises and vehicle delays in reversing, then besides the ES 300 shift cable, automatic overhaul kit and automatic transmission filter also should be renewed.
Second, engine and braking, suspension issues. Engine issue is the second most complained problem about Lexus ES 300. Some drivers described that the vehicle would stall while idling, engine performance reduced and overheating deteriorate this phenomenon. Decrease in power, acceleration and oil economy follows along. ES 300 spark plug, oxygen sensor, air filter, drive belt, idle control valve, oil filter, throttle body gasket, EGR valve gasket and camshaft seal could be the reason. While for braking and suspension failures, check the ES 300 strut housing, ball joint and brake pad set.
Routine maintenance for sustaining your Lexus ES 300's overall excellent quality is essential, but do you know what parts need to be maintained regularly as it is made of so many different kinds of auto parts? We will give you some clues. Seat belt is used to secure the occupant against harmful movement resulting from a collision or a sudden stop, it is a powerful part in reducing the likelihood of death or serious injury, so please make sure your ES 300 seat belt is in the best condition. Other parts such as door lock, door handle, hood cable and so on also should be maintained on a regular basis
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