The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
June 25, 2012
This replaced a 2001 ES300, which performed almost flawlessly until we traded at 170K miles. The expectation was identical performance, and it was somewhat hit and miss. The engine is a beast, pulls strong (esp at merging speed) and still gets remarkably good MPG. The interior is decent, small cupholders, base radio kinda "meh" (but good enough), but surprisingly unappointed for its overall cost. Paint finish (Pearl White) was gorgeous, and held up to winter well. Issues for us were suspension, steering, and brakes (and a hood latch). We replaced tie rod ends, brakes and rotors twice, and a power steering pump AND rack and pinion that failed (costly) between 100K-120K, and ultimately was the decision to NOT keep the GS, but trade for another newer ES350. So, overall, we enjoyed ownership, it just had more surprises than we anticipated from a Lexus. It DID hold value well, and that is always a strong incentive.