This well-designed sedan is based on the less lavish and less expensive Toyota Camry. Its ride is smoothly and exceptionally quiet. The silky-smooth 3.0-liter V6 provides brisk acceleration, and the automatic transmission shifts flawlessly. Traction control is standard, and stability control is optional. Handling is sure and predictable but unexceptional. Braking is very good. The front seats are amply supportive.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
NA
Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
NA
Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Lexus ES owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"My Lexus started to "knock"when the engine was running low rpm's while the car ran at 45 mph through about 60mph. Months passed without change. I started using premium gas. A month later the "check engine" light came on. A ride to Auto Zone and their check engine decoder said the anti-knock sensor died! Seemed 2 me, the anti-knock system failed some time ago"

Wolf G., MN (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)
Engine mounts

"We had two fixed first and later fixes the last two"

Maria S., TX (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak that is too expensive to repair for a car this old"

Hitesh P., GA (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

"As part of annual service this was noticed and replacement of parts was recommended"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

"Main seal leak. $1600.00 to repair"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"on trip L F caliper froze. started out feeling like a flat going 60mph, shaking. I had around 25% pads left. I complained to mechanic about the shaking hiway speeds braking, similar to a rotor but they did not diagnose until a year later when it seized"

Bob J., WA (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

"Brakes felt "squishy" and stopping distance was noticeably longer"

Stephen C., IL (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"As part of annual service this was noticed and recommended for replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"The alternator failure followed a slow death of the battery. Wonder if I had taken it to Auto Zone and checked the charging system, I might have avoided killing off the battery or alternator!?"

Wolf G., MN (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)
Battery cables

"Car wasn't holding a charge. Battery clamps were loose and had worn out. Replaced"

Bill H., CA (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The "trac off" light on the dash board would light up. It happened 3 times since we bought the car. Mechanics had to service some emission control parts to correct it"

James K., MD (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

"Required replacement of two catalitic converters"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"rattle was in rear. needed to replace rubber bushing on stabilizer bar. changed struts too and RF wheel bearing was worn, so replaced both. Bearing and caliper on RF around the same time frame"

Bob J., WA (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"{aint on mirror has completely come off. Paint on rear bumper is starting to come off. I have seen the same issue on other ES 300 Lexus"

Tim H., TN (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Transfer case

"Oil leak"

Hitesh P., GA (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Engine light stayed on"

Stephen C., IL (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine started leaking oil and then blew up. Replacement engine with 90,000 miles installed for $6200"

Bill H., CA (2000 Lexus ES 300 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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