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Older Pre-2013 Lexus ES Overview And How To Buy At The Lowest Price
The Lexus ES is a well built sedan noted for its quality build, reliability and upscale features. Even today, older lower mileage versions can still be found out there that can make a viable and economical used car option in today's high priced car market.
For example, for the 2007 model year, in the ES's fifth-generation, produced through 2012, Lexus introduced the ES 350. This entry-level luxury sedan is refined, well built, comfortable and quiet. What's more, the ES 350's powerful V6 engine further enhanced the legacy with upgraded performance and handling dynamics. And they have proven to have aged well.
This front-wheel-drive Lexus ES 350 is equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 engine that produces 272 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque and is mated with a smooth six-speed automatic transmission. The 350 is the fastest ES ever, capable of going from a standstill to 60 mph in just about 7 seconds.
The more significant items of standard equipment on the 350 include power front seats, a moonroof, a telescoping steering wheel, keyless start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an in-dash CD changer, stability control, a full array of airbags and wood trim.
While technically a leather interior was optional, not a whole lot were made with the standard cloth upholstery, so this is an easy-to-find feature in the second-hand market. Older ES 350 models can also be found with options such as the Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, adaptive HID headlights, navigation, heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control and a panoramic sunroof.
Among the fourth-generation (2001 - 2006), the ES 330 was produced beginning in 2003. It's top priorities are evidenced in its design for elegant comfort as well as a super smooth and nearly noiseless highway cruise.
If it has a downside, it's less agile and has a less engaging driving experience than the 350, hence the 350's power boost. But the majority of drivers either won't notice or won't mind the difference because the 330 is still very capable. It's powered by a quite competent 218 horsepower 3.3 liter V6.
The ES 330 also added features to the previous version, the ES 300, including leather upholstery, a moonroof and larger side curtain airbags as standard features. Other standard features on these models include 16 inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats, faux walnut trim and a 7-speaker CD/cassette audio system.
Used ES 330 models can also be found with optional features such as the Mark Levinson sound system, heated front seats, navigation, a wood/leather steering wheel, stability control and xenon HID headlights. In addition, 17 inch chrome wheels were optional on 2005 and 2006 models, while ventilated front seats became optional in 2005 and satellite radio joined the options in 2006.
The Lexus ES 300 was produced in 2002 and 2003 and was powered by a 3.0 liter V6 good for 210 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. The more noteworthy standard features on these ES 300s include 16 inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, power-adjustable front seats, one-touch up/down windows, faux walnut interior trim, auto-dimming mirrors, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a 7-speaker CD/cassette sound system.
Like the ES 350, leather upholstery was technically optional on these 300s, but in reality cloth versions are hard to find. Other optional features that can be found on these include heated seats, a DVD-based navigation system, HID headlights, adjustable pedals (on the 2003), a CD changer, a premium-grade Mark Levinson audio system and a wood/leather steering wheel.
Nomatter which older Lexus ES version you are interested in, this vehicle offers a pleasant drive that's exceedingly quiet, a solid build quality and an enviable interior plushness. You just need to do some careful and patient shopping to find the good ones still out there ... and they are still out there.
How To Get The Best Price
There are actually several different ways to buy an older ES at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
In addition, you can also try the Public Auto Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.
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