In Reply to: Why I'm probably not going 2 posted by buy a 328i (WAY LONG) on October 21, 1999 at 08:26:06:
I have a '92 ES300. Two years ago, the lights in the instrument cluster started to go out- starting with the ones in the speedometer, and spreading to the tach and fuel gauge. Driving at night and dusk is now an excercise in speed control because I- and everyone else who drives it- cannot see how fast I'm going by simply glancing at the speedo- I have to take time from looking at the road to check. When I took it to a Lexus dealer to see how much it would cost to fix, they said $450 for the parts, plus labor- they have to remove the entire instrument cluster and put in a new one. He also noted that Lexus knew of this problem when the car was released, but decided to go ahead with it (I guess they figured they could make a killing in parts sales or something). Besides that, I've had to replace the A/C compressor twice, several computer gliches, a mid-major suspension problem, a cracked windshield (from a bug!) and right now, it's in the shop for an entire front suspension replacement.
Yes I know a 7 year old car is due for problems, but hey- cars are going to have problems. It's a fact. No matter what car you buy, you will have some trouble with it. The problems with the ES300 aren't the reason why I'm buying a 323i (it's on a boat as I type to the West Coast!)- I bought it because I liked it more than any other car in my price range.
Oh yeah, the 1992 Lexus ES300 was rated by JD Powers as the best car in terms of long term reliability, and it's had lotsa problems with us.
And one more thing- car manufacturers and their dealers generally (in my experience, at least) WON'T notify evrey customer unless there is an official recall, okay?