I just bought a 96 ES300 with 265K miles on it from a co-worker for a good deal myself ($700!) Putting new CV and brakes/rotors and fixing a couple little things (windshield chip, hood struts, bulbs) to get it ready for MD inspection. Hoping to get it on the road soon.
So far, so good. Got a buddy who is helping with the CV/brake stuff as I replaced the hood struts, fog bulbs, and other minor things on my own and will be learn much else from him.
Once I get it passed inspection I am doing the full work over (oil, plugs, filters, etc) to really get her purring again. I love this car so far