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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#3337 of 5443 Smell in Air conditioning System
Nov 12, 2002 (7:35 am)
My wife has a 2002 ES 300. She has noticed that there is a bad odor coming from the A/C system. We have had the car into the dealer twice now and the problem goes away for a while then slowly returns. They have put some kind of freshner in the system but I don't think its a permanent fix. The smell is present only when the A/C is on. When ventilation is on without A/C there is no smell. My two theories are 1: The A/C drain is clogged so there is some really nasty stuff in the system or 2: a possible problem with the catalytic converter.
Has anyone else had this problem. Any suggestions, etc. My wife says she is going to contact Lexus about this. This is an expensive car so we should not have this problem. Other than that, we love the car.
#3338 of 5443 Smell in Air conditioning System
Nov 12, 2002 (7:51 am)
A musty, moldy kind of smell seems to be a common problem these days in a lot of cars, including Lexus. It is probably due to mold in the AC evaporator system. Someone had said a while back that spraying Lysol into the air intake solved his problem. The dealers also have a fix..... They were quoting me about $130 to inject a disinfectant into the system.
Nov 15, 2002 (9:30 am)
Has anyone with a 97 or newer ES300 had a problem with too much play/slack in their seat back?
Nov 15, 2002 (1:23 pm)
Has anyone installed XM radio into their ES300? I have a '00 ES. I was wondering how it worked, how it was mounted, etc. Thanks.
#3342 of 5443 Speedometer/tach lights out on 95 ES
Nov 16, 2002 (9:19 am)
We just bought 95 300ES. Only complaint is that speedometer and tachometer needle lights are out. We hear this is not uncommon. Dealer wants $900 to replace entire dash unit. We had the needles painted a light color, but this does not work at night. Any suggestions?
Nov 16, 2002 (9:29 am)
I have a 2002 ES 300 with TOYO tires. I've had the car for 11 months 14500 miles. After taking the car in for its 15000 mile service the dealer said I needed new tires. Does any one have any info on these tires and is it not odd that new tires are needed with so few miles on them.
also I have decided to get car service every 7500 miles instead of every 5000 miles as the dealer stated. any thoughts
Nov 16, 2002 (10:04 am)
david valone, New tires at 15K is definately too soon. But ultimately, tire wear depends on each driver's particular driving habits. The average driver should get about 30K to 40K miles out of tires on a ES300.
Nov 16, 2002 (10:05 am)
sam95ES, since you already painted the needles, I don't think there is much else you can do except get a new instrument panel.
Nov 16, 2002 (2:40 pm)
Ouch! $900 for the lights, that is expensive. I wonder if you can get a better price at an independent station. Dealers tend to charge a lot more!!