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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#677 of 5443 A/C troubles with a '95
Mar 09, 2001 (11:20 am)
I've got a 1995 ES with an A/C problem that has not been properly diagnosed by the local Lexus dealer. When operating the climate control system, the A/C will function properly in all modes (cooling, defrost, etc.) for a short time ranging from 3-20 minutes. After this random length time period ends, the A/C no longer works and won't work again until I turn the car off and back on again. It seems to me that the compressor just stops working, though I don't hear any difference in the system to know for certain. I had the A/C checked by the Lexus dealer and they replaced the refrigerant and did whatever they call normal' A/C maintenance with no improvement in performance. (The bill was over $300). They believed the system to be functioning properly. I showed them that it only worked for a few minutes and they immediately shrugged their collective shoulders and said the compressor and a few other items needed to be replaced. This would cost at least $1500.
Has anyone had a similar problem? Carpoint says that "An occasional problem on this vehicle is failure of the Air Conditioning (A/C) Compressor Revolution Sensor. The cost to repair the A/C Compressor Revolution Sensor is estimated at $144.76 for parts and $117.00 for labor." What are the symptoms of this disorder? I'm not interested in taking it back to this place without some informational ammunition.
Mar 09, 2001 (11:31 am)
I recently replaced a battery for my brother's 97 ES300. I assume the remote is similar to yours. We went to Radio Shack and the battery was $10. my brother opted for the Duracell brand instead at Walmart for similar price. His kids often play with his remote which is why the battery died after 3 or 4 years but yours should last longer than that. I don't remember the battery part number though. We took the battery and went to radio Shack and the guy cross-referenced it for us.
Anyone can recommend what is a better winter tire? Blizzaks or Arctic Alpin? I am looking or longer tread life and/or less road noise. And of course excellent handling in snow and ice.
Mar 09, 2001 (1:12 pm)
I had very very similar A/C probs on my '94 that I just recently got rid of (thank god!)
They charged me 900.00 for the following:
Customer states A/C inoperative 89.97
System completely empty of freon, dealer added to run system and perform leak test. Noted that the A/C condenser is leaking freon and in need of replacement ... 775.00
With receiver/dryer unit ... goes up to 880.00 plus tax
Compressor not noisy at this time but may have problems in system if system continues to run on empty.
I can give you a further breakdown if ya need, but this seems to be a legit. prob. with the '92 through '96 ES300 series. Later on, my struts went out (2200 in costs to repair) and then my antenna (300.00) and then the axle bearings and hubs (400.00).
Ugh. This car had 108K miles on it -- had the tranny replaced ONCE and still presented with some "kick" around 3rd to 4th gear. I've only heard that ES300's run well past 100K miles, but I guess I was wrong -- not to mention the vehicle was baby-driven.
Hope this helps
#680 of 5443 I should mention...
Mar 09, 2001 (1:17 pm)
That 880.00 figure included a new compressor and all the bogus diagnostics they "have to do to insure proper efficiency" on it.
Whatever. I took this to my local Lexus dealership -- I trusted them because they gave me a brand new (actually probably refurbished ) tranny under the 6 yr./70K drivetrain warranty. Therefore, since they pretty much hooked me up with 3000.00 of parts and labor under a warrantly, I seemed to think they might have wanted to get me back, so to speak, by overcharged me for this A/C. But the figure they stated for you, 1500.00!!! Holy ... what a bunch of bologna! You should consult another Lexus dealer, or a reputable Lexus service provider -- try Toyota in your area and have them fix it... It's just a camry after all and they have access to many lexus parts since they are the same in the camry!
Mar 09, 2001 (1:33 pm)
I bought a 1999 Lexus ES 300 from a dealer (not Lexus). Great car. I love it. The car came with only one key. Now I find that this is not a "master key". Does anyone know how I can get a new key made without replacing everything?
Mar 09, 2001 (2:47 pm)
Find out what the key "code" is and order a set from the dealer. That's all I can think of. Maybe others know another solution to it.
Mar 09, 2001 (4:00 pm)
You are right, I don't know what made me think that they had put the in-dash CD Changer in the ES, maybe because I was thinking of my test ride in the IS?
I had to replace the battery in my wife's 98 GS keyfob last year, so it lasted bout 2 years...don't know if this is normal or not. The Lexus part representative replaced it for me, I just paid for the battery...which I don't think was very much.
When I had my Bimmer, the BMW parts rep replaced my keyfob battery at no charge...BUT, I sure paid him alot of $$$ for Bimmer parts prior to this!
#684 of 5443 responses
Mar 09, 2001 (7:28 pm)
thanks for responding. lexus doesn't know about
it. I think I will try to get it repaired by
a local auto glass center. I just emailed to
a site that offers info on auto glass repairs.
your info provides a starting point for me. now
I can try to get it done at around $50.
the 98 and 99 prices seem about average. if
they're "loaded" too, maybe you should consider
them also. I would test drive all 3 cars. can't
hurt. your wife should test drive also. if the
99 has all available option and still in mint
condition and low milage, it's probably better
to save $5000. you can also wait for the 2002 ES.
that's disappointing about your 95 ES. most ES
owners, including myself, set really high standards on the ES to perform without problems.
mine have been very minor. it basically earned
my respect. Peter is right. go to other dealers.
some Lexus dealers are better than others.
Lexus headquarter sets excellent customer service
guidelines. some dealers don't follow them. I hope
you will get a fair price somewhere.
#686 of 5443 I have to admit...
Mar 09, 2001 (10:47 pm)
Lexus service is spectacular. They may rip you off with the costs of the parts and repairs, but at least they provide cushy leather sofas and very warm, and personable (and RESPECTFUL) serviceman to assist you. We also have an E320 4-matic, and the service is lousy, and they are too arrogant to give a d---. While I waited for my car once in the service center, I perused the vehicles in the showroom and I was never approached once! I need some wood trim ordered for my car and they ordered the part, but they never called to let me know the part had come in or when I could come in. I also had to call them after I had dropped it off -- they didn't tell me it was ready. When I got there, the trim hadn't been replaced, nor had my name been placed on the ordered piece of trim --- and finally, there were GREASE fingerprints (from where the service bum put his grimy hands) on the beige velour molding in the back of the car... Ugh. If status has anything to do with service... then I say that Lexus is the highest status symbol you can drive. It screams luxury if luxury has anything to do with the way the dealership treats you AFTER you purchase your vehicle. Amen.