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Lexus ES 300, Car Safety, Engine, Transmission, Sedan
#49 of 88 Locked Out
Feb 04, 2003 (5:49 am)
While leaving my 2002 ES300 running to check the mail, the car locked itself.
Other instances, when the car is parked and just walking by it, I hear the doors lock. This has happened about 5 times.
Has this happened to anyone else????
I think the dealer thinks I'm crazy when I explain this to them.
#50 of 88 Bob w 15
Feb 05, 2003 (9:57 am)
Have you contacted the national Lexus office with your concerns. They are generally very helpful
#51 of 88 Charging problem?
Feb 06, 2003 (5:54 pm)
I'm curious if it's normal for the ES300's battery to drain if the car is not driven for 7-10 days. I have a '98 model (low mileage 30,000)and several times over the last year I've had to jump the battery to start the vehicle when it hasn't been driven for > 1 week. The battery readily jumps and the car continues to start thereafter without a problem as long as it does not sit for a prolonged period. (The battery is new and not defective.) Is there a potential problem with the charging system or is this normal?
Feb 06, 2003 (6:09 pm)
Sometimes a new battery might be defective. Do you know is the battery holding a charge?
Feb 06, 2003 (7:48 pm)
The door locking options are programmable (unfortunately, by dealer only) - there are 4 choices available. At no charge, your Lexus dealer will program it to your desire. You need to ask the service department about this. Good luck, and have a great day!
#54 of 88 re: charging problem
Feb 06, 2003 (8:23 pm)
The battery is (purportedly) holding a charge. Sears replaced the battery (the first time I needed a jump after having a new battery for two months-no questions asked)with an upgrade 7 year battery. I'm just wondering if there is enough of a drain on the battery if the car is not driven for 10 days to require a jump. Would a defective battery be more likely then a problem with the charging system? Car starts fine as long as I drive it every few days and don't let it sit for more then a week.
Feb 07, 2003 (6:52 pm)
A charging system quick check is to put a voltmeter across the battery terminals with the engine at fast idle. Should read 13.8 volts or higher. If ok, it's not likely you got 2 bad batteries in a row (but anything's possible). More likely a parasitic load draining the battery. Common items are trunk, glove box, and underhood lights. Real diagnosais involves connecting an ammeter to the battery and pulling fuses until the ammeter reading drops to close to zero. That identifies the circuit with the drain.
#56 of 88 Re: Charging problem
Feb 11, 2003 (4:39 pm)
Thank you, Alcan, for your input. I've brought the lexus to the autoshop (an independent I've used for years)and they say there is a circuit that is draining the battery but have not isolated the problem yet. They have not ruled out one of the *six* computers that reside in the car. If one of these is faulty, this could be an expensive repair. I will wait and see - have not checked whether this is out of warranty yet (this is a '98 Lexus ES300) with 29,000 miles. Will wait and see what they diagnose.
#57 of 88 Battery Problems - 2002 ES300
Feb 11, 2003 (7:35 pm)
I have a 5 month old 2002 ES300. The mileage on the car is around 4800 miles. On three occasions, in the past three months, the battery is totally dead when I try to start the car in the morning. On the first occasion the dealer diagnosed the problem as a bad battery and replaced it with a new one. The second time the dealer ran tests and said he did not see a problem. This morning was the third time. The dealer asked me to leave the car with them for the next couple of days.
I am pretty sure that I shut the car doors last night (as always).
While I like the car, it is proving to be less than reliable. Every morning when I get into the car, I keep my fingers crossed. I have owned many cars in the past (Accord, Camry), and have never had the battery ever die on me.
The car also has a buzzing sound around the passenger area. Dealer has acknowledged the problem and has tried to fix it on two occasions. No luck
The car has been to the dealer 5 times in 3 months for the above problems.
Any ideas. Do I have a possible lemon?
Thanks for your help
#58 of 88 Stereo LED Readout
Feb 14, 2003 (10:04 am)
The LED screen has become garbled and has turned a dark blue/black. The stereo/radio continues to function normally. I have checked with the local dealer and with local auto stereo shops...seems they both have to remove the entire stereo from the dash and send off for 6-8 weeks. Cost $400 with a 30 day warranty. I have never had a problem like this previous.