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Lexus ES 300, Car Safety, Engine, Transmission, Sedan
#69 of 88 1997 ES300 "hot" start problem - warranty
Mar 26, 2003 (9:21 am)
Thanks a lot, daytona01, appreciate your suggestion. The car is a 97 model, but was made in Sept. '96. Still, this is a good idea, and I'll definitely check with the Lexus dealer.
#70 of 88 1997 ES300 "hot" start problem - warranty
Mar 26, 2003 (11:35 am)
I think... (not 100% sure) .. even if 6 yrs or 70K miles passed... But if you can "prove" that the problem have occured before that... then I think you still eligible for warranty...
So check with dealer... or ask around...
#71 of 88 Stereo LED Readout Blackout
Mar 30, 2003 (10:10 pm)
I have the same problem with my 97 ES300 stereo readout. It works fine, but it almost completely black now. Have you sent yours in for repair? Are there any other options you can think of? What action do you plan to take to resolve your problem? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
#72 of 88 2003 ES Stereo buzz
Apr 15, 2003 (7:33 pm)
I have the Mark Levinson stereo and love it, but sometimes I hear a buzz from the stereo -- from the rear, passenger side -- when the volume is loud and there is lots of low bas.
Anyone else hear this?
Otherwise, I love this car. Bestluxury for the money.
#73 of 88 Re: Air-conditioning smell
Apr 17, 2003 (12:16 pm)
HI Guys, My 2002 have a faulty smell from the air conditioner everytime when it is on. I complained to the dealer and all they did was sprayed air freshener in the air duct to cover it up. That was last September when my car was 2 months old. The smell is still there. Anyone has the same problem? And how often the cabin air-cond filter need to be changed?
#74 of 88 Stereo Read-out Problem
Apr 21, 2003 (3:46 pm)
I see that gary10000 and mrmargin have both commented on this subject. I hope they can offer some new input. The Carlsbad dealer tells me that they don't do the repairs on these Pioneer sound systems found in '97 ES 300, so they will pull the unit and send it out for repair and reinstall for $520. To replace instead of repair would be an additional $100. That dealer may be the only option, but my guess is that direct contact with a repair facility would save 40% or more. I would consider any facility south of L.A., the closer to San Diego the better. I will appreciate any good input from anyone. By the way, I will be selling this car as soon as the read-out is fixed. Who would buy it without the read-out? Thanks and regards to all. A good group.
#75 of 88 1995 ES300 Starting Problems
Apr 23, 2003 (5:49 am)
I have a 1995 ES300 with about 120K miles. For about the last 6 months, some mornings the car won't start. I know it's not the battery because all the lights, windows, etc. operate properly and about 2 months ago I had the battery replaced just to make sure. When the car doesn't start, I give it a quick jump start and it starts right up.
What could the problem be? the electrical system went under a load test and the battery and alternator checked in fine. Now, the dealer did say it may be the starter. Basically the tech at the Lexus dealer said that the starter may not be making the electrical connection. Now, of course, when I took it to the dealer it starts perfectly. Therefore, they can't say for certain if it's the starter or not.
#76 of 88 starting problem
Apr 23, 2003 (3:39 pm)
I aint a mechanic, but my first guess would also be the starter having a problem, good luck
#77 of 88 ES300 Check Engine Light
Apr 23, 2003 (8:26 pm)
Hi, I'm hoping there is someone out there who might know what to check when the "check engine" keeps coming on. The car is driving fine and the code that keeps coming up is PO446, which has something to do with emissions/vagor leak etc. The light has been cycled off 3 times but keeps returning. The lexus dealership doesn't act like it's much of a problem, but their latest thing is it might be a clogged Exhaust Gas Recirculation Valve whatever that is. Anyone have any ideas on this?
The other thing is I thought the fuel filter was due to be changed in the 60k mile service but Lexus is saying that it is a "lifetime" filter and if/when it is changed, the fuel lines will need to be changed as well. I've never heard of anything like this before.
Any info. will be appreciated. Other than the check light, I like the car. Thanks.
#78 of 88 starting problem..
Apr 25, 2003 (5:00 am)
What other symptoms occur when you turn the key and it doesn't start? Do the lights dim? I'm assuming that someone has checked that the battery has clean and firm connections to the cables. Will it absolutely start every time with a jump start? The reason I ask is because if the battery connections are a little loose this might account for lower amperage being passed to the starter occasionally. When you throw a jumper cable on the battery terminal, this will "snug up" the cable as well as provide additional amperage from the other battery. Also make sure that the negative cable is not loose or fraying where it attaches to the car frame. Outside of these obvious checks, my guess would be a bad starter selenoid or ignition relay.