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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Transmission, Sedan
#1123 of 1407 ES 330 transmission hesitation - helpful hint!
Mar 06, 2006 (12:35 pm)
I'm one of the many people who have hashed it out with Lexus (Regional Manager, Dealership, Corporate office etc)about the hesitation in the transmission (ES 330 2005 model). Lexus was very unhelpful in getting me out of my problem. They offered me 28,500 to sell it back to them with 3,000 miles on it. It's fully loaded and cost 38,000 with taxes etc.
My father has the same make and model and has never had a problem with the car hesitating. His secret ... 93 octane gas. I was using the suggested octane (89) from the day I bought the car. I switched to 93 octane two months ago and I haven't had the car hesitate since. In fact, the car now has incredible pick up, engine noise is barely noticeable and the car flat out hauls on the highway now.
#1124 of 1407 Re: Sorry I missed it all.... [shepali]
Mar 07, 2006 (10:23 am)
I ALSO HAVE BIG PROBLEMS WITH MY 2003ES TRANS. YOUR DESCRIPTION OF LOW SPEED HESITATION/ACCELERATION IS EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE. AFTER 4 ADJUSTMENTS BY DEALER AND 2 CUSTOMER SERVICE CALLS IT SEEMS THAT LEXUS WONT ADMIT TO ANY PROBLEM YET THEY KEEP ADJUSTING TRANS! I FEEL LIKE I'M STUCK LIKE CHUCK! HATE TO BE A LEXUS BASHER BUT THATS WHAT I WILL BE IF THIS 3RD CALL TO CUSTOMER SERVICE DOES NOT GIVE ME SOME SORT OF RELIEF. WHEN I TEST DROVE THE AUTO IT RAN PERFECTLY AND NOW I'M TOLD THAT IT ADJUSTS TO THE PRIMARY DRIVER. I GUESS I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT 2 LEMONS!(HIS AND HERS) ANY SUCCESS ON THE LEMON LAW FOR THIS PROBLEM?
#1125 of 1407 Re: Sorry I missed it all.... [heyitspro]
Mar 07, 2006 (11:02 am)
"...adjusts to the primary driver....."
Is that why we never see any Toyotas in the rental fleet?
#1127 of 1407 Re: Two experiments for Shepali to perform [user777]
Mar 12, 2006 (5:57 pm)
OK. So I tried experiment number one. Absolutely no change in behavior of the car whatsoever. And the car has been sitting in my driveway not being driven for at least 2-3 weeks. But...I got in the car. Both feet on the floor. Started the car. Left both feet on the floor for at least 30 seconds, probably more. Right foot on the brake, put the car in drive, and pulled out of the driveway. As I hesitated at the end of the driveway to be sure no traffic was coming, I let off then pressed the accelerator, complete and total delay that caused me to continue to press the accelerator. Then it finally engaged, with a lurching motion.
Then, I drove the car approximately 200 miles, primarily in cruise control. When I got to my destination - same annoying reactions as before.
Then, the next day, my husband drove the car around town with me for several hours - and the car reacted the same for him. I'd say over 5 hours, we probably drove only about 40-50 miles - exploring a new city. It never seemed to adjust to his driving, or else he has the same driving habits as me - not sure which.
I had forgotten about experiment number two - I'll try to remember that one when I drive it next time.
#1128 of 1407 Re: Sorry I missed it all.... [wwest]
Mar 12, 2006 (6:19 pm)
I can confirm that my right foot is never resting on the accelerator when I shift into drive/reverse - because my right foot is always on the brake when I do that. And my brake and accelerator pedal are too far apart for me to have my foot on both (unlike the rental Crown Victoria I had last week, where I accidently thought the gas pedal was the brake pedal on several occasions - oops!).
#1129 of 1407 Re: ES 330 transmission hesitation - helpful hint! [ruby1]
Mar 12, 2006 (6:21 pm)
I'm glad that worked for you - but didn't help me.
I also have an 05 ES330, and I started with 93 octane and always used it until just recently (used it for at least the first 12,000 miles). And, I've always had the hesitation issue - from day one. I have noticed no increase or decrease in performance or the symptoms by using a different type of gas. Sorry
#1130 of 1407 Re: Sorry I missed it all.... [heyitspro]
Mar 12, 2006 (6:26 pm)
I had the same lack of response and issues from the dealer and even the customer service line, until I made a written demand letter as required by my state's lemon law. It was only then, that the Lexus Area Office has started to work with me. And I have now received an offer from them that is acceptable to me - albeit, less than I would receive under a successful lemon law claim. But, I'd rather have acceptable, and forego the extra pain and agony of the actual claim. So....barring some significant issue in the paperwork, I may be done with my ES.
#1131 of 1407 Re: Some Info [scoti1]
Mar 12, 2006 (6:28 pm)
Very interesting post, and rather consistent with what I have learned along the way....thank you for sharing.
#1132 of 1407 Re: Transmission Problems with 2002 &2003 Lexus ES 300 [tedescm1]
Mar 18, 2006 (7:01 am)
WE have a 2002 Lexus ES300 AND I find that the gas pedal is hard and this affects the pick up and makes it jerky. What can be done to fix this?