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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Transmission, Sedan
#1245 of 1407 Re: ES 350 - transmission problems [wwest]
Sep 27, 2006 (8:24 pm)
I previously had a 2000 RX300, and started noticing that issue after a time myself (and the awful hesitation problem) --- honestly, I had 2 transmission failures in the RX, thankfully fixed under warranty, and eventually got them to buy me out of that car, and after my complaining (or shouting at the dealership manager! lol) they gave me a great deal on a 2005 ES330.
Mostly, the ES has been great, no noticable hesitation - but I notice the same bump or slip issues myself at times (not every time I drive), and my girlfriends 2006 RAV4 does the same now it has a couple thousand miles on it.
I love the Lexus/Toyota brands, but if I get major issues with my ES, that will be me done. Seems to me this "issue"/feature has been going on for years, I can live with it mostly, and I can see how it might be to moderate compression braking, but I've never experienced this with other vehicles, and now it bothers me how much wear/stress this must put on the transmissions. Maybe I'm paranoid now because of my RX experiences, never had a transmission fail in a vehicle ever before - do I have anything to worry about in that department with the ES 330?
#1246 of 1407 Re: ES 350 - transmission problems [ykl2869]
Sep 28, 2006 (4:23 am)
I don't know about anyone else but I am going after them on the Lemon Law. My car has been in the shop more for this problem than out. Even all of the loaner cars have this problem. Lexus offered to replace the transmission but why? All of the transmissions have this problem so what would I be accomplishing.
#1247 of 1407 Re: Please... [yotaowner]
Sep 28, 2006 (10:53 am)
Well, I just happen to take a look out here 'cause I haven't checked the forum in a while. I could never get used to that transmission problem and after losing the mediation case, I got rid of my 2005 Avalon. I have never had a car for such a short time ! Took me a while to get used to a normal transmission. I keep anticipating that it's going to hesitate and it doesn't ! I am so happy to be rid of that car. All I can do, at this point, is spread the word so that none of my friends or family members get screwed. )
#1248 of 1407 Re: Please... [camadden]
Sep 28, 2006 (4:58 pm)
What did you replace the Avalon with? Curious.
#1249 of 1407 Re: Are The Tranny Problems Gone In The New ES 350?.... [lsilva]
Oct 04, 2006 (10:28 am)
I also purchased my ES 350 in June. It has been in the shop for transmission problems more than I have had a chance to drive it. They did the valve kit modification suggested repair and it was useless and drove worse than when I initially brought it in. They tried so many fixes that did not work that they are now talking about replacing my transmission (whcih I do not think will do any good because I have had 2 loaner cars that had the same problem). My next step is going after them under the lemon law act.
#1250 of 1407 1999 LS 300 Transmission
Oct 06, 2006 (10:31 am)
Transmission had to be replaced on my 1999 Lexis ES 300 at 107,000 miles. This seems like very low mileage for a transmission replacement on a Lexus. Any similar experience with the same model?
#1251 of 1407 Re: Are The Tranny Problems Gone In The New ES 350?.... [psasales]
Oct 09, 2006 (12:59 pm)
My dealer attempted the valve kit fix on my ES 350 (purchased 5/06) last week and it didn't work. The tranmission slips (or flares) between 3rd and 4th gear more than before. If Lexus has fixed the problem with newly manufactured tranmissions, I'm willing for them to try one more time by replacing the transmission with a new one; otherwise, I'm going to damand that they repurchase the car from me. Had a '98 ES 300 that I really liked, but this has really soured me on Lexus. If anyone has anymore info on this subject, please share it.
#1252 of 1407 Lexus ES 330 repurchase
Oct 10, 2006 (4:09 am)
Lexus finally gave me the formal offer for the repurchase of my ES 330. I complained for the last year, and finally my Lemon Law complaint got some results. They're insisting that this is a voluntary repurchase, but they're basically following the Lemon law formula in computing the price. They're refunding the purchase price and all associated expenses. After the process started, Lexus was very cooperative and accomodating. The Lesson learned is to use your state lemon law if you have one.
#1253 of 1407 Re: Are The Tranny Problems Gone In The New ES 350?.... [garmo]
Oct 11, 2006 (8:08 am)
Still having problems. They had flown in someone from Lexus to validate my problem (which they did). They are now in the process of replacing the trans. (which I do not think will work because every ES350 loaner they had given me had this problem). If this does not work or I experience any problems related to the replacement, I am going to demand a repurchase. My car only had 7,000 miles on it.