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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Transmission, Sedan
#1356 of 1407 Re: Is transmission flare problem fixed? [fromsuv2van]
Dec 16, 2007 (11:59 pm)
I'm thinking of buying a 2008 ES 350 and have read the transmission flare discussions on different websites. I wouldn't want to venture a guess as to what the chance is of getting a new ES 350 with a flare problem: 0.1%, 1%, 10%, 50%? If the ES 350 has a flare problem, what is the chance of it being a severe problem vs. a minor nuisance: 0.01%, 1%, 10%, 90%? I've read about other problems afflicting the ES 350 such as engine knocks, interior rattling noises, and wind noise. I'm sure the ES 350 has some minor problems too but those are the major ones I can recall. The easy answer for the potential buyer is to cross off Lexus from the list. Why take the chance?
The ES 350 was easily my #1 choice in terms of features and value. I was attracted to the Lexus brand because my impression was that Toyota and Honda generally make the highest-quality under-$40K cars in the world. What would make more sense than buying from Toyota's "luxury" division? Car magazine journalists regularly write about "legendary Lexus quality." That leads to a contradiction: Why does Toyota have such a stellar quality reputation even though it has had ongoing FWD transaxle problems since 1999? Why can't Toyota figure this out? Shouldn't Toyota thoroughly test pre-production models instead of making its customers responsible for quality assurance? Replaced transmissions, buybacks, amazing.
It's hard to figure out the precise truth and a manufacturer is probably going to avoid transparency in this kind of situation, so I think I should move on to other makes and models. Any suggestions for FWD alternatives to the 2008 ES 350?
#1357 of 1407 1999 Lexus ES 300 transmission problems
Dec 28, 2007 (10:54 am)
Took my car into a mechanic to find out why when the car is warmed up. I mean getting on the freeway for a 30 mile drive then getting off and the car will not shift into overdrive. Sometimes when I come to a stoplite and go it will still be into high gear. I will start off very slow then come up to speed again. The first time it was blamed on engine performance. So I had the sparkplugs replaced. I had 108k miles so I knew I was due. Same problem. Money spent that didn't fix the problem. Was recommended at the time that an error code for the NOX sensor to be replaced. Didn't do it. Took the car back and had the NOX sensor replaced. Cost money due to the labor involved. But guess what? It fixed the problem. The NOX sensor will tell the onboard computer when to shift up and down. The Lexus has a very computer controlled car. So now I hope to get another 100k on the car. Hope this info helps everyone. Thought the transmission was slipping but the fluid looked good. No burnt smell(sulfur, stinging or tingling when smelling), no gritty feeling when I rubbed theoil between my fingers, color pink and not orange. I knew that the transmission wasn't running hot or had malfunctions. That's called "Old School." Hey Lexus! It's a car not a fighter jet!!!
#1358 of 1407 Re: transmission problems es300 [wwest]
Dec 28, 2007 (10:58 am)
Read my post on the 1999 ES 300. l started to freak out but it was the NOX causing the problem. It tell the computer when to tell the transmission to shit.
#1359 of 1407 Re: transmission problems es300 [1blueskies]
Dec 29, 2007 (10:20 am)
NOX = engine knock/ping sensor...???
#1360 of 1407 Re: transmission problems es300 [wwest]
Dec 29, 2007 (4:57 pm)
1 17176-6230 GASKET, AIR SURGE TA $17.76
1 17177-20020 GASKET, INTAKE MANIF $36.37
1 17178-20020 GASKET, INTAKE MANIF $34.93
1 00272-1LLAC-01 ANTIFREEZE GALLON W $29.92
2 89615-12040 SENSOR KNOCK CONTROL $353.32
1 16492-21050 RING, O RADIATOR $5.38
1 82219-07010 WIRE, SENSOR $35.42
The wiring harness looked a little funky so I went for the $35.42. If it went bad later then alot of labor would be involved so I told him to go ahead.
When getting off the freeway now it shifts to O drive with no problems. At 75MPH the tack now reads approx. 2700. Before, I wouldn't do that speed on the freeway with the problem I had. Getting on the freeway with my old problem would show ma at 50MPH approx.32-3300 rpm. So I would just get off and take streets home. I would have to drive the car very slowly to keep everything healthy, about 35MPH at 2500 RPM. With 108,000 miles on the car I hope to get another 108,000. I hope all this helps. What a nice running car (again!). The problem was computer feedback from the sensor. It was explained to me how the computer in the car works but after a while it got confusing...Good Luck.
#1361 of 1407 Got a new trans on 97 ES 300 worth it or not?
Apr 14, 2008 (2:09 pm)
I just replaced the trans. on a 97 ES 300 that I bought 3 weeks ago. It looks brand new and it rode very well. A check engine lite came on and I took it to get checked out and I was told I needed a new trans. but that everything else was fine. I paid 3800 for it. I was talking to a family member about it and I was told that I shouldn't have gotten it replaced. I am a new grad with a mortgage and didn't want a car note so I thought if its a good car than Its worth it. Was it worth it or was it a foolish decsion?
#1362 of 1407 Re: 1999 Lexus ES 300 transmission problems [1blueskies]
Aug 28, 2008 (2:27 pm)
Hi I was wondering were you can get an NOX sensor and how much it cost i'm working with the same problem thanks my personal email is uscgfedopsyahoo.com thanks sooo much...Jerry
#1363 of 1407 transmission issue
Mar 26, 2009 (8:25 pm)
i have a 1993 lexus es300 whenever the car is cool i can drive it and it runs perfect you shift it into gear like drv or rev and you can feel the pull because its going into gear ( automatic trans) Now the issue is when the car warms up and is at the temp its supposed to be at when you put it in gear or rev or press on the gas it doesnt go no wear you cant even feel it shift anymore ...help
#1364 of 1407 transmission problem 2005 lexus es330
May 28, 2009 (12:47 pm)
just purchased used 2005 es330 w/ 48000m, no warranty, record shows transmission was calibrated at 30,000- still experience hesitation in acceleration at low speeds & poor gas mileage even w/ premium gas- can anything be done to help ?
#1365 of 1407 Lesux ES series trnsmission problems.
Jun 06, 2009 (7:14 pm)
We have a 1996 ES300 with the 3.0L V6, and have experienced problems in the past, and recently with the transmission:
at about 70,000 miles it started not shifting into any gears above 2nd. We had to have a new Toyota tranny put in, and then a year later it did it again.
Just today it started acting up again, but this time its running 1st all the way up to about 4000 rpms, then shifting hard into second, and then its fine throughout the rest of the gears. I drove it about 100 miles home today, and at every stop light it did that, regardless of the overdrive. I think that the plates between 1st and 2nd are sticking, but i dont know much about transmissions. This is really making me mad, and im thinking of selling the car. I love the Lexus's, but im questioning Toyota's late 90's and even early 2000's trannys. Is this problem common among 2001+ RX300's too? Or do they run a different transmission? And to any potential buyers be sure and beware of these mechanical problems, although the 3.0 liter v6 is a great engine.