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Lexus GS 300, Lexus GS 430, Sedan
#218 of 305 Re: Does anyone not have rattle, squeak, vibration problems? [ara3]
May 07, 2007 (6:01 am)
I have the same car, and pretty much the same experience. Out of frustration I stuck a sock between the dash and windshield on the right hand side, and 90% of my dash noise went away. I've been driving this way for 5K miles or so, and some of the squeaks have come back, but many have not. Whenever I bring it in for service I tell them to not touch the sock.
I just dropped mine off for service today - the power steering died again for the third time. They're sending a field tech out to look at it.
I've since looked up the recall info on Toyota's tech site - details below. Even though my car does not fall within the VIN range of the recall, I've had the failure three times so far.
On certain 2006 model year Lexus GS 300 (both 2WD and AWD) and GS 430 vehicles, customers may experience
a noticeable gradual increase in the steering effort necessary at low speeds when turning the steering wheel in the complete left or right position. This condition may be most perceptible when parking the vehicle.
Model year: 2006
VDS: BH96S, VIN range 5002385 – 5005184
VDS: BN96S, VIN range 5001092 – 5002302
VDS: CH96S, VIN range 0001906 – 0003062
Q1: What is the condition?
A1: On certain 2006 model year Lexus GS 300 (both 2WD and AWD) and GS 430 vehicles, customers may
experience a noticeable, gradual increase in the steering effort necessary at low speeds when turning the steering
wheel to the complete left or right position. This condition may be most perceptible when parking the vehicle.
Q2: What is the cause of this condition?
A2: This condition is caused by an insufficient adhesion between the permanent magnets and the rotor of the Electric Power
Steering (EPS), causing the motor to gradually lose torque when the wheel is turned to the complete left or right
Q3: Are there any warnings that this condition exists?
A3: Yes, the steering effort will gradually increase and an abnormal noise may be heard if the wheel is turned to the
complete left or right position.
Q4: Which and how many vehicles are involved?
A4: There are approximately 3,200 2006 model year vehicles involved in the U.S.
• GS 300 (2WD) 1,500 vehicles
• GS 300 (AWD) 1,000 vehicles
• GS 430 700 vehicles
Q5: What is the production period of the affected vehicles?
A5: The affected Lexus GS vehicles were produced from February, 2005 to March, 2005.
Q6: Are there any other Toyota or Lexus vehicles involved?
A6: No, this condition only affects certain 2006 GS vehicles.
Q7: How many incidents of this condition have been reported?
A7: There have been no cases of this condition reported in the U.S. market.
Q8: Have there been any accidents reported?
A8: There have been no accidents reported which are possibly related to this condition in the U.S. market.
Q9: Have there been any reports of deaths or injuries?
A9: There have been no deaths or injuries reported related to this condition in the U.S. market.
Q10: What is Lexus going to do?
A10: Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a Special Service Campaign notification by first class mail beginning in
early August 2006. Lexus dealers will replace the Electric Power Steering (EPS) Assembly with an improved one at
NO CHARGE to the customer.
Q11: How long will the repair take?
A11: Depending on the model, the repair may take up to approximately five hours. However, depending upon the dealer’s
work schedule, it may be necessary to make the vehicle available for a longer period of time.
Q12: What should an owner do if they experience the condition?
A12: Owners are requested to contact their local Lexus dealer for diagnosis and repair.
#219 of 305 Re: Does anyone not have rattle, squeak, vibration problems? [bdkinnh]
May 07, 2007 (7:53 am)
Ah yes, American ingenuity. And you always have a spare pair of socks handy. Extra pair of underwear might be handy and do the job as well. These spacious SUV's have nothing on us.
Sock it to em' !
#220 of 305 Re: 2006 GS 300 recall [bdkinnh]
Apr 08, 2008 (12:57 am)
The other day as I was backing up my power steering died too. No warning at all, the steering wheel just started to vibrate left to right and then died.
First time anything like this ever happen to me.
I'm just glad it didn't happen while going down the interstate!
#221 of 305 Oil Consumption
May 06, 2008 (2:52 am)
I own a 2006 Lexus GS 300. I have had many of the same problems as others regarding tires (replaced four at 15,000 miles) and rattles in the dash (most started after the warranty ran out).
My local dealer is the only place this car has ever been serviced. All oil changes are completed every 3000 miles by the dealer. My car currently has 59,000 miles on it and at the last oil change (57,000 miles) I got a low oil warning light and message on the dash. I added two quarts of oil and took the car straight to the dealer. I was told that if this happened again, not to add the oil, just bring the car to them. This past Friday after only 2000 miles, I got the same warning light and message on the dash. The car has been at the dealer for two full business days and the best they can come up with is that high compression engines use up to one quart of oil per 1,000 miles. For some reason, I find this hard to believe. The only other car I have owned that had this kind of problem was a 96 Sedan DeVille with the Northstar engine. Anyone have any thoughts??
At the last service, dealer replaced fouled plugs---which makes me think this is an internal engine problem.
#222 of 305 Oil consumption
May 06, 2008 (7:24 am)
High compression engine oil consumption is B.S. Must have a cracked ring or something internal. Service dept should be able to find ...... warranty ??
#223 of 305 Re: Oil consumption [harbo]
May 07, 2008 (2:45 am)
The dealer is not charging me for anything at this point and all receipts show as warranty. They are telling me (as of yesterday) that the trips I make in the car are too short and the engine never really gets a chance to warm up. I live at least 15 miles from my office and drive the car quite a bit during the day in town. I think they are trying to cover themselves at this point. With only 59,000 miles, I hate to get rid of the car, but I also hate to think that I will need to carry a couple of quarts of oil in the trunk. I also know that this is going to get worse.
#224 of 305 Re: Oil consumption [memreo]
May 07, 2008 (12:22 pm)
Do you mean 5,900 miles?
#225 of 305 Wet Carpet in 2001 GS 300
May 15, 2008 (1:31 pm)
I have a 2001 GS 300. My wife had a VW Beetle that got water in the carpet and started smelling bad. The other day she told me that the Lexus was starting to smell the same. We checked, and the carpet on the passenger side (front) was wet. I had my son remove the mat, which was also wet, and soak up as much water as possible.
Today I asked my wife if the carpet was dry, and she did not know, so I checked. It was very wet! However, only the carpet directly on the floor is wet. If you check the front of that carpet, either side, or the part under the seat, those sections are all dry. All of the other carpet in the car is dry.
We suspected clogged drains in the VW, and after we cleared them that seemed to solve the problem. However, I can't see any clogged drains on the Lexus. It has rained pretty hard here the last two days, so I suspect that the water is coming in when it rains, but I just can't see how.
#226 of 305 Re: Wet Carpet in 2001 GS 300 [geunger]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 15, 2008 (2:58 pm)
If the center of the carpet only is wet, one would have to suspect the sunroof, which is the only drip location that makes sense, right? A clogged sunroof drain could cause such a leak.
There are two types of clogged drains as well. One beneath the fresh air vents (under the wipers) and another that drains off condensation from the AC. This drain might leak from behind the console to the center of the mat.
#227 of 305 Re: Wet Carpet in 2001 GS 300 [Mr_Shiftright]
May 16, 2008 (7:37 am)
I thought about the sunroof, but if it were actually leaking there the water would fall onto the seat. The sunroof is well to the rear of the carpet. It does not appear that the sunroof is leaking in any case.
When I put water into the vents below the wipers on the passenger side, it ran out a couple of places on the bottom of the car. The hole that is apparently the main drain outlet had some debris in it, so I cleaned it out. I suspect that was the problem. The outlet hole on the driver's side was pretty much clear. It does seem like the water runs through some cracks on both sides in addition to the main vent hole. When I put water in the center vent below the wipers it also ran out of a hole in one of the (metal) "channels" that run along the bottom. I suppose this is normal, but I don't know for sure.
We just had a cold front come through or I would check the AC condensation drain. It will certainly get hot here (central Texas) shortly, so I can check that later.
Thanks for the help. Much appreciated.