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#2506 of 2769 Thud noise from gas tank
May 20, 2007 (9:35 am)
I have a 2007 es 350 ultra which I special ordered and received October 2, 2006. When I fill up the gas tank and for the next 50-60 miles, whenever I start up, especially on a hill, there is a thud noise and feel coming from the gas tank. It sounds and feels like there is a bowling ball in the trunk. Lexus has heard it and says it's normal, but I have never heard this in a car before. So before I go to my states lemon law, I want to know if anyone has experienced this same thing. Additionally, the cold engine knock is not appropriate.
#2508 of 2769 Re: Thud noise from gas tank [bobbass]
May 21, 2007 (12:17 pm)
Thanks for the help. I'm new to this.
May 24, 2007 (12:12 pm)
My wife and I are about to pick up a brand new ES350 on Saturday; however, I've been briefly scanning some of your posts and am now concerned about the transmission problems others have spoken of. Is it a problem with a car that was manufactured in 2006 for 2007, or has it been a consistent problem for those vehciles that have been manufactured this year? Just want to make sure we're walking into a solid purchase. My wife is not going to drive this car like a sports car, but we want to make sure the issue is just isolated to early defects that have since been corrected.
#2510 of 2769 Seriously looking at ES350
May 26, 2007 (1:11 pm)
I have the dealer down to $32,404 (including $715 destination charge and a satellite radio). Can I get any lower?
Also, I'm very concerned about the transmission issues I've been reading about. What shall I look for?
Thanks for being here!
#2511 of 2769 What is a car buy back?
May 26, 2007 (1:18 pm)
Is a car buy back a term in the lease vs. purchase? How does it work? Do you lose money doing so? Thanks!
#2512 of 2769 ES 350...any analytical types out there?
May 26, 2007 (1:23 pm)
I'm debating to lease vs. purchase. So far, I put about 20 to 25 miles per year on my current car, Toyota Camry. I drive a teenager everywhere plus myself.
I'm trying to understand which is more beneficial for me. I understand there is some kind of crossover point in the life of the lease having to do with depreciation and market value. I'm not clear on what this is.
At any rate, I'm trying to get a depreciation schedule so I understand what a factors are involved in leasing.
If I buy, I can 6.24% for 72 months on a purchase price of $32404 (add tax and license) for ES350 w/Premium w/o NAV and satellite radio. NAV feature would be great, but I can't afford that. I'm already up $200 more per month than I pay now.
Thanks for your help!
#2513 of 2769 Re: Tranny Problems [bigpapaluke]
May 27, 2007 (5:21 pm)
Luke, I have an 07 ES-350 built in March, and have had no transmission nor any other problems except my distaste for the Michelin OEM tires. I have 3K miles, and am very happy. The service manager tells me that Lexus identified the ES cars with the potential trans. problems and either replaced the transmissions or offered buy-backs. Overall, it was a very small percentage of the total manufactured. The transmission is very smart and the car in general doesn't want to be driven like a 1982 TransAm. It requires some finesse, and once you get used to the car/and the car gets used to you, it's all good. In my opinion, the more recent the build, the better the chances of being past any potential problems. It's a great car. BTW, this car will accelerate very quickly once you learn how it likes to run. I have self-timed it between 5.9 and 6.8 for 0-60mph.
#2514 of 2769 Re: Tranny Problems [tjazz321]
May 28, 2007 (5:36 pm)
Thanks for your response. We picked ours up on Saturday and my wife absolutely loves it. We confirmed with our sales rep that Lexus identified the problem early and it has since been rectified. I must say that I was impressed with its acceleration. I have an 06 A4 2.0T, and we both came out of the same corner and she was gaining distance on me. This car is going to be a long time keeper.
Did you purchase the extended warrenty? I'm on the fense about purchasing it after the fact. I know Lexus has the Toyota reliability and quality, so wasn't sure if it was worth the investment.
#2515 of 2769 Re: ES 350...any analytical types out there? [vam]
May 29, 2007 (11:19 am)
Calculate a 4.90% interest rate if you do a purchase and do a comparison. I am not sure where you are located but there is a credit union offering 4.90% up to 60 months. I purchased a ES 350 earlier this month at that rate for 60 months It is my understanding you can apply for a loan no matter where you live. Try acuonline.org. Best wishes on your decision.