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#2707 of 2769 Re: No coat hook in 2009 Lexus ES 350 [shg818]
Jun 16, 2009 (10:46 am)
I purchased a brand new 2009 Lexus ES 350 on May 22 and I was shocked too to discover that the car does not have any coat hooks in the rear seat area. Why would you want a coat hook in the tunk area???? My 2005 Lexus ES 330 that I traded in had coat hooks in the rear seat area. Lexus really did screw this up - hope they correct in 2010. I would like to know an easy solution too.
#2708 of 2769 2008 also deficient
Jun 16, 2009 (12:21 pm)
My 08 is like that, pretty stupid. But, many interior features are pretty stupid on this model. I cite the poor interior lighting, no back seat 12V outlet, not much storage and a passthru instead of a full fold-down rear seat. Was spoiled by my 02 Audi A6, a real well designed luxury car. It also had free service to 50 K miles. Have you had a Lexus Dealer do an oil change yet. Fasten your seat belt when you get the bill. (my last one was 146 bucks) (and I mean last for them!!) But I digress
For travel I use the more expensive hangers that have swivel hooks. These hook over the sissy handle just above the rear door sill. Works pretty well.
Your car does have some great features too. I think mine has great mpg for the fairly powerful engine. Also, a stylish car that is quiet, smooth and very comfortable for long distance cruising. I just can't resist spouting off sometimes. (!!!)
I hope the designers read our rants.
#2709 of 2769 Navigation
Jun 19, 2009 (7:47 pm)
Has anyone purchased the updated navigation DVD for the ES350? I was wondering if not only is it worth the money but is it easier to use than the old version? If you did purchase the new DVD did you get it from the Lexus dealer or some other source?
#2710 of 2769 08 ES 350 test drive
Jun 20, 2009 (11:18 am)
Drove one with 16K miles on it. Very nice, but really disappointed in that it was not as good as my 07 Hyundai Azera . While it did not have the bouncing/wallowing that Azera is known for, the seats were not as comfortable, nor was the overall ride. Felt most road imperfections. The engine was noisy when accelerating and the car was not as quiet overall. The audio was not as good and radio had poor reception. The paint was in very good shape, except where some nut had installed a plastic "protector" over half of the hood. Left a definite line marking where it ended. The vented seat did not cool very well, even on highest setting. Of course, it was also smaller front, rear and trunk.
Really surprised at handling on interstate. Very susceptible to cross winds and draft from tractor-trailers. Couple of times at 70 wasn't sure I was in control of the car.
#2711 of 2769 Re: brake failure [michaelndq]
Jun 26, 2009 (12:19 am)
Sounds like the Lexus ES 350 is one very dangerous car!
#2712 of 2769 Re: brake failure [priggly]
Jun 26, 2009 (9:59 am)
Respectfully, I would disagree. I have been driving a Lexus ES350 since Feb 2008 and it is a great car. However, I do hear the engine when I accelerate and it does respond a bit slowly. So, that is why i bought it. It is a luxurious drive. I took a trip to Grand Canyon and even with 5 in the car, it was a very comfortable and easy drive.
However, in the interests of full disclosure, I must say that I used to drive a Honda Civic before this car. I wouldn't be able to compare it with a Merc or a Cadillac, say.
#2713 of 2769 Re: Roof rack for ES350? [timwilmath]
Aug 29, 2009 (3:47 pm)
Hi - I'm looking for the same thing. I have a 2008 ES350. Did you find a roof rack that fits the car? The only thing I can find is a trunk strap-on rack for bikes. Need a roof rack.
#2714 of 2769 Re: Roof rack for ES350?
Aug 30, 2009 (6:23 am)
I found a great roof rack for my 2009 ES350. It's actually an inflatable roof rack called the Handirack. I have a Perception Captiva 16' kayak that weighs 58 lbs. I needed a sturdy roof rack and I can't tell you how skeptical I was about this inflatable rack partially because it's only $100 and my prior car had a $350 Thule metal roof rack (Thule does not make a rack for the 2009 ES350). But I have used the Handirack 3 times and it works like a champ. I've driven over 100 miles with my kayak strapped on top and it works great. Couldn't figure out how to do that here. I got mine at a local kayak shop, but you can Google Handirack and find lots of retailers. Send me a note at timwilmathaol.com and I'll send you a photo with it on my car.
">Good luck! Tim.
#2715 of 2769 Is Lexus drive by wire safe??
Sep 01, 2009 (11:19 am)
Runaway Lexus kills 4!
2009-09-01 03:38:41 (GMT)
San Diego, CA—A fiery crash left four people dead after the car’s accelerator became stuck. The fatal crash happened on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 125 and Mission Gorge Road in Santee, as reported by San Diego Union Tribune.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a loaner 2009 Lexus ES 350 driven by CHP Officer Mark Saylor, and three family members experienced a serious malfunction, which caused the accelerator to stick. Someone reportedly dialed 911 around 6:30 p.m. to report the cars accelerator was stuck, and the car could not be stopped while traveling nearly 100 miles per hour. The out-of-control car careened through the intersection of Route 125 and Mission Gorge Road and collided with a Ford Explorer. The Lexus then jumped a curb, plowed through a fence, and then slammed into an embankment before going airborne. The luxury car reportedly overturned several times before it came to a stop and burst into flames in the San Diego River basin. The CHP officer Mark Saylor, 45; his wife, Cleofe, 45; Saylor’s daughter, Mahala, 13; and his brother-in-law, Chris Lastrella were all tragically killed at the scene of the horrific crash.
The car was reportedly loaned from Bob Baker Lexus El Cajon on Friday after Saylor dropped his car off for service. The Lexus is fully equipped with a double redundant fail-safe system, which would shut the vehicle off if it were to experience a major malfunction. No one at Bob Baker Lexus El Cajon knows what went wrong and is currently waiting for the completion of a full investigation. The CHP multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team and Sheriff’s investigators are conducting the investigation into the runaway vehicle accident.
ES350 kills 4