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Lexus ES 350, Transmission, Sedan
#44 of 51 1999 Transmission Overdrive Problem
Nov 24, 2011 (7:48 pm)
My 1999 Lexus ES300 runs good and the transmission shifts good except the it will not go into overdrive. The problem surfaced recently but only after the car warmed up. Any ideas??
#45 of 51 Re: vsc light and engine light [larryj71]
Nov 29, 2011 (9:48 am)
Prior to the RX330, DBW use, VSC/Trac engine dethrottling was implemented via EFI fuel starvation, no way to close the throttle plate. Should you have an inadvertent (aren't they all!!) Trac or VSC activation enough "pure" oxygen might reach the sensor to "spoil" it for the next 100-200 miles.
"..did some welding.."
Even the slightest crack/opening in the exhaust and atmospheric oxygen might reach the sensor after the engine is off but while its still HOT.
For some reason that situation seems to "spoil" the sensor output for 100-200 miles, 3-4 drive cycles.
#46 of 51 Re: Lexus ES350 transmisson lemons!! [imidazol97]
Mar 26, 2012 (11:25 am)
I am now among the poor souls with this lemon of a lexus. i have a 2007 ES 350 that has just had the transmission replaced by Lexus. I purchased this car used from a Lexus dealer with 38K on it in 2009 and have had it for two years, 3 months. In that span of time I have taken it in about 5-6 times for various things: transmission surge, brake problems, engine issues. All these items were fixed under the extended warranty that I purchased, though I think the brake issue was a recall. I am EXTREMELY disappointed in Lexus. This is my second and LAST Lexus. The quality has really gone down since my first car and the service is atrocious. I find out today that the transmission they put in the car is REBUILT and only warrantied for 1 yr. I called customer service and escalated my concern because I want to know why they do not use a new transmission to replace a bad transmission. I also would like to know how to invoke the lemon law. If anyone on this forum wants to start a class action suit, please keep me in the loop via this forum or by my email address: el doubleu two twenty at hotmail dot com.
#47 of 51 2008 ES350 engine clicking noise
Apr 06, 2012 (4:48 pm)
My 2008 ES350 has the same ticking noise from the engine, especially louder when the gas pedal is depressed. A Lexus specialist at Maplewood MN said it is normal and would be gone when the engine is warmed up. The ticking noise is still audible after 15 minutes driving. Lexus doesn't want to admit its design flaws. No such a noise could be detected when the vehicle is new.
BMW fixed the clicking noise (HVAVC) on my '08 BMW 328Xi.
I would probably let go of the Lexus. It is worth paying a little more for a way better service at BMW (Bloomington Motorwerks, MN).
Please share if you have any ideas to deal with Lexus' inferior quality.
#48 of 51 2007 ES350 Transmission Problem
Nov 19, 2012 (9:07 pm)
My ES350 has 88k miles and I am replacing the transmission. Really! I thought I purchased a well built car. Please help me understand why I am replacing a transmission-in a Lexus?
#49 of 51 Re: 2007 ES350 Transmission Problem [mr_effe]
Nov 26, 2012 (3:04 pm)
I am sorry to hear that your transmission failed at 88k miles. Your dealership needs to explain to you why the transmission failed so early. Warranty coverage is expired and I am not sure what else can be done.
I am just hoping mine last much longer. Good luck.
#50 of 51 Re: Lexus ES350 transmisson lemons!! [lw220]
Jan 24, 2013 (3:15 pm)
Have you had any problems with ES350 since the transmission has been replaced? I am considering purchasing a certified 2007 es350. A few of my coworkers own this vehicle and havent had any problems, they love it. I understand there was a problem with the first production of the es350.
#51 of 51 Transmission gone at 20,000 miles
Mar 28, 2013 (3:53 pm)
I purchased new 2011 ES350 and just last week I completed 20,000 miles. Last week I noticed my transmission slipping gradually and car jerked very hard and immediately the “Check Engine” light displayed. Next day I took my car to Dealer – Lexus of Carlsbad (San Diego County) and I was told that transmission needed to be replaced.
I am very disappointed that company like Lexus who is known for their “Quality and Reliability” is selling “Lemon” cars to consumer or if they have a transmission problem either they or dealership are not communicating it to us.
Please reply if anyone is having similar problems with ES350. I don't know if there is any kind of Class Action Lawsuit being/been filed against Toyota, but I would definitely want to be a part of it.