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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Lexus ES 350, Paint, Sedan
#19 of 83 Re: 2008 Lexus ES 350 Paint Problems [rapo74]
Jul 25, 2009 (3:01 am)
New to this group and cannot believe all the issues I found with Lexus paint on the ES350. I purchased my 2008 ES350 in December 2007. By the spring of 2008 i could not believe all the chips i had on the front bumper and hood on my car, which is ruby red. I love the car and have received multiple compliments on its looks. But get up close and its another story. I complained enough to the dealer that they re-did the front of the car at no cost to me in October 2008. Now here it is summer of 2009 and the front of the car is again disgusting. Started complaining to the dealer and as I have read here they cannot do anything. Well, more complaining and negioating I believe they will re-do the front end of my car again only this time after 30 days I will have to have that clear sheathing applied for protection, at a cost of $1,000.00. That is rediculious. I have spoken to body shops and other ES350 owners and some do not have this problem. I have owned many cars and this my 2nd lexus. Never had problems with the first one which was a RX330. To me this is a defect with the paint and Lexus should be responsible. Even with the clear plastic applied does not guantee no chips just to minimize. So let's spend a couple of thousand of dollars for minimal; protection and let the rest of the car go to hell. I rambled on enough. Like to know how all you other owners are dealing with this problem.
#20 of 83 Re: 2008 Lexus ES 350 Paint Problems [dviscuso]
Jul 26, 2009 (6:30 am)
My way of dealing with it is looking forward to 1 1/2 yrs from now when I can turn the car in. The paint is awful and I will need a mighty guarantee on the paint quality before buying another Lexus. I stopped looking at the car nicks and scratches because it annoys me to no end. I still take care of the auto as if it were mine forever. It looks pretty at a distance but don't look close. I appreciate hearing about the rust issue, which I will watch carefully. I have another issue that has developed in the last 3-5 months and need to have it looked into. When I turn or go up and uneven area where the auto weight shifts (like a driveway as you are turning into it) I hear a thunk noise. Something is not bearing the weight shift properly. It is worse in the right rear near the wheel. There is nothing in my trunk that is shifting.
#21 of 83 Re: 2008 Lexus ES 350 Paint Problems [draperysewer]
Jul 31, 2009 (3:26 am)
Well just got emailed to day from the dealer and they are going to re-paint the front of the car at no charge. However, the compromise I had to make will be that after 30 days I have to have a protective sheathing put on the front of the car for protection. That I will have to pay for ^$%&*^%%^&*%, cost about $1,000. I will be turning mine in December 2011. If I hear anything about how bad car is with marks there will be another battle at that time. But we will see what happens. That will be a story for another day.
#22 of 83 Re: 2008 Lexus ES 350 Paint Problems [dviscuso]
Jul 31, 2009 (7:36 am)
Has anybody started a class action suit against Lexus for their lousy paint ? I have '09 that is full of scratches & chips 12K miles
#23 of 83 Re: 2008 Lexus ES 350 Paint Problems [dviscuso]
Jul 31, 2009 (10:51 am)
That is a lot of money to put into a car you don't own. I would work with corporate if it is that bad before putting one dime into resolving their problem.
I just made sure my paint issues were noted on my records so as not to be penalized when I turn mine in Feb. 2011. I figured if Toyota is going to produce a crappy painted car, they can have it back that way. Thank goodness I am leasing.
#24 of 83 Re: 2008 Lexus ES 350 Paint Problems [draperysewer]
Aug 07, 2009 (7:40 am)
I own a 2008 ES 350 with 19000 miles and I too have the same paint chip problem. It's really frustrating to have spent so much money on a car and having this type of fundamental problem. My previous car (2005 Acura TL) did not have this problem. It had only 3 chips in 4 years that I owned it. I have at least 15 chips on the bumper and hood areas on my ES. The sad part is I've only owned it for 12 months!!!
#26 of 83 Lexus Paint
Aug 07, 2009 (8:24 am)
How about all of us Lexus owners with paint problems file a class action lawsuit against them & let's band together. If you are reading this let me know your year. & mileage on your car so I can get a handle on how many people are willing to join me in suing! Also how about tires wearing out 15k
#27 of 83 Re: Lexus Paint [carhop1]
Aug 15, 2009 (4:33 am)
2008 ES 350 19K So far tires have been good for me.
#28 of 83 Re: Lexus Paint [carhop1]
Aug 15, 2009 (10:53 am)
Hi, I posted awhile back when I first noticed my 08 RX400 had so many rust spots after only one year. I would be interested in filing a class action lawsuit against Lexus. The dealership we went to treated us like dirt and said that we didn't maintain our car properly and that is why the paint is damaged. They refuse to return phone calls and emails. We have yet to call 1800LEXUS which is what the dealership kept telling us was our only option. ( to complain to lexus) We haven't had a chance to do that yet. Has anyone else been told that they needed to call 1800LEXUS? and have you done it and what was your outcome?
Anyways... Im sad to say that Im kind of glad that so many ppl share the same problem because that means its not just us.
2008 RX400 25,000 miles.. So far tires are ok.