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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Lexus ES 350, Paint, Sedan
#38 of 83 Unacceptable Paint Quality
Nov 13, 2009 (9:21 am)
I have a black 2008 ES 350. There are numerous paint chips on the hood and both sides. My previous vehicles have been from Ford, GM, Honda and Acura. In very similar driving conditions none of these vehicles have experienced anywhere near the number of chips that the Lexus has. My 10 year old Accord looks pristine by comparison. The dealer's touch ups look as bad as the chips, which appear to go right to the base metal. This is a shockingly poor way to finish an otherwise excellent vehicle.
#39 of 83 White paint (Starfire)
Nov 16, 2009 (12:12 pm)
Does anyone know how the White holds up? Seems the paint issues are mostly with the darker colors.
Nov 17, 2009 (2:22 pm)
I purchased new, a 2007 IS250 from Alderson Lexus in Lubbock Texas that has consistently developed numerous paint flakings. I took photographs of the various spots on the vehicle and forwarded them to the dealer. Without asking to actually look at the car the dealer, based solely on the photo's stated they believed them to be rock chips. There are no dents behind the points where the paint has released. There is paint release where a rock would have had to be dropped vertically to cause the paint to have released. My plan is to run a full page add in the local paper inquiring as to others that are experiencing similar problems.
Nov 18, 2009 (7:05 am)
Paint issues appear to be occurring with every automaker.
Do an internet search for "vehicle brand" paint problems and millions
of results are returned.
#43 of 83 Re: Paint Problems [mtcarmelfox]
Nov 18, 2009 (2:21 pm)
agree completely, go on any of the other major forums, infiniti, nissan, honda, acura, toyota and you'll all see forums for paint chipping; cars are made cheaper now a days and the paint chips easily
if you have a dark color car, especially black, you'll really notice the paint chips more than a light colored car
I have a 2010 Black Nissan Maxima, its only about 3 months old and already have two paint chips at the tip of the front hood
If you see them on your car, you'll either have to try touch up paint on a tooth pick or just leave it alone
Good Luck getting Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, Nissan, Honda, or Toyota to admit fault when it comes to paint chips
Only recommendation I can give is to not get a black or very dark color car or even white for that matter; stick with a neutral color so you won't notice the chips as much
#44 of 83 LEXUS QUALITY IN QUESTION: Paint Problems, doors panels
Nov 22, 2009 (11:20 am)
I have a 2007 ES 350 and also noticed many paint chipping spots in front bumper and also the lower doors panels are coming off the plastic fasteners!
Are Japanese auto-workers adopting American workers habits? I am not very please with the quality of the exterior. This car suppose to be "luxurious"?
If Lexus is becoming complacent with quality assurance, just look at the fate of the American automakers. Customers are the final judge of your existence.
We pay a lot for these cars and we are not getting the quality products.
Will Lexus bumper-to-bumper warranty cover these issues?
I have signed up to join a potential law suit against defects in workmanship.
#45 of 83 ES 350 2008 Obsidian Black other paint problem
Apr 11, 2010 (6:26 pm)
The easily chipped paint problem is well documented but is anyone seeing my problem?
Aside from having to carry touch up paint & a brush with me, my black ES 350 ultra premium has numerous miniature whitish splotches on hood & truck lid. Very unsightly for an expensive vehicle. It only had 6000 miles on it when I noticed this.
Absolutely unacceptable negligence.
I will see what their factory rep has to say.
#46 of 83 Re: ES 350 2008 Obsidian Black other paint problem [magiccarpet]
Apr 11, 2010 (6:36 pm)
what you described actuall so like waht is being described as rock chips. You need to get clear shield - 3m product on frnt hood , side mirrors, etc. it really minimizes the issue. I recently purchase 2010 ES350 - BLACK SAPPHIRE PEARL( very dark blue ) and had done right after purchase. In speaking to the owner of the shop--he mentioned it's not just Lexus...he does work for lexus, Infinti, mercedes dealers and says all their dark colors fight the rock chip issue. Hope you solve your situation..
#47 of 83 Re: ES 350 2008 Obsidian Black other paint problem [lexhou]
Apr 12, 2010 (2:26 am)
That is a ridiculous concept that you have to pay top dollar for a car that has the luxury image and then you have to have a clear shield put on it before it even hits the road. My husbands all black, 4 yr. old Cadillac Escalade doesn't have one white mark from stones, bumps, or washing. He has never put a clear coat on it. Several years ago he had a black Lincoln that didn't have these paint issues. When it turned 3 he did have a clear coat put on to eliminate swirl marks but they never were white. Lexus should be embaressed at how much rubbing compound my ES 350 has had put on to make it look decent. My car has been fastidiously maintained but it makes me sad when I see the white marks all over. I had body/paint work done on 3 large door dings. It will be interesting to see if the body shops paint will do the same. The only thing I can look forward to is the end of my lease in Feb and go back to American made autos with decent paint.