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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Lexus ES 350, Paint, Sedan
#44 of 83 LEXUS QUALITY IN QUESTION: Paint Problems, doors panels
Nov 22, 2009 (12:20 pm)
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 (7:26 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 (7:36 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 (3:26 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.
#48 of 83 Re: ES 350 2008 Obsidian Black other paint problem [lexhou]
Apr 16, 2010 (6:15 pm)
Your are very accurate on your assessment of this so-called paint problem. I've gotten hit from mostly trucks (Bastardos) and even some 4X4 that probably go off-roading or are too cheap to get a paved driveway.
Here in NJ you will see a big difference between people that drive on the Garden State Parkway (no trucks in most areas) vs. say RT80. If you think Black is bad in showing chips, you should see a white car; mine looked like the hood had the measles. If you think the chips are bad, wait till one hits your windshield.
As far as the person with the SUV never getting a chip, you sit higher than cars and therefore don't get hit as much; I noticed just one chip on my Yukon Denali.
#49 of 83 Re: ES 350 2008 Obsidian Black other paint problem [lexhou]
May 11, 2010 (9:00 pm)
Sorry lexhou, but rock chips & a clear shield is not the problem or solution. I've done the clear shield on other of my vehicles. My Es easily gets rock chips and I have to repair monthly. What I am referring to are whitish spider-like blemishes that appear beneath the top layer of paint. They are between the paint layers and are absolutely smooth on the top layer but show up visually to the eye. Has anyone else seen these on their hood or trunk? Look closely.
Even my old vehicles with 200-300,000 Km don't have such blemishes. My 08 ES only has 11K miles and is stored inside during winter.
#50 of 83 Re: Class Action [bqs]
May 27, 2010 (4:42 pm)
We purchased a lexus is250 from Herion Gear in Jackson MS
this was back on 1-12-10 the car now only has 3000 miles and is less than 5 months old.
It has over 50 chips on the front bumper cover!
the rest of the car: hood,fenders,mirrors,and windshield are flawless.
I contacted the dealer in febuary and advised that the
bumper did not seem to be holding paint! it took the 2 months to send touch up paint due to it being back ordered!
The car only has 3000 miles and looks like it has chicken pox! They said its because its so low! we owned a 2002 is250 and put 40,000 on it with the same driving style and it never did this!
#52 of 83 Re: ES 350 2008 Obsidian Black other paint problem [magiccarpet]
Jul 06, 2010 (10:35 am)
I drive ES 350 2007 has only 9000 mile and i have same problem with paint, took to the dealer and told me its road chips can not do any thing with it.
also have trans. problem. looking for a lawsuit.
#53 of 83 Re: ES 350 2008 Obsidian Black other paint problem [magiccarpet]
Jul 23, 2010 (4:57 pm)
Is there a class action suit on this? For $40k, it's unacceptable