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New ES 350 Owner Reports



  • Hi I recently bought a new ES 350 and am very well inmpressed with the car, gets excellent gas mileage, and lots of power, but I am having a problem. It happened last week when I was driving home and I went over a speed bump at about 4 miles an hour and my CD player stoped working, so I took it to the dealers for repairs they said everything looked fine, it's that my CD's are messing up the CD player, I was outraged :mad: and now I am not allowed to play half of my music. Is this a manufacter defect or do you all ES 350 owners have similar problem's to me? The car is excellent, but the CD player is very, very low tech. Respond back A.S.A.P! Thanks!
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    Give us some more information. You say that you can't play half of your CD collection. What's different about these CDs? Did you burn them yourself? If so, what burner & brand of media did you use? Did you burn them to CD-R or CD-RW? Did you use your burner's top speed? If so, burning at a lower speed might help.
  • Only 3 are burned while the rest are CD's I bought, I am not sure if the CD's are burned at a fast speed, I'll have to get back to you on that, but the CD's are from Office Depot and they are CD-R type I bought them about 3 years ago. If I did use my burner at a fast speed, how might I slow it down? :confuse: You feedback is appricated! Thank you!
  • jaspalbjaspalb Posts: 84
    If CDs are old they may be rated for slower speed. If you burn them at a speed higher than they are rated, they could give problems. CD Burn programs have settings/options for speed etc.
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    We've played both store-bought & home-burned CDs in my wife's ES 350 without any problems.

    Pull a couple of your newest CDs from your collection - disks that are still in pristine condition. Now try playing them in your car while driving on smooth roads. Are they skipping? If so, your player is probably defective. Go back to your dealer & politely demand that he address this issue.
  • Thank you, somebody see's it my way, I have scheduled an appointment for Tuesday for my 5K mile service and I will also bring this up to.
  • acat1234acat1234 Posts: 5
    I have driven an ES 350 for 12,000 miles and I now convinced that I gave far too much credit for the "expert" opinions posted by the various reviewing agencies. This is my first (and last)Lexus. I have always driven GM products and thought I would geive this car, with the automotive press's glowing reports, a try. I can only say that my 2001 Olds Aurora (I know - not made any more) was a far superior car in acceleration, ride, handling, etc. There were some reliability issues which were annoying.
    However, the Lexus, at a far greater price, has just as many defects, for instance:

    Throttle Lag - the worst I have ever experienced in any car (but the dealer says this is normal)

    Rain sensitive wipers - Those put on GM cars are far superior. The Lexus ones continue to wipe and smear the windshield in thw winter. Dealer "has done all he can do - that is just the way they are).

    Cold start up - The engine reminds me of the old VW diesel Jettas it is so loud. Again, "That's just the way it is".

    Engine Noise - The engine is noisier that the Aurora.

    The car does have a smooth ride and is attractively styled. However, next car will be a Cadillac.
  • joedejoede Posts: 2
    Just pull up on the passenger blades and they both will pop up. Its in the manual on how to place them down, by pushing down on the passenger blade.
  • curt2005curt2005 Posts: 70
    I don't know about the 350, but on my 330 there is a rotary switch with three settings for sensitivity of the rain-sensing wiper on the wiper control stalk.
  • On all my previous lexus (4) the auto interior/exterior air control retains its memory after the engine is turned off. Mine is the nav system model. On all other ES350 models without the nav, the car retains the setting in the non-volatile memory. Dealer comment - too bad, thats the way it was built. Have since discovered that the 08 has this problem corrected. Service manager comment - so what, your car was built with different features. Would appreciate replies from owners with the same problem, thanks :lemon:
  • jaspalbjaspalb Posts: 84
    What do you mean by pullup the passenger blade? Could you please write the page number in the manual. Thanks.
  • tdohtdoh Posts: 298
    With a hand on the passenger blade, slide the blade/arm towards the top of the windshield--you're essentially performing the sweeping motion of the wiper by hand. You don't need to slide it upward too far--just enough so that the base of the arm clears the upper edge of the hood, so that the arm/blade assembly doesn't clank against the hood (don't want to chip the paint, you know) when you bend it outwards, which I'll soon describe. Anyways, you may need to exert a little bit of effort--it'll seem like the arm won't budge at all when you attempt to slide it upward...that's where you just need to nudge it a bit harder...not to worry--it won't break on you...not unless you're one of those folks who don't know your own strength--LOL! Once you slide it upward to where it clears the hood edge, then you can just lift the arm outward at the pivot point.
  • prazpraz Posts: 163
    New sleek side rear view mirrow and rear reading lights beside the handle on the roof and no UL package. Check this out...
  • jaspalbjaspalb Posts: 84
    What is noted in NHTSA's probe on All-weather rubber mats has been experienced by me too. But I was lucky to think of bringing the vehilce in Neutral, and come to side side and stop. Only then I realized that the pedal was stuck in the rubber all-weather mat. In May, Toyota sent out a warning to secure mats properly.
  • curt2005curt2005 Posts: 70
    The gray mats in my 330 are driving me crazy. They show everything and never look good.

    Instead of the thick black all-weather mats, I ordered a pair of genuine replacement carpet mats in black for $95.
  • On my previous ES 300 i was able to see mpg avg mpg etc but now on the new Es 350 that is gone.
    and i dont see it on the navigator.. where can i see time elapsed from when i began my trip and when i got to destination.... only when car traveled shoudl be reportedin time and distance.. if you stop thats not included
  • I just returned from a 1500 mile round-trip roadtrip in my new 350. I have to say, it was the best ride I have ever experienced over that kind of distance. The seemingly endlessly variable positions of the seat, steering column, and temperature (including seat) were wonderful for getting out of unconfortable positions. It was hot, so I pretty much ran the AC the whole way, except for when arriving at the beach (then we had to put down the windows and open the sunroof of course). The navigation system was a real winner too. Not only did it get me from A-B and B-A very well, but it got me around a major accident with an 8 mile back-up in no time using the detour function. It was really an exceptional trip. Going down the east coast, I averaged slightly better than 33mpg (I couldn't believe it) and going up the east coast, around 31mpg. The car was fun to drive, easily coasts at 80-85mph in 6th on the highway and maintains reserves for passing and a bit of fun on more rural roadways. I just wanted to let everyone know how pleased I was with the vehicle.
  • About a month ago, I reported that the winter mats got stuck under the accelerator while I was on the the freeway, causing temprary loss of control of the acceleration. As a last resort I remedied the situation by shifting to neutral. However, this caused the engine to rev to redline as I coasted to the emergency lane, at which time I discovered that it was the winter mats that were the culprit. My next concern was that the engine redlining would've certainly caused some sort of damage. Well, I'm happy to report that after taking my Lexus in for a diagnostic check, the engine is fine and still runs like new. It's like this thing is invincible. My ES350 may look all elegant and reserved on the outside, but on the inside it really is built like a rock. Thanks Lexus.
  • Revving engine to the redline is not recommended. However, it does not mean that engine would be damaged just by going near or over it. If you consistently do so, engine parts would be effected, but if it happens,intentionally or unintentionally, once in a while design should manage it without any adverse impact. I also once had accelerator stuck under the rubber mat. Not knowing why car won't slow I shifted to neutral and stopped.
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