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Transmission problems with Lexus ES?

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  • bornmfgbornmfg Posts: 1
    Had trans problem of jerking when pulling out, dealer fixed that and then trans would not shift out of 3d gear, back again, NOW the worst going 65mph and you slow down to 30 to 35 and try to continue and you put foot on gas pedal to continue 35mph and nothing, you have to step down hard to get car moving, very dangerous when getting off a exit, and you try to continue at 35mph, you either die when being hit in rear or you die when hitting car in front of you because you stepped down all the way on gas pedal, LEXUS tells me this is the way the car is suppose to work, (BS), I have tried Customer service in Ca. but the lies continue like ENRON everybody knows nothing, GOOD LUCK
  • smirrorsmirror Posts: 3
    I can not believe that you would still want to buy the ES330 with so many complaints about its transmission. Even with the firmwave upgrade, the problem is not fixed. So why take the risk? There are so many other luxury brands out there. You don't want to live in such a pain everyday like I do with my 05 ES. Wake up!
  • jb7750jb7750 Posts: 1
    I AM HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM AS THE REST.
    MINE IS NOT TRANSMISSION IT IS GAS FUEL MIXTURE .
    MY DEALER SERVICE MGR TOLD ME THIS PROBLEM
    HAS BEEN OCCURRING SINCE 2001 AND IS NOT ON THE BOARD TO REALLY FIX
    IT UNTIL 2007 PROBABLY A NEW MODEL.
    I EVEN RECEIVED THE SUPPOSED FIX AND 6/26/05 I HAD THE JOY OF ACTUALLY CHUGGING ACROSS AN INTERSECTION BEFORE THE THE FUEL CAUGHT UP WITH ACCELERATOR. FROM MY POINT OF VIEW THE ES 330 IS JUNK AND THOSE WHO SELL IT KNOWING IT HAS THIS PROBLEM ARE EXACTLY WHY THE CAR BUSINESS HAS THE STIGMA IT DOES.... WHORES.
  • bikegalbikegal Posts: 50
    Another view. I have 7,400 miles on my ES 330 2005. Aside from some surging going less than 5 miles per hour, and it's not consistent,I have no complaints. I haven't had the "fix" and I got the car in December.

    Good luck.
  • jragosta1jragosta1 Posts: 49
    There have been some complaints on the GS. You can go to NHTSA.org for information.

    If you go with the IS, you could always get the manual transmission - which would eliminate the problem entirely.
  • beardiebeardie Posts: 44
    Last week my 05 330ES was in for it's 5000 mi. service. I spoke to the service manager re. the hesitation problem and the latest TSB. He talked me out of doing it now, due to it being not tested long enough, and once it's
    done, you must use premium gas for proper performance. Has anyone else been told this? With the price of gas going through the roof, I kind of like sticking with 87 octane!
  • shocasershocaser Posts: 36
    You should check your owner's manual for octane requirements. I have an '04 ES 330. The manual states that for optimal performance, a minimum octane of 91 should be used. What I have done is run premium most of the time, with an occasional half tank of mid-grade.
  • whit66whit66 Posts: 7
    I just bought a pre-owned 2004 ES 330, and come to find out it seems to loose power between 5 to 15 mph. It is as if when you push on the gas pedal there is nothing there and then it takes off. Is there a known cause for this or a solution? Does anyone know since I have had this car for only five days is there anything I can do to make the dealer correct this?
  • whit66whit66 Posts: 7
    Have you had any problems with hesitation at very low speeds, 5-10 mph
  • shocasershocaser Posts: 36
    I had the same problem with my ES-330. I live in Northern Virginia and deal with heavy bumper to bumper traffic on a daily basis. I had serious problems changing lanes when traveling between 5 and 15 mph. I would hit the gas pedal and the car would actually slow down for 1/2 to 1 & 1/2 seconds, then surge forward. This, of course, almost got me into a few accidents. I had resigned myself to not being able to merge or change lanes with this car under heavy traffic conditions. However, with the firmware upgrade now offered by Lexus, the car does respond much better. It is not a perfect fix. The transmission works fine most of the time, but sometimes it shifts very suddenly and very roughly. However, so far, the patch has repaired most of the problems.

    I have noticed that my gas mileage seems to be done from an average of 20/21 to and average of 18/19. But this could be a result of my driving the car differently right now. I am trying to duplicate problem conditions to see how the car reacts. This, or course, means that I hit the gas a lot more, which does drag down the mileage. So far, I have only driven the car about 500 miles with the upgrade. I will post again after a few thousand and let you know how it is going.

    Good luck with your car. I hope it works out for you.
  • whit66whit66 Posts: 7
    Can tell me what grade of fuel you use? I was wondering if there is a difference between 87 to 91
  • k1mrik1mri Posts: 1
    I have my heart set on the ES330 2005. With some of the stories I've read about the transmission problem, I'm having second thoughts. My sister BTW owns a 2004 RX330 with the same problem.

    Should I buy the 2005 ES330? Is the problem fixed? I just called a Lexus sales manager and he said, "...what transmission problem?" YIKES!!!! :mad:

    Please let me know what you think. Thanks!
  • bikegalbikegal Posts: 50
    I asked myself that same question. I went ahead and got it No regrets.

    Go ahead and drive some 2005s. Mine has an inconsistent surge/lurch when traveling at low speeds, like below 10. That I can live with.

    I must point out I am seldom in stop/go traffic.

    In all honesty, there was no other car like it. I considered the G35, pretty on the exterior, yucky insides, didn't like the acura.

    Good luck.
  • shocasershocaser Posts: 36
    I run premium (93) most of the time. However, I do occasionally put in a half-tank of mid-grade (89). This averages me to an octane of 91. I haven't been using the mid-grade much recently, since there is such a small difference in price.
  • Can we put regular gas in the es 330? I was told by the dealer that i could.
  • shocasershocaser Posts: 36
    I am not aware of a specific problem that regular (87 octane) gas would create when the engine requires 91 octane. But I am not a mechanic. I do know that the manual says to use 91 octane or higher for "optimal" performance, what ever that means. I do not remember it saying that the engine "requires" 91 octane.

    When I purchased my '94 SHO, the salesman told me that it only required 87 octane. When I read the owners manual, it said that premium gas was required. Obviously, I do not trust what any salesman tells me about a car. They are usually trying to make a sale and will say what ever needs to be said to make it.

    As I understand it, the octane rating on gas is a measure of how much the gas can be compressed before it sponaneously ingites. The higher the number, the higher the gas can be compressed. Spontaneous ingition of gas is commonly referred to as knocking. The higher the compression ratio for the engine, the higher the required octane. Higher compression ratios are commonly used in engines to boost horsepower. If a lower octane is used, the engine is more likely to knock which, over time, can lead to damage to the engine.

    Here is a link to a pretty easy to understand explanation of what octane is and how it works.

    http://auto.howstuffworks.com/question90.htm
  • shocasershocaser Posts: 36
    I just checked my owners manual. It calls for 87 octane, but suggests 91 octane for "improved performance". So I would say that regular gas is fine.
  • beardiebeardie Posts: 44
    I have had my ES330 for 4 months now...it's a lease, so I'm not afraid to use the 87 octaine. I have not had any problems related to the octaine. The transmission hesitation exists, but that will not be solved with higher octaine. No knocks etc. with 87. If anyone saw 20/20 last night, they mentioned one of the biggest myths is that higher octaine is better for your car. Only approx. 10% of the cars on the road, those with very high compression engines, require higher octaine. The 330 does not fall into that category! With the price of gas today, I can't see going higher grade!
  • oldfart2oldfart2 Posts: 4
    I agree with you that some owners don't experience the problem.

    I bought a 03 es300 in Feb of 2005 with 17k miles on it. It was the Dealer's loaner.

    I asked for a copy of the service record and that showed 3 recalibrations had been
    done on the powertrain. I have 21k on the car now and have had no noticable problem
    with the transmission. My wife drives it to work daily and every other weekend we take
    a trip 150 miles north of here to a place we have on a lake. Lots of hills and winding roads. No problems.
    This makes me wonder what is going on. Perhaps my problem will show up later or
    maybe since it was a Dealer loaner, they got most of the bugs out of the car before
    they sold it to me.

    One of lifes mysteries.
  • toydrivertoydriver Posts: 227
    Most owners who experience the poor shifting describe the symptoms as being most noticeable during stop and go driving while in city rush hour commutes.
    That was my situation ('03 ES 300 now with 28,000 mi on the clock).
    I had the most recent TC004-03 firmware update done about 2700 miles ago.
    It has helped with the stop and go "jerkiness" and hesitation. The shift points are higher ( higher rpm ) since the update. Some owners have described this as the car engine racing.
    I agree with you that on pleasure trips at consistent highway speeds, the car operates flawlessly.
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