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Lexus IS Squeaks and Rattles



  • Yes I have, I have been to two different dealerships. I have taken it to the dealership that I purchased my Lexus at twice and another Lexus dealership in Chicago three times. Both have not resolved the squeaking noise.
  • sowkusowku Posts: 18
    call lexus and complain.. i hope many ppl would complain about this problem.. which is becoming a 'normal' issue to them, to count as something not needed to fix. i hope the fix it before something happen to you.. like it fails, and when the check it and it looks 'ok'.

    if i have to live w/ the noise, i'm gonna complain til they fix it.
  • is3fifty...I too had the squeak coming from my was coming from the back of the sunroof where the rubber meets the metal. My dealer here in Atlanta put some type of rubber lubricant on the rubber and the sound is absolutely gone. This was back in April (got the car in late Feb.). No problems since. I often wonder if they did more than they are telling me since it seems the lubricant would've worn off by now...
  • louisweilouiswei Posts: 3,717
    Is the Atlanta dealer Nalley or Hannesey? I bought my IS350 from Nalley Roswell.
  • wes_888wes_888 Posts: 38
    Are most IS having squeeky break problems?

    Im debating between the IS and the G35. I certainly wouldnt wanna spend 40k for car that has squeeky breaks... :confuse:
  • ajmtbmajmtbm Posts: 245
    mine does. quite annoying. asked lexus about it - thats just the way it is. they were no help.
  • wes_888wes_888 Posts: 38
    when did you buy your IS? and how loud is the sound? Is it loud enough to the point that pedestrians can hear it?
  • ajmtbmajmtbm Posts: 245
    late August 06. 5500 miles on it now. came in on that dealers last boat from japan so it was made late in the model year.

    seems to be worse when it is very cold. i havent heard it the last couple of weeks (been warming up in the northeast).

    i can hear it inside the car with the windows shut, i would assume you can hear it outside.

    it is also not consistent. when i went in for 5k service i complained and they were silent (of course).

    it does squak only a small percentage of the time, so its not unbearable.
  • ajmtbmajmtbm Posts: 245
    have an odd rattle on the passenger side, cant really place it almost like a vibration. anyone have a similar issue?

    additionally - remiving mats to clean today and noticed that the entire plastic "cover" under the steering wheel area is totally lose. have eard some noises from doen there. is this whole thing being loose normal? i couldnt see where it clipped anywhere. seems like a poor design
  • ajmtbmajmtbm Posts: 245
    have an odd rattle on the passenger side, cant really place it almost like a vibration. anyone have a similar issue?

    additionally - removing mats to clean today and noticed that the entire plastic "cover" under the steering wheel area is totally lose. have heard some noises from down there. is this whole thing being loose normal? i couldn't see where it clipped anywhere. seems like a poor design
  • ar39ar39 Posts: 61
    I had a similar vibration coming from the passenger side of the dash board on top of the glove box. It turned out to be a vibrating windscreen. The padding between the dash & the windscreen was out of place. This allowed the dash rub against the windscreen causing the windscreen to vibrate. The dealer fixed the padding & the vibration is no more.

    Hope this helps.
  • ajmtbmajmtbm Posts: 245
    helps a lot, thanks! now i can point them in the right direction. where is the windscreen? do you know what was taken apart to get to it?
  • ar39ar39 Posts: 61
    Sorry for that, I meant windshield! The dealers will know how to fix that if indeed the windshield is vibrating in your case. The dash screws will be loosened & the padding between the glass & dash will be pulled back to it's right place.
  • This time around, I got a rattling noise (somewhat close to a buzzing noise) coming from the driver side air duct where the AC is blowing. Whenever I had 72 degrees or below on the climate control, the rattling noise will come on or driving when it's a windy cold day in the Bay Area. If I close the air duct, the noise will reduce. This took me a while to ID it. It's on and off but when it does, it's quite annoying!

    Any solutions to this, anybody experiencing the same thing?

    The overhead dash noise is gone now btw after a little more than a year of ownership to this otherwise fine luxury vehicle.

  • I also experienced the same rattling noise that many owners pointed out here. For me, it was on and off, so sometimes it rattles and sometimes it's just fine. From what I experience, the rattling sound occurs when the weather is cold, but when it;s warm it does not occur. And the sound comes from somewhere in the dash, around the speaker area in the dash. Seems some nuts or bolts are loose there, thus, causing the sound.

    It just annoys me sometimes and what I did is wack it with my hand sometimes.
    Also, the sunvisor in the driver side rattles sometimes, but now it's gone.
    I only have 2400 miles in my car FYI.

    Haven't taken to the dealer for this though. Have anyone brought it to the dealership and have it SOLVED, not just looked at?

  • I also had the same rattle problem in the center of the dash. I took the car to the dealer and after an all day visit they told me they could not find any rattle. I insisted that the tech. and I go for a ride and the rattle was still there. The next day they told me they pulled the dash and insulated all the metal parts that touch as well as the duct work. This fixed the rattle. At least I had a dealer that was willing to fix the problem. Remember, you did not pay $40,000 for a rattle trap.
  • ajmtbmajmtbm Posts: 245
    there's a tsib out for that.
    when i took mine in and described the situation they knew the drill and knew they had to person the tsib immediately.
    i guess it all depends on how good the dealer is
  • I've been driving a 1998 Acura CL and decided to get myself into a new car in 2005. After much thought over getting an BMW 328, BMW 520i, Acura TL, Acura TSX, MBZ E320, Cadillac CTS, and Cadillac STS, I finally decided to get myself into a Cadillac CTS-V. This car was cwazy, performance was great, ride was supurb, and handling was class-A. The reason(s) for not getting the other cars that were amongst my choices range from appearance, size, too many on the street, value, performace, and bang-for-the-buck. Although the CTS-V did cost me somewhere in the $50-$60k range, I thought it included most of overall characteristics of what I looked for in an automobile. However, I have noticed an overall fact about not only automobiles, but for life in general, and that is "You
    Get What You Pay For!" Yes, over time I noticed some flaws, but I also have a friend that has a 2007 M5 that has a rear window with a mind of its own (the window just opens for no reason) and after numerous visits to service, all he got was $2k back, I also have a neighbor that has a 05' Ferrari F430 that needs suspension maintnance or replacing of parts every year because of the harsh driving conditions in and around the Los Angeles area. So now, in 2008, I've got myself into an IS250, and so far so good! ;)
  • i took my 06 is 250 for a dash board rattle on the passenger side on 1-31-08 they took apart the dash retorque the bolts and re insulated the gaps they had the car all day problem is gone
  • krbtvkrbtv Posts: 3
    When asbestos was used in brakes there were no squeaks. Now because of cancer scares, asbestos has been removed from the breaks causing a squeaking sound. Your dealer should be able to polish the brakes for a temporary fix.
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