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Lexus ES 350 Transmission Issues



  • lw220lw220 Posts: 1
    I am now among the poor souls with this lemon of a lexus. i have a 2007 ES 350 that has just had the transmission replaced by Lexus. I purchased this car used from a Lexus dealer with 38K on it in 2009 and have had it for two years, 3 months. In that span of time I have taken it in about 5-6 times for various things: transmission surge, brake problems, engine issues. All these items were fixed under the extended warranty that I purchased, though I think the brake issue was a recall. I am EXTREMELY disappointed in Lexus. This is my second and LAST Lexus. The quality has really gone down since my first car and the service is atrocious. I find out today that the transmission they put in the car is REBUILT and only warrantied for 1 yr. I called customer service and escalated my concern because I want to know why they do not use a new transmission to replace a bad transmission. I also would like to know how to invoke the lemon law. If anyone on this forum wants to start a class action suit, please keep me in the loop via this forum or by my email address: el doubleu two twenty at hotmail dot com.
  • lmn55378lmn55378 Posts: 1
    My 2008 ES350 has the same ticking noise from the engine, especially louder when the gas pedal is depressed. A Lexus specialist at Maplewood MN said it is normal and would be gone when the engine is warmed up. The ticking noise is still audible after 15 minutes driving. Lexus doesn't want to admit its design flaws. No such a noise could be detected when the vehicle is new.

    BMW fixed the clicking noise (HVAVC) on my '08 BMW 328Xi.

    I would probably let go of the Lexus. It is worth paying a little more for a way better service at BMW (Bloomington Motorwerks, MN).

    Please share if you have any ideas to deal with Lexus' inferior quality.

  • mr_effemr_effe Posts: 1
    edited November 2012
    My ES350 has 88k miles and I am replacing the transmission. Really! I thought I purchased a well built car. Please help me understand why I am replacing a transmission-in a Lexus?
  • Hi Effe,

    I am sorry to hear that your transmission failed at 88k miles. Your dealership needs to explain to you why the transmission failed so early. Warranty coverage is expired and I am not sure what else can be done.
    I am just hoping mine last much longer. Good luck.
  • Have you had any problems with ES350 since the transmission has been replaced? I am considering purchasing a certified 2007 es350. A few of my coworkers own this vehicle and havent had any problems, they love it. I understand there was a problem with the first production of the es350.
  • kvmonakvmona Posts: 1
    I purchased new 2011 ES350 and just last week I completed 20,000 miles. Last week I noticed my transmission slipping gradually and car jerked very hard and immediately the “Check Engine” light displayed. Next day I took my car to Dealer – Lexus of Carlsbad (San Diego County) and I was told that transmission needed to be replaced.

    I am very disappointed that company like Lexus who is known for their “Quality and Reliability” is selling “Lemon” cars to consumer or if they have a transmission problem either they or dealership are not communicating it to us.

    Please reply if anyone is having similar problems with ES350. I don't know if there is any kind of Class Action Lawsuit being/been filed against Toyota, but I would definitely want to be a part of it.
  • hng100hng100 Posts: 1
    Recently, both of these lights turn on. Is these related to the transmission or something else?
    How to fix these problems and is this under warranty work as sugguested by my dealer?
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