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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Lexus ES 300 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Lexus ES 300 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 062009

ES 300

  • 92,000 miles


Transmission skipping at 92,00 miles and failed, made repair $560. Now at 104,000 transmission has totally failed.

- Sturbridge, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 162007

ES 300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
Attempting to merge unto the highway, vehicle (2001 Lexus ES300) would not accelerate above 35 mph, forcing me to get off to the shoulder of the highway. There was no prior warning as to any problem with the transmission (was just fully serviced at the Lexus dealership in austin 2 months prior to incident). Have since learned that the transmission is beyond repair. Automobile has only 101,000 miles. Lexus repair cost is just under $6000.

- Austin, TX, USA

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