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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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2002 Lexus ES 300 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Lexus ES 300 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 122004

ES 300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


When driving at a low speed, the vehicle surged forward. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealership for inspection on five separate occasions, but the problem continued the dealer acknowledged the situation but did not know how to fix it. There was excessive belt squealing in the morning, the brake pedal pulsated and the key would no turn in the ignition.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

May 222002

(reported on)

ES 300

  • miles
The car stalls and pauses in traffic. The car has rough vibration when the gears shift. The dealer said the computer was designed to operate in that manner and that there is presently no correction for the problem. The dealer acknowledged the problem, but refuses to replace the car or to buy me out because this problem has not resulted in any fatalities.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

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