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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

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2002 Lexus ES 300 Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 052001

ES 300

  • miles


Instrument gauge indicators are unable to read while driving during day light hours. Dealer notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #5

May 292002

ES 300

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In certain light conditions instrument panel gauges are impossible to see.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #4

Apr 032002

ES 300

  • miles
Optitron instrumentation: Not easy to read in broad daylight. When driving, it's important to keep your eyes on the road. Under normal daylight conditions, instrument readings are virtually invisible. Current speed necessary to set cruise control. Poor design: At night, or under low ambient light conditions (dusk, heavy shade, rain, etc.) instrument lighting is exceptional: All elements of the instrument cluster are very clear, very visible. Under normal daylight conditions (with sun overhead - not shining directly on the panel) the illumination level within the cluster is insufficient to provide easy visibility. (staring intently will yield results - a definite safety issue in a moving vehicle.) in order to set the cruise control, it is necessary to know exactly what speed the vehicle is at: Very difficult to see in broad daylight. (the maufacturer advertises their optitron instrumentation as "illuminated for faster and easier reading".)

- El Granada, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 192002

ES 300

  • miles


Light on dashboard panel, and cannot see reading of speed. Control panel will not set because speed reading cannot be read due the light.

- El Granada, CA, USA

problem #2

May 132002

(reported on)

ES 300

  • miles
Instrument cluster gauges have red needles against a black background which are difficult to see in daylight conditions, especially in full sunlight and are impossibe to see wearing sun glasses. This, in my opinion, constitutes a safety hazard, being unable to read the gages, especially the speed.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #1

May 062001

ES 300

  • miles
Lights to read speed odometer and gas, are hard to read, causing consumer to only see in dark areas, and not during day time.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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