NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,240 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Lexus ES 300 engine problems

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2002 Lexus ES 300 Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 311989

ES 300

  • 56,000 miles


I recently purchased a 2002 Lexus ES 300 and not much to complain about the inside etc. The acceleration and throttle though are a major problem. I almost got into a car accident getting onto 95 trying to pass a semi because the accelerator " pauses" when I step on the gas pedal. After the pause it starts to accelerate so I barely made it without hitting the semi. This really concerns me and want Lexus to do something about it. Its just plain unsafe.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 232005

ES 300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,480 miles
Upon acceleration in stop-and-go traffic, severe hesitation with brake-like effect, engine reviving, with driver thrown forward, then lurching into gear. Said was fixed with installation of tsib TC004-3. narrowly being missed by oncoming traffic when car basically stalled. Tsib not a fix. Now engine light on. Dangerous in stop-and-go traffic.

- Seguin, TX, USA

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