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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,475 miles

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2003 Lexus ES 300 miscellaneous problems

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2003 Lexus ES 300 Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 012016

ES 300

  • 80,900 miles


Unwanted acceleration while applying the break while slowing down the RPM gauge pins itself to about 3000. The car will not down shift until it jolts forward just a little and the you can feel the lower gears engage. I bought it as a used vehical about 3 weeks ago with 80,336 miles. I see lots of complaints for the same thing on many other vehicals of the same make model and year. I'm assuming it's a bad speed sensor. Why is this not a recall? this started happening after we took a ride on the highway. And it only appears to happen while the car is in motion. Sometimes the car will not accelerate when the accelerator is applied it just makes the rpms rev up, and these doesn't go any faster kind of the same effect you would get if it was in neutral and applied the accelerator.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 072015

ES 300

  • miles
No description

- East Point, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 152010

ES 300

  • 57,000 miles
We have experienced on several occassions that vehicle hesitates when trying to accelerate at stop sign or when initialy in start to drive at about 20-30 miles per hour at times for few seconds & at times it rattles 3-4 times. This car was purchased as certified pre-owned from Lexus dealer in excellent condition in 2006 that came with extended warranty upto 75000 miles but this problem started with slight & smooth jerk about 3 years back, took it to dealer after noticed for few times to diagnosis. At first instance they could not feel it since it was not consistent but when again complained for second time was told that it could be fuel injectors cloged followed by other list of potential service items we were talking about $1000+ expense which we denied it since we have always maintained our car good & always use 93 or 89 octaine gas with maintenance service as recommended. This one is my wife's vehicle & used to commute to work mostly on express way. We do have couple other issues with this car but not as important. Now, lately this hesitation frequency have increased & from what I hear is that we are not alone and this seems to be an ongoing issue with some other ES300 owners as well.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 282012

ES 300 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle accelerated without warning when it was put in reverse, causing it to hit a parked car in back of it. The acceleration was instantaneous and very fast. As a result, the driver did not have time to react before the vehicle slammed into the parked car.

- Silver Sping, MD, USA

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