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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,347 miles

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2004 Lexus ES 330 miscellaneous problems

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2004 Lexus ES 330 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 182016

ES 330

  • 27,000 miles


This car -- purchased in 2003 -- has never left Florida. It resides in a humid, hot area, parked outdoors. Are the airbags in this car safe" will they be recalled? if so, when? what should I do in the meantime" thank you.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Mar 012016

ES 330

  • 118,240 miles
When starting the Lexus ES 330 2004 for the first time in the day it makes a horrible sound that lasts about 5 seconds while still parked then when driving it seems like I am forcing it do accelerate. After being warmed up it is fine and after subsequent starts it does not make that noise.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 102010

ES 330

  • 35,800 miles
Ignition key housing/case containing metal key blade and electronic remote transmitter for unlocking/locking door cracked allowing transmitter to fall out. Inquiry was made with dealership on replacement. Informed key not covered by warranty - considered to be like tires or wiper blades. Replacement cost $200 per key. Used tape to hold key and transmitter together and used second remote key. Second key housing cracked several months later. Used tape to also hold together. Key case came apart in grocery store parking lot and transmitter was lost. Key would unlock door but car would not start. Female stranded alone at night without transportation. Called wrecker - quoted $80 for night pickup and tow to dealership. A friend was able to provide assistance and ride home instead. Next day, before towing, called dealership to inquire what would cause car not to start. Informed car will not start without chip inside (lost) transmitter. Returned to car with second (cracked) key and was able to start and drive home. Key housing design is defective and manufacture is well aware of the issue going back 10 years for Lexus and Toyota models. Will not replace broken keys without payment of $200 per replacement key !!! this is a ripoff !!! internet search and conversations with other Lexus owners confirm same experiences. Lexus makes a defective key for probably $10 cost and wants consumer to pay $200 to replace. Broken plastic key housing can cut skin on fingers. Lost transmitter makes the rest of key worthless. Leaves owner stranded and possibly incurring towing fees because of a cheap plastic key housing that manufacture will not fix or replace.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

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