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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,309 miles

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2005 Lexus ES 330 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Lexus ES 330 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 262006

ES 330

  • 44,118 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) my 2005 Lexus ES 330 had a sudden acceleration event while I was driving in multi-lane traffic in pensacola, Florida. I put on brakes with both feet, but the engine kept winding up. I turned off the key and brought the vehicle to a stop in traffic. I placed the car in park, re-started the engine, and it continued to increase in rpms. I turned off the engine and then started it again. That time, the engine was at normall rpms. I pulled out of the traffic into a parking lot and called the mobile Lexus number. They sent a truck and trailered it to mobile where they said they couldn't find any event recorded on the computer and that it was probably a floor-mat issue. I made no adjustments to the floor mat or the accelerator pedal during my event. I think it was something electrical. Fortunately, I have not had another sudden acceleration event, but I am not really comfortable with the car. This event is recorded in my Lexus service record, case #[xxx].

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #1

Feb 132010

ES 330

  • 30,500 miles
I drive a 2005 ess330 Lexus. On Saturday, Feb 13 I drove up a ramp in a parking structure and upon reaching the 2nd level it felt as though I was driving with the emergency brake on. Upon parking, the left front wheel became locked preventing me from moving forward or backward without great effort. After checking all four wheels, I concluded that the left front wheel was quite overheated to the point that it made clicking sounds common when cars are hot. In the time it took a tow truck driver to arrive, the wheel had cooled and I could drive it out of the structure. The tow truck could not fit in the second level. My car drove perfectly! I had it towed to my auto mechanic and they aren't having luck getting the car to repeat the circumstances and they are hesistant to release it back to me due to the likelihood of the brake locking up again on the road instead of just in a parking structure. Please advise.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

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