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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,650 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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2005 Lexus ES 330 miscellaneous problems

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2005 Lexus ES 330 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 012013

ES 330

  • 120,000 miles


Shrinking dashboard airbag cover - this is a common problem for Lexus owners - - Lexus says this is not a safety hazard and does not warrant repair - only cosmetic. They are repairing some dashboards for cracks on other models. I noticed the problem approximately January 2013.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #4

Oct 152015

ES 330

  • 50,000 miles
Engine caught on fire. Was driving on a city street when I noticed flames shooting out under the hood.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 012009

ES 330

  • miles
Passenger airbag deterioration (separated) on dashboard.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 012011

ES 330

  • miles
Transmission jerking and hesitation. Problem increasing steadily for the past year. We are experiencing hesitation when merging into traffic and just when driving at speeds of 35-40 mph. Updated 09/16/11

- Damascus, OR, USA

problem #1

Sep 302009

ES 330

  • 28,250 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) 2005 Lexus model ES330(VIN#[xxx] ). after entering a parking space at a shopping mall at very slow speed. My Lexus accelerated forward with my foot hard pressed on the brake, jumping an island impacting head on with the car parked in front. This accident caused extensive damage on both cars. Replaced the hood, grid, both head lamps, and front bumper on my car. The passenger of the other car was not in the car and was shopping in the mall. Fortunately there were no personal injuries. I called my Lexus dealer (Lexus of silver spring, md and was told that the 2005 Lexus ES330 was not covered by Toyota's recall for braking or accelerator problems. Since then, I carefully pull the carpet back when start driving. Hope your investigation will include the 2005 Lexus ES330 model.

- Potomac, MD, USA

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