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1.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
106,910 miles

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1998 Lexus GS 300 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Lexus GS 300 Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 182009

GS 300

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

98 Lexus gs300lower ball joint dislocated itself while driving at 20mph on city streets. Luckily it wasn't on the highway. Called a towing company, and they refused to tow the Lexus GS300 since it could cause more damage. During the whole ordeal, the lower ball joint puncture the original Lexus 16inch wheel. A hole is visible and the dislocated ball joint sits on the wheel close the edge.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 222007

GS 300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Lexus GS300. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle skidded to a stop without warning. The fender, tire, and undercarriage of the vehicle were damaged. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the lower ball joint snapped. The contact is experiencing the same failure as stated in NHTSA campaign id number 99V125000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint) for the 1995-1997 Lexus GS300. The current and failure mileages were 100,000. Updated 02/14/08.

- Santa Cruiz, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 232007

GS 300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 192,640 miles
Another Lexus Gs-300 owner filed this report on March 6, 2007: "we own a 1998 Lexus, model Gs 300. This Saturday my wife was driving the Lexus and the entire wheel assembly came off the vehicle due the failure of the lower ball joint. In reviewing recall information for Lexus\Toyota, it is very apparent there is an ongoing issue of quality control related to their lower ball joints. For our specific model, there was a recall in 93, 94, 95, 96 and 97 specific to this part. Given we have a 98 and a recall has not been issued (yet), the Lexus dealership refused to provide us with any accommodation towards fixing the failed part, or the resulting body damage related to the vehicle traveling down the road on only three wheel. Fortunately, we were not traveling on the highway, but a side street when this incident occurred. But moreover, regardless of our financial loss, in my opinion, this is a public safety concern..." we experienced a similar failure wherein the lower driver's side ball joint failed while backing out of our driveway. Prior to this event the whole front suspension has been making a "creaking" noise during slow driving while turning.

- Templeton, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 032007

GS 300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles
We own a 1998 Lexus, model gs 300. This Saturday my wife was driving the Lexus and the entire wheel assembly came off the vehicle due the failure of the lower ball joint. In reviewing recall information for Lexus\Toyota, it is very apparent there is an ongoing issue of quality control related to their lower ball joints. For our specific model, there was a recall in 93, 94, 95, 96 and 97 specific to this part. Given we have a 98 and a recall has not been issued (yet), the Lexus dealership refused to provide us with any accommodation towards fixing the failed part, or the resulting body damage related to the vehicle traveling down the road on only three wheel. Fortunately, we were not traveling on the highway, but a side street when this incident occurred. But moreover, regardless of our financial loss, in my opinion, this is a public safety concern.

- Topeka, KS, USA

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