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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,250 miles

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2003 Lexus IS 300 miscellaneous problems

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2003 Lexus IS 300 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012011

IS 300

  • miles


Dash Is melting and Is sticking to anything that Is rub up against it. I saw a recall on all other model regarding this issue. Except this particular model 2003 Lexus IS300. I believe it should extend to this year and model as well. No dash should be melting away with heat! owner should not be responsible for poorly built parts! for how much I paid for the car, the manufacturer should replace the problem are no cost!

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 072015

IS 300

  • 185,000 miles
Dash is peeling along with the center console. The passenger side airbag is also start to discolor and peel. The peeling is more like starting to gum up or become sticky.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Jan 012007

IS 300 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The dashboard is in very poor condition with a sticky and melting appearance. I complained to Lexus of Toyota and was told that the warranty would not cover to replace or fix the problem. Considering that I did not have money to replace this with my own funds, I did not pursue it.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 012011

IS 300

  • 40,000 miles
The dashboard on this car has been melting over the years. It is garaged all the time but if I put it in the sun for even 30 minutes, it becomes sticky and chemicals start to leach into the car and it smells horrible. If I touch the dashboard, black paint comes off onto my fingers. I took it to the dealer and they said they had seen it before and I complained to Lexus. Because there is no recall, they say as a good will gesture, they will cover 50% to repair. That is ridiculously expensive for something that is probably causing cancer, it is all over the Lexus boards that this is happening and they won't do anything unless if there is a recall!

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

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