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2.2

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,058 miles

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2008 Lexus LS 460 brakes problems

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2008 Lexus LS 460 Owner Comments

problem #18

Oct 152016

LS 460

  • 93,000 miles

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

The brakes have a chattering noise and feel through the pedal while stopped, when you release them. The car can be in park, and it still does it. It's a known problem, but Toyota is doing their best to avoid repairing it under the newly extended warranty on the "brake actuator". it's 100% repeatable, as many times as you like, if the engine is running and the brake pedal is pushed and released.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #17

Aug 012016

LS 460

  • 111,000 miles
I have 111000 miles on my ls 460 2008. I noticed a squealing sound when I hit the brake and slides a little when U press the brake it feels like it don't wanna stop and I was told it's the brake actuator

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #16

Jul 242016

LS 460

  • 80,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds (70 mph) I encountered illumination of brake/ABS warning lights on the dash advising me that the safety brake/ABS/traction features on my car are non operational. Upon pulling over, I read a message displayed on the dash alerting me to take my car to the nearest Lexus dealer. Upon arrival at the Lexus dealership, I was advised by the service advisor that this is a common problem on this model and more likely then not the faulty brake actuator will need to be replaced. This was confirmed the following business day when I received a call from the service advisor confirming that the brake actuator has failed. Upon questioning the advisor of the cause, he once again acknowledged that this is a common problem and that Lexus has issued an updated part as a replacement. It concerns me that Lexus has not performed a voluntary recall on said brake actuator since this is a critical safety device and they (Lexus) acknowledge that there is defect to the original part by providing an "improved" brake actuator assembly. Furthermore, by performing a simple internet search I encountered numerous topics about identical issues as mine on the model/year (2007-2010 Lexus LS460). I would like to duly request that ntsb performs an inquiry with Lexus regarding brake actuator issues stated above.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #15

Jul 262016

LS 460

  • 80,000 miles

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

Lexus admits that the ABS brake accumulator is suspect to internal leaks which can lead to lack of braking ability. Huge safety issue.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #14

Jul 122016

LS 460

  • miles
Every time you're pressing the brake you get a clicking and a knocking noise they'll tell you that is normal are there not sure what it is but we need to get online and read about it everybody is complaining about it because they say sometimes you can replace the actuator but that's about $4,000 lots of complaints online writing about this, I just bought the car a week ago

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #13

May 052016

LS 460

  • 114,830 miles
When driving on a highway, warning lights "check ABS" "check vsc system" "check brake system" "brake malfunction" "stop the vehicle in a safe place immediately. Contact a dealer" suddenly came on and a 5 other lights also came up. It was scary me so much. I had to pull over and stop. After checking to sure the brake still function, I slowly drive home with the emergency light on. Came home, I did a little research on the internet, and it turned out this is a known and very common problem for this car, and Lexus continue to deny the problem, and failed to recall to fix the problem. It's brake actuator that failed around 114,830 miles. I really don't know what to do now other than to take the car to the dealer this Saturday.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #12

May 142015

LS 460

  • 65,000 miles

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

I had remarked to the local dealer that it made a clunk noise when starting the vehicle and depressing the brake pedal. This was at 63K mi when I purchased it. I was told it was normal. Approximately 1 year and 10K mi. After I started to experience squealing when braking. I was told by the dealer that no issues were found and that it was most likely caused by cheap aftermarket brakes. I brought the vehicle in for the brakes again and was told that they found nothing wrong, probably just cheap pads. Approximately 3K mi. Later when driving at approx. 35mph. Warning lights illuminated, and stated to take immediately to the dealer. When I took it I was informed there were codes regarding an electrical malfunction and leak, but they found no evidence of the problem. They reset the car and attempted to re-illuminate the warning lights, which they were unable to do. Approx. 1K mi. Later the warning light re-illuminated. When I spoke to the dealer they asked if I had any driveability, or braking issues, which I did not, the car drove and braked normally. I was told they could look at the codes again and reset them, but they would most likely come back on again if it was some other type of malfunction. I was planning on putting the car away for the winter and addressing the issue then, the dealer agreed that it was most likely the best to bring it in prior to taking it off the road for winter. Once again approx. 1K mi. Later a constant beeping started while driving shortly after a hard braking incident. It stopped, but started again 2 wks later while driving home as I approached an exit ramp. I depressed the brake pedal to find I had no braking ability. Pedal to the floor. I entered the 1/16th of a mile ramp at 65mph. I swiftly downshifted enough that I made the turn at the end T on to my street with only minimal fishtail and found that the vsc was still functioning.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #11

Aug 182015

LS 460

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Lexus LS460. While driving approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and there was an excessive delayed response. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the ABS actuator would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Lakewwood, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 102014

LS 460

  • 61,000 miles
I was advised that the water in the wheel well had compromised the electrical components of the vehicle and may have caused electrical fire damage if this deficiency had not been found. Please provide a copy of the inspection report which was performed at the harvey Lexus of shreveport bossier dealership on 4/14/15, with regard to the 2008 Lexus ls 460 (6/10 inches of water in wheel well, brake actuator/control module knocking sound, sensor and personal property damages) which I purchased at Lexus of new orleans on 3/15/15. Per our conversation on yesterday, April 15, 2015 (1800hrs).we discussed the inspection of the vehicle which is being performed at Lexus of shreveport bossier. The vehicle was found to have water in the wheel well on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 1830hrs. I entered the trunk removed my camera for use to find mildew/mold on the case. I immediately reported this issue to [xxx]. via text message with pictures. I took the vehicle to Lexus of S/B Saturday, April 11, 2008 at 0800hrs. [xxx] did the intake inspection, which [xxx]. and the lead service technician witnessed the 6/10 inches of water in the whether is a problem with the brake actuator/brake control module clicking/knocking sound. He mentioned that there is a recall for a sensor on the 2008 ls 460 model. As of this date, 4/16/15 (0406hrs) the vehicle is at the dealership note: I am a loyal Lexus consumer since 1998. I purchased my first gs 300 Lexus on the island of guam. I have found that Lexus is an extremely well made vehicle and provide quality service. I presently own a 2003 gx 470, 2006 gs 300, 2007 SC 430 and 2008 ls 460, which I purchased two(2) from Lexus of shreveport bossier and two(2) from Lexus of new orleans. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #9

Mar 212015

LS 460 8-cyl

  • 40,263 miles
While braking gradually to a stoplight, with the brake pedal in a steady position, the car lurches/pulses to a stop. This has happened on multiple occasions at low speeds, where it feels like the driver is pressing the brake and letting go, and pressing again, but in reality, the brakes are being pressed at a constant pressure. The car takes longer to brake than the driver intends, since the brakes slowly pulse. This is different than the ABS feeling, as the brake pedal does not travel beneath the driver's foot, and the release and grabbing of the brakes seem very slow.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #8

Apr 062015

LS 460 8-cyl

  • 51,000 miles

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

Brake actuator is faulty and Lexus knows this but refuses to fix or repair. I have to spend 3K to have it done myself. Please help make them accountable and reimburse us for the service and parts.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #7

Mar 272015

LS 460 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds (70 mph) I encountered illumination of brake/ABS warning lights on the dash advising me that the safety brake/ABS/traction features on my car are non operational. Upon pulling over, I read a message displayed on the dash alerting me to take my car to the nearest Lexus dealer. Upon arrival at the Lexus dealership, I was advised by the service advisor that this is a common problem on this model and more likely then not the faulty brake actuator will need to be replaced. This was confirmed the following business day when I received a call from the service advisor confirming that the brake actuator has failed. Upon questioning the advisor of the cause, he once again acknowledged that this is a common problem and that Lexus has issued an updated part as a replacement. It concerns me that Lexus has not performed a voluntary recall on said brake actuator since this is a critical safety device and they (Lexus) acknowledge that there is defect to the original part by providing an "improved" brake actuator assembly. Furthermore, by performing a simple internet search I encountered numerous topics about identical issues as mine on the model/year (2007-2010 Lexus LS460). I would like to duly request that ntsb performs an inquiry with Lexus regarding brake actuator issues stated above.

- Fulshear, TX, USA

problem #6

Feb 242015

LS 460

  • 87,000 miles
I noticed that when I push the brakes I hear clicking noise and brakes acts heavily. I did a research on this issue and I found many complaints from Lexus owners. Some owners were lucky to have Lexus dealer replace the ABS actuator for them and other not. Lexus dealers told some LS460 owners that they changed the vendor of the ABS actuator due a malfunction error. Currently I'm concerned to drive the car on the highway as a fear to loose braking power. I tried to contact Lexus but they don't care. Please help [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 252015

LS 460

  • miles
Brakes making ticking noise when backing

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 032014

LS 460

  • 53,950 miles
I am experiencing a click or series of clicks when I depress the brake pedal. Based on accounts and research of other owners, this is a common problem with faulty brake actuators. It appears that Lexus is aware of the situation and I wanted to report this to the NHTSA database to potentially steer this towards a recall.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 172013

LS 460

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Lexus LS460. The contact heard an abnormal noise when the brake pedal was depressed. The dealer stated that the brake actuator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #2

Aug 282014

LS 460 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I drove my car over to pick my grandson up we went to the park, when I was taking him home the vsc code came on and said take care to dealer for service, engine light came on as well. I call and made an appointment immediately and they told me to leave the vehicle and they would run diagnostics see what was causing it. The next day they cleared the code called and told me to pick up. When I was leaving the same lights came on again (engine, vsc etc). Got out of the car and told service rep. That the same thing was happening again. I left the car over the weekend and they call and said it was a communication error and the computer wasn't communicating with the parking brake. I truly believe this is a safety issue and should be addressed by the manufacturer.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #1

May 162014

LS 460 8-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Lexus has a faulty brake actuator design. It's making clunking repetitive noises when brakes are depressed. Lexus knows of this faulty design but refuses to replace because they say it's not a safety issue. The noise alone will drive you crazy. Lexus of naperville, il wants to charge me $3000 to replace this component. If they do not rectify this problem I will never buy another Lexus again. Guarantee.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

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