really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,500 miles

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2001 Lexus ES 300 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Lexus ES 300 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 282004

ES 300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,500 miles


Consumer complained of grinding brake noise when stopping. Dealer replaced front rotors and pads with "updated" versions and replaced brake fluid. When first driven after "update" brake peddle went to floor and car became difficult to stop. Pedal soon became less spongy, but required more pressure and more pedal travel to stop car than in the past. Dealer service writer said pedal felt normal. After two or three close calls consumer fin rear ended another stopping car, causing over $12,000 in damage to subject car and car that it hit. No injuries. After complete repairs owner traded in the car because it was still too hard to stop. Salesman noticed the same thing when he drove car to back lot after trade in.

- Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

problem #2

Jun 282000

ES 300

  • miles
No summary listed for abover vehicle.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 112001

ES 300

  • miles
On November 11th, 2001 I experienced a terrifying and potentially life-threatening incident with my car. On that evening, I was approaching a stop sign at a busy intersection, and when I pressed on the brake the car wouldnT stop and instead a sudden acceleration forced me into the middle of the intersection. I was able to stop the vehicle by using the emergency brake. Since this has never happened before, I thought it was an isolated incident, so I continued to drive the vehicle. It seemed to be operating properly for the next week or so, when it occurred again. On the evening of November 21st, 2001 I was dropping a friend off at home when I proceeded into a parking space. As I pulled forward, out of nowhere, a sudden acceleration occurred and forced the car over the curb and up a hill. The passenger in my car pulled on the emergency brake and was able to stop the car. Another witness saw the rear tires spinning as the car took off over the curb and up the hill. Obviously there are some serious problems with this car.

- Potomac Falls, VA, USA

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