really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,250 miles

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2002 Lexus ES 300 electrical problems

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2002 Lexus ES 300 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 042013

ES 300

  • 50,000 miles


Had to replace stater, brakes would start and engine would stop.had to have brakes replaced, lighting inside would sometimes come on other times no lighting inside.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #3

Apr 182014

ES 300 6-cyl

  • 267,000 miles
I just purchased this car (Lexus ES 300 2002 sedan) for my daughter less than a week ago on 4/11/2014 from a private owner, with 267,000 miles and it ran well for a transportation vehicle, seems to have been well cared for mechanically, interior and exterior is in great shape and was checked out my friend a longtime mechanic. My daughter had just left the dmv which was closed today 4/18/2014 and street driving back home. The car made a loud popping sound, smoke started from under the hood and soon flames and she had to pull over and ditch the car. Soon it blazed and the whole front end, engine, windshield the front tires all burned. Fire and police departments showed up, extinguished the fire and did traffic control. The fire damage was control to the front and engine, the firewall did it's job. All the interiors, dash and console are all in tact and in good condition no smoke damage. VIN:[xxx] Lexus ES 2002 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Altadena, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 062004

ES 300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Lexus ES 300 year 2002, I was pulling into a parking space, traveling at slow speed, 5-8 miles an hour, when the car would not stop, despite applying the brake. The car engine appeared to have a low hum and appeared to be in overdrive. The car jumped over a concrete divider, over a sidewalk, through a brick wall and plate glass window. The car was in a furniture store. The front of the car was extensively damaged. I ( the driver) hit my head ( left side) and the left side of my body hit the side of the car. The accident was reported to Lexus. They had access to evaluate the car and said that the brakes were fine. This type of accident has happened to other drivers of this make and year of car. I hope it will be evaluated carefully. I have suffered as a result of this accident. Just because Lexus could not find a problem, does not mean that it does not exist. Articles have been written about sudden acceleration occurring in 2002 Lexus ES 300 autos.

- Pleasantville, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 052002

ES 300 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the accelerator pedal, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. Consumer tried numerous times and suddenly the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. The consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle and drove it to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic determined that computer needed to be reprogrammed. However, the problem recurred.

- Mabelvale, AR, USA

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