NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Control Module (Tcm, Pcm) Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,918 miles

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2004 Lexus ES 330 transmission problems

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2004 Lexus ES 330 Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 232004

ES 330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


There's a "lag" in the shifting of gears due to something wrong with the transmission in my 2004 Lexus ES330. I purchased the car new from a major Lexus dealership at roseville auto mall, roseville, ca. Although I noticed from the start, a "slippage" or "lag" during the automatic shifting of gears, and brought this to the attention of the Lexus dealership, they brushed it off as "normal". my Lexus now has 23,000 miles on its odometer and this "lag" is driving me nuts! driving in europe requires rapid responses and advanced speeds, especially when driving on the autobauns. This "gear shift hesitation" is extremely dangerous and often finds me in a semi-dangerous situation. My driving skill and habits have accommodated this transmission idiosyncrasy but whenever another driver drives my car they immediately recognize the problem and I have so often been advised to place a complaint with the Lexus manufacturer, I have yet to do so because I suspect it will fall on deaf ears. Do I have any recourse" my Lexus has few miles on it and is still well within it's warranty. I have recently read that the 2004 Lexus ES330 is wrought with transmission problems. Has Lexus served a recall on my model? please advise. I will appreciate whatever assistance and guidance you may suggest. Thank you very much. I am a us citizen, and retired federal service worker. My wife currently works for us army corps of engineers here in wiesbaden, germany. Wiesbaden recently opened a new and large Lexus dealership. Do you think this dealership might know what I'm talking about if I discuss the transmission with them? do you know of any "fix" Lexus is providing for this problem" thank you again. My phone number is to lengthy to fit into the space provided by this website. Appreciatively, leroy clemans halb. Dr and as finhesitation" I nrlag in the.

- Wiesbaden,Germany, AE, USA

problem #5

Jun 282005

ES 330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
I not longer have confidence in driving my Lexus 2004 ES330 with 12,500 miles due to 2 main reasons. (a) this car continue to pull to the left to the point that I must continually put pressure to the steering wheel so the car wont move to the left. This is happening even after the dealer has supposedly fixed issue. (B) the very well known transmission problem. This vehicle is unsafe to drive in many instances where you need to merge into traffic and the car does not responded to the gas pedal. The symptom is very noticeable when you are on stop and go traffic or in slow traffic. I urge your Agency to investigate this matter before any casualty occurs. Lexus normal response is that the car is operating as designed. The dealer must have been told to express the same line as they always have the same answer for anything they do not have a solution for.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #4

May 202005

ES 330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Severe hesitation when merging on to a higway at between 20 and 30 mph. Dealer service has checked vehicle previously and "its normal for a Lexus"

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012004

ES 330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles


Transmission shift delay. The shifting delay can go as long as 3 - 4 seconds and have caused several life threatening close calls accident. Lexus was aware of the shift delay problem but claims that this is normal and done by design.

- Hercules, CA, USA

problem #2

May 012004

ES 330

  • miles
My 2004 Lexus es330has a problem with shifting. When attempting to accelerate the car hesitates significantly before deciding to downshift. This is a notable problem when trying to avoid traffic or change lanes fluidly under crowded traffic conditions. Lexus says this is normal for the car.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 092004

ES 330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
2004 Lexus ES330 hesitates and than lunges on acceleration from 1st to 2nd. Ealer unable to correct; manufacturer will not acknowledge that there is a proplem.

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

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