definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,563 miles

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2005 Lexus ES 330 electrical problems

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2005 Lexus ES 330 Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 152016

ES 330

  • 56,000 miles


My complaint is in regard to the ignition switch for my 2005 Lexus ES-330. While trying to start my vehicle the case that houses the key broke apart. The key was still in the ignition, the car running, but the other half of the case was dangling from the key itself.after I was able to stop the engine by turning it off with the key itself and gathering up all the parts of the ignition switch, upon observation I found a very small screw that supposedly was used to secure the switch case together had become loose and therefor allowed the switch case to break open from the pressure needed to start the engine. With a little bit of glue and transparent tape I was able to start the car and drive it to the local Lexus dealer on atlantic blvd.in jacksonville, fl.the service manager seemed unconcerned about my problem, and spoke mostly about the redesigned switch presently available, and was totally unconcerned about my problem. I asked about others with the same type key case as mine and if a remedy had been taken to the securing of the small screw that holds the case together, he said not his knowledge. I guess my question is simply why not" the service manager is jack becker, I was told by him my only solution was to purchase another key as if the problem was mine instead of the dealers.could there be a safety concern here" I am thomas fletcher 12628 muirfield blvd. Jacksonville fl. 32225 email- fletchertom4@comcast.net.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 132009

ES 330

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Lexus ES330. The contact was unable to start the vehicle. A mechanic arrived to jump start the vehicle. The failure occurred intermittently in cold weather. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was approximately 15,000.

- Clark Summit, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012005

ES 330

  • 500 miles
Hello: I drive a 2005 Lexus ES330. While I have not had a problem with the braking system, the electronic throttle is a different story. If you are entering an on ramp to a freeway then release the throttle, then almost immediately reapply the throttle the car will not respond. It takes 2 seconds or so before the engine starts to rev up and the car is definitely unhappy about this. This process of acceleration, the coasting, then accelerating again yields this same result with almost 100% repeatability. The internet forums are loaded with information about this same issue. Definitely something in the electronics is not right!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 022006

ES 330

  • miles


I own a Lexus ES 330, 2005 year model. The vehicle randomly fails to start after it was purchased. The dealer stated that this problem might be due to the many gadgets in the car. In any case such an expensive vehicle is not a reliable one.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 292005

ES 330

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 (na) Lexus ES330. The contact stated that the vehicle would randomly fail to start after it was purchased. The dealer made repairs and stated that the failure was due to so many gadgets being in the vehicle. The battery was replaced; however, the failure persists. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 8,000.

- Flora Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 272007

ES 330

  • 58,878 miles
The electrical system for the air conditioner shuts down, and I can smell a burning coming through the vents ; the car also jerks while in movement.

- Jackson, MS, USA

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