really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,642 miles

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2005 Lexus ES 330 engine problems

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2005 Lexus ES 330 Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 282012

ES 330 6-cyl

  • 66,108 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Lexus ES330. The contact stated that the battery discharge warning light was illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 11V539000 (engine and engine cooling), however the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 66,108. *consumer request to withdraw complaint. Updated 10/21/16 the consumer requested to withdraw the complaint. The issue was fixed. Updated 10/26/16.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #7

Dec 052012

ES 330 6-cyl

  • miles
On December 5th, 2012 around 1:50 pm in the afternoon, I drove the car to pick up our nephew from school. While I was slowing down and looking for a parking place suddenly the car sped up and accelerated! even though I applied hard on the brake the car kept running very fast and only stopped when it hit bushes and the house on the right of the road. I was lucky that no kids came out from school yet and no other cars were nearly so damages only caused to the car and the property.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 202012

ES 330 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I received a safty recall notice from Lexus indicating my engine crankshft pulley may loose and cause loss of power steering. I called Lexus and they said I had to take the vehicle to a Lexus dealer. Since there isn't a Lexus dealer in my hometown they informed me that the closest dealers were at least 150 miles from my home. I bought the car at a local used car dealership that is no longer in business. I asked if they could certify my local Toyota dealer to do the inspection and they said no. If this defect is on my vehicle it would be unsafe to drive 150 miles to get to their certified dealer. If there is an accident on my way to the inspection who is liable? they will be. I want them to accomodate me by certifying the local Toyota dealer to do an inspection for me.

- La Crosse, WI, USA

problem #5

Jan 282005

ES 330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Lexus ES-330. The contact stated when shifting gears, the vehicle would abnormally jerk. When accelerating, the vehicle was hesitant to respond. In addition, the vehicle would intermittently lose power as if it were attempting to stall. The dealer advised they were aware of the failure in his year and model vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 25 and the current mileage was 20,000. Updated 10/25/10 the consumer also stated the vehicle stalled in traffic. Also, the vehicle would move forward on its own at times. Updated 10/27/10

- Peadody, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 182007

ES 330

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Lexus ES330. The contact stated when accelerating from a complete stop or attempting a left turn, the vehicle would hesitate or stall. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnosis of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #3

May 292007

ES 330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
Vehicle hesitates terribly upon acceleration. I've called dealer numerous times and was told "this is normal" until the last call. Now Lexus acknowledges the problem and offers a remedy! fort myers dealer recalibrated the ECM and urged use of name brand premium fuel only! since these two changes have been made, improvement has been made, but not eliminated. There is still something not correct about trying to merge onto a highway and having the engine bog down as trucks bear down upon you!

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #2

May 252005

ES 330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Caller says vehicle has several problems., brakes vibrated, and she had to pump them. Also, rear suspension problems, traction control problems, and cooling system problems in the engine.. vehicle was at dealer for 4 days the first time and they were unable to give her any information on the diagnostic test. Manufacturer could not provide caller with any information because they have not contacted the dealer yet. Caller is waiting for manufacturer to call her back. Also, caller had problems with the lights inside the vehicle and dash lights..

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 302004

ES 330

  • miles
Vehicle hesitated upon acceleration and performed erratically. Consumer was told by dealer that this was normal performance. Consumer was aware of complaints with similar problems.

- Miami, FL, USA

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