really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,075 miles

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2005 Lexus ES 330 steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Lexus ES 330 Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 202014

ES 330 6-cyl

  • 157,000 miles


While driving my car, I realized that the passenger rear tie rod was loose, making steering control dangerous. I contacted city tire who did the alignment over 16 months ago. They told me it was not their fault. I had a mechanic look at it. He said that the person that did the alignment did not tightening up the bolt after adjusting the tie rod. This caused the threads on the tie rod to wear out and then the tie rod to fail. A new tie rod is needed. I have a fried that has a Chevy Impala 2003 this car had the same problem. I came to the conclusion that the manufacture for the part could be the same for both cars and the part could have a design flaw in which the threads inside the adjusting rods wear out. Please investigate this for me. It does seem like a minor thing but it does affect steering controls when it fails.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #3

Sep 052013

ES 330

  • miles
Driving South on Florida turnpike, car suddenly accelerated --unable to steer it or slow it down--had to get off highway to avoid collision --turned wheel to right and slid across swale into thicket of trees want to get a used Lexus to replace this be but am afraid of safety issues now.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #2

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 #1

May 212005

ES 330 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Lexus ES300. While driving any rate speed, the vehicle would pull to the right. The dealer aligned and balanced the wheels on two occasions. Approximately two days later the failure occurred again. The current mileage is 37,200 and the failure 300.

- Downing, CA, USA

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