really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,700 miles

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2007 Lexus ES 350 engine problems

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2007 Lexus ES 350 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 112009

ES 350

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Lexus ES350. The contact stated that when the vehicle was cold there would be a rattling noise in the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who inspected the engine and could not find any problems. The manufacturer was contacted and informed him that a representative had inspected the vehicle and confirmed that the noise was normal. No additional assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 25,000. Updated 3/28/11 the dealer advised the consumer the problem was known as a psiton slap. Updated 04/25/11

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 092009

ES 350 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,100 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Lexus ES350. While the contact was driving approximately 40 mph the engine stalled without warning. The engine restarted after several attempts. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician was unable duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 30,100. The current mileage was 32,000. Updated 07/28/10. Updated 10/12/10

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 252009

ES 350

  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Lexus ES350. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerates without warning. She stated that the engine made a squealing noise when she pressed the push to start button. She depressed the brake pedal, placed the vehicle into reverse, and the vehicle sped up and would not stop. She depressed the brake pedal with all of her strength, but the vehicle would not stop. It finally came to a stop when it struck the side of a garage. The contact was bruised and startled. A police report was filed. The speed was unknown. The failure mileage was 39,000.

- North Haven, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 062007

ES 350

  • 700 miles
Driver was injured when driving her new (six weeks old) Lexus ES350 with approximately 700 miles on the odometer. Due to a defect with the automobile, the car, while proceeding on a roadway, suddenly and unexpectedly accelerated. The car would not stop even though the driver had fully applying the brakes. The driver, jamming on the brakes, was able to slow the car. The driver, unable to turn off the engine by pushing the ignition button and unable to stop the movement of the car by the application of the brakes, intentionally crashed the car into a parked automobile to stop. After the car finally stopped, driver was unable to turn off the engine even after moving the stick into the "park" position.

- Roslyn, NY, USA

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