2008 Lexus ES 350 electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,712 miles

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2008 Lexus ES 350 electrical problems

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2008 Lexus ES 350 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 302015

ES 350

  • miles


The trunk release button on the exterior of the trunk lid has melted.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #7

Jan 122015

ES 350

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Lexus ES350. While driving approximately 40 mph, two unknown warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred a couple of times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Bethleham, PA, USA

problem #6

Jun 102014

ES 350

  • 92,000 miles
We currently have allstate for insurance and they have this item called the drivewise. This device fits in the obd II port under the steering column. This device created multiple communications errors within the computers for the car. After reading up on this, it seems that many people are having this issue in many makes/models. The vehicle shifted funny into another gear on its own. The instrument cluster was not working and would not light up. The radio would not work at all and the sunroof was making a funny noise. The speakers were making a crackling sound and the A/C wasn't working. The heated and cooled seats were not working. After bringing the vehicle into the Lexus dealer they could see that the vehicle was having multiple communications issues between the computer systems. This device is a safety concern and we will not continue using it. Everything is back to normal now that the device has been removed. Had we not been proactive about this, the device could have caused an accident. Potentially harming someone. This is a very serious concern we have and I feel that someone should do more research on the product.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #5

Oct 012013

ES 350

  • 48,000 miles


My passenger side front window will not roll up properly. Apparently the plastic clip broke off and the entire window has to be replaced. This is definitely a defect by Lexus. I have seen a lot of complaints online about this. Lexus is charging 700 dollars to fix. I will not buy another Lexus or recommend one to anyone because Lexus should take ownership for this one.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #4

Sep 172013

ES 350

  • 65,000 miles
While driving on the highway at 60 miles / H my driverside window suddenly fell down which seriously distracted me and which almost resulted in a collision with another car. Feedback from Lexus is that the plastic tabs that hold the window disintegrate over time and as a result the entire window will need to be replaced. It's clearly a safety hazard and should pro-actively be addressed by Lexus.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 282009

ES 350

  • miles
2008 Lexus ES 350. Consumer asserts that accelerator problems are caused by computer issues. The consumer stated when the air bag deployed after crashing into a tree due to the vehicle suddenly accelerating, the air bag injured his leg. The battery died and had to be replaced, the vsc and trac lights illuminated. The vehicle went dead again, but it wasn't because of the battery. The consumer stated he has had 4 loaner cars in a matter of 4 weeks, due to all the problems he has experienced with his vehicle. Updated 04/06/10.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #2

Aug 132008

ES 350

  • miles
I bought a new Lexus ES350 (model year 2008) in the summer of 2008 from a dealership in Texas. I soon noticed that, on several occasions, the car locks would open unexpectedly by themselves when I was near the car. To clarify, on multiple occasions my car was parked, I approached the car but did not touch the car nor did I touch my key fob, and the locks would open without explanation.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 102008

ES 350 6-cyl

  • 4,700 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Lexus ES350. The contact stated that the vehicle is equipped with keyless entry and a push button ignition. While the vehicle was stopped, she pressed the ignition button and the vehicle shut off while still in the drive gear. The contact was concerned with the vehicle shutting off while in drive mode. The current and failure mileages were less than 4,700. Updated 11/07/08 updated 11/07/08.

- Great Neck, NY, USA

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