hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,360 miles

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2006 Lexus GS 300 drivetrain problems

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2006 Lexus GS 300 Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 202016

GS 300

  • 178,000 miles


2006 gs 300 is experiencing a down shift problem, when coming to a complete stop on highway or street the car transmission bumps slightly then jerks hard prior to completely stopping. Lexus suggested replacing the transmission which already took place at 80K. I noted a technical bulletin stated this problem within 80K but the problem that's occurring after 80K. If the problem existed in my gs only, I'd fix the problem and move forward but I've read a few articles from different Lexus owners siting the same issue which leads me to believe this is a pre existing issue that I believe Lexus should take responsibility for before passing the cost on to customers that paid out close to 50K for this car.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 202016

GS 300

  • 112,000 miles
When I go to apply the brakes or of I'm coasting slow, the car jerks twice(once while the car is slowing down, and a harder jerk right before the car stops) every Lexus forum I visited where people had 2006 Lexus GS300 AWD's(with the same exact symptoms), they were mis-diagnosed being told it was their transmission, when in actuality it was their ECU that needed to be replaced. That is a computer failure, so I don't understand why there aren't recalls on this.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Jun 152016

GS 300

  • miles
Intermittent loss of acceleration 0-5 miles than car accelerates~ dealer unable to find problem due to no codes for that problem, instead it took code in history for a selinoid and said car needs transmission at 124,000. While going across 5 lane crossing, light turned yellow, I push pedal to accelerate car and acceleration did not occur, it took 3-5 seconds to accelerate and then took off. On highway in traffic, if car idles 0-5 in slow traffic, car feels like it will cut off, but the catches power after a hard press on gas pedal. Most of driving is city street, car is now turning off in drive and reverse intermittent. Car is surging during low acceleration.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 152016

GS 300

  • 163,631 miles


Excessive oil consumption. Vehicle burns 3 1/2 qts of oil or more every 1500 miles. Causing my plugs to foul out and check engine code (0300) multiple cylinder misfire causing car to have sluggish acceleration. I took car in to charles barker Lexus and was charged a diag fee and then told the car is burning oil internally and would be $4100 plus parts for further diag. Lexus offered a customer support program for stated issues for 9 years w/ no mileage limitations of which I was never informed of and was within time frame to qualify. At the time I was unaware of the program and now Lexus is telling me my VIN # does not fall under that program and my vehicle is experiencing all of the identical issues. Also transmission solenoid failed causing hard jolt when slowing down before stopping. Fixed solenoid only to then have to replace cars computer. The transmission repair mechanic informed me of the ongoing problems with Lexus transmissions and computer failure for the 2006 gs 300 as well as a class action law suite that was filed because of the same issues excessive oil consumption. I have since contacted Lexus informing them of my issues and they decline to address my issues telling me that my vehicle VIN # does not fall under any recalls. I have spent over $2000 replacing the transmission solenoid and I had the cars computer rebuilt vs spending the additional money to replace it. Lexus denies the issues stated that is well documented on the forums pages and refuses to refund me for monies spent as well as refuses to address excessive oil consumption issues when they just settled a class action lawsuit for the same issues stated and offered a customer support program to pay for the cost of repairs for a period of 9 yrs with no mileage limitations. I have documentation for my repairs and looking for assistance in what action I need to take for this matter.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 122016

GS 300

  • miles
No 2 cyclinder no compression posible valve spring failure my car experience flashing check engine

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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problem #3

May 012013

GS 300

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Lexus GS300. The contact stated that she attempted to accelerate but the vehicle failed to move and there was an increase in engine rpms. Additionally, the check engine warning lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the piston rings needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who recommended replacing the transmission. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who offered to pay for part of the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 101,000.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 092012

GS 300 6-cyl

  • 100,249 miles
Car max, Inc. Sold [xxx] a defective automobile. Defective automobile; 2006 Lexus gs 300 VIN# [xxx] mileage 100,249 carmax stock # [xxx]. carmax refuse to repair the automobile. March 9, 2012; about 8:45 pm (night), headlights malfunctioned (cut off/on repeatedly). March 28, 2012; Lexus of memphis replaced cogged ac filter. Engine front cover seal has noticeable oil leak, and left rear door lock actuator does not work. Invoice # [xxx]. mileage 100,952. April 6, 2012; the following indicators/warning messages illuminated: Brake wear, skid control, check engine and check vsc. [xxx], ase advance level specialist, Lexus certified master diagnostic specialist, ase master auto technician, and a member of the national diagnostic council, order technician to perform system calibration. No illumination of indicators/warning messages. Mileage 101,139. April 11, 2012; the following indicators/warning messages illuminated: Brake wear, skid control, check engine and check vsc came back on. Mileage 101,232. [xxx] performed an historical review of the Lexus gs 300 maintenance record from Y2005 to ytd and performed an in-depth diagnostic. As recommended by Lexus technical service information bulletins dtc (diagnostic trouble codes),[xxx] recommended the following corrective actions: 7.1 lb-sb-0087-08; dtcs P030# - cylinders 1 ? 6 misfire detected 7.2 lb-sb-0092-09; dtcs P0172, P0175, and P0037, replace oxygen sensors and computer 7.3 lb-sb-0069-11; dtcs P030# replace, R & R piston ring set 7.4 A960E electronic controlled transmission system dtc P0761 solenoid; replace automatic trans assy, note: The maintenance history indicated that the cylinders misfiring occurred on August 25, 2009, and November 30, 2011. Trans solenoid dtc P0761 was detected on November 23, 2011 and April 9, 2012. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 042011

GS 300 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
When making right hand turns and applying heavy throttle, engine braking or torque management engages causing the car to forcefully resist acceleration. Happens on wet or snowy roads or dry conditions. This control system also keeps the rear wheels turning when braking in slippery/snowy and icy conditions, even when completely stopped. I've almost been hit several times when trying to merge into heavy traffic in right hand turns. Flooring it causes the car to basically try to stop itself. The snowy conditions issue has causes my car to try to slide to the right, into a ditch or other car several times in one 15 minute trip, to where I took the car and parked it due to being so afraid. I'm a veteran in driving in snow, so this isn't a driver issue. I wouldn't expect this out of any brand of car, especially a Lexus.

- Loveland, CO, USA

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