really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,179 miles

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2004 Lexus GX 470 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 132016

GX 470 8-cyl

  • 153,537 miles


I own a 2004 Lexus GX470. In June 2016, I was turning into a driveway and the car vehicle stability control system kicked in and caused the car to jerk back and forth, almost causing an accident. I was driving at a low speed and in ideal road conditions, no reason for the vsc to kick in. The vsc light came on and has since remained on. Since that event, the vehicle stability control system has kicked in for no reason numerous times. Just a few examples, in July, while I was traveling 25 mph on an exit ramp, suddenly the vsc took over and it caused the car to swerve back and forth, almost causing me to run off the ramp into an embankment and while going over a speed bump, it kicked in and almost caused me to swerve into oncoming traffic. In each case, the road and weather conditions were not an issue. The car does not feel stable, as it did before. I have to drive slower, take turns slower, and adjust how I approach standard driving.I took the car to the Lexus dealership and after $2500 worth of repairs, the vsc control light is still on and the car is still unstable. They claimed they fixed a height control issue and replaced a sensor, however it did not fix the vsc issue. This is a very serious issue and can cause a life threatening accident. I have researched and it appears that this is a problem with this specific car and model year, from other complaints. It should be a recall issue and receive priority. Please address this matter, it is vitally important! this problem can cause a fatality if left unaddressed. Thank you!

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 162010

GX 470

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Lexus GX470. He experienced a recurring failure in which the brakes would engage while driving at any speed and the vehicle would pull towards the right. During the failure the vsc light also illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on four occasions who stated that the vehicle was operating as normal. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure continued to occur intermittently. The failure mileage was 70,000. The current mileage was 90,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 262010

GX 470

  • 74,000 miles
Problem with vsc on my 2004 Lexus GX470. I was driving from a ski resort on snow covered road at approx 35-37 mph. The front right wheel hit a pothole and the rear of the vehicle shot sideways and we were headed off the road to the right, then traction control or something kicked in and we shot into oncoming traffic. I tried to steer back into our lane and the rear left again sent us into a sideways skid across the right lane and headed off of the road until the right rear hit a pole. The car continued to move and shot us back into the right traffic lane and I was able to finally gain control and pull over. I had no control of the vehicle and we veered back and forth across the highway for several yards. I have driven in winter conditions for years and have been in slides before, but never where the car changed direction and veered back and forth instead of maintaining the slide trajectory. I am convinced that the sensors are wrong or something is wrong with the vsc and reported my concern to my insurance company and also to the Lexus dealership. I took the vehicle to Lexus and had them run full diagnostic, including zero point/yaw rate. They reported that there were no issues with the vsc. The tires and brakes checked out too. I have only had this vehicle serviced by Lexus, even oil changes. I have been searching this site and others for similar ESC/vsc complaints and have found a few, then when the announcement about the vsc problems with the new Lexus gx came out, I knew I should report this. There should be an investigation of all Lexus gx vsc systems - whether they develop flaws over time or if there is some issue inherent with the system that causes the uncontrolled skids. This is the second time the car has gone into an uncontrolled slide - the first time there were no damages.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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