hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,750 miles

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2007 Lexus IS 350 steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Lexus IS 350 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 122016

IS 350

  • 115,000 miles


Power sterring stoped working

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 102014

IS 350 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Put car into drive out of parking space and steering was locked. Shortly after a few feet the steering wheel unlocked then experienced noticeable gradual increase in steering effort at low speeds when turning the steering wheel to complete left and right turns along with a rubbing sound. No warning or service lights!? ssc-9-lc

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 182013

IS 350 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
As I just exited the highway and pulled into the parking lot of my work, the steering wheel suddenly froze. I was about to park in an open spot, so the speed of the car was very low. As I was reversing into the spot, the steering wheel jammed and would not turn. I tried shutting down and restarting many times but the wheel was stuck, and required enormous amount of power to turn ever so slightly. The car was towed to the Lexus dealer. They were also unable to turn, and upon their review, they said that there was a leak in timing cover, which accumulated over time and went into the harness of the ECU and burned the ECU, which in-turn jammed your steering. There was no physical leaks on the bottom, and the dealer also confirmed that but said it was an internal leak, you would not see it on the floor. The car Is still at the shop and only after replacing the ECU they will check for steering assembly. The explanation provided by them Is not very adequate and if it Is true then there seems to be a serious flaw in design that any unseen leak from timing cover could cause your steering to freeze unexpectedly, while your vehicle Is in motion.

- Cornelius, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 152013

IS 350 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Vehicle owner observed noise that appeared to be coming from the steering assembly. At low speeds such as backing up, with large steering motion, noise Is most pronounced. When driving the vehicle, at any speed, vehicle tends to "skip" and "jump" to the right or left, as if steering becomes loose and jerks one direction or the other. Noise and motion has been getting progressively worse since the incident date. On or about 2/18/13, owner brought the vehicle to a local repair shop for diagnosis. That shop confirmed the noise, but stated it needed to be brought to the dealership. Owner brought the vehicle to the Lexus dealership on 2/22/13. Dealer stated that the electronic steering assembly has failed, need to replace the rack and steering servomotors which comes as one part, being LE44200-53151 electric link assembly. This Is a part that Is sealed and could not be maintained by either the owner or any repair shop. Cost to replace the assembly Is $4472.17 including labor, materials and tax. Owner believes this Is an exorbitant amount, and represents about 20 - 25% of the vehicle value. The failure of this part Is a manufacturing defect, the vehicle owner should bear no responsibility to replace this part. Owner has been unsuccessful in getting the Lexus dealership or manufacturer to provide relief to the owner to make the necessary repairs. Other than possibly the brakes, steering Is the most important function of a vehicle, it should remain functional for the life of the car. Internet search has shown that other Lexus vehicles of this vintage have experienced similar problems, dealership claims there are no recalls for my specific vehicle. It appears that a faulty part has been installed in this vehicle, dealership and manufacturer need to take responsibility for this. This issue could result in total steering loss, which Is an extreme safety issue.

- Woodinville, WA, USA

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