2008 Lexus IS 350 drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,739 miles

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2008 Lexus IS 350 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Lexus IS 350 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 282008

IS 350

  • 200 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Lexus IS350. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the brakes made a grinding noise and wore out prematurely. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the front brake pads and noticed that the odometer had been tampered with. Also, the contact mentioned that the gear shifter shifted out of park several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to repair the problem. The failure mileage was 200 and the current mileage was 39,000.

- Corona Del Mar , CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012009

IS 350

  • 18,000 miles
When coming to a stop or when at a stop, my car would shake very hard as if it was going to turn off. Fortunately, it never has. I would have to put the car into neutral to stop the shaking or it would stop on it's own after 10-15 seconds. During this time, no lights have ever turned on to indicate there was a problem. The first time this happened was in late July 2009/ early August 2009 and ever since then, it would happen at least 2 times a day. My car has been in the shop multiple times for this issue.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 182008

IS 350 6-cyl

  • 21,622 miles
Vehicle shifted into neutral at 45mph and ground gears.

- Wilton Manors, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 052009

IS 350

  • 35,135 miles
When accelerating onto a freeway, the vehicle will shift gears normally. There have been a handful of instances, though, where the gears do not shift as expected. On those occasions, the car would shift upward to the 5th gear (out of 6). After lightly releasing gas pedal, the car does not shift to 6th gear and the RPM stays high around 3500-4000rpm. It stays in that gear unless I briefly tap on the brakes and back to the gas pedal. If the speeddrops to he 35mph range, then it drops to 4th gear. After the incident, the behavior of the car is normal again. The reason for concern is that this occurred about a total of 6 times since I owned the car, and they occurred on a normal daily commute that I consider routine. These few times were definitely out of the ordinary behavior for the transmission.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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