VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA -- Purchased a used 2002 Lexus RX about 3 years ago. Have done all required oil changes at a local oil change shop and all required maintenance at a certified Lexus dealership. At only 92K miles as of 12/2008 I have experienced transmission failure. By the time repairs are done I would have spent nearly $6000.00 in LESS than 3 years of ownership of this Lexus. I think Lexus needs to recall these vehicles and should be stripped of their so call "high quality vehicles" that they CLAIM they make. Who are they kidding?
I will NEVER buy another Lexus AGAIN. Apparently lots of people have been complaining of some sort of transmission problem w/ their Lexus SUV at less than 100K miles. Does anyone know if there is a way for LEXUS to recall these vehicles??
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- This warning light keeps coming on and Northside Lexus in Houston TX does not appear to be able to fix it after 3 tries. I wrote to the Lexus home office and they acknowledged receipt of my complaint, but that is all I have heard. After 8 days, no solution offered. In the meantime, we are forced to drive the vehicle with the low tire pressure warning light on all the time. This is certainly not the type of customer service I expected from Lexus. They are doing a fine imitation of GM and Ford. No more Lexus for me.
CALIFORNIA -- I bought new windshield wipers and had them installed on January 30, 2006 at Lexus of Serramonte in Colma, CA. On March 10, 2006 at approximately 2:35 PM I picked up my six-year old granddaughter from school in Greenbrae (Marin County, CA) and was driving over Wolfe Grade (a two-lane road over the mountain) into San Rafael where my daughter lives.
It was pouring rain. The rain was coming down in sheets. The wipers stopped working. Just stopped. Both of them. There was no place to pull over even if I could see (no shoulder lane). I was petrified and my granddaughter was screaming. There was zero visibility in front of me. I put my head out the driver's side window and could just see the lights from the on-coming traffic. I was never so scared in my life. By some miracle I drove like this for several miles until I was able to pull over at the first house at the bottom of the mountain.
I got out (by now I am soaking wet) and checked the wipers to find that the right one (passenger side) had a piece of metal about 1/8 of an inch wide sticking out of the wiper blade that was stuck in the wedge between the hood and windshield, thus stopping both wipers from working. I pulled this stick out and the wipers started to work again. This thin stick is 18” long with a small notch on each end. I saved it.
I was shaking so badly I had to cancel all my plans for the day. I still can't sleep at night thinking of what could have happened and today had to get a prescription to help me sleep from my doctor (Dr. ** at CPMC in San Francisco). I intend to tell everyone especially at Lexus/Toyota about this so it won't happen again and perhaps kill people. Please acknowledge this incident.
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY -- I bought a new 2007 Lexus 350 on January 12. I can barely see when I drive it at night because the headlights, which are HID AFS, only illuminate about 5 or 6 feet in front of the car. I can only see about the bottom third of the car in front of me and there is a bouncing black line with what looks like a black wall above the line. The lights are OK on bright. I took it back to the dealer twice with no results. He said it would be OK with the AFS off... It wasn't OK, just the same. And he said the company wouldn't let them adjust the lights. They appear to be set too low.
I am waiting to hear back from the Lexus customer service 1-800 number. The guy I talked to there said that if the lights were 'in spec', there was nothing they could do. I drove a 1991 Lexus 400 for the past 16 years with practically no problems, so I am in shock about this new Lexus. It is a huge safety hazard. I wonder if all cars with HID AFS lights are like this or if it's just mine?? I can't imagine anybody being pleased with a car that they cannot see to drive in at night.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- So after 8 months of owning the car, the brake starts to make squeaking noise and the dashboard (which they fixed, but very ugly looking). For the brake, they told me it's a designed feature. It's not dangerous to drive with the noise, therefore they're not going to fix it because it's normal and it's not a defect. So, this is a $40K car that I bought brand new, and now, it's still under warranty, they won't fix something that is broken and annoying, because to them - it's normal, designed feature (that didn't tell us anywhere when we're buying it). Everyone has the problem or will have, because it's the design.
I talked to them 10+ combined for dealer and headquarter. Wasted 5 trips to the dealer. Wasted all my time and effort, and they won't even bother to try to fix it. They looked at it, think it looks good, so they won't' fix. This is something I have to deal with, live with unless I sell my car. Otherwise, they're not the one that hearing the sound when they drive it, right? So, I got an extra feature - the noises from the car. I wish Lexus could keep their good services like they have when they were small. Now they just don't care about the customers anymore.
LIVINGSTON, NEW JERSEY -- I recently replaced my RX 300 with a RX 350. At first I was very happy. The problem occurred after the air conditioning would intermittently stop working. The second time it went in to Warnock Lexus in Livingston, N.J. (the dealership where the car was bought), I asked they research why my air conditioning was not working and why they could not figure out what the problem was. They found out it was a problem in some of the RX 350 cars and at the present time they did not know how to fix it. I asked when it would be fixed and they said they had no idea. They also would not replace the car.
At the present time I have an inferior loaner car and my car sits in the shop. Will it be days, months or years, no one can say. I understand cars can have defects, but the dealership should take responsibility for them and either fix the problem or replace the car.
I am filing this complaint regard the unethical practice of Lexus of Rockville Centre. With a good will, I spent $42,000 to purchase a pre-owned Lexus LS430 in September. I made a request to a locally well-known locksmith to make a copy of my car key as a spare one. The locksmith wasted about 2 hours trying to duplicate the key, but he did not succeed. In the end, I was told that Lexus dealership intentionally blocked the car ignition computer and it has made this car key duplication impossible. This kind of action is against Fair Trade Act law. I was surprised that this actually happened in Lexus dealership. No other car manufacture would do this kind of cheap trick.
Regard the car key matter, I called the dealership and tried to find a solution for it. At the time, my phone call was transferred to a chief of the parts department. He told me that it was Lexus headquarter's decision and he can do nothing about it. Again, my phone call was transferred to a Lexus company manager's office where no one answered my phone call, so I left a message. I am expecting a call from the manager every day and he has never bothered to call me back.
With the whole affair, I have experienced a “moment of the truth” which totally destroyed my previous good image towards Lexus. Until today my problem is still remained unsolved. I am waiting for the replies from the companies or I will have my attorney to initiate a legal action.
LYNNWOOD, WASHINGTON -- I currently own a 2001 Lexus IS300 Sedan that I purchased in November 19th of 2000. Since then, I have noticed my transmission shifting roughly. It only happen at time and only between the 1st and 2nd gear. It seem as the computer in the vehicle could not decide to shift from the 1st to 2nd gear, and when it decides to do so, it will be a hard drop to the 2nd gear creating a load thump noise. And again, this only happen at time and not all the time. I have checked my vehicle into Lexus of Seattle in Lynnwood, WA about the concern that I have. The service advisor could not find any problem nor able to fix the problem.
With our recent discussion over the phone, they had ask me to set up a time with the technician for a test drive. Just recently, I read an article from Road & Track for December 2001 on page 122 by Jim Hall who does the Long-Term Test with a 2001 Lexus IS300, and he had encountered that very same problem. In the article, Chick Orr from Desert Lexus in Cathedral City, CA was mentioned because he was one who teamed up with Tony Schreiber, the webmaster for www.IS300.net for IS300 owner forum. The article mentioned that this is a problem that could easily be fixed by replacing or reprogramming the ECU computer and would take about an hour.
Well, with all the information I have provided you, please let me know what the solution is for the abrupt shifts with the transmission. For $35,000, I would expect as best out of the vehicle as possible, but this is frustrating. Please respond ASAP. Thank you. An answer! Thank you for taking the time to read this.
MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- I am also having problems with the Lexus AFS headlights. When driving on hilly roads at night, there appears to be a black curtain that comes down and you cannot see in front of you! It is definitely a safety issue. I am dealing with Lexus now but am being told it is the nature of the self adjusting headlamps. I can't believe that this is acceptable. It must be some kind of design flaw. If I had driven this car at night, I would not have bought it.