Lexus IS300 transmission shifting roughly
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.
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