Sludge can build up in the engine because Lexus did not recommend frequent enough oil changes. Lexus will sometimes offer a discount on cleaning the engine if necessary. Owners who changed their oil every 3,000 miles did not experience these problems. This sludge build up can lead to excessive oil consumption.
Car Problem Reports
Lexus ES300 Sludge Buildup on Engine Due to Infrequent Oil Changes
Lexus ES300 Problem
Engine Affected: 3.0L V6
Average Mileage: 138,759 mi (74,556 mi - 279,000 mi)
Visitor, 1999 Lexus ES300, 3.0L V6, 90,000 mi
My Lexus problem resulted from a buildup of sludge in the engine. I had followed all the oilchange guidelines but still had a sludge buildup. Lexus agreed to install a new engine in my car even though it was older. They were very agreeable and I have always been treated with courtesy and respect as a Lexus owner. My car now runs like a new Lexus!
Visitor, 1999 Lexus ES300, 3.0L V6, 279,000 mi
Sludge build up even though oil was changed every 3-5k miles. Switched to high mileage oil
Visitor, 1995 Lexus ES300, 3.0L V6, 132,000 mi
Major sludge with 3,000 mile synthetic oil changes. Have only owned the car for 1 1/2 years. :(
Visitor, 2000 Lexus ES300, 3.0L V6, 96,000 mi
uses a quart per 500 miles
brought lexus from dealership who turn got from a car rental company. w e took value cover off notice dry sludge on values car wont start what should i do?
just bought 2003 Lexus es500 (75k miles) last week and noticed white smoke coming out of tail pipe at startup. I took car to Lexus Dealership today and found out that it has sludged engine and would cost me 12k to replace engine. I have put a call into Lexus customer relations in hope of getting this repair fixed.