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Lexus ES300 Sludge Buildup on Engine Due to Infrequent Oil Changes

Lexus ES300 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Engine Affected: 3.0L V6

Average Mileage: 138,759 mi (74,556 mi - 279,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 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!

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 279,000 mi

    Sludge build up even though oil was changed every 3-5k miles. Switched to high mileage oil

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  • Vicki Ward, , 3.0L V6, 74,556 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 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. :(

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 96,000 mi

    uses a quart per 500 miles

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  •  Rookie

    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?

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