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Most Common Lexus Problems

The inside rear view mirror may become discolored or difficult to see clearly from. A revised mirror is available to correct this concern.
A clicking or knocking type sound may be noted from the brake actuator when applying the brakes lightly, or if the brake pedal is pressed while the vehicle is stopped. Our technicians tell us a rev...
The Check Engine Light may illuminate because a component of the oxygen sensor stops working. As a result the engine computer is unable to determine the proper ratio of air to fuel for the engine...
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7 Known Lexus Brakes Problems

A clicking or knocking type sound may be noted from the brake actuator when applying the brakes lightly, or if the brake pedal is pressed while the vehicle is stopped. Our technicians tell us a rev...
A vibration may be noted in the brake pedal or steering wheel when the brakes are applied. This is commonly caused by warped front brake rotors. The affected rotors must be re-machined or replaced ...
A clicking or knocking type sound may be noted from the brake actuator when applying the brakes lightly, or if the brake pedal is pressed while the vehicle is stopped. Our technicians tell us a r...

13 Known Lexus Drive Train Problems

A shift "lag" may be noted when accelerating from speeds of 10 to 20 mph. A software update for the transmission control module has been released which may correct this concern. Software updates ar...
A clunk type noise may be noted from the rear of the vehicle just before or just after coming to a stop. Our Technicians tell us a revised rear driveshaft and rear suspension control arms are avail...
The Check Engine Light may illuminate on vehicles with an automatic transmission, with codes P0751, P2714, or P0894 stored. Our technicians tell us these may be "false" codes. Revised powertrain co...

22 Known Lexus Electrical & Lights Problems

On higher mileage vehicles, an engine misfire may develop and/or the Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a failed ignition coil. It is not uncommon to replace all the coils when the first one ...
There are reports of LED problems in the dashboard gauges. The lights burn out, making the gauges difficult to see at night, and require replacement.
There are reports of LED problems in the dashboard gauges. The lights burn out, making the gauges difficult to see at night, and require replacement.

25 Known Lexus Engine Problems

Debris can get into the idle air control valve. This will restrict the air flow into the engine, causing idle speed and/or stalling when cold. The valve can be cleaned or replaced to correct this...
Debris can get into the idle air control valve. This will restrict the air flow into the engine, causing idle speed and/or stalling when cold. The valve can be cleaned or replaced to correct this...
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 th...

41 Known Lexus Exhaust & Emissions Problems

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because a component of the oxygen sensor stops working. As a result the engine computer is unable to determine the proper ratio of air to fuel for the engine...
The Check Engine Light may come on because a component of the oxygen sensor stops working. Replacement of the failed sensor should correct this concern.
The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to an O2 sensor heater fault. Most commonly the affected O2 sensor will need to be replaced to correct this concern.

5 Known Lexus Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

The air conditioning light may flash or an AC error message may be displayed. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a fault with the AC amplifier, as revised part is available to correct ...
There are reports of intermittent failures with the heating and air conditioning control. The digital display might fail or the control might fail to switch between heater functions.
There are reports of intermittent failures with the heating and air conditioning control. The digital display might fail or the control might fail to switch between heater functions.

2 Known Lexus Maintenance Problems

The 1993-2003 Lexus ES300 may start and stall, or start and run at very low engine speeds when the engine is cold. The issue is a failed or dirty idle air control valve. This valve is mounted und...
The 1998-2003 Lexus RX300 may start and stall, or start and run at very low engine speeds when the engine is cold. The issue is a failed or dirty idle air control valve. This valve is mounted und...

34 Known Lexus Miscellaneous Problems

The inside rear view mirror may become discolored or difficult to see clearly from. A revised mirror is available to correct this concern.
Vehicles equipped with premium Mark Levinson stereo may experience no sound or volume that goes to maximum level by itself. An improved amplifier is available to rectify this problem.
The inside rear view mirror may become discolored or difficult to see clearly from. A revised mirror is available to correct this concern.

8 Known Lexus Suspension & Steering Problems

Higher mileage cars can develop creaking and groaning noises in the front suspension, particularly when coming to a quick stop. Inspection and replacement of any worn parts should correct this conc...
A clicking type noise may be noted from the rear of the vehicle while driving. Our technicians tell us that revised rear coil springs are available which may correct this concern.
Clunking noises from the front suspension may be caused by the top front shock mount, which has been redesigned.

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Known Lexus Problems & Complaints

A creaking type noise may develop from the front suspension when driving over uneven road surfaces. Our technicians recommend inspection of the front sway bar bushings for deterioration and rela...
Various issues may develop with the multi-display panel. Our technicians tell us a redesigned multi-display panel is available which may correct these concerns.
An abnormal fan belt noise may be noted. Our technicians tell us a revised fan belt tensioner is available to correct this concern.
Drivers of the Lexus RX300 may notice excessive oil consumption between oil changes, even to the extent of the engine oil warning light displayed on the multi-function display. This issue is known...
Drivers may hear a loud noise, much like a vacuum cleaner, coming from their engine on cold starts. This affects the 2003-2004 Lexus GX470. The noise is from the secondary air pump, which sends h...
Owners have reported experiencing rough deceleration, inability to engage overdrive, and a check engine light with diagnostic trouble code P0770. Problems with the torque converter or deferred tran...
Drivers of the Lexus ES300 may notice excessive oil consumption between oil changes, even to the extent of the engine oil warning light displayed on the multi-function display. This issue is known...
On higher mileage vehicles, an engine misfire may develop and/or the Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a failed ignition coil. It is not uncommon to replace all the coils when the first one ...
The Lexus RX300 has a known issue with the valves that if left unchecked, will cause burned valves and engine performance issues. The engine ‘breathes’ through valves that are pushed ...
The Lexus ES300 has a known issue with the valves that if left unchecked, will cause burned valves and engine performance issues. The engine ‘breathes’ through valves that are pushed ...
The Check Engine Light may illuminate with code P0AA6 stored for a hybrid battery isolation fault. Our technicians tell us this may be caused by water intrusion into the high voltage battery case. ...
The Check Engine Light may illuminate with a fault code P0505 stored. Our technicians tell us that this fault can be caused by a failed electronic throttle body assembly which will require replacem...
The Check Engine Light may illuminate with a code P0335, crankshaft sensor fault. Our technicians tell us upgraded powertrain control module (PCM) software is available to correct this concern.
The Check Engine Light may illuminate with code P0172 and/or P0175 stored. Our technicians tell us a powertrain control module (PCM) software update is available which may correct this concern.
The Check Engine Light may illuminate on vehicles with an automatic transmission, with codes P0751, P2714, or P0894 stored. Our technicians tell us these may be "false" codes. Revised powertrain co...
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