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The Inside Rear View Mirror May Become Discolored on Lexus IS250

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The inside rear view mirror may become discolored or difficult to see clearly from. A revised mirror is available to correct this concern.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 76,530 (32,000–180,000)
5 model years affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, more2010
134 people reported this problem
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Rear view mirror has rusty brown streaks and square ares showing up. Hard to see out of. And now my navigation screen is frozen. And all controls are unable to use. Dont understand why there has not been a recall yet!
Rear View Mirror has become discolored with signs of scratches. No remedy as of yet. Wasn't sure if that it a warranty item.
Bottom third of rear view mirror has streaks that kind of resemble boxes, and the top two-thirds of mirror has spots on it. It's very dark overall and very difficult to see out of. It has been this way since not long after I bought the car, which was about 5 years ago. I assumed it was my fault until I Googled it today -- in an attempt to search for a replacement -- and found all of these complaints. So mad at Lexus! This IS has been THE WORST car I've ever bought from Lexus. (I've also owned and the ES and RX.) Why haven't they issued a recall?! Shame on you Lexus!! I'm calling my local dealer and asking for a free repair, but I have a feeling they'll say no. I'm still waiting on the door and dashboard recall. It's summer in Texas, and my car is a sticky mess everyday. I hate my 2007 IS 350!!!
This mirror has been useless other than to open my garage door 3 years after owning this supposed luxury vehicle. The streaks on the internal part of the mirror make it virtually impossible to use.
There appears to be rust INSIDE my rear view mirror and it is getting worse. I took it by the local dealer and they scrubbed and scrubbed the mirror trying to get the spots off. After no success, they said it is "rust on the inside of the mirror and we can't get it off"
I have the same problem. Cant see a thing out of that mirror ...it is all scratched up and cloudy looking, im guessing just from age or sun exposure. But no physical damage has been done to it what so ever.
Lexus replaced the inside rear view mirror at 49k miles. At 80k mikes, the rear view mirror has the same wornout problems. You cannot see through it and Lexus does not want to replace it bc it is out of warranty.
Same issue: The inside rear view mirror started getting dotted with black grains on all the sides of the mirror! Right now, the black dots are all over the sides and mid-areas of the mirror; thereby causing blocked visuals in front of the car!
Rear view mirror has a brownish tint to it. Horizontal streaks throughout the mirror. Obstructive to my view.
I bought my IS250 used with 80k miles on it and the rear view mirror was already cloudy and discolored at the time of purchase. I figured it would be a cheap fix at my local Lexus dealership, thinking that they could just pop a new piece of glass in there and it would be as good as new. That assumption turned out to be WRONG. The dealership told me they'd have to replace the entire piece, housing and all, at a cost of $900, not including labor. Fast forward a few years, 20k miles and zero new rear view mirrors, and find a reflection that is dim at best, and black streaks and spots that only worsen a problem that was unavoidable in the first place. I fully agree with the folks saying that this is obviously a manufacturing flaw and as such, warrants an official safety recall from Lexus.