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Engine Exhaust System Problems of Lexus ES300

Lexus ES300 owners have reported 5 problems related to engine exhaust system (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2003 Lexus ES300 1
Failure Date: 01/11/2010

Our 2003 Lexus ES 300 engine area caught in fire when my wife parked in the parking lot. According to the witness, parking lot security, he saw the smoke came out from the engine area for about a minute and then fire. He said it looks like something is short in the electrical/engine and caught the fire. When the fire department arrived to put out the fire which damaged and burned half of the car, a lead fire man commented that he has seen several incidents that the Lexus sedans were suddenly caught in fire while parking. With this unfortunate tragedy occurred to our Lexus car, we are very concerned with the safety for all Lexus sedan especially ES 300 driving by consumers out there. Fortunately, my wife left the car few minutes before the car caught in fire, but mentally she was still in shock with it. We did contact Lexus to file a complain, and they said an adjuster will contact us next 10 days to review and discuss the case. It's more than 3 weeks and we still have not heard back from Lexus. Of course, our Lexus ES 300 is a total loss now, but we request NHTSA investigating and looking into this case for the safety of consumers and demand Lexus to investigate and answer us and the public the cause for a sudden caught in fire. Thank you!.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2003 Lexus ES300 2
Failure Date: 06/01/2004

Vehicle hesitated from a standing start position. The rpms went up but the vehicle did not move until it got into another gear. It will drive for a while and then vehicle will stop. Consumer did not feel safe. The technicians claim that the cable from the gas peddle to the engine was removed and replaced by a computer in the 2003 models. On the highway, if the vehicle was slowed down, a hesitation would be present while pressing on the gas peddle to resume speed. The engine light would come on along with the hesitation, also when the engine light would come on the vehicle would lose power along with blue smoke blowing out of the exhaust, and the rear seat contained a flaw.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 1996 Lexus ES300 3
Failure Date: 07/22/2003

Engine check light intermittently on, blue exhaust in engine smoke, abnormal oil consumption, gelled oil or sludge present inside valve cover below oil filler cap. Called Lexus America, brought car into dealer, they tell me I must pay $2,071. 06 for repairs and pretend not to know of this common 3. 0l v-6 engine problem that is extensively documented on the internet and that Lexus has already started reimbursing car owners starting with 1997 models.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 1996 Lexus ES300 4
Failure Date: 07/15/2003

"check engine" light illuminates intermittently, blue exhaust smoke on startup, excessive oil consumption, gelled oil or sludge present beneath oil filler cap on valve cover after going to Lexus the best they would offer was to eat the parts cost, about $500 but I would still have to pay $1500 for a head job that anyone else charges $950 for.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 1999 Lexus ES300 5
Failure Date: 09/01/2000

At start up and acceleration blue smoke comes from tail pipe. Also, there is excessive use of oil, and pcv valve is clogged up. Dealer has inspected vehicle, and manufacturer has been notified. Head gasket failed. The manufacturer denied repair of the vehicle based on no evidence of defect.

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