Lexus common problems

Common Lexus problems will in certain cases lead to a worldwide USA recall and this is why Lexus vehicle owners like to share their complaints with others to bring awareness. If you have Lexus problems with acceleration, alloy wheel corrosion, engine rattling on start-up, mirror electric or exhaust issues, keyless entry problems, and any other minor defect then share feedback below.


You can leave complaints direct with Lexus customer service and search recalls by VIN, which is possible using the information to the right. This is official support contacts and pages, although consumer reports will be found within the comments below and help spot patterns that could lead to a new recall notice.

Lexus didn’t evade the massive Takata airbag recall and they have seen previous recalls for defects in brake pedal load sensing, loose suspension fasteners, a pedal entrapment recall, and faulty electronic control units. Leave the status of your car below and read about the latest recall news as well.

Lexus Car Recalls insight up to October 2017

If there's been Lexus car recalls in 2017, then customer reports will be found below.

Problems with Lexus? Share with Car Recalls readers:

  • Damon

    The transmission on my 2003 ES300 seems to jerk between 20 to 40 mph, especially when downshifting. I recently learned that Lexus were aware of this issue and has a patch, but does anyone know the process to get this sorted?

    • rudy

      I have the same problem with the 2006 gs300awd

  • Daryl

    Been having problems with the Lexus IS220d DPF Removal Diesel Particulate Filter, I seem to be struggling but do not want to pay the prices that a main dealer would charge. Does anyone know the procedure?

  • Hank

    My 1994 ES does the same thing, although more so when cold.

  • Seb

    My touchscreen stopped working on my Lexus IS, does anyone know of a fix, or do I have to buy a completely new unit?

  • Harry

    When i drive over bumps in my 2014 350 F sport I hear a clicking/ rattleing sound coming from front or back of car, is this a common problem?

  • Simon

    For some reason the alternator will charge the battery on my GS model while in park, although I know both these are fine. I have found that my idol is too low, could this be the cause?

  • George

    There seems to be an engine oil sludge up with my 1998 Lexus GS 300, why would this be?

  • Tracy

    The dash on my 2004 Lexus RX 330 has started to crack. Now I know the car is 11 years old, but something like this should not happen.

  • Sonny

    The brakes on my 2006 Lexus GX 470 have now failed three times. I have taken it to the main dealer, and they cannot seem to find the issue, although they did think it was air in the system at first. If you have had the same issue I would advise you to check the master and slave cylinders, as a good local mechanic found that out for me.

  • Giles

    I just cannot understand why my 2014 Lexus RX 350 is suffering from poor gas milage. I do not drive like a teenager and for some reason Lexus has yet to get back in touch with me.

  • Robbie

    For some reason the passenger reading light will not come on, on my2005 Lexus SC 420. I know it is under warranty, but just wondered if it was an easy fix to save all the hassle of booking it in for repair?

  • Danny

    Is is just me, or is the AWD function on the 2013 Lexus RX 450h useless in the snow? The car got stuck in just a 3-inch slip of snow, and took a lot of rocking the back back and forth to get free.

  • Nigel

    When at a standstill and I pull off quick my 2013 Lexus ES 350 sees to hesitate. The car serviced all the time, so what could the issue be?

  • Eric

    My 2004 Lexus RX 330 will not start. I have made certain there is gas in the car, I can hear the full pump working and have checked the plugs, HT leads and also the battery and alternate. So what else could it be?

  • Bobbi

    I find it strange that the dash lights in my 1994 Lexus LS 400 only come on once the vehicle is warmed up. When it is cold out this can often take around 20 minutes, which is a bit of an issue when driving at night.

  • Doug

    Both front doors on my 2010 Lexus RX 350 rattle, but thankfully was covered under warranty, and so the dealer fixed the problem. However, just a few weeks later the rattle is back if the car is driven over 55 miles per hour.

  • Sarah

    One day while driving my 1996 Lexus LS 400 i noticed that the transmission fluid started to leak, and since then I have to stop around every 15 miles to top up, which is not ideal. I cannot tell where the leak is coming from, but it’s a bad leak and did not start off slow. I am now worried this could become a very expensive job.

  • Cindy

    I went to adjust the driver’s chair on my 2000 Lexus LX 470, but the electric motor no longer works. There were no signs that it was slowing down, it just decided to stop one day. I have checked the fuse and all is fine, and all the wires seem to be connected. I now fear the motor has gone, in which case would it be ok for me to source a used part, or should I just pay the extra for a brand new one?

  • Eric

    Whenever I have two people in the front and two people in the rear of my 2014 Lexus IS 250 the car bottoms out, and becomes uncomfortable and horrible to drive. There have been occasions when the passengers in the back actually said they were hurt, which made me feel terrible. Is this a common issue, and if so what can be done?

  • Scarlett

    I have lost count at how many times I have taken my 2014 Lexus IS 350 back to the dealer because the weather maps never seem to work, and this is regardless of area. They said they will do all they can to come up with the answer, but I do not feel confidant, so does anyone else have any suggestions?

  • Morris

    After many hours of trying to get to the reason why my 2005 Lexus RX 330 will not start, I am no closer to finding a reason. I first tried to pump the gas pedal, but had no joy. I then went through the process of checking the battery, along with the pigs and lead, but still nothing. I also checked to make sure full was being pumped to the engine, which it is. I am now at a loss, so what else should I check?

  • Jackson

    Both fuses for the headlights on my 2002 Lexus ES 300 are fine, and so are the bulbs, yet the lights do not come on. I cannot think of anything else to try, and so wondered if there was anyway to find a break in the wire?

  • Manny

    The temperature display for my 1994 Lexus LS 400 is no longer working as it should, and this has also had a strange effect on the heating system, because the heater no longer works correctly. I have been told I will have to pay around $1,000 to have the entire unit displayed, but is there a cheaper fix?

    • Ship

      If your heating it’s not working. Try changing the radiator. Your radiator may be a defect.

  • Dawn

    I’ve had only around 10,000 miles in my Lexus SC 430, which U know is not much on a 13 year-old car, but I never use it to go far distances. Anyway, there was a huge amount of road nice, and later found it to be the inner wall of all four tires. However, after driving another 12,000 miles, the tires were worn out again. I have made certain that the wheel alignment is done and the wheels rotated, yet this still does not stop excessive tire wear, so now think there could be an issue with the suspension, or something else.

  • Peter

    Am I the only one that feels the stock sound system in the 2015 Lexus IS 250 is a pile of garbage? I have to turn the volume up to 35 in order to hear anything. I just think Lexus has made a wrong move with its entertainment in this latest model.

  • Angel

    I have an issue with the door panels on my 2008 Lexus LS 460, as they have started to melt, which is very worrying indeed. Does anyone know if this is a common issue, and if so what can I do?

  • Tim

    I have to keep filling up the steering fluid container everyday for my Lexus RX 330, which is annoying seeing as though it was not too ling ago that the steering rack was replaced. I am not at the end of my teether as to what could be the cause of the problem.

  • Andy

    All was working fine with my Lexus 400, but then out of the blue the AC deiced to drop all of its refrigerant. I have heard stories that this issue it not an unusual one, although have been told that it’s not too hard to repair. However, should I go direct to Lexus or with another garage?

  • Malcolm

    My Lexus RX 350 suddenly made a strange nice and then broke down. There was no kind of warning light, and the car has been well maintained, but it now looks as though i will need a new engine. I just cannot understand why this would have happened.

  • Norman

    The trim seals that are on the back door window of my Lexus RX 330 is coming loose, and has already started to leak. I am annoyed because this should not happen on an expensive car. I have since been in contact with Lexus, and they said they cannot replace just the trim, and so I will have to pay for the entire window to be released – surely there is a cheaper option?

  • Kay

    There are times when the instrument cluster goes off and also the steering becomes hard, but only when I put the transmission into reverse. This did used to happen once in a while, but has now started to happen almost every time now – oh the car I have is a 2010 Lexus RX 350.

  • George Varghese

    2005 rx330 stearing vibrates on high speed

  • Libby Wolfe

    2010 Lexus LS-460 AWD needs Steering Rack faulty power steering link. An internal open has been detected and triggered VGRS light code. Dealer quotes $3,900 for part, and $1,000 for labor, with 0nly 77,000 miles? Help!

    • Tali

      Shop at junk yard. I had same issue withe VGRS and VSC light on dash. Internal rack fault. Found a used one with 30k and it was rear end. No front end damage. Installed, and steering and all lights are gone.

  • Todd Wilson

    06 gx470 alloy wheel corrosion, cracked driver side manifold.

  • Jaime Kozelisky

    My 2000 ES 300 has 190k miles and has recently begun quivering during acceleration. The error codes indicated faulty O2 sensors which I replaced. Both banks read that corrections are being made but the surging during light acceleration continues. At highway speeds if I accelerate it is sluggish and then seems to clear up and regain its power though my pedal position is steady. The O2 readings show times when the graph on one or the other bank is flat. Any ideas?

  • Dreamer. CG

    I own a 2010 lexus is 250 AWD, I’ve just experienced a very hard jolt as if my car stalled switching to the next gear, my car is an automatic. This was the first time I’ve ever experienced such a malfunction in my car. Later on about 30 minutes late my car completely misses a gear and my car rims went through the roof. If anyone is or has experienced a similar issue ?

  • Harry

    own a 2002 Lexus ES250. Have starting problems whenever I fill gas. After filling, and starting car engine dies for 3 attempts. Seems like there is no gas in engine. Then have to start and increase RPMs to keep engine running, then engine will stablize and car runs okay. Seems like a vacuum problem but not sure. Any assistance is appreciated

  • Ed


    I own a 2016 Lexus RX350 and I higly recommend that any buying this car take notice that the little vibration you might have felt in the steering wheel, gear shift, and accelerator pedal is not normal and “will” get worse at which time you will wish you never purchased the vehicle. I have been the full route of the MA Lemon Law right up to the legal people of Lexus who could care less about this problem. It is unbearable and my wife and I are on our 9th Lexus vehicle and we were hoping it most likely would carry us for the nest five years. All the safety features and so called new model year change looks mean nothing if the car does not ride right. Do not renew your leases or purchase a Lexus RX350 SUV and leave Lexus for the competition. I have to suffer for another two years with this noise and vibration as the letter I received today from Lexus Corp Guru’s will not honor my complaint because and I quote: “it does not suffer from a defect in materials or workmanship that substantially impairs the use, vaule or safety.” I urge all Lexus owners or prospective owners to be aware that the quality of Lexus vehicles and the support of Lexus management no longer stand by their mission statement. We enjoyed eight Lexus vehicles and now this absolute Lemon has taken Lexus down hill and you may want to consider another manufacturer. Note: Do not buy a Lexus based on past Lexus cars you were satisfied with, “without a test drive first”.

  • Maryanne N

    We have a 2016 Lexus RX 350 and are having the same

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