The ES330 provides one of the most quiet and comfortable driving experiences in the class. We like its smooth powertrain, impressive fit and finish, and fairly roomy interior. The then-new 3.3-liter V6 engine slightly improved acceleration and fuel economy over its predecessor. The ES scored very well in both government and insurance-industry crash tests.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Lexus ES owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"I have experienced this problem usually when going up hill. But not that much of a problem that I had to have it in for repair"

Nate B., PA (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Slipping gears is probably a computer problem but Lexus will not admit it"

Martin T., NC (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Lexus will not admit the computer is bad"

Martin T., NC (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"No real problem. I took the car in for a routine checkup the mechanic discovered the leak. I had it repaired"

Maggie H., NJ (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Vehicle has been aligned 3 times and it still pulls left....unable to determine cause...replaced struts....bushings...motor mounts and tires"

Michael B., CA (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Reasonable wear for mileage on car"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced all four struts, more expensive because electronically controlled from driver's console"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"At 131,307 miles both rear struts needed replacement. That they needed replacement wasn't the surprise. The replacement parts were expensive"

E P., NH (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Hood color is gone"

Harold G., FL (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"fading, cracking, & peeling"

John H., OH (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Rust

"Rust developing on top of hood by windshield wipers and on side post between front and back side window doors"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"The interior valves for the heating/air condition system have started to make noise and the only way to prevent is to turn the heat indicator to HOT.....It is not the fan it is the valve motors"

Michael B., CA (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"rattle from left front wheel well"

Frank S., NV (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Original tubing had cracked and was leaking, causing a false Check Engine light"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Got check engine light with the code for oxygen sensor. Able to reset. Don't know if the problem is real or not. Have not taken it to the shop to find out"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Relay failure"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heater system

"Heater was not working to produce heat. Upon Lexus maintenance they determined there was too much water in the coolant and could not determine why. Happily, All worked out well as they flushed the system several times and was able to restore system and produce heat"

Joanne M., NY (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"valve gasket had to be replaced multiple times with different brands before proper seal was achieved"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Had an expensive to fix leak up in the roof behind the sun roof retraction system"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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