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.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2002. Rear side air bags available from 2007. ESC available, standard from 2007.
Road Test

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.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.3-liter V6 (225 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Lexus ES owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Alignment

"The motor mounts broke causing the alignment to go out and tires to wear uneven"

Joel M., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"4 wheel alignment should be done after strut replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"After several attempts (alignments) to correct steering wheel vibration at freeway speeds, new tires (Michelin Defenders) were installed to replace Korean tires. The vibration is gone"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Bushings

"Front Lower Control Arm Bushing Broke"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"leak from hose uncovered problems with belts and water pump"

Ted B., NJ (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Service adviser reports power steering leak"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Returning to my car after shopping, it was apparent that fluid had leaked on right side of car. Steering was difficult. Called my son. Took to dealer. They replaced power steering pump. $943.00"

Sylvia T., TX (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"I knew there was a leak but not from where. dealer replaced hose but also wanted to change out the pump. due to the cost I just had him change out the hose ($800.00)pump would have been another $700"

William H., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Screeching when turning steering wheel. Pump needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Had to replace sway bars twice in three years"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"1 rear strut noisy on rough roads-replaced both rear struts and that in turn required a 4 wheel alignment-driver side front tire wearing on edge -put rears on front & had all 4 rebalanced"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"shock bottomed out when going over a bump"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Struts were worn out and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"they wore out, so new ones were installed"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"It's a $400 item but I don't want my local mechanic to do it because he can't seem to handle specialized items. The strut mount bracket needs to be replaced and I've only had it tightened at the dealer. It makes a clicking noise and may be causing the car react to wind from the sides. I will have the work done in the next month or two."

Ken E., SC (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"The struts and shocks had 126000 miles of use and never had anything done to them. It was time to change them out."

Robert, MO (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"I knew when the car was purchased that the rear struts needed replaced. However, I was informed by the salesperson that the cost to do same was about $500. The actual cost ended up being double that."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Lexus said the leak was because of the pot hole or a nasty bump, my wife or I never experienced a nasty bump or hit a pot hole"

Vincent P., NY (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Made decision to replace rack-and-pinion assembly. Got quotes from dealer, from a private guy and from Firestone. I regularly use Firestone so got the work done there. $1400 total. The assembly was leaking and starting to go bad so I made decision to keep car running and replace."

Cory M., FL (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Significant steering wheel vibration begins at 55-60 mph and is gone by 65 mph. My mechanic has yet to correct the problem. Realigning the wheels doesn't seem to help"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Tie rods

"While performing an alignment check, Firestone noticed that one of the tie rods was loose. I replaced both"

Cory M., FL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Lower control arms replaced due to excessive wear"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Wheels badly corroded causing tire wear. Wheels and tires replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Heard humming noise. Front wheel bearings needed replacement"

Steve K., IA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced right front wheel bearing, was noisy"

Stephan T., QC (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"they were completely stuck, had to be replaced. Brakes on my ES have always been very weak"

Robert R., QC (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Front caliper failed causing dragging brake. Only symptom was vibration after car driven at least 15 miles. Several different mechanics couldn't figure it out & just kept rebalancing my tires (the dumb broad treatment despite being anything but)"

Joyce M., NY (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"calipers stuck, had to be removed and replaced with brake pads"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"front calipers were found to be leaking and needed to be replaced at 105k miles."

Ritchie A., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"HAD TO REPLACE ALL FOUR"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Repeatedly (4 or 5 times)took leaky master cylinder problem back to brake shop where original was replaced. They couldn't fix the problem and advised to go to dealer which I did and the dealer fixed the problem"

Stephen G., CO (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Master cylinder leaked causing the brake pedal to fall to the floorboard when depressed. The master cylinder needed to be replaced with OEM part"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Nothing unusual"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"I do not believe that the car gets good mileage from it's brakes. When the front brakes are worn it causes causing vibranting of the front end at higher speeds"

Joel M., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"new rear brakes installed"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"I had the brake pads changed and two rotors needed replacement after 80,000 since the last wervice"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Rear brakes replaced April 1015"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced brake pads. Brakes were okay otherwise. Pads were expensive: $550 for all four"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"vehicel needed brakes after 2400 miles on old linings"

Lawrence S., NY (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Brakes would shudder or pulse occasionally during low speed braking. Became scary."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Rotors

"Worn unevenly, needed to be ground"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Squeaking

"There is a creaking more than squeaking when letting off the brakes. This has not been resolved."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rubber seal on inside of right front and left rear passenger doors came loose and had to be repaired"

Ritchie A., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Floor mats don't stay in place. Never have since car was new."

Gold R., FL (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Several large, bigger than 2", spots where clear coat is peeling off and paint is chalking"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"When the bumper hits another object, the outer white paint comes off and you see the black plastic. The plastic should have been white"

Martin E., NY (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Paint on the original silver painted aluminum wheels is cracking and peeling"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Poor initial paint quality with surface scratches from the slightest marking. Dealer and Lexus failed to offer any solution"

Thomas M., NS (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"very poor paint - cracking on bumper - in several places"

James P., MI (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"When the white painted fenders were scratched, the black plastic undercoating is seen."

Martin E., NY (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Parked out in the sun half time. Paint fading, chalking badly."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"silver painted aluminum alloy wheels - paint has bubbled and cracked. Debating whether to have it repaired or maybe get new wheels, unpainted."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Severe Paint Oxidation."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Paint easily marks and show scuff and other marks not the case with any other vehicles I have owned."

Thomas M., NS (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Silver painted wheels (original equipment) - paint cracked, blistered and peeled on all wheels. Wheels not yet replaced; looks poor but doesn't affect performance."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Rust

"Along the. Trim of back door, or the edge of door"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"It took four visits to the repair shop to have a rust problem in the trunk lid properly repaired. Apparently the dealer's repair shop contracted the rust repairs out and their contracted shop did not do a thorough job of finding the source of the rust and fixing it, nor did the dealer's shop check that the job had been done to spec!"

Anonymous, ON (2005 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.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"Battery will drain dead and require recharging, cause never found"

Bill D., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"One side of rear taillights stopped working even after that bulbs were replaced. A deeply buried connector had corroded and needed to be replaced. It cost nearly $300 to replace a $1.00 part"

David G., OH (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Tail lamps burnt out"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Burned out tail light"

Sidney B., AL (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Gauges

"Many of the read outs on gauges began to dissapear or partially disappear"

Joe L., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Headlights

"despite replacing bulbs, lights were frequently intermittant"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"The car has an automatic headlight balancing control that adjusts the direction of the headlights when necessary because of weight imbalance. When not working properly the interior warning light remains on. The replacement sensor is approximately $10"

Anonymous, DE (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Head lights went out. Took the car to the dealership and had it replaced for a price tag of $350 and it went out again after 2 months. Now it keeps going on and off. Do not want to visit dealership for coughing up more money from my pocket!"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Cooling quit working"

Bill D., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Interior lights

"The trunk light is intermittent. After two attempts to correct the problem short of a new trunk lock, which is far too expensive, we continue to have the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Keyless entry

"trunk release stopped working"

Anonymous, DE (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Warning lights

"It was very difficult for the mechanic to locate the correct bulb that had to be replaced. It took more than one attempt back to the shop to locate the bad bulb"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Warning lights only alert to some mysterious issue. Reading the engine codes gives no indication of the problem, and all the service facilities can suggest is to begin replacing components until "something" fixes the problem"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

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

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Alternator failed while at gas station"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Alternator had to be replaced"

John C., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Bearing failed"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Alternator failed and was noisy and did not produce a charge"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Alternator failed. Replaced with a rebuilt unit. When the alternator failed, the deep battery drain let to the need to replace the battery as well"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Alternator had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"The alternator died and the car would not run. Had to have it towed as I was not at home when this happened. The check engine light had been on only a short time, but it gives no further information so it's hard to know what to do and how quickly."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Problem with dead battery often........needed to install an intelligent charger otherwise too many problems"

Jacques P., QC (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Coil

"one morning engine check light went off and the car got sluggish. Error code reader borrowed from Autozone gave P0302. I swapped spark plugs, coils and found that coil on cylinder 2 failed. Replaced failed coil and everything was fixed."

Sergei Y., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"I had to have one of the coils replaced at the spark plug. Simple process but sort of expensive at about $300 as I remember."

Ken E., SC (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Engine harness

"I don't remember the details. I just had to replace a part"

Anonymous, HI (2005 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

A/C compressor

"Interior not cooling quickly"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"The a/c system expired from age"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"There was a leak in the AC system that was hard to find and difficult and expensive to repair."

Kenneth P., IN (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Air conditioning stopped working and was replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"90 degrees outside. AC cooling but not blowing. Not good in heat and needing to drive 50 miles home"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Condenser

"It was making a funny noise. Took it to our mechanic. They fixed it and the power steering pump"

Rita P., OR (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Evaporator

"Bought car used and it had the problem when we bought it. also bought additional warranty (at my wife's insistence). between the dealer and the warranty, the evaporator was replaced and the system works fine now"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"AC stopped, mechanic determined that a bad evaporator was the problem."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"We were having this problem right after purchasing car. Replacing the evaporator fixed the problem"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Loss of cooling, slow leak , bought can of refrigerant, restored cooling"

Stephen S., FL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"A/C system corroded. Box and system had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Gear selector jammed recently"

Jacques P., QC (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Rough shifting

"under hard acceleration rough and hard shifting"

Kenneth R., CT (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"it doesn't shift smoothly as my previous Lexus models. Nothing in particular, but I would not buy this model again - it was very "un lexus""

Anonymous, HI (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"It's an inconsistent shifting. Sometimes is smooth transitioning, other times, you're not sure if the car is going to make it."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Occasional hesitation or pausing when upshifting while accelerating. Also, occasional shift lever difficult coming out of park."

Anonymous, RI (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"initial start up from stop light, sometimes slow to shift to 2nd gear"

Kenneth R., CT (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Dangerous hesitation when accelerating into traffic"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"transmission slips with going 20-25 MPH"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Dealer did some work however there was no improvement. They then said they could do no more. This happened when the car was new."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Transmission computer

"When traveling at low speed, like stop and go traffic, the computer is slow to find correct gear. This is dangerous because in traffic you often don't have much time to make a move to another lane and a hesitation in the transmission can cause an acc"

Michael B., CA (2005 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

Air or water leaks

"service menu suggest to replace a timing chain for 8 year old car. At the same time check water pump if it does leaking. The result is water pump does have leakage, Cost is over CDN$1100.00"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"The water pump started to leak at about 90,000 miles. ( I had it replaced at the same time as my 90,000 mile maintenance appointment while they were changing the drive belt and serpentine belt - per suggested maintenance). I had purchased a Lexus war"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Drain on driver side near front door failed, causing water leakage into passenger area"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Engine Block Seal Leaking Coolant"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Water entering from somewhere, carpet under mats is consistently damp"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Some oil was seeping out from leaky engine gaskets. After 13 years, I considered replacing them to be a small matter. No other repair issues in past year."

Mark A., TX (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Strut needed tightening"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"The vehicle as gotten very loud in the cabin"

Bruce S., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Wind noise

"it must be the seals on the doors but they are not bad"

Bruce S., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"always had bad wind noise and road noise. it appears door sills are not of high quality"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 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)

"Filter that helps control evaporation in the fuel system failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Warning lights went on. Gas cap was leaking and needed to be replaced"

Steve K., IA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Actually fuel filler pipe just inside the gas cap: Lexus dealer said it wore out because of filling the tank with gas. Never heard of that. Over $500 to fix"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"couldn't tighten fuel cap and engine light went on. Was able to tighten by grasping inside of fuel cap. My wife can't do it so I must fuel the car."

Gold R., FL (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"The fuel cap failed to create a vacuum and set off the emissions sensor.....only a new Lexus fuel cap would work to solve the problem."

Joe L., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Replaced all six engine coils"

Jacqueline M., MA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Too many sensor failures, including O2 sensor. 3 trips to dealer for "check engine", all related to sensors and about $500 each to repair"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"We've had numerous problems with the "check engine" light coming on which we finally found out was due to one or more of the sensors. First they thought it was due to the gas cap, which we replaced a couple of times. Eventually they said two of the sensors were bad which we had replaced. There was a recall at some time because of this, but we had too many miles on the car for them to fix it! In spite of replacing the sensors, the check engine light continues to show up every so often. If we un"

Susan B., TX (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"vacuum sensor canister went bad"

James B., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced O2 sensors"

Jacqueline M., MA (2005 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

Engine computer

""Check Engine" light comes on, and VSC and TRAC lights are on as well. No service facility has been able to figure out why, but they all want to replace very expensive components just "to see if it will fix the issues.""

Anonymous, OH (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"I am not sure what category to list it in , but the problem was with the main oxygen sensor which was replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Oil leaks

"rear main seal is leaking"

Denny T., OR (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Not sure if this is oil leaking. There is constant smell of oil burning while driving this vehicle."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Minor no big deals."

Cory M., FL (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"valve cover gaskets are leaking oil. and are expensive to repair. disappointed this is a common problem on this engine. very disappointed for this premium car. vehicle only has 95,000 miles"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"To stop annoying oil leaks, had to have several gaskets or seals replaced; rather costly."

Michael M., KS (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Oil leaks inside engine and outside engine."

Catherine B., AL (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Oil leak around the seals."

J J., SC (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 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

Doors or sliding doors

"The rear window motor had to be replaced due to motor failure and door seal was replaced at the same time ."

Ritchie A., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Locks and latches

"rear windows both sides - do not open"

James P., MI (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Mirrors

"Right side rear view mirror motor broken. Cannot adjust the mirror. Broke after a few years, and cost over $500 dollars to fix."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Seat belts

"Drivers and passenger seat belts had to be replaced due to bad retraction."

Ritchie A., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"The seat rails have pieces of plastic as a part of the construction. The pieces can out of the rail system. They are still out as the cost to repair is too costly. Seat still operates. Seat does not get moved much so will not get it fixed"

Ritchie A., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Sunroof

"Sunroof stuck in open position."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Windows

"Rear window, Drivers side stuck shut"

Diane J., IL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Ten years on, our CD player failed to read the disk. An independent audio/car shop removed the unit, sent it to an electronic/audio repair shop, which could not buy the replacement parts thought needed. (Lexus apparently bought from three subcontract"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"The 6 CD player malfunctioned and was not fixable"

Doug B., IL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Cassette player and CD player both failed at once but the radio worked. The dealer removed the radio, cassette and CD player and it was to be sent to a Lexus repair shop to repair and replace the entire unit. This was to take " a week or two" and so far there has been no notice of the situation to date (20 days) to me. I called and left a voice mail for my service writer today but no response yet. This full service for my radio, etc is estimated to cost $1,100"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"I have an all in one radio, cassette and 6-CD player . The CD player part has not worked in five years. I learned that the space the for the 6 CDs is so close that they often jam up. The dealer told me that I could have it replaced, but it was not worth it to me and I like having the cassette player, which you can't get anymore"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Can't get CD out of it"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"The combined CD player/radio has been a problem since this car was new. The unit was replaced during the 2nd year under warranty, again 4 years later under extended warranty and has been out now for over a year. We can not find a repair place and to replace it is over $700. Not happy"

Ritchie A., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Radio

"At times in the past month the controls do not work on the radio itself, only on the steering wheel. Lately they are working on both"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"This is needed based on the mileage the vehicle has."

Doug H., VA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Too expensive and difficult service for such expensive vehicle"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Customer representative suggested adding water pump as much labor would be saved. Then attempted to double-bill for said labor. This was corrected by talking to service manager"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"I was told it was time to replace the timing belt because the car was 10 years old and the belt was usually replaced around then"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Only decided to go ahead a repalce this since the water pump was also being replaced and the labor cost for the timeing belt was not much more than just the water pump. Timing belt by itself is very labor icostly"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"The timing belt and accessory belts were replaced as per the service manual. They did not fail, this vehicle has never let us down"

Allen R., FL (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Water pump was found leaking on 30K mile check up. It was replaced"

Carl T., AR (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"This was done when as part of the head gasket replacement"

Doug H., VA (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Went to the dealer for 30000 mile check up and was told that my water pump was leaking. had it replaced. Funny that both of my Lexus vehicles had water pump issues at this dealership. ?????"

Carl T., AR (2005 Lexus ES 330.0 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

Driveshaft or axle

"noise from axle when stopping, slowing down or speed up. It need a replacement of axle for a total of 84000km only The cost is Cdn$1200 plus tax"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"battery problem resulted in replacement of battery, alternator and alternator drive belt"

Paul K., CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Ignition coil failure"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Pipes

"flexible connector developed a small leak, shop removed and welded in a new (non-dealer) flex connector. Cost ~$250"

Don B., CT (2005 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
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