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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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 2006 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

"due to all the pot holes in Torrance,CA my ball joints had to be replaced $800"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"After 200,000 miles, the ride was a bit noisy and "loose""

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace front struts, upper mounts, cushions and right front sway bar link"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Upper A frame rubber deteriorating"

Frederick J., FL (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Bushings

"bushings in front & rear suspension needed replacement"

Anonymous, QC (2006 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"rear tail was out. Had to replace bulb twice. First bulb was defective"

Jerome B., MA (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Interior lights

"The whole inside dash lights have been having issues in the last week. Radio turns off and of light it's possessed. Turn signals both turn on when trying to use it to the left or right. Need to get this problem checked out"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Had to be replaced"

Garth V., CO (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Body control module

"Had to be replaaced"

Garth V., CO (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"auto level mechanism has broken and needs replacement"

Anonymous, BC (2006 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

Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes wear out around 70 to 80000 miles. Can tell by stuttering when braking"

Thomas W., CO (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced brake shoes and timing belt"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Rotors

"I was advised to replace brakes and rotors"

Anonymous, IL (2006 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

Mirrors

"Mirror motors do not operate properly"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Driver's window would only go up half way and with the glass tipped at an angle. Took several visits to repair shop to identify the problem, something to do with the motor control unit in the door and the linkage that raised and lowered the window"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Both motors for rear passenger electric windows quit operating. Both motors were replaced under my Lexus Platinum extended warranty (which I purchased with the car)"

Neal W., CO (2006 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

Automatic climate control

"air conditioner has continued to go off affer at four repairs"

E A., OH (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"sometimes will not heat unless set as high as 25"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Small leak"

Sharon B., VA (2006 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)

"paint was dull and wearing away. Had the entire car repainted"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)
Rust

"Rust at the pass door handle"

Anonymous, ON (2006 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

Oil leaks

"engine valve covers leaking oil"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"Leaks for the first time so far. Fixed for about $1500.00"

Katherine N., CO (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"a mere pinhole leak which, thanks to the way the replacements business works, required $1700 to correct--cat converter, most of exhaust system"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

"holes in pipes"

Brian C., MA (2006 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 leaking. Replaced timing belt coincident with pump replacement - timing belt replaced before scheduled time"

Anonymous, SK (2006 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)

"I had a somewhat suspect repair shop (but easier to get to) to try to give me my annual safety inspection - everything else was fine but they said it did not pass the emission and recommended an expensive repair. I am taking it soon to another sh"

Anonymous, TX (2006 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

"Heard whirring noise from engine and dealer said alternator was bad"

Thomas W., CO (2006 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

"CD changer jammed and could not be repaired"

Glen J., MS (2006 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"pressurized fuel tank system"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Lexus ES 330 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"3 months after purchase car showed problems. 6 months after purchase transmissions had to be replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Lexus ES 330 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

"Since the car was new it has ALWAYS had a rough shift from second to third. Each trip to the dealer they could find nothing wrong. At the last time to a dealer the service advisor told me ALL 2006 ES 330 have the same issue. His sincere advise was to"

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Replaced before schedule - see water pump"

Anonymous, SK (2006 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.

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