With its comfortable ride, quiet interior and lavish amenities, the Lexus ES provides big luxury car feel and refinement in a manageably sized package. The ES is also quick and yet sparing with fuel. Valuing ride quality over handling, agility is not a strong suit. Consequently, the ES idoes not try to be fun to drive. However, it is one of the best riding cars in its class.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

Worse Better
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

With its comfortable ride, quiet interior and lavish amenities, the Lexus ES provides big luxury car feel and refinement in a manageably sized package. The ES is also quick and yet sparing with fuel. Valuing ride quality over handling, agility is not a strong suit. Consequently, the ES idoes not try to be fun to drive. However, it is one of the best riding cars in its class. Further, rear-seat side airbags are standard equipment. Its few negatives include limited rear seat head room and partially obscured rear visibility.

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
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (272 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Lexus ES owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"extream vibration on slight breaking at high speed"

Joyce H., AZ (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"I actually wore out the brake pads"

Leslie S., VA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had to be replaced"

Scott F., FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

"Had to replace parking brake cable etc. in order to pass vehicle safety inspection. Because of our Canadian winters and salt corrosion it is a common problem with all vehicles here"

Anonymous, PE (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes sometime wearing more rapidly than normal"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"brake squeal when going in reverse. Had to change brake pads and install new shim kit"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"hasd to replacebrake pads etc with less than 8000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"REAR BREAK WARE AFTER 47000 MILES. REALY REAR BRAKES. FRONT HAVE PLENTY OF PAD LEFT"

Arthur B., MO (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced original front rotors"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"replace them"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"rotors caused vibration due to uneven wear: pads/rotors drivers front; changed pads and rotors on left and right front. Performed work myself a lot cheaper $ than dealer $$$"

Andrew Z., QC (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"The rotors were warped which made the steering wheel and brake pedal vibrate during slow speed stops. Lexus already replaced the pads/rotors early for this same problem a few years ago under warranty. My wife NEVER has had on prior cars"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"The rotors were warped, causing a bumping feeling. We were told it is not a safety issue, but we had it fixed anyway"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Squeaking when I BACK ,especially after rain"

Virginia H., TX (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"when backing up, The brakes ALWAYS have a high squeak!! I was told, that's was Lexus do!"

Tim A., AL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"squeaking when backing up"

Joyce H., AZ (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"REAR BREAK SQUEAL WHEN BACKING UP NO FIX"

Arthur B., MO (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Vibration felt in brakes even though it still had pad left, ran for additional miles, then changed out brakes and had calipers adjusted"

O B., CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"I had the standard "brake overhaul" required by the service manual"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"replaced front brake pads and machined rotors"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes wear quickly"

Scott F., FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rear break pads had 2mm of wear left"

Gunther W., ON (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Lower plastic trim on drivers side seems to pop out at one end easily. The dealer is able to fit it back, but it doesn't stay there"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Lower exterior door trim comes loose. Gas filler door spring broke"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"The trim molding around the two sunroofs has mostly come off. Dealer says to correct it requires replacing the sunroofs for many bucks. Dealer says it will not leak, and hasn't so far, without the trim. The trim looks crappy and needs cutting off"

Ronald W., WA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Lose molding as a result of broken clips on passenger side bottom of door"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Loose is the wrong word. The dash padding appears to almost melt in direct sunlight. There is a recall for this. We have been waiting months for replacement parts"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is cracking on many places. It almost looks like it has been cut and rolling up just a bit along each side of cuts. I'm fsirnrds to Lexus, the car has never been garaged. It sits out in FL sun 24-7"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Exterior car paint chips very easily. front of car looks like it has been sand blasted with small stones"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"PAINT HAS CHIPPED OFF THE CAR AT A HIGHER THAN NORMAL RATE SINCE NEW"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"This car chips and scratches more easily than any car I've ever driven, and it's expensive to repair. Even the slightest rub up against a shrub can cause a scratch, and the clips that hold body pieces together have broken several times"

David A., CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"pitting on the hood"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"the paint peels and chips with the slightest infractions such as road sand or touching a snow bank. Very poor paint job on this model year car. Also the dual heating system only works on the drivers side"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"This may be unfair but the front looks like it has been through a storm. It probably has 50 or more nicks from rocks or whatever hitting it. Have never had a car that showed so much front paint damage"

Robert T., MD (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"lots of rail dust spots. May have to do a complete new paint job"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"The black paint is very chalky"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Makes warning noise whenever in reverse, regardless of proximity to object"

D S., FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"The backup camera intermittently quit working"

Peter O., CO (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"The CD player does not always eject the cd. After a number of days, if I push the eject button, it sometimes comes out, sometimes not"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"system lost location i.d. recently, no gps; dealership 'reset' it, no charge, currently doubtful of reliability; have owned 4 es350s with nav system since 2006, first time problem with it; 3 were bought new, this one used in december 2016 after collision totaled my 2011 es350"

John G., NY (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"GPS map shows me nowhere near my actual position, regardless of how many times I reset it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Due to age of car and complexity of system I have no desire to make it work correctly by paying to get it fixed as I'm assuming it would be cost prohibitive"

Barry B., NC (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Not worth the extra money. Impossible to program and use effectively"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Gives inaccurate directions to some places when input to the gps. System not user friendly, too complicated"

Robert L., FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"By the time the Bluetooth answers my response the caller has often hung up"

D S., FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Pairing capability quit! No capability exists for any phone. Is under an extended warranty. Should be repaired soon"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Quit working"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Connectivity and USge is difficult - may be a technical problem to be checked out!"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Radio locked up, and this was a known problem others had as found on google search. Dealer replaced this radio under warranty"

Doug W., NC (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Radio will intermittently quit working"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-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

Headlights

"Headlights color change"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"My front headlights went out without warning on a very long trip I was on at night. I had no idea that the lights were not working. My dealer wanted an enormous amount of money to put in new lights ($700)! I bargained him down, but found the price to be exorbitant. Also, thought there should be a warning light on my dash about this"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"The headlight went out and it is not something the owner can fix themselves. Dealership has to replace the headlight bulbs. The headlight is also letting in water"

Michael C., FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Both headlights needed to be replaced by "dealership only" at a cost of $700"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"low beam hid burned out dealer wanted $232.00 found exact same bulb at canadian tire for $118.00"

Andrew Z., QC (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"The two front "high Beam" bulbs needed replacement as well as two rear brake light bulbs"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Driver's door "touch to unlock" function failed"

John B., CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"Approaching vehicle, automatic lights due to key fob stopped lighting as well as automatic unlocking. Must now use manual opening of vehicle (flaws continued despite installing new Lexus battery in keyless entry fob)"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"a check engine light is on and the dealer said the catalytic converter needs to be replaced"

Lori L., MN (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"My car was hit by a rock while driving and it cracked the windshield. The windshield had to be replaced. The company that replaced the windshield messed up the automatic wipers. The sensor no longer attaches to the windshield making it unUSble"

Michael C., FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Automatic washer feature failed"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-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

Bushings

"Bushings on rear stabilizer bar were worn and needed to be replaced. Rear stabilizer bar was moving over an inch due to this. The front bushings are also worn and will need to be replaced in the next 12 months. Considering age of car, not unexpected, but costly"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"expected repair after 148,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"I cringe to think of what might have happened had we been driving at higher speeds on the expressways"

Georgia F., WI (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Trouble turning. Need replacement"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Pulsing noise and vibration in rear tires at 5mph and up"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Noticed that the car started making noise when turning the wheel. Glad we caught it b4 issue while driving occurred. All issues were related.The total cost was $3996.08. We filed a c/o on January 2nd 2017 and to date no response. Extremely annoyed...We expected better"

Georgia F., WI (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Leak resulting in replacement of the rack & pinion"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Alignment

"needed front end alignment"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"CAR WOULD PULL L OR R. Brakes would shimmy"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Purchased new tires and the vibration is still present"

Anonymous, SD (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-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

"Replace the water pump"

Peter J., AZ (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Water-pump replacement at time of timing belt & serpentine belt replacement"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"This car needed a new water pump and drive belt. The drive belt was replaced at the same time that we replaced the water pump at about 97000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"sunroof mechanism was loose"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind noise at highway speed"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"High speed wind noise near driver's side window"

Michael M., OH (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Door Rattle, now fixed"

Pramathesh B., MD (2008 Lexus ES)

"Sunroof made popping noise when open"

Peter O., CO (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"brake noise the dealer can't fix"

Leber B., TX (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

"AC compressor problems"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"A/C QUIT WORKING. REPAIRED AT ROSEVILLE LEXUS"

Grove W., CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Computer module had to be replaced. It took the dealer two attempts in trying to identify the fix for the problem and had to consult with the manufacturer to find the fix"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"control of Passenger side heating system stopped working"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"heating system only works on drivers side. For a Lexus, you do not expect this to occur"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"I HAD TO ADD FREON MANY TIMES"

Grove W., CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Air conditioning not cooling car. Dealer had to recharge freon"

Carl P., CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"These items failed and my cost was appx. 1800.00 Condenser & Evaporator"

Charles D., CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-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

"REar pasengwer did not open from the inside. Problem was fixed when we had a body shop work on the dings, dents and rust. Seems to work fine now. However, front seat center console stopped opening. The body shop was going to replace it but lexus sent the wrong part based on the car's VIN. We are waiting for the correct center console"

Howard B., CO (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Door handle broke. It actually snapped off. Door had to be taken apart to replace door handle. Cost $950 for a stupid door handle"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"The driver's side window got out of the track and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"front passenger door came out of track"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"The right passenger window came off the track and would not go up without holding the window. Apparently a piece of the window inside the door broke"

John T., PA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Glass defects

"Head lights are very dull and glazed over"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Fuel filler door spring broke"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"started leaking coolant"

William W., CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"small leak"

Joseph S., CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"water pump failed"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"During routine maintenance the water pump was found to be leaking and needed to be replaced. It was covered under warranty"

Joe B., OR (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump failed at 60K"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump failed, replaced the water pump & belts"

James H., MN (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"When the water pump failed, due to the age of the car, the accessory belts were replaced, along with all fluids"

James H., MN (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Engine computer

"Has been brought in 2-3 times for engine light going on..Its always the "computer system""

Tim A., AL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"It is a very early 2008; problem is variable valve timing gear's rattle on engine start-up. They acknowledge that there have been problems with this engine but won't fix it because it is out of warrantee. Valves have been noisy since the car was kne"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"warranty covered the repair of this oil leak which would have cost about $4000 had I paid for it"

Doug W., NC (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

"slippage causes rough shifting between 2 and 3rd gear"

Anonymous, HI (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"slippage happens between 2 and 3rd gear when it is cold"

Anonymous, HI (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"The car would vibrate and a check engine light came on. They had to replace the sensor 2 times within one year. Still may consider selling the car if it happens again"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The vibration is felt inside the car. Seats shaking"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"check engine says we have a bad convertoer"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-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

Stability control (ESC)

"Had to replace one of the four oil pumps on one of the four camshafts. Indication was that the ESC needed to be checked"

Wayne S., CA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Right front axle hanger bearing broken. Had to replace Right front axle shaft assembly"

George C., MN (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"To replace the two sensors was about $900 which I thought was a bit expensive but luckily we had insurance. The censors failed just prior to 100,000 miles"

Ronald W., WA (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-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

Coil

"Coil failed.had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

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

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