For years, the Lexus ES excelled at being comfortable and luxurious, pampering rather than sporty. But for this version of the car, Lexus modified that formula by trying to create a more engaging driving experience. The overall result is a less satisfying upscale sedan. The ES still provides a comfy, quiet interior and gets good fuel economy.
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There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2013 Lexus ES owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Air noise at high speed"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weatherstripping on passenger front door came out of the top channel in the door. Really noisy and windy in daily highway driving."

Suzanne S., CA (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Seal on sun roof"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The passenger seat rattled and had to be tightened"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There is an intermittent rattle that seems to originate in the driver's side visor/light. It is very annoying"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"An exhaust bracket came loose and was promptly repaired"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"noise at small speed from the right door bottom"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Front windshield locating pins were making a loud tapping noise in cold weather. Dealer has had this problem before and repaired by shearing the pins off. Lost use of car for 2 days"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Blower motor is very loud - Dealer says that is the way it is. lots of air noiosr when driving"

Michael C., TX (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"seat rattles when not occupied"

Anonymous, UT (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This car has had rattles since purchased. They had to remove the windshield and fix a problem but the car had many rattles especially in winter"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Window and doors don't sit tight. Road vibrations"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"The breaks squeaking has been an issue from day one. This is the only defect."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When car is turned on, as steering wheel rises from column, it sometimes squeaks. Dealer can not find issue."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"We live in AZ and when it gets over 100 degrees, the sunroof sometimes rattles"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Lexus ES 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"Since purchasing the 2013 Lexus ES we have experienced a wind turbulence problem noticeable in the driver and front passenger seats when the car is driven at 65 mph &+, so on the freeways the noise level is not what we expected from a luxury car"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Previous car was same model ES year 2008. no wind noise, no road noise, ride was smooth both city and highway. Not so with 2013 model. This was third Lexus I've owned. Don't think I would but one again based on the 2013 model!"

D L., NJ (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"general wind noise should not have"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Wind noise is very high at highway speeds."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus ES 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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"System often does not recognize MP3 player. Music often speeded up"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The GPS is not worth the cost. Uses technology way behind after market gammon and Tom Tom units. My total satisfaction with Lexus software is very low. Would not buy another Lexus because they don't fix software problems. Also can't get map updat"

J E., NC (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Very unreliable on picking good route, even after setting up which is desired - e.g. Freeways Often has sent us in completely wrong direction e.g from Boise to San Francisco via Vancouver BC"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The Lexus in-dash GPS requires a dealer to replace the hard drive just to apply an annual update. The cost for each annual update is nearly $500, which is absurdly high"

Ken F., WI (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Out of date and incorrect directions for major cities like Dallas. Directed me to questionable areas when I tried to find a Costco location."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The gps system is very clunky to use and is difficult to set up, it is not very user friendly."

James M., WI (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Frequent difficulty using internet connection, ie, pandora"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"It has caused problems with video screen in dash. Has miscued screen advice"

Linda M., CA (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Unable to pair iPhone"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittent pairing @ about 45000 milesthen no pairing after about 50000miles"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"will not pair with new Iphone6S"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cannot pair phone with system. Frustrating in when we are supposed to be hands free. Car won’t even start the menu process to try pairing."

Suzanne S., CA (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"AM radio has static on some stations"

Michael R., CA (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Same problem. They don't want to fix their software problems and automatically provide a fix. have problems with intermittent display problems that are definitely software related"

J E., NC (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Radio stopped working and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"In car entertainment system and screen was and still is difficult to operate."

Anonymous, (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"I don't understand the controls"

Linda M., CA (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Voice control commands

"Not even close to ability of Siri! Try to say go home and it wants to phone someone on the contact list. Very cumbersome compared to Acura system"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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

Cruise control

"Stick broke off at entrance of steering wheel base, rendering it inoperable."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Both fog light bulbs have failed in 18 months since the car was bought new"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Interior lights

"Vehicle is under warranty. All lights on dash disappeared on multiple occasions while on the interstate at night time."

Arthur G., VA (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Suddenly, at freeway speeds all of the lights on the dash went out. Occurrence x3. Deteriorating fuses were replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Non operational on front passenger door"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"erratic operation never know if the door will open then must open mamually new expensive key did not help many new batteries don't help must hold key next to button to start"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cannot open drivers door with keyless entry. All other doors lock and unlock. Drivers door has to be manually locked and unlocked."

Ricky S., AR (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Driver door would not lock with key fob."

Lorraine C., CA (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"The electric door locks are remote activated. I have had all four door activators fail. The parts are a single unit and very expensive (about $375 plus labor). My son's 2013 Toyota Camry has the same problem. I have a 2001 Ford F-150 with automatic door locks that never had a problem. Obviously the manufacturer had parts supplied that did not meet normal standards. The Lexus and Toyota service centers both seemed aware of the issue, but did not replace at no-charge."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The trim on the driver's side is separating from the door"

Gloria M., FL (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The front plastic bumper is too close to the ground. Drags on the occasional high curb. Now needs to be replaced $2,000."

Don G., WA (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The ends of the plastic/rubber trim strips on the edges of the roof have loosened/broken away from their retaining clips, likely from the violent air dryer on our automatic carwash, which makes the metal roof panel vibrate like a sheet of aluminum. Our local body shop will be gluing them back into place with a stronger adhesive."

Willie W., MB (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"clanking noise coming from driver front side when going over bumps. Visited dealer but still cannot solve issue. Problem persists. Further investigation found the problem is caused by loose molding banging on body frame."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint prone to scratching much more easily than other cars"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"medium size bubble appeared in center of hood. Paint looks blistered and peeled there"

D B., TX (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Clear coat on the rear portion between back door and tire started to peel off. It is a sticker rather than actual paint."

Anonymous, (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)

"There are two moldings at the edges of the roof that started to peel even that I tread the exterior of the car. It started to happen when the car was about three years old."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rust

"Rust in back of trunk horizontal chrome strip"

Anonymous, QC (2013 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

Shocks or struts

"one front strut failed completely other front very weak---both replaced at 59,000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus ES 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Motor mount needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Lexus ES Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Rear stock failed (leaking). Both read shocks replaced. Kind of pricey having Lexus do the work."

Anonymous, (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Internal O-ring failed causing power steering fluid to leak past and degrade the outer sealing boot. Discovered during an oil change at the dealer."

Anonymous, AL (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel vibration

"The vibration started after hitting a big hole in the road. It was incresing with time. I whole like to explaing that the model of the car is a Lexus ES350 2013 not hibrid."

Anonymous, PR (2013 Lexus ES 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire wear is uneven

"Tires make a noise. Dealer said it was because I was driving it on rough roads. About 85% is on interstate and the rest is on paved roads. I am not happy with this assesment and unhappy with the dealers service department"

Francis B., TN (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Front wheel bearing had to be replaced, and is making noises again that may indicate the need for another replacement"

Stanley C., ON (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Brakes were wore down had to get 4 tires rooters were missed up"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus ES Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"CALIPER SEIZED AND CAUSE BRAKES PAD TO WEAR PREMATURELY AND DAMAGING ROTORS"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Normal routine brake wear

"THE ROTORS WERE DAMAGE BY THE BRAKE PADS BECAUSE THE CALIPER SEIZE"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

"At 60000KMS and only driven moderately in city or towns I would think that a total front brake replacement was not necessary. I was wrong."

James W., ON (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Wore down had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus ES Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"The breaks squeaked from the moment the car was driven off the lot and continues today intermittently. The dealer has never been able to explain the problem"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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

"The passenger side mirror is powered, you can adjust it from the drivers seat. It quit working, seemed like a gear or something broke, you could hear the motor running when trying to adjust but the mirror would not move. Took it to the dealer, they replaced the mirror, works fine now but was on the expensive side to fix."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)

"The passenger side mirror motor stop working about three years ago. I took the car to the dealer and they claimed the look at it. It moved from two days and it became inoperative again."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sunroof

"Whenever is going in for a carwash, water drips into the car"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Sunroof assembly is loose and molding cracked within 1 year of ownership."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)

"I kept hearing a noise while driving. I thought it was suspension related but could not pin point it. Took it to the dealer, did a test drive with the technician, they found the problem was the sunroof seal, replaced it and the noise was gone."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES 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

Automatic climate control

"The auto feature does not work properly. If set at certain temperature it will not work to that setting. Took in to dealer twice....one told it was ok....second time told to take off auto and turn fan up.......crazy!"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This system has never worked correctly since the car was purchased. When you enter the car the system is off even though you leave it on from the last use. It also changes the temp settings all the time to different numbers by itself."

James M., WI (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"The auto climate settings do not hold to previous settings and sometimes turns itself completely off."

James M., WI (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Rattling noise; dealership replaced at no cost through certified warranty."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"thermostat went out. could drive ,but only below 30 mph and short distance."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"Stainless steel muffler should have lasted longer"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"The drivers side door would not lock. The Lexus dealer replaced under warranty service"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"one of the sensors failed"

David B., MN (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Recall"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Engine would start and instantly die. Had to start 4 or 5 times before it would stay running. Battery tested good. This went on for several months. Finally took it 100 miles away to Lexus dealership because it was still under warranty. They found a minor problem with battery and replaced it. Have had no problems starting since then."

Ricky S., AR (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"Starter had to be replaced/"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus ES 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

Fuel gauge/sender

"Car was rear-ended and sustained damage to that area and to the electronics housed in that part of the car. After repairs, fuel gauge did not work, causing vehicle to shut down while the car was being driven"

Joe O., FL (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel injection system

"Car ran really sluggish, dealer said fuel was too low an octane level. Never had this issue before on a Lexus. I was using the recommended levels."

Stacey M., FL (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 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

Electrical failure

"Hybrid battery failed. Replaced free of charge under warranty."

Ernest C., HI (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery failed. Replaced under warranty by dealer. No charge"

Ernest C., HI (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission failed and was replaced with no charge some rough shifting continues but a minor issue"

John P., CA (2013 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"It failed"

Anonymous, (2013 Lexus ES 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"engine warning light came on after 5000 miles of driving"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Lexus ES 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"wasn't in last 12 months"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Lexus ES 350.0 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

Transmission Minor

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

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Recalls
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FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE
Nov 03, 2015
A vehicle that unexpectedly brakes increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Avalon and Avalon Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 19, 2012 to October 27, 2015 and 2013-2015 Lexus ES350 and ES300h vehicles manufactured June 18, 2012 to July 6, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with a Pre-Collision System (PCS) as optional equipment. In these vehicles, the PCS may unexpectedly activate and apply the brakes when the radar detects a steel joint or plate in the roadway as an object.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace certain PCS components, free of charge. The recall began on July 28, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's numbers for this campaign are F1V and F2E.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V728000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 30812
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