Lexus Gx470 Problems, 2003 Lexus Gx470 Complaints – Page #1

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by TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION

There are 34 complaints filed for the 2003 LEXUS GX470

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

WHEN I WAS DRIVING MY LEXUS GX470 (2003) WITH MY FAMILY ON A LOCAL STREET AT AROUND 35 MPH, MY VEHICLE SUDDENLY STOPPED BY ITSELF. THE BRAKES ENGAGE BY ITSELF AND THE VEHICLE STABILITY CONTROL ACTIVATED WITH BEEPS. FORTUNATELY, NO ONE WAS BEHIND ME.

I TOOK MY CAR TO THE LOCAL MECHANIC, HE CHECKED THE BRAKES, CALIPERS..ETC, HE SAID EVERYTHING IS FINE BUT HE COULDNÆT FIND ANY REASON WHY IT HAPPENED, HE ASKED ME TO CONTACT LEXUS DEALER. I CALLED THE LEXUS DEALER SERVICE CENTER, I EXPLAINED THE SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED, HE TOLD ME TO CHECK THE BRAKE CALIPERS, I TOLD HIM THE MECHANIC ALREADY CHECKED IT. ANYWAY, EVEN THE LEXUS DEALER COULDN’T EXPLAIN WHY IT HAPPENED.

SERVICE BRAKES

AIR BAGS

TL CONTACT OWNS A 2003 LEXUS GX470. WHILE DRIVING 30 MPH, THE VEHICLE HYDROPLANED AND CRASHED INTO A TREE. THE AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. THE CONTACT WAS INJURED AND WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.

A POLICE REPORT WAS NOT FILED. THE INSURANCE COMPANY TOWED THE VEHICLE TO A BODY SHOP; HOWEVER, THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WERE NOTIFIED AND A REPORT WAS FILED.

THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 104,805.

ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

I WAS DRIVING MY 2003 LEXUS GX470 ON MY WAY TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MY THREE YEAR OLD SON + WHO WAS EXPERIENCING BREATHING PROBLEMS. I LOST CONTROL OF THE SUV NEAR THE EXIT FOR THE HOSPITAL + AS I WAS PREPARING TO TAKE THE EXIT FROM THE FREEWAY. THE VEHICLE WENT OFF-BALANCE AND DID A 360 DEGREE ROLLOVER FROM THE EXIT RAMP. I ENDED UP IN THE MEDIAN BETWEEN THE OFF RAMP AND THE ON RAMP. MY SON AND I WERE INTACT AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

THE VEHICLE BEHAVED ERRATICALLY DURING THE EPISODE + AND I COULD NOT FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING WITH THE CONTROLS. I WOULD LIKE FOR NHTSA TO LOOK INTO THE STABILITY SYSTEM OF THIS VEHICLE + BASED ON THIS EXPERIENCE AND RECENT NEWS OF SIMILAR VEHICLES FROM LEXUS.

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

I OWN A 2003 LEXUS GX470. ON FRIDAY JANUARY 8TH AS I WAITED FOR TRAFFIC TO CLEAR BEFORE TURNING RIGHT TO ENTER A BLVD, THE ENGINE SUDDENLY BEGAN TO RACE WHILE MY RIGHT FOOT FORCED DOWN THE BRAKE PEDAL TO PREVENT THE CAR FROM LAUNCHING INTO THE CROSS TRAFFIC. THE VEHICLE BEGAN TO SHUDDER AND SHAKE AND MY DAD YELLED YOU’RE SPINNING YOUR TIRES! I YELLED MY FOOT IS ON THE BRAKE, WHAT SHOULD I DO? WE TURNED OFF THE IGNITION AND THE ENGINE STOPPED RUNNING.

LATER, WHILE MY DAD OBSERVED FROM THE OPEN DRIVER’S-SIDE DOOR, I ROUGHLY TRUMPED ON THE GAS PEDAL 2 OR 3 TIMES BECAUSE WE WERE VAGUELY AWARE OF A TOYOTA ACCELERATOR STICKING PROBLEM. I THEN STARTED THE CAR AND DROVE IT SEVERAL MILES – WHILE TOTALLY TERRIFIED. IMMEDIATELY I ARRANGED TO HAVE THE CAR TRANSPORTED TO MY DEALER’S FACILITIES. AND, AFTER THREE DAYS OF TESTING, NO PROBLEM WAS FOUND AND I DROVE HOME, SHAKING.

SO, JUDGING FROM RECENT MEDIA REPORTS, WHAT WAS NEW OR DIFFERENT ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE? 1) NO MATS WERE EVER USED IN THE DRIVER’S COMPARTMENT DURING THE FIVE YEARS I HAVE OWNED THE CAR. 2) THE ENGINE WAS AT IDLE AND THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS DEPRESSED BEFORE THE ENGINE BEGAN TO SUDDENLY RACE. 3) I AM NOT A TWO-FOOT DRIVER. NEVER, EVER.

4) MY DAD CHECKED (YES, HE IS A MECHANICAL ENGINEER) TO SEE IF THE GAS PEDAL WAS IN ITS CORRECT IDLE POSITION AFTER SHUT-OFF: THE PETAL POSITION WAS NORMAL, NORMAL BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER BEING TRUMPED ON. 5) MY CAR WAS NOT MOVING, JUST WAITING, AT IDLE, WITH NO OPERATOR INTERVENTION PRIOR OR DURING ENGINE REV-UP. IN A NUT-SHELL, MY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN PROVOKED BY A MECHANICAL PROBLEM WITH THE ACCELERATOR PETAL. THIS FAILURE HAS NOT HAPPENED AGAIN. NO REPAIR WAS MADE.

MY DEALER CLAIMED THAT NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS HAPPENED ON A LEXUS THAT THEY KNEW ABOUT. BUT CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY TODAY SHOWS THAT OTHER LEXUS OWNERS HAVE EXPERIENCED SUDDEN ENGINE ACCELERATION WITH NO PEDAL INVOLVEMENT.

ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

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