todda

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  • Lexus Model
    IS300
  • Lexus Year
    2003
  1. I had this problem several years ago. My dealer had a guy they worked with who was able to fix it. He "scraped" the gooey parts and did some kind of magic - I'm not sure what. Since then, the dash has looked just like it did the day the car was new, and it has not become sticky again. (if you ask me, Lexus should have been forced to do a recall to fix this, since it's an obvious defect on their part.)
  2. I have a 2003 IS300 which I love. It is a fun car to drive, and incredibly reliable. However, there are a few things I do not like, and they may relate to your questions. I have the 5 speed manual transmission, and in my opinion it's a really lousy transmission and clutch. I've driven manual transmission small cars since the late 1970s, and this one is by far the worst shifting one I've owned - very difficult to shift smoothly, and the shifter itself feels sloppy. My impression is that Lexus offered a manual transmission in the IS300 as an afterthought, and didn't really do a "Lexus quality" job with the design. However, aside from not liking the way it shifts, I have had no trouble with the transmission. (I complained about this when I bought the car new, and the dealer let me drive a couple of other new ones to show that they're all the same way.) I think you really need to watch out in terms of snow and ice, although I can't say how it is with snow tires. My car is TERRIBLE in any wet or slippery weather. It is by far the worst car I've ever had in that area - very difficult to even drive in rainy conditions without tire slip. I have to suspect that it's partly due to the sport tires you have to use on this car - but I'm on my 4th set of tires now, each one a different brand, and it's had wet weather traction problems with all of them. In my opinion, you'd be happier with either front wheel drive or all wheel drive in that respect. As to repair costs, it's hard to say since the car never breaks!!
  3. I don't think that is a potentiometer - I think it's some kind of optical encoder or something similar that just generates a series of pulses as you turn it, where those pulses are received in the microcontroller and cause it to step through frequencies, setting values, etc. Regardless, I've also wondered if dust or some other contaminant could be the cause - but I'll bet the device is sealed. Has anyone had one of these controls repaired? Any idea what it costs?
  4. On my 2003 IS300, the tuning knob on the factory radio has gotten flaky - when you turn it, the FM frequency jumps all over rather than stepping up or down to the next or previous frequency. Has anyone else run across this? I'd appreciate some idea what it costs to get the radio fixed - trying to decide if Lexus will charge so much that I'd be better off just buying a new aftermarket radio.
  5. I have a 2003 IS-300 with a gray interior. I only have 38,000 miles on the car, but the finish is starting to come off on the top-left part of the steering wheel. There are a bunch of small white spots where it looks like the gray finish has flaked off. This seems pretty unreasonable for a car with only 38,000 miles, and one with Lexus quality. Do other people see this? Is it something I can fix in some way? Would Lexus be likely to do anything about it for me, out of warranty?
  6. Is it really the LSD, though? I admit that I am far from an expert in automotive drive trains (although I am an engineer), but when the car cuts power, I see the "Trac" light on the dash flash - and if I turn off the traction control using the control button, the problem does not occur. I'd think the LSD would still be in effect when I turn off traction control with that button - so this evidence seems, to me, to indicate it's the electronically-controlled traction control that is the culprit, and not the LSD. Feel free to educate me... :-)
  7. But no other car I've ever driven acts like this - including my wife's car and the many rental cars I've driven.
  8. I've had my 2003 IS-300 since it was new (5+ years and about 40,000 miles) and it has not had a single repair. Nothing has gone wrong with the car since the day I drove it off the dealer's lot. All I've done is normal maintenance.
  9. I have a 2003 IS-300 with a 5-speed transmission. Ever since the car was new, it's been very annoying that the traction control kicks in way too easily - for example, it is impossible to start from a stop and accelerate around a corner, like making a U-turn or turning out of a driveway, without the traction control kicking in. In fact, this is very dangerous because you may be accelerating into traffic, and the car severely reduces your acceleration because it thinks you're slipping and it reduces power to the wheels. Is this normal? I complained to the dealer when it was new, and they let me drive another one that did the same thing. Is there any way to fix it? It really seems like a defect Lexus should be responsible for fixing.