2007 Lexus ES 350 is the first model year for this company. Normally, earlier model releases are associated with more problems. That’s exactly what was reflected by owners’ complaints to the carcomplaints.com website. This website allows any car owner to report problems they face during the lifetime of their vehicles.
According to carcomplaints.com, the 2007 Lexus ES 350 ranked as the worst model year, when it comes to the total number of reported complaints. Many owners in different categories reported about 46 complaints. The majority of reported complaints have to do with the interior, engine, and windows. While some of the problems are easy and cheap to be fixed, others are very costly.
Although there are a lot of complaints reported by the 2007 Lexus ES 350 owners, this doesn’t mean that the vehicle is terrible. Over time of use, any car will start having mechanical issues, and any vehicle will have lots of cool features when it is bought new. For instance, the 2007 Lexus ES 350 was featured in cars.usnews.com for its great smooth riding, luxurious interior, and nice-looking exterior.
The intend of this article is to help current 2007 Lexus ES 350 owners educate themselves about what type of problem they might be facing, at what mileage, and what the repair options and repair costs available for them. Furthermore, our new goal here is to help new buyers make a good decision about whether to buy the vehicle or not.
We also like to clarify that reported complaints should not be the only source for new buyers to decide on buying the car or not. This is because some people might not report their complaints or issues to carcomplaints.com. However, if the problem is reported multiple times, this could be a red flag at a certain aspect of the vehicle.
In this article, we will start first with some overview of the main features of the 2007 Lexus ES 350. Then, we will describe in detail the main reported problems to carcomplaints.com by each category. We will also highlight the best repair options and costs along with the mileage at which the problem might occur. Finally, we will add information about the ranking each problem received from carcomplaints.com.
2007 Lexus ES 350 description
In this section, we highlight the main features of the 2007 Lexus ES 350 along with a high-level description of the vehicle.
The 2007 Lexus ES 350 is the first year for this model, and it is most suitable for drivers who value comfortable driving than driving quality. The vehicle is featured on many websites for the great smooth driving experience and the very nice interior. However, the vehicle doesn’t suit sport driving lovers.
According to cars.usnews.com, the 2007 Lexus ES 350 was described as “exactly the kind of car Lexus does best: a plush, comfortable conveyance for people who don’t care a whit about sportiness.”
The five-passengers vehicle gets up to 21 miles per gallon on city roads and 30 miles per gallon on the highways, and it makes up to 273 horsepower. The 2007 Lexus ES 350 comes with a 3.5 L V6 engine associated with a six-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle’s curb weight is about 3,580 lbs.
According to Kelley Blue Book, you can get the 2007 Lexus ES 350 is about $6,413 to $7,910.
2007 Lexus ES 350 Problems
Now you have a good high-level understanding of the 2007 Lexus ES 350; this section summarizes the main reported problems to carcomplaints.com by category. In general, most reported 2007 Lexus ES 350 problems to have to do with the interior, engine, windows, AC and heating system, body and paint, steering, and others.
2007 Lexus ES 350 interior problems
A total of 18 problems out of the 47 total reported 2007 Lexus ES 350 problems to have to do with the vehicle’s interior. Interior problems were related to a melting dashboard, a failed GPS, and problems with the sound system.
Several owners reported that their dashboard would start melting without any clear reasons, although all other parts look shiny and new. While the website did not include information about repair costs, to resolve the problem, all drivers had to replace their entire dashboard. With no clear reason beyond the melting dashboard, it looks like the problem has to do with the quality of the material used and the heat resistance. The problem occurred mostly at vehicles around 90,000 miles, and it was ranked as “Pretty Bad.”
Multiple owners reported a failed GPS at 100,000 miles, again, without any clear reason. All owners had to replace the entire GPS without indicating information about repair costs. The problem was ranked as “Really Awful.”
Furthermore, several complaints were reported regarding issues with the sound system. To resolve the sound problem, the owners had to remount the rear speaker for about $500. The problem occurred at relatively new vehicles with only 6,000 miles, and it was described as “Pretty Bad.”
2007 Lexus ES 350 engine problems
Unfortunately, engine problems were ranked as the second most reported 2007 Lexus ES 350 problems. It is known that engine issues require relatively high repair costs as compared to other vehicle’s problems. Most reported engine issues had to do with a blown engine head, oil leak, and ticking noise.
A couple of owners mentioned that they suddenly had a check engine light illuminating without previous signs. They were turned to be the engine head. They had to replace the entire engine part for about $4,000. If you think about the actual worth of the vehicle around $7,000sh high end, this repair cost is considered very high. The problem was ranked as “Pretty Bad,” and it occurred on vehicles around 90,000 miles.
The oil leak is another commonly reported problem regarding the 2007 Lexus ES 350 engine. Several owners ended up replacing the entire engine part for about $4,000 as well. The problem was ranked as “Pretty Bad,” and the vehicles were at about 90,000 miles as well.
The last problem we would like to highlight here is hearing a ticking noise. Several owners mentioned that they would start hearing weird ticking whenever they start their vehicles and while driving. The problem was related to the cam gears, and they had to replace them for about $3,600. The problem mostly occurred at vehicles around 100,000 miles, and it was described as “Fairly Significant.”
2007 Lexus ES 350 windows problems
Windows problems were also reported by several owners of the 2007 Lexus ES 350. Most of these problems had to do with the windows opening on their own, falling out, and regular breaks.
Several reports indicated that the 2007 Lexus ES 350 doesn’t have good windows locking capabilities. You might come to your 100,000 miles vehicle and find that the moon roof and other windows open on their own. The website did not indicate information about repair options or repair costs, but it ranked the problem as “Pretty Bad,” especially when it rains or snows. Furthermore, this problem can cause some security issues if you live in an area where car theft is common.
The 2007 Lexus ES 350 windows are held to the regulator by a plastic clip. This clip was reported broken multiple times, causing the windows to fall out. The drivers who had the problem had to buy a new clip for about $100. Vehicles with broken clips were at 100,000 miles, and the problem was ranked as “Fairly Significant.”
2007 Lexus ES 350 AC and heating system problems
Fewer complaints were reported regarding the AC and heating system of the 2007 Lexus ES 350. These complaints had to do with Freon Leak or white speck coming out of the AC vents.
At least two owners reported that their AC core started leaking Freon without any previous warning signs. The problem was resolved by replacing the evaporator core for about $2,200. The problem was mostly reported by vehicles around 95,000 miles, and it was ranked as “Pretty Bad.”
A second problem related to the AC system of the 2007 Lexus ES 350 was some white dust and speck coming out of the vents. While the website did not include information about repair options or repair costs, it did indicate that the problem mostly occurred at vehicles around 20,000 miles. the problem was ranked as “Really Awful.”
2007 Lexus ES 350 other problems
In this section, we group all other reported problems by the 2007 Lexus ES 350 owners. These problems are reported less frequently than the previously mentioned categories.
Overall, other reported 2007 Lexus ES 350 problems had to do with the body and paint, steering, lights, transmission, and brakes.
2007 Lexus ES 350 body and paint problems.
Several owners reported that their 2007 Lexus ES 350 paint would start falling on its own indicating poor body quality. These vehicles were at about 40,000 miles only. To resolve the issue, they all had to repaint the car.
2007 Lexus ES 350 steering problems.
Fewer complaints were reported regarding the 2007 Lexus ES steering problems. These few complaints indicated issues with power steering pump failure, where the drivers had to replace the pump for about $680. These vehicles were at about 100,000 miles, and the problem was ranked as “Pretty Bad.”
A more complicated steering problem was reported at least one time. This problem indicated a broken motor where the driver had to replace it for about $2,800. This repair, when compared to the actual worth of the vehicle, is considered high. The problem was ranked as “Pretty Bad,” and the vehicle was at about 40,000 miles.
2007 Lexus ES 350 lights problems.
Like any other vehicle, the 2007 Lexus ES 350 would have lights issues over time of use. Two owners indicated that their headlights turned off while driving without a clear reason or previous warning signs. The website did not include information about repair options or repair costs. However, it ranked the problem as “Pretty Bad.”
2007 Lexus ES 350 transmission problems.
Luckily, very few reported complaints indicated issues with the 2007 Lexus ES 350 transmission since transmission repairs are really expensive.
At least two owners mentioned that their transmission failed suddenly at about 150,000 miles without a clear reason. They both had to replace the transmission for about $2,500.
2007 Lexus ES 350 brakes problems.
Only one complaint was reported regarding the 2007 Lexus ES 350 brakes. This owner indicated that his vehicle had a wrapped clipper due to heat, and he had to replace it for $800. The vehicle was at about 120,000 miles, and the problem was ranked as “Really Awful.”
The 2007 Lexus ES 350 is the first model year for this company. It is not surprising that earlier models will have more problems than newer models.
According to the carcomplaints.com website, a website where people report vehicle problems, more than 47 complaints were received regarding different categories.
Most reported 2007 Lexus ES 350 problems were either related to the interior, engine, or windows. However, there are other problems reported less frequently related to the car’s windows, AC and heating system, and body paint. Luckily, most reported complaints about the 2007 Lexus ES 350 was resolved at relatively low repair cost.
The goal of this article was to educate the current 2007 Lexus ES 350 owners about the different mechanical problems they will face along with the suggested repair options and costs. We also intended to help new buyers make a good decision about whether to purchase the 2007 Lexus ES 350 or not.
Lexus worked very hard to reduce the number of reported complaints by improving all vehicle features, and it successfully did by having zero complaints in three years in a row from 2017 till 2019.
Despite the high number of reported complaints about the 2007 Lexus ES 350, the vehicle is described as one of the most comfortable vehicles. It is suitable for people who favor comfortable driving versus sport or dynamic riding.