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Transmission hesitation is unforgivable
By Lee Anders on
2005 Lexus ES 330 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
I've owned this vehicle for three months, and now have a little over 5000 miles on it. From day one, the transmission has been unacceptable! I brought this to the dealer's attention, the day I drove it home. The transmission is programmed not to gear down until the vehicle comes to a complete stop. So when one slows to make a right or left turn - or when one slows down as in traffic on a busy freeway, then you need to accelerate, the transmission will 'hesitate' for a couple of seconds - as though it doesn't quite know what to do - then it will slam into a lower gear and lurch forward. This is not only annoying, it is dangerous in traffic.
The looks of the car and the quality of the materials are first rate.
Reprogram the transmission to properly down-shift when slowing down, so it will be in the correct gear when the driver accelerates. Until then, NOTIFY prospective buyers of this faulty performing transmission BEFORE the purchase. I'll never buy another Lexus product.