2018 Lexus ES 350 Problems and Complaints


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2018 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Problems, Issues, Complaints, Recalls, and Which Year to Avoid

Updated on: May 6, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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Lexus is one of the powerhouses of Japanese elegance. The 2018 Lexus ES 350 embodies that grace along with a power-packed engine that keeps things thrilling. Being a luxury brand that is constantly awarded for reliability, the ES 350 has reported only 4 complaints and 2 recalls this year. The 2018 model year also sees the Lexus ES 350 fuel pump recall. Starting at an MSRP of $41,025, it is affordable to most luxury buyers but is beyond the reach of many. The competitors including the Nissan Maxima, the Acura TLX, and the Infiniti Q50 are a bit cheaper to buy. Let us find out the truth about reliability by looking at the 2018 Lexus ES 350 problems in this article.

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2018 Lexus ES350 User Complaints and Problems

Mechanical problems:

  1. There was one complaint about the car suddenly shutting off its engine and then restarting in about 5 to 10 seconds. The cause of the problem was not known to the dealer. Some owners have reported 2018 Lexus ES 350 transmission problems, although not officially.

Exterior problems:

  1. An unfortunate incident in which a windshield split in half when the AC came on during a hot day was reported.

Safety problems:

  1. Two owners have reported that the partial brake assist and automatic emergency braking system failed to engage and caused an accident, although they were minor ones in both cases..

2018 Lexus ES350 Recalls

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NHTSA Campaign Number

Issues Noticed

Additional Remarks



November 4, 2020


Fuel pump may fail

The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail and cause the engine to stall

Dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly


January 13, 2020


Fuel pump can fail

The low-pressure fuel pump can fail, and cause engine stall

Dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly

Should you buy the 2018 Lexus ES350?

The 2018 Lexus ES 350 is one of the finest sedans to come out of the Japanese luxury manufacturer’s stable. Although it is a bit more expensive than its competitors, given how reliable it is, you will probably not regret spending that much. As we have seen, the list of Lexus ES 350 common problems is quite small. The car can give you excellent interiors, a great engine, and bulletproof reliability in a single package. Overall, it is a car you can buy if you want the best of both worlds. 

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