"My unbelievable Lexus Experience"
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MY Unbelievable LEXUS experience
I took delivery of my 2013 Lexus LS 460 in January 2016. Within a few weeks the car would not start and was towed to Lexus Mt.Kisco. Lexus claimed that the battery was bad and replaced it.
After a few weeks the car sat for three days and would not start so Lexus Mt. Kisco installed a "trickle charger" which requires you to plug into the nearest electrical outlet. I indicated to them that the "trickle charger" was useless since I live in a Condo with no electrical outlets in the garage. The service mgr indicated that this model Lexus has 68 computers and he advised that we start & run the car a few times per week. Not once a week, not twice but a few. He also indicated that since we travel a lot we should not park at an airport. I was amazed and indicated that in my 60 years of driving no one ever told not to park at an airport.
He also indicated, as well as his mechanics, that I was a "habitual low mileage driver". In other words my 1000 miles per month was too low. I indicated that the car will not start if it sits for three days or more.
No one could correct the problem and in the last year I had to jump start the car 10 or more times.
Finally I had enough. Before I filed a lemon law claim I asked Lexus to try again to fix the problem. They had a special Lexus mechanic assigned to the problem and he claimed the car was normal.
I filed a lemon law claim with Lexus and I was told by Karen Rotola ( Lexus Corporate) that Lexus could not offer any assistance at this time. She suggested a hearing with the National Center for Dispute Settlement (NCDS).
Prior the hearing everyone submitted evidence. Lexus submitted numerous work orders indicating that I was a habitual low mileage driver. But the bombshell was their submission of a "Technical Service Information Bulletin" that indicated that 2013 model year LS 460 vehicles may have a discharged battery after the vehicle is parked for 50 or more hours. I had never seen this bulletin before but it seems reasonable that Lexus Mt.Kisco mechanics certainly were aware of this bulletin.
The hearing was attended by three judges, Karen Rotola & mechanic, myself & wife.
At the hearing Karen Rotola was constantly referring to my low mileage driving habits as well as this Lexus vehicle did not fit my "lifestyle".
The unanimous decision by the judges was in my favor requiring Lexus to repurchase the vehicle.
The judges highlighted that 1000 miles per month is not a habitual low mileage driver.
Instead of Lexus Indicating they are sorry for selling me a lemon and sorry for putting me thru all of this nonsense they are still arguing over the final details. Karen submitted the bulletin and must have read it. She knew there were problems with my car.
Prior to the hearing I attempted to work out a deal with the owner of Mt .Kisco Lexus and get a new Lexus but he indicated that only corporate lexus can make a deal.
It is hard to believe the way the Lexus dealer as well as corporate Lexus handled this situation but I have no plans on buying another Lexus.
A Lexus former customer, Charles Rasmussen
I will be posting this letter on Facebook & twitter
"Awful Post Sales Service "
I bought a car from Gene back in November of 2015 and was really happy with everything until after I started having problems with the car. Since I bought the car in November I didn't think to try the AC out before purchasing the car, but nothing was mentioned in the description about the AC not working so I also no reason to believe anything would be wrong with it. The first night I had the car I took it for a spin on the highway and heard a loud squealing sound and an error message came up on the nav saying to check the AC and it was blowing warm air. Took the car back in had them check it out and me being a trusting idiot took their word for it. All they really did was clear the code...had they done a thorough job of inspecting the issue they would have noticed the compressor was shot...a $2,000+ repair. Since it was something that happened within the 14 day return period I could have turned the car back in and gotten something else, but since honesty and integrity seems to be a problem at this dealership this was not brought to my attention. Once it warmed up I tried using the AC and of course since the compressor was shot it didn't work. Took it back in and they handed me an estimate for around $2,300 to replace the compressor which they claimed must have failed after I brought it in the first time.
Since I had put a good amount of mileage on the car since the last time I brought it I tried to work with the sales staff and the service team to pay for half and have them cover half since they had not diagnosed the problem correctly the first time, but both the pre-owned manager and Chris the general manager refused to help in any way despite their inability to diagnose the problem correctly the first time. Finally Lexus corporate got involved and gave me a $750 service credit to help with the repair cost, but xxxxxxx Chris tried telling me Lexus gave me $300. Guess he was planning on saving the extra $450 to cover his costs?
Anyways took the car to Ray Catena Lexus where they fixed it. Gene was utterly useless and the Chris and the the pre-owned manager are major xxxxxxxx. Would never buy a car from this dealer ever again or recommend anyone purchase a car from them. And to whoever writes the descriptions for their pre-owned cars "minor paint touch-ups" doesn't indicate that the car you're buying has been in three accidents. Double check everything with this dealership because they won't tell you the truth. The experience with the dealership was so bad that when my car got totaled I went and bought an Audi because I will never deal with Lexus again.