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Oil sludge buildup in engine; anyone gotten repair for free?

Lexus RX300: oil pressure and check engine light staying on; found out vehicle has sludge problem and needs new engine to tune of $7500 from Toyota dealership. Has anyone gotten Toyota/Lexus to do this repair work at no cost, even if the vehicle is over the mileage/year limit specified in the class action lawsuit regarding this defect? (the limit supposedly was 120K/8 years, 120 days from initial purchase, whichever came later)--PLEASE HELP!

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Getting harder to lexus and toyota to take care of this problem. I have repaired many of them when i worked for lexus. I would car the 1-800 num. for leaxus support.

Posted on May 21, 2009

  • ctoto3232 Mar 30, 2011

    I am in the same boat right now. Found out my engine is ruined due to oil gelling eventhough I change the oil of a regular basis. I was quoted $14,000 to put in a new engine. Called
    1800 lexus support and still waiting for an anwer--soounds like this is still a problem for Lexus and may need anotther class action lawsuit. I have had several cars (not lexus) but never had this problem at all.

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