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Burning oil I have a ES300, 2001 with approx 105,000 miles. Recently I have had to add 1 or 2 quarts of oil between oil changes. When I first start the car, there is smoke in back of the vehicle. It does not smoke while I am driving and it does not leak oil or any other fluids. About three weeks ago the engine light came on while I was driving and also the Trac Off light. I took it to the dealer and was told it was a part behind the catalitic converter that controls the correct mixture of gas, air, etc. They said there was one in front of the catalitic converter but it was not bad. I had the part replaced, $475. I asked the technician about the smoke and he said it should clear up in about a week. It haw been 3 weeks, still have smoke and car is burning oil. Any ideas??

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Hi again,

For some unknown reason(s) the Live Session/Chat was disconnected. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

In any case to finish the 2nd suggestion. You may want to discuss this issue (smoke and oil consumption) with your dealer. Cite a Lexus Technical Service Bulletin specifically addressing this issue "Excessive oil consumption caused by sludge buildup on the cylinder heads. Company is extending warranty. (1997-2001)".

You may want to reference this USA Today article or the discussion in this page.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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