Lexus / lack of warranty integrity

Winter Park, FL, United States Review updated:

I purchased a new 2009 lexus gx470 in november 2009. Within a short period of time I noticed abnormal wear on the driver's seat.

A. The driver’s seat cushion has a 6-8” area at least ½” wide where the top layer of the leather has worn through to the white under weaving of the leather.

B. I brought this to the attention of the general service manager at lexus of orlando on december 28, 2009 just 7 weeks after the vehicle was purchased new.

C. On the above date the odometer showed less than 2400 miles.

D. I have owned three other gx 470’s that I have personally driven at least 25-30, 000 miles each with no abnormal wear shown on the driver’s seat.

I received a call back from the service manager on january 8, 2010 telling me that he had reviewed this with his district manager. Alan sandberg, the service manager, advised me that the lexus district manager considered this normal wear and tear and therefore will not be providing any warranty coverage. Normal wear and tear, you have to be kidding me….. Would you accept this on a 7 week old car that you purchased new? I think not. Why should i?

My wife and I have been loyal lexus owners since we purchased a new ls400 shortly after they were introduced. My expectation of lexus was that they made superior vehicles and customer service was second to none. Now I learn that lexus is just like tiger woods and mark mcgwire. They talk the talk, but when it comes time to show integrity and walk the talk lexus is just as slick and evasive as today’s congress. Very disappointing to learn this as I am just their customer. I am totally mystified why I am being treated in this manner. Obviously I have purchased my last lexus. Funny, I always thought it was easier and much more profitable to keep a good customer than find a new one.

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  • Ki
      27th of Mar, 2015

    I would be just as upset as you are! My husband & I have also owned several Lexus cars starting with the LS 400. I am currently having an issue with the 12 volt battery in my 2008 Lexus GS 450h. It is about to have the 4th battery installed, the 1st Battery lasted almost 5 yrs. each of the next 2 lasted about 1 yr each. I'm disgusted & furious. I constantly come out to a car with a dead battery, & my console will read "Check VGRS" if it's not completely dead.

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