2020 Lexus NX 300 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical system, structure, and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners


2020 Lexus NX 300

Luxury SUVs come in a variety of sizes and styles, but the 2020 Lexus NX300 tends to stand out among the group. The automaker claims it provides “personalized comfort,” but there’s nothing comfortable about the faulty electrical system, defective engine and poorly-built structure.

 

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Problems with the Electrical System

Even on the non-luxury cars, the electrical system has to be working correctly for a good user experience. However, so much more is expected from Lexus. This system can’t just work right, it needs to be superior, but it’s not.

Read this Edmunds review. “The user interface is complicated. Navigation is the worst I have ever had, really not in par with Google or Waze. Android auto is not working so basically I use my phone screen. My suggestion skip Lexus.”

Beyond the “comforts” that don’t appear to work correctly, there are larger problems with the electrical system. Service Bulletin #L-TT-0265-19 Rev talks about how the ground fault circuit interrupter breaker could trip, but Lexus isn’t yet sure how to fix the problem. Instead, the luxury automaker is allowing customers to drive around with a defective part. This might be fine if owners only spent the amount of a Chevy compact car to get behind the wheel, but they didn’t.

Problems with the Structure

Owning a luxury vehicle means that the driver should automatically assume that the structure is well-made and durable, but that’s not what is happening with the NX either.

Here is one more Edmunds review. “Recently bought a red Lexus NX sport. I had it washed today at dealership and noticed love bugs had stained the paint. Literally the paint absorbed the bug splat. I complained to the dealership to no avail and said there was nothing they could do. They suggested a detail which would cost me $189.00.”

Beyond this, Lexus is willing to talk about other concerns. Service Bulletin #L-TT-0244-18 Rev states that the front door window glass might get scratched easily when cleaning the windows. Should customers avoid cleaning the windows at all? Probably not! Instead, Lexus might just be trying to get customers to pay the exorbitant detailing fee for the service center to do it instead.

Problems with the Engine

Most importantly, Lexus needs to provide customers with a durable engine. Yet, this vital part is just one more aspect that lets the owners down. 

Read this NHTSA complaint. “The contact owns a 2020 Lexus NX300. The contact stated that at 2:45 am there was a loud sound coming from the driveway where the vehicle was parked. They  then discovered her vehicle was on fire near the front of the hood. The tire exploded along with the windshield fracturing. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was not driven since Wednesday from the incident date on Saturday. The contact stated the fire was extinguished by the fire department, and a fire department report was filed. The insurance company inspected the vehicle and stated the cause of the fire was undetermined. The complainant mentioned that only the frame of the vehicle remained after the fire was extinguished.

The complaint continued..

Afterwards, the contact stated the vehicle would be towed to a salvage yard where an investigator was to determine what caused the fire but as of yet the vehicle was not deemed a total loss. The contact stated an unknown local dealer was contacted and informed contact there was no recalls on vehicle. The manufacturer had not been informed of failure. The failure mileage was approximately 3,500.”

Who wants to spend the crazy price tag for a Lexus SUV only to have it start on fire at any moment? Not too many customers are thinking this is a problem – but it is. It turns out, it’s not the only powertrain issue. Service Bulletin #L-SB-0002-20 Rev also talks about how fluid is leaking from some powertrain components. Has Lexus begun employing engineers from the cheap carmakers? Where has the quality gone? The only way to experience “personalized comfort” with this Lexus is to stop driving and leave it sit in the driveway.

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About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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