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Lexus RX 350 Driving Experiences and Problems



  • jogan1jogan1 Posts: 11
    Items that are not on 2010 RX350 that were on 2007 RX350:

    1 - Floor mats for ivory interior were ivory instead of Dark Brown. In order to get ivory 2010 Carpet Floor Mats, you must order & pay for the Premium Carpet mats at a cost of approx $350.

    2 - On 2007 RX350 the cargo area cover could be removed and stored below the rear floor. Not so with the 2010 RX350

    3 - On previous RXs body side molding in exterior paint color came with car. Now they are no longer cone on 2010 RX350. For 2007 - 2009 RXs the body side moldings are pressure sensitive and come in the exterior paint color so they can easily be replaced when necessary.

    4 - Placement of 12 volt outlets on 2010 RX350 is now deep inside of the console and to get to you must remove 2 trays.

    5 - 2007 RX350 had Adaptive Volume Control so that when the radio was on and you were using the Navigation and the Navigation Voice was speaking the radio volume would automatically be lowered. Not so on the 2010 RX350

    6 - Same V-6 engine for 2010 RX350 as in 2007 RX350 but mpg is lower.

    7 - Electronic Card Key now has to be purchased instead of coming with vehicle as mentioned in an earlier post.

    None of the above items keep the 2010 RX350 from being a beautiful and fine auto. But for previous owners of 2007 - 2009 RX350 it seems Lexus decided to save some $ and or had backward engineers ie placement of 12 volt plugs in front, deletion of the Adaptive Volume Control for the radio.
  • cwaynecwayne Posts: 79
    I have had my rx350 for 6 mo and have 3000 mi. when engine is cold there is a lifter noise when accerlating for a couple of minutes until the engine warms. I called service dept and they said this was normal. I am going in for service in a couple of weeks but would have to leave car there to cool off for this to happen. I will make sure that I do service on auto at correct intervals in case the engine blows. I have had 2 other rx330's and they have been wonderful autos. Other than this noise I have no other issues with the rx.
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    These are some of the reasons why I'm a little scared to give back
    my '07 RX when the lease is up. I might regret it. It seems as if whoever was in charge of the interior design on the 2010 RX forgot to do their homework on the things that worked so well on the 2004-2009 RX's. When the next generation car comes out every five years, it's supposed to have all the little goodies that the previous model would have had plus some extras. But in this case, they've taken away some things and added others.

    For instance, the 2010 RX has a donut for the spare tire, whereas
    the '07 has a full-sized spare. I've mentioned the captain's chairs before on these posts. I've come to appreciate them. They're no where to be seen on the 2010. The inconvenient placement of the power plugs is just so counter-intuitive.

    There's no doubt that I am definitely shopping other SUV's in this class. I'm just having a hard time justifying shelling out the amount of money for any of these SUV's out there as opposed to just buying out my lease on my current RX because they lack some of the basic niceties that I've already got on my current vehicle.
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    I've had my '07 RX350 for three-and-a-half years now. On cold start-up, particularly when it's been rather cold out, the 3.5 V6 engine on this vehicle is kind of noisy on start up and makes that
    "ticking" sound. Apparently, this is supposed to be a normal thing
    with this particular engine. Once my car gets warmed up, maybe after about fifteen minutes??(Have never timed it), it's back to normal, quiet mode.

    In fact, I believe the 3.3 liter V6 in the 2004-2006 RX330's was a more quiet engine compared to the 3.5 V6, but also less powerful. :shades:

    Would be interested on hearing feedback from anyone that drives a 3.5 V6 from either Lexus or Toyota, and if they have experienced the same thing.
  • cwaynecwayne Posts: 79
    My 04 and 06 rx330's did not make this noise, but if this is normal for the 3.5 engine then fine. Except for the location of the 12 volt receptcales i love the car.
  • jogan1jogan1 Posts: 11
    The 07 RX350 we purchased new did not have any abnormal engine noise. Just got a 2010 and it only has a few hundred miles with no noise.
  • rxersrxers Posts: 9
    Hi Guys,

    I have a 2010 RX FWD that has about 200 miles on it. After driving one day, I parked the RX in the garage and noticed when I went back into the garage a humming noise (sounds like a small electric motor) running. I look around and below the vehicle and noticed its coming from the read axle area. I dont know how long it was running or how long it ran for because I went into the house a few minutes and came back out 30 mins later and it stopped.

    Any ideas?
  • rparisrparis Posts: 368
    When you went back to the garage did you have your key within range of the car?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "..sounds like a small electric motor.."

    The fuel pump..??

    Mounted inside the fuel tank very near the rear diff'l.

    Retractable, retracting radio antenna..??

    The potential for vapor lock in the fuel line could be somewhat alleviated by running the fuel pump for a few minutes once the engine has been shut down long enough for things to have cooled off.

    On the other hand Lexus may have finally wised up and what you heard was an exhauster "assist" fan/blower helping to remove the evaporator condensate from the A/C plenum and passenger cabin. My DIY fan/blower installation is in the lower driver side rear quarter panel adjacent to the factory exhauster port.

    More concise information at regarding their EED, Electronic Evaporator dryer.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Found it..!!

    New emissions feature. A brushless DC motor for the vapor canister emissions system located near (in..?) the fuel tank. From what I can surmise it might run at any time provided if/when there is a vapor pressure buildup in the gas tank.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I'm impressed. The 2010 RX350 climate control system will now automatically switch the system into foot/def air outlet mode (an "abundance" of {warm..??} system airflow to the interior windshield surface) if climatic conditions (assumption...COLD) indicate a probability of windshield/window fogging.

    Good move...!!

    Now tell me that it doesn't still automatically switch into cooling mode (dash outlets, horribly discomforting cool and dry airflow to the face, neck, and upper body, on the coldest night in the dead of winter.and I'll be doubly pleased.
  • I am looking at the RX 350 and live in Florida. The dealer has no AWD available. What's the difference? I've had cars w/ FWD, but the last two SUV's had AWD or four wheel drive. No, I don't go off-road. Thanks for any help.
  • rxersrxers Posts: 9
    rparis - keys were not nearby. Keys were in the house.
  • rxersrxers Posts: 9

    not sure how you got that, but if it's are a damn genius. how do i know if that's it? anyone else get this? how often would this happen (typically)?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "..What's the difference?.."

    Not much.

    If you stay in Fl I wouldn't bother. But if you feel you really need AWD then you should seriously consider the Acura RDX's SH-AWD system.
  • imoimo Posts: 16
    This happened to me recently too while car parked in garage
    Humming sound came from some where at the rear of the car .
    I had no idea why the car made that noise.
  • rparisrparis Posts: 368
    I cannot disconnect my cell phone while on a call and receiving another call. I have to shut my cell and the car to use the blue tooth again.

    Can anyone comment on similar experiences and the solution?
  • I live in NY and the situation here is just the opposite - dealers have lots of AWD available and hardly any FWD available. We get some snow in winter, so most customers want AWD. I can't see why you'd need AWD in FL if you're not off-roading. I'd say get the FWD and save some $$$ on the price of your RX. You'll also get slightly better gas mileage. If you move to a wintry place that is not so extreme, you could get by for the most part with FWD + all-season tires. Or, you could invest in a set of winter tires. FWD + winter tires probably puts you in a similar place as compared to AWD + all-season tires (which is what the AWD RX is equipped with).
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "..if you're not off-roading.."

    Typical NY'er thinking IMMHO.

    PART-TIME 4WD and 4X4's can be "about" off-roading, especially the 4X4 "granny-grunt" mode. R/awd is about safe operation when the roadbed surface has low traction coefficient. FWD and F/awd vehicles are of questionable safety value except on highly tractive surfaces.
  • Just had my 1000 mile service done and did not authorize any changes to settings, but now upon approaching the car after using the remote start I have to use the unlock button on the remote to get into the car. Before the service I could just open the door. Is there a way to reset this myself?
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