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Lexus SUVs: Meet the Members

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,014
edited March 9 in Lexus
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your RX-300!

My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to discussion ideas.

Also, if you are interested in a live chat, I can arrange that for you. All Club chats are set up on

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  • wayn1wayn1 Posts: 69
    I have a 2000 RX FWD, it's golden pearl with the ivory interior, loaded. I've owned it since Jan. 3, 2000 and it just turned 10,000 miles(already). This has been one awesome suv. I really love this Lexus. I do all the maintenance myself. I use Amsoil synthetic oil and filters and get an average 21-23 mpg in mixed driving. Not bad for an suv.
  • arturitoarturito Posts: 16
    hi wayni we ordered a new 2001 rx 300 and will be taking delivery shortly do you have any tips for doing just that in a pleasant way like for example should we take a final test drive before actually taking delivery any thoughts along those lines would be greatly appreciated arturito p.s. this is our first lexus and ill be traveling to fla to pick it up and drive it back home to va.
  • vabobvabob Posts: 1
    Hello Arturito...took delivery of our RX300 two weeks ago and have almost 1000 miles. When driving back from Florida keep in mind the owners manual recommends no hard braking for 1st 250 miles, vary speed, and do not exceed 55mph for first 1000 miles. Our VA dealer gave us the opportunity to test drive while delivery docs were being prepared.... recommend you do the same. Good luck with your new Lex and your return from Florida.
  • wayn1wayn1 Posts: 69
    Hello. I would be very careful driving back from Fl. with a new car. You need to "break it in" slowly for the first 1,000 miles or so. If you have some time, drive around Fl.to make sure everything is ok. Don't be in a hurry to come home, your Lexus will love you for that and will last many years to come.
    Good luck, you choose the best!
    Wayne
  • grumbgrumb Posts: 21
    Hi, I have a 2K RX with 25,000 miles on it- leased it in September of '99. A few observations over the time that might be of interest- and a silly question

    The car is still as tight as the day I got it--No rattles or squeaks

    The Integrity tires are junk and I can't wait till they wear out (which according to my dealer should be within 5-7K!@) so I can replace them...

    I still can't get used to the turning radius when trying to do "K" turns...

    I still wish they had supplied a compass but I got an aftermarket one that serves the purpose.

    I average about 19.3-19.5 mpg combined and about 23 pure highway using 89 Octane.

    I ordered a ski rack from irontoad and am quite happy with their service and timeframes.

    NOW for the question---Is any one else bothered by the fact that you can't tell when the fog lights are on without checking the stalk...or did they finally add an indicator light for '01??
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    If my memory serves me (I'm not in the vehicle right now), no, there isn't one. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.
  • ahuiahui Posts: 15
    My wife and I just put down a deposit for a 2001 RX300, Silver with Navigation package. Hopefully we'll receive delivery soon. I have a question, should we get the 3M Stone Guard protection film on the front of the car hood? Has anyone else used it?
  • I bought a 2k RX3000 in late 1999 & love it a lot. The dealer says use premium gas for
    "optimum" performance. I would prefer 89 (or less) octane (per Owners Manual). My
    wife does not agree with this logic, however. Any thoughts on which octane is best?
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,014
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  • cjnovacjnova Posts: 3
    My lease is up in June and I want to purchase my RX300. I am way over on miles, about 18,000 and have invested in 4 new tires in the last year. I want to know if by paying cash for my vehicle I can negotiate a better price. It's been a great car with all scheduled maintainance done and no problems at all with it. I love my vehicle. Anyone have any suggestions before I go to the dealer?
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    First, your dealer has nothing to do with the lease, whoever financed the car owns it (you are paying rent). Either it was Lexus Financial Services (LFS) or another lessor/bank.

    The buyout on the car is TOTALLY negotiable, and I recommend you do your homework first by using Edmunds.com, KBB.com, and looking in your local paper what comparable vehicles are going for.

    You then call your lessor and ask them what the buyout is. If your research suggests less, then offer that. Be prepared to haggle.

    Good luck.
  • trmgatrmga Posts: 50
    Hope you enjoy your new DX 300 as much as I'm enjoying mine. I also have a '93 AS 300 (116,000K miles) and it is as good as the day I drove it out of the dealership. No squeaks, rattles, rumbles. I would strongly recommend that you plan your trip back from Florida to VA along the old US 301 route that we had to use before I-95 was completed. It's a longer and more time consuming route but you will be able to vary your speed as recommended and will not get blown off the road when you observe the 55 MPH limit until 1000 miles. I just turned 1000 on my DX 300 yesterday and am most anxious to get it out on the interstate now. Also if you have the Nov system you will have much more opportunity to play with it and get used to it on the alder road that goes through many towns and places of interest. Good luck and enjoy from Williamsburg, VA.
  • trmgatrmga Posts: 50
    Hey guys whatever you do, DO NOT use the terrible spell checker that goes with the Edmunds Town Hall sites. Just sent a message to Arturito and the spell checker completely screwed it up even after I selected the feature that is supposed to override the spell checker. It changed RX to DX (now I know why I see DX on so many posts), changed GS to AS, changed Nav to Nov and changed older to alder. Karen--if you read this--this is a great new site but how about getting Edmunds to eliminate or improve their spell checker. I used to think that we had a bunch of illiterates on these sites but now I know where the real problem is. Thanks.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,014
    I believe the spell check feature is on the list to be fixed/improved, but it isn't a high priority. :-( I've given up on using it all until it does happen.

    KarenS
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  • I have 01 ax with 2200 miles and live in NC. I
    drive mix but mostly in city, and I know it's been cold, but this is crazy. My friends expedition gets better mileage then me. am calling the dealer tomorrow. You guys have any ideas?
  • I have 01 rx with 2200 miles and live in NC. I
    drive mix but mostly in city, and I know it's been cold, but this is crazy. My friends expedition gets better mileage then me. I am calling the dealer tomorrow. You guys have any ideas?
  • rxcurerxcure Posts: 33
    If you're doing lots of stoplight-to-stoplight driving in a big city, you could be seeing mileage that low. The EPA estimates for city driving on ANY car are based on a mix of open cruising and stop and go. True stop and go will yield lower mileage. Don't worry, if your friend with an Expedition drove the same route, they would be getting much lower mileage than you. If you take the RX out on the open road you'll see mileage over 20.
  • cjnovacjnova Posts: 3
    Thank you for the advice, as a single woman I don't want to be taken advantage of. I will follow your advice, I'll let you know how I make out.
  • artvid01artvid01 Posts: 2
    At 2,000 miles I had the 3M film put on my RX. It already had two small pits in the paint. I do an hour of freeway speed driving to and from work. It cost $325 installed and that was a "show special". My advise is to get it put on before any damage. They say it will come off if you want just by peeling it off. I think it is a good thing. The car I traded in looked like it was sand blasted on the front. That is why I had it done.
  • arturitoarturito Posts: 16
    hey tonychris can you please clarify if i should use wholesale or retail value when figuring out lease buyout offer to lessor? thanks beforehand arturito
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    I'm no expert on this, but this is what I think you have to do:

    1. Find the estimated wholesale and retail on your vehicle based on age, milage, etc.

    2. The lessor is not in the business of selling cars, they just want cash, they'll more than likely sell it at auction for wholesale. So you wouldn't offer them wholesale, but since they are not the final reseller (a car dealer) you also would not offer retail since they aren't putting any time or effort into selling/fixing the car.

    3. You have to first call them and ask them what they want. If it's not below the mid-mark between the retail and wholesale, I would counter with something closer to wholesale. I think in the end anything slightly above wholesale is fair because it saves them the hassle of transporting and disposing of the vehicle.

    4. If you in fact get it close to wholesale, you could then turn around and try to sell it privately for a profit. Many folks have done this but you have to have the stomach for it, i.e., dealing with all kinds of buyers.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  • pknguyenpknguyen Posts: 3
    Hello everyone,
    Thank you for creating this site. Obviously that I just bought a 2001 rx300 with everything except the nav system. love the suv. after considered many alternatives, MDX, highlander, Mercedes, bmw-x5, the final choice is RX300 (for 36K drive-out) at msrp 41k-1.5k discount. what do you all think about the price? The more I drive the more I like it.
  • cjnovacjnova Posts: 3
    Follow up on Message #11. I called Lexus Financial Services to inquire about buying my leased vehicle and paying for it with cash. I asked if by paying cash the price would be negotiable. The answer was NO. Any suggestions on what to do next?
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,014
    Please take a look at Owner's Club Changes to offer your opinion.


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  • joanziejoanzie Posts: 51
    Has anyone used these? How much weight can I carryI can not find any info. in the manual and I do not want to damage the roof. Also the car is supposed to be wired for a hitch I crawled under and looked under the bumper any one know where I should look? Thanks.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,014
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  • joanziejoanzie Posts: 51
    My dealer tells me they are now installing mark levinson stero in the premium package, I have a 2001 anyone know if this is true?
  • boskobosko Posts: 8
    Hi, I just got my new 2001 white RX 4WD and it's great. I am hoping this board will help me keep my car in the optimum condition.

    I have 50 miles on the odometer in 9 days I am planning to go down to LA (from San Jose, ~450 miles I think) and I am sure the car will not have reached 1000 by then. The manual says "don't drive it over 55", while the dealer said "keep it under 65". Which one should I follow? Any thoughts?

    Also, is the suggested 5000 miles maintainance cycle good enough?
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    Bosko- what's important during the break-in period is the rpm's on the engine, not necessarily the speed of the vehicle. They only say 55 mph to cover their legal butts.

    My personal rule is accelarate slowly and never take it above 3000 rpm diring break in. On the AWD Rex this get you about 71 mph top speed. It's also important to not use cruise control so that you vary the engine rpm's.

    Good luck with the trip.
  • ken2239ken2239 Posts: 2
    RX OWNERS: Please read article #1620 in the LEXUS Forum III. Thanks
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