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Lexus RX 330

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  • r22549r22549 Posts: 42
    I shall try it...
  • fsc1555fsc1555 Posts: 42
    hello

    also check gardencar posting # 2635 -
  • stevesteinstevestein Posts: 263
    I posted everything that was on the model changes list for the RX from the dealer. The list covered every model, not just the RX. I was hoping for Sat radio also, but not in the cards. I was going to get an '04 but decided to wait. The 4th gen NAV w/bluetooth is a big plus for me. I'm in NJ and our hands-free law goes into effect on 1 July. Now I just need Verizon to come out with a bluetooth phone
  • wco81wco81 Posts: 495
    Any idea if the 2005 is going to have an optional satelite radio (XM or sirrus). You are seeing this in all the other manufacturers and other Toyota and Lexus models. Satelite radio is definitely a luxury item that should be readily available in a "Luxury Utility Vehicle"

    Actually, I'd rather see HD Radio. HD Radio equipment is just now coming into some aftermarket brands so it's pricey but should go down.

    Better iPod integration would be nice. Actually, there's no iPod integration for Lexus so it should be iPod integration. Maybe they do something nicer than what BMW just announced.
  • johngreisjohngreis Posts: 69
    The procedure to reset the maintenance light is in the owners manual.
    If you don't have one, let me know and I'll look it up.
  • stevesteinstevestein Posts: 263
    Get an iTrip..It broadcasts on an unused FM frequency and is much cleaner than the cassette gizmos.
  • bennbbennb Posts: 143
    Starting to wonder if I even want them now ... seems like a lot of people have been complaining that they don't seem to illuminate very far down the road.

    My mother has them on her Lincoln Aviator and they seem fine on hers ... I would prefer them I think, but it seems some have been displeased with them. Maybe just the alignment of them on some cars?

    Opinions?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Give a wider light spectrum for those of us old enough that loss of color night vision has begun. Light is definitely brighter and more white which is why they have such a sharp cuoff line so as to not blind and/or annoy oncoming drivers.

    The lower they are mounted to the road the worse the cutoff will be, therefore the Lincoln will be better than say, a 911/996.

    Personally I am super pleased with the HIDs on my 01 RX and my 01 C4.
  • amomamom Posts: 1
    We are seriously considering a 2004 RX330, however are concerned about the body lean of this SUV when on curvy roads. We have never owned an SUV before and were wondering if anyone could comment on whether this car leans more than other SUVs and how you handle it.
    The lean is deinately more pronounced on the passenger side. Thanks.
  • bennbbennb Posts: 143
    I have no clue, but have test driven the RX and have owned many SUVs ... the body lean is FAR less than most SUVs.
  • sgf4sgf4 Posts: 16
    Not sure if this is the proper place to post this request but can anyone tell me the best place to purchase an extended warranty for my Lexus? Are there other places to purchase a warranty other than the dealers?
  • johngreisjohngreis Posts: 69
    My experience with HID's is this:

    When on a highway (unlit) going above 50 MPH with oncoming cars and no cars in front of me, (going in my direction), you have to use your low beams. This scares the hell out of me because you outrun your lights. If something jumped up in front of you and your doing 35mph or more, because of the sharp cut off of the HID's, you could not stop in time because you would not see the object in time to stop.

    Other than that, I think they are great. But, because of the above, I would not get them if I had a choice.

    My own opinion of course.
  • mfullmermfullmer Posts: 819
    How on earth could you "outrun your headlights"? The headlights are attached to the car so, regardless of the short distance, it is static while the car is moving forward and always that distance.

    I've heard a lot about this but I've never experienced a time when I felt the headlights were dangerous.
  • stevesteinstevestein Posts: 263
    using the fog lamps as well to add some light? I don't believe they are HID. Curious to see what you think. I've never noticed the effect, but can believe it would make one nervous.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    You might be interested in this discussion: Extended Warranties

    tidester, host
  • johngreisjohngreis Posts: 69
    How do you outrun your headlights?? Very simple.

    If you are driving at say 50mph and you do not see something until it is 100 feet in front of you, your chance of hitting the brakes and stopping in that short of a distance are nil. You just outran your headlights.

    HIS's have such a sharp defined cutoff that you can't see anything past the cutoff. No light bleeds beyond that cutoff.

    When you are on a dark road with cars coming at you and you have your low beams on, you will out run your lights. This is hard to believe until you have experienced the HID cutoff.
  • johngreisjohngreis Posts: 69
    I leave my fog lights on all the time. They don't seem to have any effect straight ahead but they do light up the area close in and to the side - which I like.
  • sgf4sgf4 Posts: 16
    Thanks I'll check out the thread. Basically, I was wondering if you can buy the Lexus coverage at any dealer or state like you can the Hondacare and have it be valid throughout U.S. The prices they are asking in our area are really high.
  • finch3finch3 Posts: 113
    I don't drive much at night, but the HID lights seem a dumb idea. While following a car in a hilly region, you're either blinding them in their rear view mirror or missing them completely. I don't care for them at all.

    But how about them headlight washers!
  • Outrunning your headlights??? You're kidding, right? How can a car traveling at 50mph outrun its light projected onto the road when the speed of light travels at 299,792,458 m/s?

    The intensity of the light from the headlight is constant...traveling at a constant speed (299,792,458 m/s) in front of the car with a define cutoff at...let's say 100 feet. Regardless of how fast or slow you drive, the cutoff distance from your car will still be the same. When you're driving fast at night, your eye is playing tricks on you...tunnel vision...and having a sharp cutoff makes it worst because you cannot see anything beyond that cutoff line. Thus, people mistaken this for outrunning your headlights. This is one of the downfall of HIDs. But you can remedy this by aiming it a bit higher. I love my HIDs...brighter, whiter, wider...and way better than halogen.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    How can a car traveling at 50mph outrun its light projected onto the road when the speed of light travels at 299,792,458 m/s?

    It's the Doppler shift that does you in - makes the light invisible! ;-)

    tidester, host
  • bentwrenchbentwrench Posts: 27
    Also remember that according to Maxwell's equations and Einstein's Theory of Relativity, even if you are driving 299,792,457 meters/second, the beam of light leaving your HID headlight is still traveling away from your vehicle, as observed by you and relative to your vehicle, at 299,792,458 m/s. You can never catch it much less outrun it. Also, the Doppler shift can be seen by an ouside observer, but not by the one traveling in the vehicle emitting the light.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    even if you are driving 299,792,457 meters/second, the beam of light leaving your HID headlight is still traveling away from your vehicle, as observed by you and relative to your vehicle, at 299,792,458 m/s.

    Obviously, but everything in front of you is SO much closer - thanks to the Lorentz contraction - that you override your reaction time. But you knew that! :-)

    Also, the Doppler shift can be seen by an ouside observer, but not by the one traveling in the vehicle emitting the light.

    In order to see with the headlights the light must reflect off of something and will therefore be subject to extreme Doppler shifting - and you knew that too!

    It must be a slow day when the host is so easily led off topic! ;-)

    tidester, host
  • stevesteinstevestein Posts: 263
    If you can restate your point in terms of string theory I'll really be impressed! :)
  • bentwrenchbentwrench Posts: 27
    String theory? When I was in auto class they were just teaching carburated engines and distributors with points and vacuum advance.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    If you can restate your point in terms of string theory I'll really be impressed! :)

    Er ... yeah ... if your air filter is stringy you won't even get close to light speed! ;-)

    tidester, host
  • bennbbennb Posts: 143
    Not usually a fan of too much chrome, but saw a black RX330 with chromed stock 18s and it looked REAL sharp!

    Anyone know if the dealer can hook this up or is it just something you do aftermarket and whatnot? What does chroming really entail? Sorry for my ignorance ...
  • indiana97indiana97 Posts: 58
    Look on Ebay under "Lexus RX330 Chrome wheels. There are some good prices. Make sure you look for seller that has OEM Chromed wheels not aftermarket wheels that have been chromed. You can also do a wheel exchange. Getting OEM wheels that are chromed and trading in your OEM wheels (non Chromed). This may be a better way to go unless you can make a deal by getting Chrome 18" when you get your RX330 new from the dealer with a credit for your stock 18" wheels.
  • bennbbennb Posts: 143
    Is OEM just the company that makes the rims? So they're the exact same rims put on the RX330 in the factory ... just chromed at the company that is selling them instead?

    Do some Lexus dealers just do the chroming on their own ... or will they take them out and have them chromed and then put on?

    I also noticed that it said that the chrome wouldn't hold up to snowy conditions due to salt.

    QUOTE from FAQ:

    4. Since my wheels are triple chrome plated, can I drive on my wheels in the snow?

    The snow and salted roads will destroy the chrome finish causing pitting in the slots. This is not covered by the on year warranty.

    END QUOTE.

    Thanks again!
  • mfullmermfullmer Posts: 819
    OEM means - Original Equipment Manufacturer meaning that they are Lexus wheels.
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