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Lexus RX 330

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  • wwest

    Appreciate this information, just what she is looking for.

    NAV is not really important to her, probably more for me plus I was suggesting it for the rear backup camera feature like I have on my 4Runner. Being a gadget person I actually like the moving map display. Do agree it is distracting and should not be viewed while driving.

    Thank you
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I rarely use the nav but when I do I turn the display off and rely on the voice only. If that leads me astray then I pull over and turn the display on to fine my way.
  • hyiuhyiu Posts: 18
    I heard this somewhere, is it true ??
    are all 2006 RX330 made in Canada ??

    Thx,
  • RX330 - 2005 - 5200 miles ... averaging 16-1/2 MPG driving suburbs ... trying to be efficient driver ... best mileage was about 19-1/2 during a time that my speed averaged about 40 MPH with a few stops and starts ... normal routine driving back and forth to work and the stores about 2-5 miles each way gets me the 16-1/2 MPG .... Lexus service says this is normal ... if my mileage gets down to only 10 MPG bring the vehicle in for service .... COMMENTS PLEASE
  • dardson1dardson1 Posts: 696
    It may sound silly, but be sure your tire pressure is correct. My wife's 04 RX was driving around on 24psi ( no clue why, she is religious about servicing her car and only at the Lexus dealership). The door says 30 and I filled them to 32psi. It raised her trip computer's milage by 2mpg (from 17+ to 19+ around town). Never verified it, dividing miles by fuel purchased, but my lowly Chevy Tahoe's trip computer (often checked with my calculator) is darn accurate. I'd guess the Lexus computer is at least as good. Keep those tires inflated!
  • mo6mo6 Posts: 7
    No, I just purchased a 2006 RX330 last Friday and it was made in Japan. The salesman told me the RX400's are made in Canada now so they have started producing some of the RX330's in Japan again.
  • catovacatova Posts: 4
    hi all -

    I was interested in the '06 Highlander, but fell out of love with it on the test drive (too noisy on the freeway, and I'll be doing lots of interstate driving). But am digging on the 330 but still need to know some things.

    I am moving to VA in an area with rains and occasional snow. Since I come from an easier weather area (SoCal, so this means my driving skills for nasty weather are very rudimentary), I really want to have a safe ride. Budget takes a back seat to safety for me here.

    I heard that the AWD is worth it. But I would like to hear from anyone w/info on the performance package - i.e. do the larger tires and variable suspension make for a safer driving experience that you find worthwhile??

    Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you -
    :confuse:
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    We have the performance package on our '04 RX. Personally I don't see any advantage it would give you in terms of safety. The main benefit is that it handles slightly better when set to the lowest level, and if you tow anything the air suspension keeps the vehicle flat at all corners. You also get the option of selecting gears manually if that's something that would interest you. While this won't improve your 0-60 times, it does feel sportier and more responsive when driving on twisty roads.

    When we bought ours the wheel and tire package was also more attractive but I don't know if that's still the case. All other things being equal, wider low profile tires are worse for winter driving than narrower taller profile tires, but we have a separate set of wheels and winter tires to drive in our Minnesota winters (I doubt that you would need them in Virginia where either set of wheels/all season tires should be fine).

    Hopefully this info helps.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Keep in mind that there can be a very radical handling difference, dynamically, between various AWD systems. Many of the Toyota and Lexus AWD systems are derived from FWD vehicles and are therefore front torque biased AWD. FWD and front torque biased AWD systems can fail you when you need that extra traction the most.

    One of the best, honest to god truly functional, modern day AWD systems is in the new AWD GS300. The GS uses a planetary gearset and an electrically controlled wet clutch for the center differential so that the engine torque can be dynamically allocated based on signals from the VSC's yaw sensor.

    Basically the yaw sensor is used to determine when the front tires' traction should be allocated, mostly, to maintaining directional control of the vehicle rather than engine driving torque or even engine compression braking.

    The AAA is currently on a campaign primarily aimed at drivers of FWD and/or front biased AWD vehicles who are inexperienced in wintertime adverse roadbed condition driving. The basic idea is to practice quickly moving the shifter into neutral when conditions are such that lagging engine torque, engine braking might result in loss of directional control.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,806
    Got a link for that AAA campaign? I'm having trouble finding anything other than the usual slow down and keep your foot off the gas if you skid advice from them. There's something about declutching or shifting into neutral mentioned in search digests but I can't get to the link on the AAA site due to their idiotic zip requirement.

    [edit] Found this non-AAA link - OSH Answers. Seems like the operative language should be if you have time to react, shift to neutral."

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  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I just had the same problem with the zip code issue, dammed nuisance!

    So I googled for...

    "shift into neutral" aaa

    Several AAA documents or authors that way.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,806
    I was so irritated I didn't compose or edit my post above worth a flip, lol.

    It's been a while since I've lost it (on an icy road) but having the wits about you to remember to shift to neutral while steering, braking, watching the moose pass inches by your bumper ... seems like a lot to ask. I guess that's why people need to practice in empty parking lots.

    Good time to promo this link:

    Snow driving!

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  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    in the wintertime I would often disable the e-brake latching mechanism so that I could e-brake the rear wheels alone when it became necessary. Learned that trick back in MT in the sixties.
  • my3rdrxmy3rdrx Posts: 167
    I have an 04 with the Performance Package and live in Virginia and have found the handling exceptional in snowy conditions. I distinctively remember one snowy day last year when many drivers were stranded at the bottom of a hill and I passed them by and climbed it without sliding or any hesitation at all! In fact, I don't think I would ever buy another vehicle without AWD (my wife's 04 Pacifica has AWD as well). :D
  • catovacatova Posts: 4
    to my3rdrx:

    So you felt on that snowy day that it helped to have the advantages from the performance package, not just the AWD alone?? How so?
  • my3rdrxmy3rdrx Posts: 167
    No, that's not what I meant: Obviously, in snowy conditions, AWD helps with traction but I love the Performance Package mainly because it gives me better handling control -- from the manual sequential shifting to the multilevel vehicle heights. Also, the wrapped-around leather steering wheel and shift knob, instead of the wood, gives me better grasp in handling.
  • Hey all...
    I just got a new Rx 330 not too long ago and I was wondering what your opinions were on how comfortable the seat was. I haven't had mine for long but I guess I thought it was going to be more comfortable. Are your seats comfortable after you get used to them?
  • I have test driven the 2006 RX330 and I love the car. The only problem is I'm 6'5", and the headroom is a little lacking. If I could just get another inch or so, the car would be perfect for me. Has anyone heard of someone who can custom lower the seat, or offers an aftermarket seat that is lower? (It seems like there is room under the current seat to make one lower).
  • avery1avery1 Posts: 372
    Can you still special order one without a sun roof? I am 6'4" and couldn't fit in the '99 RX with a sun roof so I ordered one without. Took a couple of months but was worth it.
  • Can anyone confirm whether the 2006s are coming from the factory with the "added security" for the HID headlights? Or do I need to ask the dealer to install prior to taking delivery (if I ever get the d**n car)?
  • I can tell you that they added the "security" for my HID's during my last scheduled service - without being asked, so I would be surprised if they didn't do that for you as part of normal prep. But I've been surprised before.
  • I have been told by Lexus's 800 Customer Service and numerous salespeople at different dealers that the 2006 models already have (a) the bracket, which breaks the entire system apart if someone attempts to pull them out, and (b) the data dots. I pick mine up tomorrow, so I will let you know if I see them on there! :)
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    In researching details of Lexus new DIS, Direct Injection System, I came across several articles indicating Lexus is dropping ALL FWD models from the line-up. Apparently the IS series is set to replace the ES and the FWD version of the RX series will be dropped.

    RWD and/or AWD only from this point forward.

    Lexus Canada no longer sells the FWD version of the RX.
  • tomjavatomjava Posts: 136
    Without any doubt, RX330 has the most comfortable seats ever. It's the best vehicle for long distance trip.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Does anyone know, or have an idea, as to when the RX will get the extra horses from higher compression enabled by DIS, Direct Ignition System?
  • audreymaudreym Posts: 103
    Is this the '07 RX350 that is rumored to release in March??

    Does anyone know that if they release in March, when they will publish any specs?? Do they wait until the last second, or do they give us an idea of the changes ahead of time?
  • Will the RX350 get the 6 speed AT?
  • I'm in the research phase right now of my next car purchase. The RX330 is high on my list but there is no local dealership for us. If I end up purchasing the RX330, does anyone know if I can have the maintenance work done at our local Toyota dealership? Would it be covered? Thanks in advance.
  • Quite a few RX owners do this, usually to save money on routine maintenance. The safest bet would be to call the Toyota dealer's service appointment and ask.
  • With the Performance Package that has the Sequential Auto Transmission, can that be used just like a typical automatic? I can't find one to look at and just want to make sure that it can work just like the normal automatic in the regular models. Any help is appreciated!
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