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Lexus RX 330



  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    We own a 2004 RX330, and the only options we didn't get were the large sunroof and the Rear DVD Entertainment System. We love our car, much more refined than our '99 RX300. We are soon looking forward to an RX400h, although that's off topic. We won't get rid of the RX330 for a couple of years before getting the hybrid, though. I saw it at the Chicago Auto Show, and was very intruiged. My wife would feel guilty if she didn't get a hybrid, but she loves the luxuries of the Lexus, so it all works out. On the other end of the spectrum, I own a brand new S4 Cabriolet, completely flawless, but a gas-guzzler like all German cars, particularly a performance one.
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 320
    Do any of you have experience with the AWD RX330's off road capability? I realize that it isn't a true 4X4, doesn't have a low range and locking differentials- but how well do all of the electronic controls make up for these deficiencies.

    I don't need serious off-road capability- but I do haul my hang gliding equipment up some 4x4 roads. They're rocky and just a little bit steep sometimes. But nothing that serious, or requiring more than the 8" of ground clearance that the RX330 has- but certainly more than a 2WD vehicle could do. I suspect I'll need better tires.

    Any thoughts and experiences with the 330?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    But in the circumstances you describe I wouldn't hesitate to take my AWD RX300, or even my daughter's MY2000 AWD Chrysler T&C. But I would pray for no rain while up that road.
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  • varx330varx330 Posts: 1
    Does anyone know of any after market running boards for the 330 other than the tube steps sold by Lexus?
  • barb0barb0 Posts: 2
    I've been driving various Lexus vehicles (LS, ES, RX) for over 12 years. In February 05, I traded my RX300 for an RX330. Like my previous vehicles I had chrome wheels installed. Since that installation, this car drives horrible. Concerned I was just being a nit-picky female, I had my husband drive the car for several days, he had the same impressions. At low speeds it drives sweet, like the Lexus I am accustom too. When you start to increase speeds this car shimmies and hits every bump in the road. The worst part is the drive shaft under the drivers seat. It bounces you around like a roller coaster. It is so rough that after driving for less than an hour your body feels as though it's come off a back-road experience. ....YES, I understand about Rims, High Performance Tires and Suspension, but this is a LEXUS and a $42,000 luxury suv should not drive this hard. I've test driven other vehicles less well known for their performance and have driven trucks that ride better than this Lexus. In less than 2 months I've had it in for service 3 times. In the last visit the Service Tech took a test drive in the vehicle with me and acknowledged exactly what I had been feeling. When it came time to pick up the car, Lexus service found nothing and gave me the usual lip service about the Tire, Rims and Suspension of the RX330. I'm confused, because when I read other reviews of this car, people praise it's performance at high speeds. I experience nothing but frustration and anxiety from the rough, painful ride. Does anyone have any comments or reassurance on this matter. I' m stuck in a 4 year lease. For the first time in 12 years I do not like my Lexus. I want is my old RX300 back.
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    What size? What kind of chrome wheels? What kind of tires? What were stock on your RX330 when you bought it(size)?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    would be that you have the 18" wheels on your RX330, and possibly the 16" on your previous RX300. That would make a dramatic difference in ride "comfort".

    You might want to be sure your tires are not over-inflated, and even running them a bit low might help your comfort level without undue assymetrical tread wear.

    Additionally it seems to me that the springs on the RX330 are quite a bit stiffer than the ones on my RX300.
  • barb0barb0 Posts: 2
    RX 330 has Standad 18" Michelin Tires
    Installed Standard Lexus Aluminum Chromes
    Bought the car with 18" Alloys
    Did not notice change in driving till after Chromes installed.
    RX300 had 16" wheel base
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    over-inflated tires with the chromes?
  • sssstevessssteve Posts: 49
    Wouldn't you think the Service Techs would look at tire pressure? It would seem obvious - at least to me. Then again, I've had some issues with techs not doing things that were pretty elementary!
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Well, first of all never expect a dealer to use an expensive technician for routine work.

    But having said that I have noticed more than once as "techs" mounted tires that they substantially over-inflate them in order to properly seat the tire bead, screw the valve core in before much of the air escapes, and then leave it to the "gofer" actually mounting the wheel on the car to check for proper inflation.
  • herrierherrier Posts: 1
    Mine shows "AFS OFF" on the dash board, what should I do, is there a switch somewhere?
  • danldanl Posts: 6
    I just purchased an RX330, the sales mgr steered me away from 18" wheels. He said they field many complaints from owners about the ride quality, poor tire wear, and the tires become noisy as they wear to about 50% tread. It sounds like you give up quite a bit to have the "look" of the 18" wheels and pay more in the process. Why not ask your dealer to put a set of 17" wheels from one of the dealership loaners on your RX for a few days to see if that solves your problem, I can tell you a good lexus store would do it in a heartbeat to keep a good customer.
  • towintowin Posts: 2
    Your Adaptive Front Lighting System (the thing that turns your headlights on curves) is turned off. There is a small button just above the fuel door release. Push it to turn them back on.
  • r1_97r1_97 Posts: 181
    I doubt the advise of switching to 17" wheels. I'd estimate that a high percentage of new 330s come with 18" wheels because that's what customers want. We've had our 330 over a year and it rides great and no unusual wear on the tires. Check with other Lexus dealer service reps and see what they say.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Sometimes, many times, customers have no idea that what they "want" is not the best overall, and maybe not even the best choice for their specific use. But it's the marketing and salespersons job to sell them what they "want", regardless of actual functionality or purpose.

    18" wheels and low profile tires on an SUV is an absolutely perfect example. 18" wheels with low profile tires are the rage today only because they enhance the look and appearance of SUV's that are over-height to begin with.

    Given an equal overall wheel/tire circumference 17" tires will have more flex and give than the 18" equivalent and thereby render a greater level of "comfort". Especially for those that use their SUV's for their intended purpose and not for out-cornering that Porsche C4.
  • r1_97r1_97 Posts: 181
    Are there records breaking down the number of 330s sold with 17" and 18" wheels?

    I've noticed that "people" (in general -especially those reading these forums) are pretty much immune to car salesmen's telling them how to configure the car they want.

    There's not much incentive for the salesman switching a buyer to a different size of wheels.

    What do Lexus engineers think about driving comfort of 17" vs. 18" wheels?

    My guess is that Lexus has giving thought to these issues and that a large majority of 330 are sold with 18" wheels because Lexus and its customers (myself included) believe that for their intended purpose they prefer the larger wheels.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    John Q public sees RX330 with 18" wheels, likes the look of it, goes to Lexus for a test drive....

    On the other hand there is the Pontiac Aztek.

    "looks" of the vehicle have a tremendous affect on sales volume.

    And just how sure are you that 18" wheels and low profile tires are not less expensive for the factory to purchase than are 17"...?
  • aavoidaavoid Posts: 2
    Hello people, I am in the market for the 2005 RX330 and I have been studying the options available. Now there's just this problem about purchasing the option on the Airsuspension.

    I would like to hear from you folks and share with me your knowledge about the obvious advantages of purchasing this option. Any kind of information regarding

    the comfort factor being compromised/enhanced,

    performance improvement(less body roll, flat cornering stance)

    or in terms of problems be it be in terms of durability, expensive to repair, limited life span(must replace every x amount of miles)

    would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance for sharing.
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