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Lexus RX 330 Maintenance and Repair

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  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Maybe those that are complaining of the noise are trying to take advantage of the extra price they paid for the "high fidelity" ML sound system.

    They should know that the only way to do that is parked in a nice quiet garage with the engine off and the windows rolled up fully.
  • yyyyyy Posts: 22
    We read this forum before getting the RX 330. So I'd like to provide a data point here after we acquired the car a few weeks ago.

    In regarding to the noise, I drove the car for about ~400 miles so far with both city and highway (although this is my wife's car), I don't experience any noise problem. I've the Land Cruiser used daily, which is a very quiet car. The RX 330 is very close to that level. The car has the Michelin, which I'm not certain if it makes any difference. (The quietness of car is actually on the top priority when we shop, so we are both pay special attention to this on test drive, especially on highway.)

    In regarding to the the transmission issue, I didn't experience that yet. I do agree the overdrive in the city drive which has short distance for stop and go may cause problem as one neter indicated. It just my guess.

    The only complain I had so far is the seat is not comfort enough for long distance drive (> 100 miles), but certainly sufficient for shopping mall trip. This is why we are still taking the Land Cruiser for long drive (which interior options are very Spartan in comparing to the RX 330), but that may be because we are used to the comfortable seat on the Land Cruiser.

    By the way, the car is made in Canada based on the VIN. It is AWD with NAV+ML+DVD.

    Cheers,
  • Hi. I have a 2004 RX330 4WD. It has everything but the sport package. Recently I have been flooring this car, and whenever I get out, I get a sulfer smell. The smell is non-existent inside the car. Any suggestions?
    Thanks
    Seth
  • legendmanlegendman Posts: 362
    The car has the Michelin (tires), which I'm not certain if it makes any difference.

    It makes a very big difference. The Goodyears are the main culprit. The Michelins are much quieter -- I've driven both.

    The Land Cruiser is incredibly quiet. Like a bank vault. That's one reason I went for the Lexus RX.
    Figured it would be similar.

    Sounds like you got a good one. Maybe the Canadian built are better after all. Want to trade?

    ;)
  • legendmanlegendman Posts: 362
    I agree with Legendman - No rattles, but a lot of road/wind noise. The dealer acknowledged and replaced the door sealings. Very little improvement.

    Yes, I had the door sealings replaced too. I concur, very little improvement.

    I'm beginning to think that the side mirrors are part of the problem. Drive with them folded in for a few blocks and you may notice that it's quieter inside the car.
  • jym626jym626 Posts: 21
    This may seem like a silly question, but what's with the absence of a place to put trash in the '05 RX330? I am OK with the lack of a cigarette lighter as I don't smoke, but when my son recently looked for a place to throw a candy wrapper, he couldn't find an ashtray or any place designated for trash. He ended up putting it in the storage area behind the front cupholders. We've only had the car for a week. Are we overlooking something obvious?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    So when, what car, have you bought in the past that had an OEM trashbasket?
  • legendmanlegendman Posts: 362
    Maybe those that are complaining of the noise are trying to take advantage of the extra price they paid for the "high fidelity" ML sound system.

    They should know that the only way to do that is parked in a nice quiet garage with the engine off and the windows rolled up fully.


    'Ya got that right! I was driving on the highway this evening and hand to crank up the Mark Lev stereo up to volume 50 just to hear it over the road noise!

    Yeah, the ML system is w-a-y over rated! Nothing beats a Bose, although Infinity comes close.
  • smartgazzsmartgazz Posts: 6
    Is there anyone facing a problem of a Clunk when you make a right turn uphill. It will create a very loud noise in the rear. It will not happen in flat road or making a left turn. If someone has experience with this, I will be very appriciated if you can give me more info or any solution. My RX330 (2005) is 2 week with only 600 miles.
    Thanks
  • yyyyyy Posts: 22
    When we're test-driving the RX, I basically asked the salesman to shut up and turn-off radio, in order to listen and feel the noisy level. We are paying attention to when the car is "static" waiting for the traffic light as well as when the car is "moving" at high speed (>60). When car stops for traffic, the noise level should be very low. When the car is in high speed, you should only hear some noise from the road (it veries on road conditions) and sometimes a little bit from the side wind. The car should sound like air-tight literally (if it's not, then the seal somewhere is not hold up). Of cause, this is all quite subjective, but a car has that much noise (to froce you to turn stereo up) is not acceptable.

    I wonder if you can have the dealership to put the noise measurement equipment in the car for a test drive. It should at least tell how much differences between the noise level in your car and the Toyota specification for the car's noise level. The measurement would tell you where the noise leaks in (I am not sure if toyota would fix anything beyond the window/door seals such as beefing up the noise reduction materials on the frame itself). If that is not helping, I guess the LX 470/Land Cruiser is the toyota SUV solution for you. Cheers,
  • aaatttaaattt Posts: 22
    Yes ! the noise level everyone's feeling is different !
    Like the same wheather someone feel cold, someone will feel hot!
    Better to test by the equipment ! so it will give this car a fair judgement!
  • tomjavatomjava Posts: 136
    There is a Technical Service Information Bulletin (TSIB) for the Thump/Clunk & Whine/Hum problem. The Number is TC002-04 and was issued on 2/26/04.

    Good Luck.
  • smartgazzsmartgazz Posts: 6
    Tomjava, thanks for your info. But my local dealer said the TSIB already applied to all 2005 version so do not know waht to do next. They can duplicate the problem but they just can not figure it out and solve it.
  • yyyyyy Posts: 22
    That is not exactly my point regarding your post of "the noise level everyone's feeling is different". It is not like the color of car, which everyone's preference is quite subjective.

    I said that we can only subjective measure the noise level when tests driving the car unless you brought the test equipment with you. However, if there is a defect on the window or door seal from assembly, the noise will be obviously noticable. If there is any defact on the noise reduction padding on the frame itself (assembly issue again?), or a set of very noisy tires, then the noise is definitly unbearable, which is not that much subjective at all, as we should all hear the same noise :-( Quietness usually associates with luxury as requiring higher cost to have. I'm really disappoint to learn that many RX having the problem. It shows these cars didn't assemble together well at all. Test drive the car before signing the deal!
    Cheers,
  • legendmanlegendman Posts: 362
    When we're test-driving the RX, I basically asked the salesman to shut up and turn-off radio, in order to listen and feel the noisy level. We are paying attention to when the car is "static" waiting for the traffic light as well as when the car is "moving" at high speed (>60). When car stops for traffic, the noise level should be very low. When the car is in high speed, you should only hear some noise from the road (it veries on road conditions) and sometimes a little bit from the side wind. The car should sound like air-tight literally (if it's not, then the seal somewhere is not hold up). Of cause, this is all quite subjective, but a car has that much noise (to froce you to turn stereo up) is not acceptable.

    I agree with your points above, but I am curious, what your experience was when you test drove the RX? Your posts don't say.

    I asked Lexus for the sound levels in the RX330 -- as designed and built -- but they declined to provide them.

    If there is any defact on the noise reduction padding on the frame itself (assembly issue again?), or a set of very noisy tires, then the noise is definitly unbearable, which is not that much subjective at all, as we should all hear the same noise

    I think noise level is somewhat subjective, but we are not comparing apples to apples. First off, the RX330 is shod in different tires -- Goodyear and Michelin 18" tires, and also in 17" tires.
    I've driven on both 18" tires and the Goodyear's are much noiser, IMO.

    Also, the car is manufactured in two different plants -- Canada and Japan. There may be differences here as well, as each Toyota owned plant must use a large percentage of locally obtained raw material content.
  • aaatttaaattt Posts: 22
    Sure ! If a defect assembly car is not acceptable !
    but even inside in one car ! two people will feel different !
    ( like recently Lexus ES330 TV ad for two zone climate control)

    Too bad ! I need wait for 3 more weeks to get my car !
    First they tell me will be in end of June. Now tell me will be in mid-July.
    Not just one dealer. I think all So-Cal. dealers in the same condition.
    Already in low inventory when I begin shopping at mid-May.
    At that time I went to the Long** Lexus, they have all other models near 200 cars on parking lot. But for RX 330 only 5-6 cars. even the sales don't reply my e-mail.
    A lot dealers they do not have car to sell !

    The demand is same, I am just wonder why Lexus won't supply as normal.
    Do they adjust the assembly line for a lot complain? (Just guess!)
    ( I will pay attention when I pick up my car !)
  • aaatttaaattt Posts: 22
    I asked Lexus for the sound levels in the RX330 -- as designed and built -- but they declined to provide them.

    I think why they do not give u this information!
    If the law did not require they do so ( like safety issue ). They don't need to do it.

    If they give to u or publish it like car Technical Specs in brochure!
    Then all the cars on the street should meet that requirement!
    That may be involve a lot of recall & lawsuit !!
  • In response to the to your stuttering problem, There should not be one!
  • spring2spring2 Posts: 4
    I am puzzled by comments of how quite RX330 is. It is like we are talking about two different cars. I am an engineer and am not unfamiliar with machine noise. But the cabin noise bothers me.

    To give you an idea of the noise level
    - when a truck passes by, I cannot hear conversation in the car
    - I can hear the road noise of other cars up to 15 feet from me
    - When the road is not smooth, the road noise level is comparable to that of the radio
    - The car is only quiet driving local
    - Wind noise starts coming at 40mph. Very significant at 70mph.

    I used to drive a Corolla. I will say my RX is not any quieter. But for 40+K?
  • alolewisalolewis Posts: 36
    I think my 2004 RX 330 has a lot of wind noise, my dealer blamed it on the roof rack and adjusted the position of the cross bars but I never heard any difference. It is quieter than my GMC Jimmy which it replaced though.
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