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Lexus RX 330 Maintenance and Repair



  • Absolutely - it's been everything we thought it would be.

    '04 - 30M miles
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    If the hesitation problem isn't fixed when the new RX is introduced in the spring I'm looking seriously at the X3.
  • mmm1mmm1 Posts: 54
    I had an 01 RX 300 and then bought 05 RX 330 this year. Would have no other SUV. I respect Willards thoughts on the hesitation problem but think that has been blown all out of proportion on this forum. I never considered that problem to be a big deal on my RX 330 but took it into the dealership and had them install the fix. It works just fine. I suppose that if you were to be in a drag race with the RX that slight hesitation might be problem but I am still looking for the guy who drag races with this car. There are those times when I enter the the interstate from the ON ramp when I wish I had greater acceleration but that is just a basic problem with an engine that is not designed for blazing acceleration---a problem I suspect with just about any SUV. By the way, I drove the MDX prior to buying my 01 RX 300 and never again considered it after a test drive in the RX. Buy the RX 330--you'll never regret it. Give yourself a great Xmas present. And Merry Christmas.
  • ptrsnptrsn SoutheastPosts: 6
    I just bought a '05 RX330 and am wondering, any of you with the Nav/On board Computer system, the most fuel I can get into the fuel tank after the low fuel light has been on for a while and the on board computer shows "zero" miles remaining with present fuel supply 16.6 gallons. The owners manual says the 2005 Lexus RX330 holds 19 US gallons, where are the remaining 2.4 gallons? I've checked with Lexus Customer Satisfaction Website and also with a service rep at Lexus of Orlando and nobody can come up with a reasonable answer. Can't this computer be calibrated to acknowledge 19 gallons??? Anybody got any ideas???
  • jfzjfz Posts: 45
    Your 2.4 gallon residual when the light comes on is very close to our RX330. By comparison, my LS430 light comes on with 70 miles on the range. Its residual is well under 2 gallons. In other words, the stated range farther than it would actually go on a tank of fuel.

    Personnally, I like the built-in safety of 2.4 gallons. The gauge can be affected by the weight of the load. Also low fuel levels can cause problems with fuel tank condensation and contamination, and fuel pump cooling and operation.
  • Good to hear your how you handled this, the dealer installed the fix and you are very satisfied.

    My neighbor is on his second new BMW X5 and has had some problems like oil puddles on his garage floor. It does not concern him, he prefers the BMW over anything else regardless of problems. I also tested the MDX, nice vehicle but IMO not up to the quality and feel of the RX.

    My wife's RX arrives next week and now she wants a big red bow for it so this will be Merry Christmas a couple of weeks early.
  • And this is the link for anyone that wants to wrap the RX with a big bow for a Christmas gift this year. $48.00 plus shipping.
  • md52md52 Posts: 20
    I have an 04RX330 and have had all of the problems listed in this site; hesitation that is yet to be resolved, numerous rattles and squeaks that are annoying, thump during decell that was fixed, but the only way Lexus would apply the TSB for this one was by me pressuring them.
    Its not a bad SUV, I just dont think its worth the money. It all comes down to Cost vs. product. For this price, I didnt expect to have to make as many trips to the service dept. After all, it isnt the public that claims that Lexus is in persuit of perfection, Lexus does!
    I'm hoping that the Toyota build quality claim will carry through.
  • md52md52 Posts: 20
    ...I forgot to mention the road and wind's terrible. I certaintly did not expect this much noise. I have driven the GX SUV and it is much quieter, as are the Lexus cars. What happened to the RX??..persuit of perfection?
  • It's too bad the RX hasn't met your expectations. I do think the vast majority of RX owners are very happy with their choice, and the problems that some have encountered are more the exception than the norm.

    If I felt the same way you did I certainly would sell it and just move on, even if I had to take somewhat of a financial hit. In this price range it's more important to be happy with what you're driving than worry about a few thousand dollars. Why get a headache every time you get in the car, if that's the situation. Compared to most your RX shouldn't have depreciated too badly, and its value should give you a healthy downpayment on a GX, or whatever else you'd be happier with.

    Just my 2 cents...
  • luapluap Posts: 21
    Headline in the Business section of Florida Today Dec. 11, 2005 reads: "Toyota's recall rate doubles" Company's rapid development might be reason for increase.

    I finally got rid of my 2004 RX330 (15,000 miles), which caused me more aggravation than I expected from Lexus (Toyota). Here's a summary of the problems I had with the Canadian made RX330: windshield creaked because it was not sealed properly (first day driving home from the dealer - replaced the windshield), rain sensor gasket cracked (replaced), tremendous window noise from driver and passenger doors (replaced both weather strips at the windows), whistle noise from A/C air intake (hose too long and crimped), right HID light had condensation and leaked (replaced), A/C groan at 1100 RPM (never resolved after many tries and replacing 2 compressors), A/C condensation leaked into the passenger side, excessive road tire noise, and replaced brake booster (recall).
    HAVE A NICE DAY!!!!!
  • I bought the RX 2006 and was wondering what type of gas are people using in this SUV. Regular unleaded or Premium unleaded. Lexus is recommending using Premium in this SUV.
  • Usually put in mid-grade - 89 to 91
  • Six months ago I was in the same boat as you are now. I had my heart set on an RX330 (because who doesn't dream of owning a "Lexus")and the first thing I did was to go through this problem and solutions forum. If you truly go through all the messages, I don't think you will feel comfortable paying a big sum of money for a vehicle that has too many documented and potential problems. I just could not live with that possibility and the hesitation which I noticed on my test drive. Eventually, I ended up buying an 05 MDX, loaded to the gills at invoice pricing. It has been 10,000 miles since and NO problems and NO regrets and I am happy with this technically well built SUV. For 40 grand, I think we all deserve to be completely happy with what we get. ;)
  • luapluap Posts: 21
    Good choice - while staying in that size range. Dreaming of owning a "Lexus" has brought a lot of customers. At the dealer last week, they must have brought in 30 - 40 RX330's. At these production rates, no wonder there are problems. At under $40,000, almost everybody can now "Own a Lexus".
    Enjoy the MDX!!
  • If Lexus is losing it, then how come Lexus is still at the top of the heap in everyone else's surveys?

    Are you kidding??

    When you fly high, it does take a while to fall to the ground. And Lexus is falling! :lemon:
  • Has anyone every heard of the phrase 'DEAD CAR' ?

    That is the term the sales manager at my South Jersey Lexus dealership used regarding my wife's factory ordered RX. We ordered November 8th, was built the 28th, was due to be delivered last Monday Dec. 12th. This afternoon we get the news our new RX is a DEAD CAR and will be bought back by Lexus. Apparently it is dead due to an electrical problem that the port cannot fix. It had to have started at the factory for shipment? Sure glad it did not die after we purchased it !!

    Possible good news... Before the dealer called with the bad news he had located a same color same package RX at a dealer about 200 miles south. This is a RX that someone factory ordered and decided not to purchase after it arrived. It has the Levinson - Navigation package, wonder why the order was canceled?? The manager advised it only has14 miles on the odometer so that is not a concern but I will go over this vehicle when it arrives and reserve the right to refuse if I find anything of concern.

    I have the serial number of this DEAD CAR, it was given to me 3 weeks ago once the car was in shipment. Because of the timing (Christmas gift) I may contact Lexus about this incident giving them the serial number and ask them if electrical problems 'DEAD CAR' happens on occasion. Things happen...

    Overall we are very satisfied with our dealership. They have been very helpful from factory ordering to keeping us informed about the delivery process. but ...... the shipping company has had the vehicle for almost 3 weeks, why the delay in contacting the dealership? Things happen.

    Comments appreciated.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    "Dead car" usually refers to one that won't start as in Dead Car Battery Blues. Funny, but I also hit Grateful Dead Car Emblems when I did a Google! :)

    tidester, host
  • I own an '04 RX330 and I just turned over 35K miles in less than 2 years!

    Anyway, about 3 weeks ago, I filled my tank with gas but the gas gauge didn't move off "Empty". I went to a second gas station just to make sure my tank was full, and it was. About 10 minutes later, when I parked on an incline, the gas gauge then registered "Full". What I didn't notice at the time, was that my interior lights no longer worked.

    I took the car to the dealer to get the interior lights fixed, told them about the gas gauge which they couldn't check because my tank was still full of gas. They chastised me and said the fuse blew for the interior lights because I had cell phone chargers plugged into both outlets up front; they said the cigarette lighter should not be used to charge a cell phone.

    Fast forward to today, my interiors lights are not working and my high-beam indicator is not working. This came when I again filled the car with gas, and the gas hand not moving off "Empty" until the car was put on an incline. I have not charged a cell phone in the cigarette lighter although I have used the outlet below to charge phones.

    On top of that, I was vaccuuming out my car, on the passenger side, underneath the carpet mat, I saw a quarter-sized dark gray "stuff" on my carpet. When I picked up and turned the mat over, I noticed that it had MELTED onto the carpet beneath it. It is making me wonder if there is something extremely hot in that general area, hot enough to melt the carpet mats. Has anyone experienced this? I have an appointment on Tuesday to get this car looked at.

    If I can't trust my instrument panel (and my car could potentially be overheating), that would not sit well with me!

    Baffled in North Carolina
  • feltfelt Posts: 105
    I am amid the "study" phase prior to purchase. I own a 2001 Totota Highlander, with which I am very happy, and presumed the Lexus would be the next purchase for us. Reading this forum causes me to have dounts. I phoned a trusted friend with a 2003, and he said he doubted the Lexus is the quality vehicle he expected.

    Realizing the "Problem & Solution" forum is where most of the faults will be revealed, I am interested in opinions. Are some of you enjoying problem free ownership experiences?
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