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Lexus RX 330 Maintenance and Repair

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  • t0dt0d Posts: 1
    Sorry about late reply, but complain to Lexus corporate if you already paid this... I spoke to a guy this happened to and he said dealer is replacing trim only, not window. Hope this helps.
  • 0435004350 Posts: 26
    This probably won't help you much but when a luxury vehicle is out of warranty
    or more than 4 years old, just assume that you will normally pay at least $ 100
    for each 1,000 miles that you drive to cover both unexpected repairs plus routine
    upkeep such as tires, brakes, oil changes, etc.
  • modfathermodfather Posts: 6
    My 2005 RX330 (awd) will soon go out of warranty (in Sept. 2008). We only have 20k miles on it, but was thinking of getting the 30k/36 mos. service done early in case there are any issues with the car. Good idea? Any advice?

    So far, no issues with the car. Only complaint is low mpg in city (getting 14-15 mpg here in Wash. DC...)
  • briegelbriegel Posts: 139
    I have a 2005 RX 330 AWD. What are the concerns with coasting downhill in NEUTRAL at speeds ranging from 25-70 mph to save fuel? Potentially damaging to the transmission and/or the AWD system? Thanks!
  • Just had to add this!!! As I traveled behind my wifes 2004 RX 330, I watched the rear window trim panel peel away from the cars body and snap. It happened so quickly, I couldn't notify her. After looking at how it is attached ( assisted with small pieces of double sided foam tape) it's obvious that the moldings will fail to stay in place. When the tape degrades the molding flies - interesting feat of engineering...
  • 2004 RX 330. I feel a mild (but very annoying) rubbing in my steering wheel whenever I accelerate and sometimes when breaking hard. Took it to the dealership, they checked out the motor mounts and said they looked okay. They said they adjusted the mounts a bit and that the rubbing should be minimized. However, when I picked it back up, the rubbing felt the same as it did before. I plan on taking in again, but was wondering if anyone else had experienced this so that maybe I could point the service guys in the right direction. Thanks!
  • ralipioralipio Posts: 1
    I own a LEXUS GSV40L colored white. Today I went to the dealer for a maintenance check-up as I reached 30,000KM. They told me that my car needs to change engine oil & filter only. Would you imagine that they charged me with $162.50 just for changing the oil and filtel and my car is still under warranty. IS this a normal practice to charge the owner even if the car is still under warranty.

    I would appreciate your reply on this query sa soon as possible so I can complain directly to my dealer in Saudi Arabia Abdulatif Jameel Retail company Ltd. thank you for your time.
  • jebelljebell Posts: 54
    Of course. Warrenty does not cover maintenance items such as oil/filter change, wiper blades, brakes, etc.

    Keep in mind, you DO NOT have to have you lexus serviced at the over priced dealer.
  • I have the same issue as you. I have a 2004 RX 330 and I washed it over the weekend and my passenger rear window molding behind the back seat one, is gone. It was flapping before and I tried to push it back down myself but that didn't work...it's completely gone now. Did you get yours replaced and if so, how much was it? I also had the cold dash noise and my lexus dealership fixed it when it was still under warranty. They added extra insultation or something. It fixed the noise though!!
  • I need help with finding out the cause of a grinding noise when I start the car. It only happens when the stater is turning, and it sounds like there was a loose part in it. It only happens once in a while. The car starts every time I turn the key, but I am afraid that it will not start one day, or more damage to the engine will be done. When the engine starts (starter stops turning) the car drives well. No more noise. I wanted to check if maybe the starter's screw was loose or something connected to it was loose, but I can not even find the starter! Where is it? Any suggestions as to the problem? Are there any other parts that work only at the startup? Any help is appreciated. The car is 2004 :confuse: RX330
  • About a month before the warranty was up on our vehicle the air suspension malfunctioned on our 2004 Lexus RX330...Just went out to the garage one day and it was higher on one side than the other...Anyway, the dealership fixed it otherwise we would have had to pay $3000.00 for the pleasure...I've read of one other person that had this problem so perhaps it was just a fluke...Hope so...because we'd like to keep the vehicle as it really hasn't given us any other trouble...
  • la4meadla4mead Posts: 347
    Hey Hunter,

    Sorry about your trouble with the air susp, but glad to hear you had it taken care of... This is a good reminder that everyone can go over their vehicle completely before the warantee expires and get anything fixed. Lexus replaced my tranny right before the odometer rolled over to 70,000.

    Anyway, I'm interested in your thoughts about the handling on your model with the "sport" air suspension. Had you driven both before deciding on this one?

    Are you in CA?
  • I have the same problem. My husband bought our RX 330 new in 2004, so it is no longer under warrenty. We took a roadtrip from LA to Dallas and upon arriving in Dallas realized our trim on the right side was missing. Halfway home to LA, the left trim took flight. I called our local Lexus dealership and the guy in parts told me I needed to have both windows replaced. I hope someone posts an answer to this porblem! I called Corporate and haven't received a callback!
  • 1 plantation- hopefully you're still around. I think I may have this same mild grinding/knocking/rubbing problem. I always feel it in the steering wheel when I'm taking off from a stop as the body is torqueing backwards (I am now starting to feel it also when torqueing foward when braking). Does this sound similar to what you had and were able to fix with the new U bolt. I've taken it to the dealership once already, and all they did if fiddle with the motor mounts and said they had minimized the issue. However, I am still having the same issue. I was hoping to be able to point then in the right direction next time I get it serviced. Thanks!
  • janb1- hopefully you're still around. I think I may have this same mild groaning/knocking/rubbing problem with the steering colomn. Did you ever figure what the issus was?I always feel it in the steering wheel when I'm taking off from a stop as the body is torqueing backwards (I am now starting to feel it also when torqueing foward when braking). Does this sound similar to what you had and were able to fix with the new U bolt. I've taken it to the dealership once already, and all they did if fiddle with the motor mounts and said they had minimized the issue. However, I am still having the same issue. I was hoping to be able to point then in the right direction next time I get it serviced. Thanks!
  • coyeracoyera Posts: 1
    Dear Hunterjo1, I have now a problem with my RX 330 2004 Air suspension, the light in the dashboard to put the system off starter blinking on and off for few days.
    I finally took the car to the dealer, to find out the compressor is bad, no very clear explanation of what happened and my warranty expired in May of this year, repair estimate about 2K USD. I would like to know if others have had similar problems. My car has 28K miles on it and it has had a few other problems, including having to replace all tires with only 25k miles on them. Very dissapointed with the Lexus brand.
  • toy188toy188 Posts: 2
    It is common that the joint of rubber boot and steering column (inside the car up near the gas pedal) has caused the noise when you turn the steering wheel far left or right. The harmless and common solution is to spray silicon grease around the joint then turn the wheel for a few time until you don't hear the same noise. Best use silicon grease, which is good for rubber parts.
  • Will give it a shot. Thanks!
  • lon7lon7 Posts: 7
    I have 60K miles on my RX330 and just this past month I noticed a rattle coming from the back of the car. I checked it out and found it to be the cover on the spare tire carrier under tha rear of the car. I am going in for service very soon and will see if the dealer has any info on the problem. A simple gasket to keep it from vibrating would fix the problem.
  • hmn8hmn8 Posts: 4
    To: ckanesthesia

    How did you manage to get Lexus to replace the RX tranny? Did they ask for service records? What is the name/ location of the dealer who took care of it? I know that it was still under drivetrain warranty but I've read that Lexus does everything they can to avoid replacing it and putting the blame on the customer. I too have an 04 RX330 with the whining noise around 75mph. I have 48500 miles. My problem is I bought it used (clean title) from a small non Lexus exclusive dealer and I don't have any service records. I do know based on carfax that it was previously a leased car from a Lexus dealer. If anybody have any suggestions pls reply. Thanks
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