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Lexus RX 350

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  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The front crossbar must be placed "just so" to avoid vibration and/or wind noise, easier to just remove the DX%& thing.
  • rmorin2rmorin2 Posts: 110
    I am having trouble transferring the phone book to my 09 RX350. I can pair and activate both of our phones but whenever I try to transfer the phone book on either phone I am disconnected from the bluetooth connection. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong? Thanks.
  • rparisrparis Posts: 368
    Has anyone purchased this for the front of their vehicle. If so, how muich was the cost?
  • rparisrparis Posts: 368
    Does anyone use 87 octane gas for the 2010 RX?
  • Hello, anyone. On Saturday, I received in the mail a Limited Service Campaign in regard to an oil hose replacement on the '07 RX350. It explained that the oil supply hose for the VVT-i actuator
    may degrade over time and may cause oil to leak from the VVT-i oil hose producing abnormal engine noise and the oil pressure light to illuminate.

    It says that any Lexus dealer will replace the VVT-i oil hose with a newly designed one at no charge to you. This LSC will be offered
    until March 31, 2013.

    I'm wondering if this is what happened to some posters a couple of months ago that had some sort of oil line explosion, I think was the term used. I'll be calling Lexus first thing Monday morning to see if I can get my car in before I leave to go out of town for Christmas.
  • Something wrong with your car. Mine does not vibrate. In fact I hardly feel the engine running. I got 1500 miles on it.
  • cwaynecwayne Posts: 81
    received a portable gps for christmas. I have the portable dash attachment that sets in the cut out on dash. This works really nice and does not block the windshield. The only downside is the location of power outlets. When not using I take the whole system and put it in the cutout under the gear shift area.
  • I don;t like having the power cords near the gear shift. Do you have a way of fastening them to the side of the floor console without damaging the surface when you remove them. I have a radar detector to.
  • cwaynecwayne Posts: 81
    when my gps is not in use and on the floor beween the front leg area the power cord is between the drivers seat and center console. when is use the cord is always in the way, i suppose you could tape it someplace.
  • For my radar detector, I found some plastic wire clips at Menards. I inserted one on the right side of the plastic screen covering the speedometer then ran the wire down to the side of the floor console and stuck a clip into the seam on the console. then ran the wire along the side and up into the console. I want to get a portable GPS and do the same.
  • rpacrpac Posts: 83
    Hello rparis - Thanks for your post. I have owned many RX350's. The 2010 that I bought now has 900 miles on it. I am ready to junk it. The wishbone suspension in the rear has made the car drive like a truck. The ride is horrible, the HVAC buttons on the dash are so small you can hardly see which one's to push. the car, in my opinion is an overpriced cheap disaster compared to earlier models. Hope this helps you in some way. Also see my posts on reflections (a safety factor) on the new RX350. Geez I hate the car! :mad:
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    Hi, Guys. I purchased new tires for my '07 RX350 last June, and now, all of a sudden, the tires are getting kind of noisy. They are the Michelins that Lexus recommends for this vehicle, although I purchased them through Tire Rack, and they were put on the vehicle at a Tire Kingdom. I was wondering if anyone with the Michelins has had the sudden noisiness after less than a year of ownership of these tires??
  • erik_herik_h Posts: 77
    I had the LTX model for almost 50K w/out any issues on my RX300.
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    edited April 2010
    I have been reading all the reviews in Edmonds about the 2010 RX 350 and in general it gets only an 8.2 rating (not low but not what a Lexus should be). When reading all the reviews (abou 102 of then) it makes me wonder if people that buy Lexus expects such high quality that anything below is practcally classified as garbage..some of them are owners of previous RX 350 and they really tear apart the 2010 model or the low ratings are truly due to the poor quality and not just a perception.
    I am contemplating buying one but after reading those reviews I wonder if I should.
    Do any prospective buyers out there feel the same?...are my fears unfounded since we hear from unhappy customers and not really from the happy ones?....are RX 350 sales soft because of public negative reactions?...is that why in some places you can get about $5k off MSRP?.....thanks for sharing any opinions..
  • cwaynecwayne Posts: 81
    I have owned a 2004, 2006, and a 2010 rx. I loved all three cars

    Problems:
    04 and 06: transmission not as smooth as 10
    10: engine noise when engine is cold, placement of 12 volt outlet.
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    Hi, SVOfan2. Yes, for those of us who have had the pleasure of driving the previous gen. RX, specifically, the 2007 to 2009 RX350's, I believe we became really "spoiled" with these vehicles.
    For me, those models offered a lot of nice options at a lower price point than the 2010. Now, you have to get a navigation and comfort package at a price increase of 4 to $5,000 more than what I paid for my RX to get back some of the options that I already have. Granted, there are some new things in the 2010 that are very nice, such as the push button start, keyless entry,
    heated and ventilated seats, and even a back-up camera in the premium only model. But my premium only model in the '07 has rain-sensing wipers, illuminated kickplates(which look very nice, by the way!), which you can only get those if you go all the way up to the Luxury package now! My model RX has easy access to the two power plugs as opposed to the difficult-to-access power plugs that are buried deep in the console of the 2010 RX.

    Also, my '07 RX has a full-size spare tire, the 2010 does not. Of course, the 2010 does have the iPod aux. ports and such, which I would really like to have right about now. As a consolation, I do have XM Radio in my '07 RX.

    I just don't feel that Lexus went quite far enough in really changing the 2010 RX mostly on the interior details. I actually like the exterior a little better than my '07. I was hoping to see things such as a panoramic sunroof, split dual exhaust tips like the rest of the Lexus line-up now has, I think, with the exception of the GX470 and the LX.

    Finally, I got to spend a few days in a loaner 2010 RX, and after driving the 2010 and getting back into my '07, I found that at idle the '07 is quieter. I don't even like the exhaust note on the 2010 all that much. It sounds like maybe Lexus tried too hard with trying to make it sound sportier?? I don't know. I will say that the 2010 felt even more responsive than my '07, and my RX is zippy already. I think the tranny is probably smoother shifting just like the above poster stated. Oh, and let's not forget the 400 pound weight gain, and I doubt that the 2010 RX will get as good of gas mileage as the previous gen RX.

    Incidentally, my stepdad just purchased a 2010 RX even after I pointed out to him what I thought were its shortcomings. He says he decided to get it because of my positive experience and after riding in my RX a couple of times. He loves his 2010 RX.

    I think if you've never owned or driven a previous gen RX, you will probably appreciate what the 2010 offers. It's still a nice car, just not quite what I was hoping for. Again, Lexus spoiled me with the previous gen RX.

    I really never thought I'd say this, but the 2010 Cadillac SRX has jumped ahead of the 2010 RX350 for me right now on my list.
    I will know better when I test drive the SRX, which I probably won't do for another couple of months.

    Sorry for such a long post, but I've got to say I have had some very mixed emotions about the new RX. Time will tell if it will live up to the expectations of previous Lexus owners.
  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    I had a 99 RX300 and presently a 2007 RX350, both front wheel drive, superb vehicles; no significant complaints whatever. I have most routine service done at a Toyota shop, same parts and expertise at about half the price; but no gourmet breakfast or quick-and-dirty car wash.

    Pete :)
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    Thank you for your observations, to tell the truth is one of the best crtiques that I have seen, do you think that all those "points" are the reason why the deep discounts of course depending where in the country?.....My wife and I really like the 10 RX350 over the Acura MDX, but I do still have reservations that after spending high bucks we will discover engine noise etc which I would tolerate a bit better on a cheaper car..again thanks a lot for sahring the expiriences..
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    edited April 2010
    I actually liked the MDX also, except it doesn't have the rain-sensing wipers available, no push button start and keyless entry, and only comes in AWD, which for me personally, I have no need for AWD since I live in Florida. Other than that, I think it's a great vehicle.

    There could be many different reasons for the possible deep discounts being offered on the 2010 RX350. Although I still think the car is selling well, there is more competition out there that is catching up or has caught up to the RX; i.e., the Audi Q5,
    Cadillac SRX, and there's the upcoming refresh of the 2011 Lincoln MKX, to name a few. And, of course, there's the lack of real distinction at least on the exterior(Although I still think the exterior is a little better looking than my '07) and the way Lexus has priced the various packages available on the RX.

    It's still a nice car, but there are other very nice crossover SUV's out there now. By the way, I wasn't sure from your previous posts, but have you had a chance to keep a 2010 RX overnight?
    If not, that would be another suggestion I could make for you so that you can spend sometime in the vehicle without a salesman hovering around. Good luck in your vehicle search.
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    Thanks for the encouraging words...the exact things that you don't like about the MDX are the ones that make it appealing to me, and I mean ALL of them.....here in the northeast the competition is strong and it reflects on the prices being offered (up to $5-$6K discounts from MSRP)...and as of today bound to get deeper since Consumers Report just declared the GX 450 "unsafe" because of the possibilities of turning over due to slow response of the vehicle stability control units, as tested.
    The Q5, no, very expensive to maintain..it is an Audi,the SRX..no..it is a GM, would you buy a vehicle without knowing if there will be a company 1 year from now?.I have friends that bought one and they wanted to get a small bottle of paint for a small scartch and the dealer told them that the wait will about 2 months because the suppliers are very slow in producing parts and accessories for GM products since the uncertainty in the GM's future..
    Keeping an RX 350 overnight it would be perfect, I don't know in FL but here it would be impossible no dealer would agree with that...they will laugh at me..lol
    Good luck in your next purchase...
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    I'm surprised! I thought letting you take the car overnight was a Lexus-type thing. They let me do it when I was thinking of buying the '07 RX back in 2006. Are you sure?? I would still ask. It couldn't hurt.
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    ..NO...that is not an option around here in the northeast...you must be in the other part of the country...the nice one..lol
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    Gee, that's a shame. I live in Tampa, Florida. I think they should do it anywhere in the U.S. and not just certain states.
    I think if I couldn't spend a day or the night with a potential new vehicle now, I don't think I would give my business to that potential dealership/manufacturer.
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    ..are you serious?....maybe you are...but I find it hard to believe that ANY dealer in Tampa will allow ANYONE to have a vehicle over day or night for a POTENTIAL sale...I do believe that if you or anyone else have a relationship with a particular dealer (any brand) such dealer (since they know you and you are a previous known customer) yes, will allow yoou to have the vehicle for a day or overnight.
    With all due respect I doubt that the practice of letting anyone test drive a vehicle overnight is common practice anywhere in the country (I was trying to be funny before)....maybe others will opine on this
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,826
    edited April 2010
    It would be fun to see the numbers on that.

    I took a Honda Fit home overnight last Fall. We were just tire-kicking and I was surprised when the salesperson offered. I had been to this dealer once before and test drove an automatic, and went back a few weeks later to test the manual, but I can't say I had much of a relationship with the dealer.

    No other dealers here in Boise volunteered, but I didn't ask anyone either. A private seller let me take his old Miata home overnight last Fall too, but he had my Subaru and we hit it off pretty well anyway.

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  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    To me, anyhow, that story is remarkable....the only time here in NJ that was offered to take a car home was my local Nissan dealer afew years ago and that was because I was probably his best cutomer not only fot purchases but also for people that I brought and bought cars from them..mind you this about 15 years ago. It will never cross my mind to ask for an overnight test drive....probably I will have to sign my last born aaway as a deposit...lol
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,826
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  • nit2nit2 Posts: 29
    It is offered under the "Owner Resources" link on Lexus' homepage.

    If you are a member, please can you share your experiences and pros & cons?

    Thanks in advance.
  • I can't think of any cons, it has some good videos and makes it easy to manage the service appointments, history and access the maintenance schedules. The Canadian version also gives access to the financial details of your lease or loan. I find both US and Canadian versions quite useful.
  • bborgiabborgia Posts: 3
    edited March 2012
    My wife has a 2009 RX 350. I purchased a Sky XM Satellite Radio which plugs in to the cigarette lighter and operates with the use of an iPod. You do have to plug in a very thin cable that extends from the actual unit and apparently out the moldings and attached to the roof of the car (magnetized satellite antenna). I took it to our local Lexus and either they could not figure it out or did not want to figure it out (how to get the cable from inside the car to outside the car). Wondering if anyone has had experience with this. On the Sky XM video, interestingly enough, they just put the satellite antenna on the upper portion of the dash and attach it with a velcro pad. Thanks for any insights.
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