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Lexus RX 300

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  • rrabyrraby Posts: 10
    My temperature reading regularly exceeds 100 now that summer is here. In fact, it seems to pretty consistently read higher than the actual temp. Can someone clue me in to where the thermometer is?
  • raddboy41raddboy41 Posts: 249
    I too bought the tubular aftermarket hitch (Hidden Hitch) and installed the OEM wiring harness. As promised, this baby bolted right up to the frame and looks awesome! Here's my problem. After installing the wiring harness and plugging in the 20amp fuse, I still don't have power to the harness! The only thing I didn't do was disconnect the neg. battery terminal before starting as I thought that this was simply precautionary. I've got power at the fuse panel and the fuse meters out okay, but still no 12V at the harness with the engine running and the lights turned on. The negative pin on the harness shows a dead short to the frame (a good thing), but I can't get 12V on either of the 3 remaining pins with the park lights on. I've even removed the harness and metered the pins at the OEM connector! Any ideas? To be honest, I've not hooked up the trailer to it yet and was thinking that maybe it was looking for a load, but I'm not sure. I guess I'll have to pull the trailer out tonight and check it out.
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    I am glad to hear the hitch installation worked out for both you and jfetter and we all agree on the look. I have not installed the harness yet and may never install it. My only application right now is for a bike rack. I know you said you disconnected the harness and metered the pins at the OEM connector. I am assuming that meant no +12v there either. I hope you get lucky and it's just looking for a load as you suggested. If not maybe jfettter can do some comparisions for you. Keep me in the loop. If you don't get it working I will order one from www.toyotaguys.com and try to figure out. I will probably need it in the future anyway.
  • malhokcmalhokc Posts: 83
    Thanks for the info re: temp reading. Guess, it really hasn't hit 100 deg in Chicago yet.

    mikey00,

    I plan on ordering the hitch too. Can you tell me what bike rack you went with, cost, etc #.

    Thanks much
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    See post 2278
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    If you can scan or somehow get the harness directions to me I will be glad to check some voltages at my oem harness. Or even explain what connector and pins under that black plastic cover.
    (mnovak999@yahoo.com)
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The climate contro OAT sensor is the source for the outside temperature indication and that sensor is mounted behind the front bumper/grill, just forward of the radiator. Radiant heat from the radiator and A/C condensor is likely causing the excess temperature readings, especially when stopped and there is no airflow over the sensor.

    I relocated my 92 LS sensor into the front of the right fender well becuase in the wintertime this radiant heating was causing the A/C to run even with the outside temperatures below freezing.
  • ranjithwranjithw Posts: 9
    Thanks Mikey00 and rraby

    So mikey00's RX300 is a FWD. The car I am looking at is an AWD with the same goodies!. Therefore, dealer is charging me extra $ 3K for the AWD.

    Thanks
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    This price thing is dragging on far to long. This will be my last post on the subject. This is the second RX I have purchased and I have done a lot of price checking. The price you were quoted is a good price considering the options your car is equipped with in your part of the country. You cannot compare it to a FWD in Texas and try to use the price including sales tax. Do cars in Texas have heated front seats? I don't know but I bet not. It sounds to me like you are trying to talk yourself out of this car. I shopped for the same car, with the same options in NJ and was only able to beat that price by $100.
  • bird38bird38 Posts: 4
    The price I negotiated to move form the FWD to the AWD was about $1,600... I believe invoice on this feature is about$1,560.

    One thing that I would definitely do if I were you... call around, and let the dealers know that you are shopping. This brings them to 'reality'. Also, you may want to check Carsdirect.com to see what their price for a similarly priced unit would be. I beat their price for my market by about $1,600, but did so by offering to buy out of state and drive to pick it up.

    Hope that helps.
  • mooretorquemooretorque Posts: 241
    rraby.......no rain in beautiful, flat Texas??? Probably the thing that I enjoy most about my wife's 99 AWD is the incredible stability on wet streets by AWD (another way of saying that Audi's quattro is a great idea, and Subaru evidently knows the same thing).....my SC300 5 speed (no TRAC available then on the manual) always felt like the [non-permissible content removed] end wanted to come ask the front what it was doing......the RX felt like it was on rails, even on the original Badyears!! The SC is now replaced with the '01 GS430 with 17" Potenzas and VSC. The RX still feels better in the rain, tho now on Michelin CrossTerrains.

    mikey00, heated seats are standard, therefore every RX in Texas has bunwarmers, just as does every one of North Dakota. I agree that you can't compare prices and deals between regions (or even one state to the next) but it ain't so much because of equipment differences.

    bird38 speaks wisdom in nutshell.

    So let it be written, so let it be done!
  • parnolaparnola Posts: 140
    Unless they've changed since I got my '01 RX in October, heated seats are not standard. I got the premium package plus and had to pay extra for heated seats outside of the package. Also had to have them bring in a different RX because the only ones they had (in black) did not have the heated seats. This is in Dayton OH.
  • spakcharspakchar Posts: 37
    My temp reading has been as high as 120, no I'm not bragging. One little jewel about temperature you get in weather reports etc., it comes from a shaded thermometer! The temperature out in the sun might be 10 or 15 degrees warmer.
  • mrrogersmrrogers Posts: 391
    I was getting the front brake pads replaced on my wife's 98 Buick Regal, and the service manager recommended replacing the whole volume of brake fluid by emtying the master cylinder, and bleeding all four wheels. He says it should be done every two years if you intend to keep the car to remove moisture which may cause problems with the ABS system down the road. I okayed the service, and did notice a much firmer brake pedal when I got the car back. Hope this helps.
  • mooretorquemooretorque Posts: 241
    quite right.......my bad. no more crack for me!!!
  • jfetterjfetter Posts: 29
    You know, I never even checked the harness because I don't have a trailer to tow. I only wired the harness now to be ready for the jet boat I hope to get in a year or so. I will get out the meter tonight and check the voltages, I'll post back here as soon as I check it out...

    JFetter

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    "Here's my problem. After installing the wiring harness and plugging in the 20amp fuse, I still don't have power to the harness! The only thing I didn't do was disconnect the neg. battery terminal before starting as I thought that this was simply precautionary. I've got power at the fuse panel and the fuse meters out okay, but still no 12V at the harness with the engine running and the lights turned on. The negative pin on the harness shows a dead short to the frame (a good thing), but I can't get 12V on either of the 3 remaining pins with the park lights on."
  • outrunoutrun Posts: 539
    This just goes to show what one gets when cheaping out a little money on an aftermarket hitch when purchasing a vehicle costing around $40k.

    My dealer warned me that the wiring harness would be the cause of concern if I went with an aftermarket harness.

    This more or less proves that he was right. Potentially shorting out the electrical system in a new RX is NOT worth a few hundred dollars to me.

    -Craig
  • ravlravl Posts: 129
    What I'm seeing in the SoCal market on Silversports is if it's equipped with Nav, it is also equipped with HID headlamps and heated seats.
    I'm hoping to find a Nav without these two options, but don't think I will.
  • drivindrivin Posts: 10
    FYI - had the Lexus specialist listen in on the noise. He said it's due to the VSC turning on. So for those concern about the thump noise it's normal. Back to enjoying the ride...
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    "if it's equipped with Nav, it is also equipped with HID headlamps and heated seats.
    I'm hoping to find a Nav without these two options, but don't think I will. "

    C'mon folks, this is basic stuff. Check the Lexus website, or RX300 sales brochure, Edmunds, etc. Part of the Navigation package is HID, and heated seats can only be ordered with an option package, hence their inclusion by default many times.

    Bottom line: Go to Lexus.com, click build your own, type in your zip code. If you can't build a certain configuration on the web site, then more than likely you'll have a hard time finding that particular configuration at your local dealer. If one desires a "non-popular/custom" configuration, then you have to get your order in sometime at the beginning of the model year. It's the end of the model year now, shipments have already been allocated.
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