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Lexus RX 300



  • I had a minor fender bender last week(Couple of scratches on the bumper and the little red reflector cracked). Anyone know where I can get the little red reflector on the lower bumper. I have a great excuse to Monotone Paint my Rx now !!!

    FYI for potential buyers
    I have had my 2000 for over a year (Just 9500 miles on it, it is still the weekend baby) and I have to say that the ride and acceleration has improved greatly over time. It has stiffended up a bit and has a bit more kick. Anyone looking to buy an RX, it seems that it just takes some time to "get sporty".
  • I am considering seriously purchasing an RX sometime in April and do a lot of investigating now. CR says that the RX turning circle is pretty wide and they even emphasize that as a "con". Is that really a problem? Does it cause any inconveniences when parking or backing up? Any input would be appreciated!
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    I have 2000 RX300 FWD. I know it's turning circle is wider than my Maxima, however in most cases if I prepare a little early and carefully before I make a turn, I feel OK with it. My wife is driving it everyday and I haven't heard any complaint about its turning circle.
  • As to whether this is a problem, depends on your marriage.

    My wife has driven her 2001 RX since last December, has 14k miles on it, and, the last time I saw her, she started to make her first left turn.

    Of course, that was last December.
  • I have a Sienna and according to Edmunds it has a 40ft turning circle....the RX300 41.5. It is not a serious problem in my Sienna although I definately notice I often have to back up to manage a tight parking space. Is this a function of FWD or what? Seems like my old Expedition could turn shorter than my minivan.
  • Over at, there is an entry on 9/25 in the RX300 section concerning an owner who took his car to the dealer for an oil change. Supposedly he was told that they automatically add an MOC oil additive because of possible sludge problem that arises with repeated short trips when the engine doesn't heat up enough. Any comments?
  • I have had my 2000RX since May 2000 and the turning circle is noticeably wide. However, after a few weeks of driving it you learn to live with it. It does require a bit more maneuvering than I would like but as I said you can get used to it and learn to compensate for it by starting your turns a little earlier and or taking wider turns.
  • tariktarik Posts: 344
    The turning circle of the Rex is ludicrous, to say the least.

    What counts, is that my wife (who drives the Rex) explained to me that I just needed to adapt my driving style - or the moment I start to steer. It all has to do with complacency. She has no complaints about that at all, FWIW.

  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    Jeff, saw your wife last week in NY, in the left turn lane by our house. She said everything is fine and sends her love.

    Once she hits the beach by our house she'll have to make another left and head back towards Cali. She should be home before Thanksgiving this time since she knows all the highways with left turn lanes.

    Hang in there buddy.
  • As I understand, this problem does not go unnoticed...Have to drive the RX one more time and see if I can live with this. I shouldn't tell my wife about this, she is already very suspicious about SUV's, and she will try to convince me to get a station vagon. But I have a very wide turning radius myself, so...It won't be easy to turn me around.
    The less a woman knows, the better, right?
    Anyway, thanks a lot for your responces.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    A tighter turning radius would probably increase the number of RX rollovers, so maybe wider IS better.
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    The RX300 is a versatile vehicle and means different things to different people. Many have described it as a "jacked up Camry station wagon", so if that's the type of vehicle she's leaning for, then who are you to argue. Tell her what she wants to hear

    BTW, when we were SUV shopping, my wife wanted nothing to do with the RX300/Lexus. She said many things to me, "It's too expensive... it's too snooty... why pay all that extra money for a vehicle..."

    I sent her one day to go test drive it by herself while I was at work. I came home that night and the first words out of her mouth were: "We must have this vehicle."

    The rest is history as they say.
  • mvs1mvs1 Posts: 462
    dubinonos, if your considering purchasing in April around that time a completely redesigned RX300 should be available (Although many on this board don't believe so) the turning radius which is definetly noticeable could be addressed. Almost all vehicles have quirks/design flaws (wwest would agree) although you learn to live with them. You won't be disappointed with this vehicle.

    Or in Jeff's case without (hey I saw her hanging out with Elvis last week, don't listen to Tony he's not a reliable source of info!!!)

    mooretorque-that one was terrible I'm surprised Drew hasn't kicked you off of the board for that one.

    Oh, and who's this grumpyrx guy with the sludge problem. Jeff could it be mmmmm.

    Gotta go (get it mooretorque!!)
  • psripsri Posts: 6
    I was considering getting a 2001 RX300 (next week) taking advantage of the model year discounts available now.
    Is it true that the 2003 model is exptected to be available in April 2002. If so it might be worth waiting for.
    Also could someone post what are some the significant features of the redesigned 2003 RX.
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310

    They are still working on bringing the Canadian plant that will produce it fully on-line and up to speed.
  • gimpyrxgimpyrx Posts: 198
    NO customer service at all!
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310 makes sludge and fudge too? Cool! Where's my owner's manual, gotta show the kids!
  • mvs1mvs1 Posts: 462
    The 2002 models are already at dealers and there are no changes.

    The redesign is just speculation on my part, due to the fact that the ES300/Camry platform which the RX300 is based is new and at dealers.

    Also, Tony the Canadian plant your referring to, is it the only plant that will be producing the RX300? Or simply one of a few. Many manufacturers have multiple facilities that produce the same model.

    About this gimpyrx guy, the fact that he owns a Mustang scares me!!!
  • Michael, I'm pretty sure that all North American Rex's will be produced at the new Canadian plant. Can't speak for the rest of the world, but you raise a good point. They'll probably keep the Japanese plant going for right-drive vehicles for the rest of the world.
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