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Lexus RX 300



  • fantomfantom Posts: 211
    For a better looking and less expensive solution to the holes in your Mom's front bumper check out:

    They sell painted plugs for many cars that look great. I've used them several times, with total satisfaction.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,943
    I love the "exact factory match" stuff on pages like the bumper plug guys. You can go to most any truck canopy store, and for the right price, have your bugshield, canopy, wheels, trailer, mother-in-law or whatever painted to match your car. The colors are all coded from the factory and all the paint reps fight to install their company's fancy "computer" gizmos that mix the paint per the factory code in the accessory stores. It's almost hard not to get an exact match these days if you have any painting experience at all.

    For the best deal, drop off your roof racks or whatever with them and tell them to paint them when they do a canopy in the right color.

    Steve, Host
  • kmhkmh Posts: 143
    I cannot say for a fact, but try checking out eBay with a search for plates. Somebody's bound to sell what you're looking for.

    My dealership put on their own Lexus license plate holders that I find tastefully done.
  • Hi,

    Can I still buy a new RX300 in April 2003 or Lexus will only make RX330 at that time?

  • mrrogersmrrogers Posts: 391
    A Lexus dealer told me I have until the end of March to order a 2003 RX300. I have not seen that in writing anywhere like a Lexus website.
  • fantomfantom Posts: 211
    Anyone else notice nicks in the side pillar from the driver side seat buckle? My wife has a habit of unbuckling and just letting the belt fly back, rather than easing it back with her hand.

    Guess this isn't covered under warranty ;-)
  • I am 6'2" and have the same issue. I have a 2002 and can't for the life of me figure out what it is for.It is above the emergency brake, and the pedal does not go down that far. Actually started to develop an aching knee until I did a lot of seat adjustments.

    I have a friend who has a 2000 and there is a 3" difference between the models. Enough leg room without seat adjustments. If you find a solution let me know.
  • My 1999 Rx 300 (Lexus) with 40,000 doesn't seem to know
    what gear to go to when I first take off in the morning. It gets up
    to around 35 mph and hangs there. I keep looking down to see
    if I have it in drive instead of 1 or 2. I have taken to the dealer two
    times and both times they tell me thats the way the 99 Rx 300's
    are? They said it was set up that way for the engine to warm up?
  • avery1avery1 Posts: 372
    My '99 has done this since day one. It was distracting at first but now I don't even notice it and it doesn't cause any problems.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    My 01 AWD RX300 doesn't lock up the torque converter for a period of time when I start it up "cold". I have heard that is so the tranx fluid will warm up quicker or it may even be to "fire off" the catalytic converter quicker.
  • pmhtvpmhtv Posts: 33
    It is normal operation for the RX transmission to hold onto gears longer when it is cold - although somewhat annoying, this allows the fluids to warm more quickly and also reduces emissions.
  • mrrogersmrrogers Posts: 391
    My answer in post #6234 is wrong. I went back and looked at my notes, and the Lexus dealer told me that I could order a 2003 RX300 through the end of January for delivery prior to the introduction of the 2004 RX330 this spring. Sorry for the confusion.
  • Thanks for the info.
  • I have been searching for a 2003 FWD RX300 with Premium value package. Most dealers quote 36K+ Tax and tag
    I really appreciate for any info about the price and a dealer has a better deal. I live in Maryland and don't mind to pick up a car within 500 miles.

    Thank you
  • clee4clee4 Posts: 103
    Tink Doyle with Lexus of Richmond was great to deal with when I bought my 01.
  • pdswaypdsway Posts: 14

    I had good luck (and service) with Lexus of Rockville, on Rockville Pike just before you get to Gaithersburg. I used an internet service ( for my 2k AWD RX300 they seemed happy to deal with internet services and pricing.

  • AAA buys a lot of cars every month. They have a lot of purchasing power. I told them exactly what I wanted (color, extras) and they saved me a lot of money. You can pick the car up at the local AAA office. You should check it out.
  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    The U.S. MSRP of the new GX 470 has been set at $45,500. Here is a link to the full article:

    GX 470


  • slow43slow43 Posts: 31
    I am thinking of bidding for a 1999 Rx300 on Ebay? Any pearls of wisdom, do(s) or don't(s) would be greatly appreciated.

    How does the RX300 run with 87 octane vs. a higher octane?

    Thanks in Advance, Slow43
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    I switched between 87 and 91 and couldn't find anything different myself, MPG, acceleration, smoothness, etc. The owner's manual says to use premium gas "for improved vehicle performance...".
    I've also been comparing 87 and 91 on 02 QX4, 96 Maxima and 94 Altima. To me no difference.
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