Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Lexus RX 300



  • My 2002 RX's front hood and grill area is getting pummeled by rock chips etc..
    Can anyone recommend a good after market deflector solution? Prefer not to do a bra.

    Thanks much,

  • jmdndjmdnd Posts: 8
    It was the battery as all of you said. With your info and a battery test at the dealership, I went back to Sam's...again. I insisted that they try another battery and that solved a problem. For two weeks, the clock has been fine!
    Thanks for your help...and for saving me $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008

    Did they use another model or same model#?
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Saw a gentleman installing a clearcoat type of film over the front of cars in a Lexus show room. Barely visible and extremely clear. See your dealer.

  • jmdndjmdnd Posts: 8
    I forgot to ask what kind or strength it was...but the guy at Sam's said they had to put the same type in because a bigger one wouldn't fit. It works for me!!!!
    Thanks again
  • My 99 has 89,700+ miles. I have a local foreign car shop do all repairs. Transmission is clean. He pulled a valve cover just before the extended warranty expired and engine shows no sign of sludge problem. I always change oil at 3,500 miles. Why wouldn't you spend 30 bucks 4 or 5 times a year on a $40k vehicle?
  • Today a truck guy rear-ended my RX300 2002 model (my wife was driving). Not a major impact at all but found that a small part of the bumper is chipped (probably 10 cms in diameter). Anyway the guy who rear-ended is from a big auto-dealer here and he said he will take care of this in the autodealer body shop. But later i found that the VSC and check engine lights are on. Now am not sure whether these were on always or not as I told you this vehicle is driven by my wife. Is there a chance these might be on due to the impact? Once again, the impact was very very minimal but my wife had the brakes engaged when this happened if this info helps. Any info will help. And yeh, my vehicle is due for service now.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    I would go to your local Lexus dealership and see who they recommend for a collision center that can give you an estimate to take to your insurance company. I would not let the guys dealership do the repair. That could be asking for trouble if there are other problems with the vehicle. I assume you have contacted your insurance company.

  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    I had the rear bumper on my 1999 RX refinished twice. Lexus shop wanted $600, had it done at an independent shop that I trust for $300 each time. I'd definitely have your Lexus dealer check out those other two problems and stay away from the "big auto dealer". My 2¢.

    Pete :)
  • Thanks for the response. Well, the auto-delaer whose truck hit my car, is taking care of the refinishing part. The quote he gave me is for $566, ofcourse am not going to pay. I also asked them to check the VSC and check engine lights, but he said he can check and if they find out its not because of the impact, then I have to pay $90 for the hooking-up charges. So, am still thinking whether I should ask them to check or take the vehicle to my friend, who is also an auto-mechanic dealing with imported cars, and see whether he can hook-up and find the error code(s). Will keep you all updated. Btw, my vehicle is due for service. If I leave it for service, will the service technicians check the error code and not charge me for that? Am talking abt Lexus service center.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    You are making a misatke. One of the first things you should do with a collision of this type is obtain the other party's insurance source, agents name. Then file a claim with the insurance company and they will act pretty much independently to assure your car is fixed properly and completely.
  • glenfordglenford Posts: 138
    I slightly disagree. Yes, get the insurance company info. Then you want to understand the extent of the damage. Then decide how to act with your insurance company. Some companies (including mine) reduce your "safe driver" discount even if all you do is have them get involved, without making a claim. The long-term premium impact of that is more than you might recover in insurance if your deductible is $500 or $1000.

    Get the code checked by an independent party, even if it costs you $90. If the code is related to the accident, bill the party who hit you. Expect an argument about it. Solve (in my opinion) the biggest risk - that the damage is more than you thought, and potentially expensive or damaging to the life of the vehicle.

    Then worry about $90 and your insurance company, and the right way to go forward.

    Just another view. Good luck.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    I agree with wwest, and stay with my original post. I just assumed you already notified your agent and the other party's agent. If you already haven't committed to the auto dealer-----don't. Let Lexus or your friend handle the error codes after a collision center recommended by the Lexus dealer checks out the crash damage. Lexus may even look the car over to see if the VSC and Check Engine lights are related to the accident. Whatever is accident related should be paid for by the other parties agent. He may not want his agent involved for some reason. If you already have notified both agents, sorry for jumping the gun.

  • Hi all

    Thanks for your response. Well, this is what exactly happened. As I mentioned before, it was a very small dent(chip) on my rear bumper. Anycase, I Immediately notified my insurance. In the meanwhile, the auto-dealer whose truck hit my vehicle, promised to take care of it. Keeping in mind the extent of the damage, I agreed to it. Also I informed my insurance that it is being taken care of.
    Two days back I got back my vehicle with the bumper as good as new (am really happy with the painting and refinishing). But when I enquired about the check engine light and VSC, they said that its no longer on. I had a doubt that those guys would have done a hard stop (reset). Today the lights came back on. Am planning to take the vehicle tomorrow to my friend who is an auto mechanic dealing with imported cars who can read out the codes for me. Based on that, I can decide my further course of actions. BTW my vehicle is under extended warranty if that will help in anyway. Not sure whether the O2 sensors are covered. Will keep you all informed. And yeh, sorry for the long post. Just wanted to explain in detail. Can post a image of the dent if you want. Thanks
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Good Luck,

    Sounds like you just need to make sure the lights aren't accident related. It's possible they are.

  • lennyrlennyr Posts: 1
    Where is location of the cabin air filter on the RX300? Is it difficult to replace? Thanks.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    It's easy, but I use a needle nose on the second cover. It has two tabs and the needle nose is easier to hold and adjust the cover. It took me a couple minutes on the first replacement just to get the hang of how the second cover slides in and out of position. I use Lexus filters, expensive but, precut and they hold up. You do have to watch on the first cover, the back of the glove box, on how it bends and slides. I am slow at these things, so you should have no problems.

  • I am looking at a '99 RX300 with 111K miles on it. I hear that Lexus is really good on mileage. I was comparing it to the Mercedes Ml320 and I wanted to know how ell this vehicle performs and at this mileage being 10 years old. It seems like it was very well maintained. I mean 10 years 110K miles is excellent. Question is: Will I be investing in a problem if I purchase being that it is 10 yrs old with that many miles? :confuse:
  • glenfordglenford Posts: 138
    My '00 RX300 just reached 106K. I am not considering selling it for maintenance reasons. Essentially has been trouble-free. I have owned it since 37K. I think checking the service records is a good idea. You'll see if there have been any re-occurring problems. Also, make sure they did the timing belt service (at 90 or 95K, I forget which). On average they are good. The trick is to figure out if yours is in the "on average" group, or has had trouble. I would bet that a Toyota dealer would look it over for a fair price as a checkup, which would give you some negotiating room with the seller if they found anything. Good luck. Tim
Sign In or Register to comment.