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Lexus RX 300

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  • mooretorquemooretorque Posts: 241
    tony, I think gt's aspirations may have been put on hold waiting for the fuel cell option or maybe even the supersecret transporter beam option...

    what a funny guy!!!!
  • clee4clee4 Posts: 103
    Hey guy, if you paid $50K for an RX, I have a great deal on some oceanfront property in Northern Arkansas.
  • sybelesybele Posts: 42
    Two weeks ago, I got the tires replaced at my local Costco. Chose the Michelins Cross Terrains and couldn't be happier about my choice. The ride is serene and well-controled. The handling has improved. You get a satisfying sense of secureness; the tires feel as if glued to the pavement.

    Yet there is one annoying detail. Only at high speed (70 mph), the steering wheel is vibrating. I took it back to Costco and they rebalanced the tires and rotated them. Despite this, the problem has persisted and the techs at Costco are clueless as to what the cause might be. The funny thing is that it only occurs intermittently. I don't know if it's a balance, alignment, rim, and/or defective tire problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    These are tricky issues to solve. When they rotated the tires, did they take both pairs from the front and move them to the back? If not, you could have a "bad" tire still in the front. Even from Michelin it happens, the tire is "out of round" and will cause a vibration at certain frequencies/speeds.

    Next, look at the wheels and lug nuts. Believe it or not, they could have left a nut off. It happen recently to another Town Hall member that had a similar problem. Also, if the torqued (tightened) the nuts with uneven force this can cause warpage around the wheel axel-hub area.

    At this point if it isn't solved, you have an alignment problem. Could have happen on its own, could have been caused by the tire guys. You need to visit your Lexus dealer or a reputable alignment shop in your area.

    Good luck.
  • sybelesybele Posts: 42
    Hi Tonychrys. Thanks for your response. Just spoke with the lexus dealer tech over the phone and he thinks that the problem is most likely a defective tire. He recommended to have a Michelin alignment shop take a look. He feels that an alignment issue would cause pulling to either side but not steering wheel vibration. This is getting irritating and frustrating.
  • nofeernofeer Posts: 381
    What will be new for 02, and do you think a redesign is in store for o3?
  • nhatran75nhatran75 Posts: 2
    I am looking to buy a new FWD RX300 and this is
    a offer from dealer in Dallas Texas is $34,000.00
    for 2001 RX300 2WD Lexus

    Included Equipment: 6-CD Changer, Moonroof, PM Pkg., Traction Control (Standard Option for '01), Wood/Leather Steering Wheel Column, Cargo Mat , Roof Rack, Wheel Locks.
    Do you think this is a good offer?????

    Thank You.
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    I priced out your vehicle specs with the Value Plus Package (which I assume you meant) and threw in the spoiler (since you can't get most vehicles without it). Invoice including destination charge is $33.8K. I'd say $34K is a damn good price!
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    I traded in my 2000RX yesterday for a 2001RX SilverSport. I also had the dealer swap the Goodyears for the Bridgestones from another RX. On the way home I was very dissappointed with the ride, much too firm(even for a SilverSport). Then I checked the tire pressure, it was 40lbs. (cold). I since lowered it to 34 lbs. and I am very pleased with the ride and handling. Lexus recommends 30 front and rear on the sticker inside the door. Any thoughts out there on the best tire pressure?
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    30psi front and rear.
  • malhokcmalhokc Posts: 83
    30 psi on all is what I use for the most comfortable ride.
  • rrabyrraby Posts: 10
    bigdave12, I've had the same problem, but I think of it as more of a rattle. It's gotta be the same issue, though. The first time I took it in to the dealer for a look, I couldn't reproduce it (of course: it happens 90% of the time, but not when the Lexus tech is riding with me!), but they looked at the door and didn't see anything wrong. A few weeks later, it was driving me nuts, so I took it in again and had a little better luck reproducing it for the tech. They kept it for the day and took the door apart and put it back together. Since then it's been a lot better, although it hasn't completely disappeared. I just about lost all hope the day they were working on it, though: the RX loaner they gave me had the same problem, so I figured it must be pretty common.
  • inquiry1inquiry1 Posts: 1
    I am looking for a good deal on a RX300 AWD with the Premium Plus Package. The price on Carsdirect.com is $50 below invoice for taking delivery in Southern Cal. Is that a good deal?

    With the Premium Package Plus, rear spoiler, cargo net, cargo mat, and wheel locks, the invoice comes out to $35,009. The carsdirect.com price is $34,959. Has anyone gotten better deals from other dealers?

    Thanks,
    Vicky
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    I've seen better in SoCal, but not by much. What's your local dealer say?
  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    Received an official looking envelope in the mail today with the above captions in bold print. Text of letter read in part, "As you know, your current factory warranty has expired or is about to expire...we have just introduced a program that will allow us to offer extended coverage..".

    Actually the basic warranty on my 1999 RX which is 4YR/50K has about two years and 25K miles to go!

    I hope Automotive Product Consultants/National Vehicle Headquarters, whoever they are; culled this information from public access DMV registration listings. Certainly Lexus wouldn't sell owner names and address to a third party to solicit this type of extended warranty coverage - or would they?

    Pete
  • Does anyone know whether Lexus intends to add a third row option at anytime in the near future?
  • sardeadsardead Posts: 4
    Just picked up my brand new RX300 2wd yesterday - i did not care too much for the silversport, dealer in Dallas had reservations about lack of leather and impact on resale price. personally, i did not want the stiffer Eurotuned suspension, since the carlike handling was one of my buying reasons.

    anyway, i got the *non ss* rx with Prem Plus, HID and heated seats (plus wheel locks) for 35.4k plus tax title license fee. Not that it makes a huge difference, but what do people think of this price? there was a trade-in involved here where i'm sure the dealer made money.

    thanks, and btw, i haven't been able to stay away from my lexus for too long - it is just an absolute joy!

    Sard
  • nhatran75nhatran75 Posts: 2
    Dear Vicky:
    Let's check www.buyorleaselexus.com web site.
    I think they will give you a better deal than this
    one or send email to
    Lisa Tabari fastimports@home.com

    Good luck

    Nha Tran
  • malhokcmalhokc Posts: 83
    To best of my knowledge, Lexus does not have any plans on adding a third row of seats.
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    Don't sweat this. I got one of these "marketing" notices for every brand of car in my household. I'll give you an example, I already bought an extended warranty on one of my GM vehicles, yet these bozos still sent a letter. I don't think it's GM sending out my name, this is typical junk mail mass mailings.
  • sybelesybele Posts: 42
    Went back to Costco to get my money refunded and the manager ask me to let his techs rebalance the tires one more time. To our surprise all four tires were out of balance. Apparently the techs that did the initial installation did not recalibrated the balancing machine. The Cross Terrains are now working wonderfully. The ride is fantastic. I highly recommend them to anyone considering tire replacement in the near future.
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    Glad it worked out. Like I say, there's usually a logical explanation for everything.

    Enjoy the miles.
  • dr_suvdr_suv Posts: 12
    Mikey00,
    Do you mind sharing the details of your trade-in deal ??? you can e-mail me if you like dprosa@hotmail.com thanks. I have been thinking of trading in but the dealers I went to are too high.
  • kimwipeskimwipes Posts: 21
    Has anybody installed the gold emblems themselves? How do they attach? Thanks
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    A while back you mentioned that the RX300 has a skidplate for the undercarriage to protect the front of the engine from debris on the road. I never noticed this in the past, so I thought it was new for '01. However, I checked out a '01 RX in more detail this morning and was surprised to find that the "skidplate" is actually just plastic shroud (more likelya splash shield). IIRC, the Camry has a similar component underneath too. That probably wouldn't last 2 seconds for some of the larger pieces of debris at high speeds. A good way for you to justify that metal skidplate afterall. ;-)

    Drew
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  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    dr_suv,
    Here is the best deal I could find, and I looked hard.
    $36,400 for Black SilverSport AWD with all options except nav. (add 2300 for nav). Both cars in stock at Ray catena, Oakhurst, NJ.(Black=no nav, Silver=nav)
    -500 for Lexus coupon = $35,900.
    Subtract $29,000 for my trade. Add tax, tags, and doc fee.
    I ended up doing the deal with a dealer closer to home. His price was 500+ more, but he had a Silver SilverSport in stock and I drove away 2 hours later.
    The SilverSport rides about the same as my 2000 but handles much better and I expect it to hold value a little better than the standard RX due to the limited availability.
    I found a good rule of thumb for determining your RX trade in value is to use Kelly Blue Book website but select good condition for your car instead of excellent, even though it is in excellent condition. The only way a dealer will pay the excellent condition $ is if they jack up the price on the new one.
    I decided against nav not only due to the price, but the fact that the display becomes cluttered and hard to use with nav. I looked at this a long time because I really wanted nav. There are some previous posts on this site from users who went from no nav to nav to back up this observation.
  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    Not a DIY project in my opinion. You could do the front one, this attaches with a screw thru the back of the grill. The rest have pressure sensitive adhesive. Had mine installed by my local collision shop. They still look good almost two years later and they did the job gratis!

    Pete
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    On my 99 RX I completely removed all of the rear badging except for replacing both the front and rear "L" logo's with gold ones.

    Looked a bit sharper that way I thought.

    And that IS a DIY job!
  • mooretorquemooretorque Posts: 241
    Lexus never called it a skid plate. No marketing hype, in other words. All they've ever called it is a splash shield. Since the RX design brief did not really include any serious off road use, real skid plate not needed.

    But it's a really good splash shield.
  • mlevinedcmlevinedc Posts: 45
    I have a 24 karet Gold plated Lexus "L" for the front grill that I purchased and then changed my mind. It will fit the RX300 and LS400. Perfect condition, still in plastic. Anyone interested, email me for price etc.

    dr.m.levine@snet.net
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