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Lexus RX 330



  • finch3finch3 Posts: 113
    I don't find the RX330 radio very good. My 2001 RX300 was better. I have a small Ford Focus which has better reception, even though I managed to break off the antenna.

    I think car manufacturers have given up on building in radio reception because we have CD players.

    Perhaps XM or Sirius would improve things.
  • jj2jj2 Posts: 11
    I don't have Nav in my 330 and I have the outside. I haven't had any reception problems with my radio. :confuse: antenna?
  • legendmanlegendman Posts: 362
    "The cabin in the RX is extremely quiet, I don’t know why this gets so many complaints in the boards. Wind noise is very minimal and the engine is very quiet"

    Man, you are a lucky guy! Can we trade pink slips?

    By the way, are you driving on 17" or 18" tires? Michelin's or Goodyear's?

  • doug889doug889 Posts: 60
    You were definitely right about the noise part. My wife's 2004 RX330 is not as quiet as the RX 300 she had. That's a big disappointment. It's not even as quiet as our 2005 Sienna!
  • jj2jj2 Posts: 11
    I have a 2005 RX and it is much quieter than my 2001 RX. I am driving on 18" Michelins. The 2001 RX300 had a lot of squeaks and noises in comparison to the new RX. I guess I am lucky! :)
  • A curious question for other RX330 owners. When you bought your vehicle, how long did you intend to keep it? I would purchase outright without any lease considerations. What problems have you had with maintenance? How many miles to you put your vehciles per year?
  • finch3finch3 Posts: 113
    I just received notification of a brake booster recall. Because of a "hard brake petal feeling", Lexus will replace the brake booster in RX 330 vehicles.

    Does anyone know about this? I haven't had the particular "feeling" and wonder if the replacement is necessary.
  • sharkpsharkp Posts: 3
    My wife's RX330 had the brake booster replaced. One day she started the car, backed up about 3 feet, and said "the brakes are not working". (They actually were working - or else she would not have stopped, but she had to push the pedal so hard she felt that there were no brakes). I could not get it to happen again. About 2 months later, same problem occurred, but this time the problem stayed. You had to push so hard on the brake pedal that you felt you were going to break it (no pun intended). We called Lexus - they came and towed in the car and replaced the brake booster (all under warranty). I am not sure if this is the exact problem of the recall you reference, but if so, you will DEFINATELY know when the brake booster is not working.
  • finch3finch3 Posts: 113
    It's the brake pedal, not the petal!
  • mmm1mmm1 Posts: 54
    Apparently the recall involves 146,000 2004 RX 330 and the problem seems to have occurred in cold climates. I called my dealers service department and they advised that it does not apply to my VIN (recently purchased 2005 RX 330). Below links discuss the issue.

    NHTS published a bulletin #00504, item # 10010149 on Sept 17, 2004. This may pertain but NHTS web site doesn't give any details of bulletin other other than to say it pertains to Lexus EX330 brake booster.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Relax, we're all fluent in chat typo around here. And our spell checker wouldn't have caught that one anyway. Good info about the breaks (we're going to get a lot of milage out of you on this one, lol).

    And if I cared, I could come back to this post within 30 minutes and fix the broken, mileage. :shades:

    Steve, Host
  • chtimi59chtimi59 Posts: 3
    Could somebody tell me what brand of windshield sunshade fits the RX330 the best ? Thanks in advance.
  • hello! Does anyone have any experience with the 3M's X-pel paint protection kits. It is suppoosed to protect the paint from stones ect. Also what is the tint or identification number for the Luminar window tint to match the rear passenger windows? thank you for any help/information. :shades:
  • finch3finch3 Posts: 113
    Had the replacement done today. Two + hours seemed like a long time. The brakes do seem better. I recall that the brakes on my 330 seemed harder to use than on the 300, but I just got used to using extra pressure. My brakes now seem like the RX300.
  • rjnrjn Posts: 8
    Are the high intensity headlights worth the extra money?If so, where have you noticed performance differences. Thanks.
  • I have a Corvette without them and my wife has Mercedes with HID. I cannot believe the difference when I drive her car at night. It is a major improvement. We just bought the RX 330 and HID was a must for me.

  • sssstevessssteve Posts: 49
    There's really no way to describe the difference. You simply have to drive one (loaner from the dealer?) to experience the drastic improvement!! The HIDs are truly that much better!! I'll never own another car w/o them! I installed an aftermarket HID system on my 2000 RX-300 and my new 2004 RX-330 has factory installed HIDs. I bought the aftermarket system right before they became illegal to even sell - so I don't know how difficult it is to obtain a good system with name brand components now.
  • rjnrjn Posts: 8
    Larry and Steve...... Thanks for the info.
  • jono2jono2 Posts: 7
    Does anyone have any details on when the 2006 rx 330 will be available and if there will be any significant changes?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,025
    A reporter wishes to speak with people who have recently purchased a Lexus RX330. She would like to discuss your ownership experience and what other cars you considered. If you would like to speak with her please send your name and daytime phone number to Pam Krebs, PR, at by 12 noon Tuesday, June 28. Thank you.


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  • jono2jono2 Posts: 7
    Hey Kirstie,

    Haven't gotten any responses in regard to the 2006 RX 330, and have actually been emailing several internet sales departments and no one will respond. Now if I say I'm interested in buying a 2005, they call me non-stop. Should I assume by their lack of response that there will be changes for 2006 and they just don't wnat to tell me about them on the chance that I'll just buy a 2005?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    I think the safest assumption is that everyone is trying to reduce their '05 inventories to make room for the '06.

    tidester, host
  • 4424jm4424jm Posts: 25
    2005 came out end of september. 2006 probably same.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    New to our fleet.

    Long-Term Test: 2006 Lexus RX 400h

    Talk about it over in the Lexus RX 400h discussion.

    Steve, Host
  • hornethornet Posts: 5
    Hello, everyone! I just purchased a new 2005 RX330 completely loaded. I have a few questions, however, and the manual does not address them.

    First off, when you play a DVD on the rear entertainment system, can you not send it through out the entire Mark Levinson sound system? I cannot figure out how to do this. Can it only play through the wireless headphones or plugged-in headphones? I do not understand why the system is not capable of doing this as my new Cadillac SRX can.

    Second, why did lexus not personalize the remotes? My Cadillac SRX has personalized remotes (1 & 2) that adjust the seats, pedals, climate, and radio presets. The lexus you have to press the buttons on the door. My 96 Chrysler T&C could do that!

    Help on this two issues would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! :confuse:
  • sbgetawaysbgetaway Posts: 1
    Could anyone give me a suggestion on chrome rims for my white rx 330. The alloy have to go!
  • tcheungtcheung Posts: 6
    The sound system on the 05 RX330 I recently bought lacks base and sounds flat when compared to my 02 ES or the 00 RX300 I previously own. This has got to be the worse sound system in a $40K car. Anyone else out there experience the same?
  • bwong06bwong06 Posts: 43
    When is the New Lexus RX body comming out, and is there a cycle. I bought the Silversport and two years later the new body came out. So i want to wait for the newer style that way i am not driving around an "old car"
  • autoguy1autoguy1 Posts: 87
    That the 2006 RX is going to be the RX350? I think it was Alpha or somebody who told me that.
  • esrxgsesrxgs Posts: 3
    Ans. Yes you can just press "DISC" on the front control next to "AM &FM" until you have AUX display on the screen"

    Ans. 2 It would be nice if Lexus personalize the remotes:)
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