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Lexus RX 330 Maintenance and Repair



  • lexluthorlexluthor Posts: 46

    I have a 2004 RX330 AWD with 23000 miles.

    I'm taking my car in for the headlamp data dots "recall" this weekend and want to make sure I'm covering everything else I might need to get done too.

    When I'm driving >40Mph or so and hit the brakes, the whole front of the car shakes.

    I've read a lot about this warped rotor problem, is that what's possibly going on? Should I push for them to replace the rotors and pads at no cost to me?

    I've already had the booster go bad on me (very scary if you don't know what's going on) and they replaced that at no cost.

    Anything else?

  • jpasjpas Posts: 1
    My 2004 RX 330 has been at the dealership 5 times this year regarding the transmission problem I am experiencing. The car currently has 23,000 miles however this issue started at around 12,000. The care jerks, almost like it does not know what gear to go in around 30- 40mph. I notice the problem more when slowing down in that mph range. Lexus keeps updating the ECU; this clearly is not the issues because every time I get my car back after a week for them having it, the problem still occurs. I am not sure what to do at this point, Lexus denies there is any problem yet every person that drives my car says it drives awful. I am not sure about anyone else but the transmission is not my only headache, the engine makes a clicking noise when in park, the dashboard rattles, the car shakes when braking this vehicle is a true embarrassment I can’t believe I invested such a large amount of money on it. :mad:
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Try this.

    Disconnect the battery for about ten or 15 minutes. Make sure the accelerator pedal is fully released, no floor mats, etc, laying on it, during and for at least 30 seconds after reconencting the battery.

    Now and forever after, DO NOT put your foot on the accelerator pedal until you have shifted from "park".

    Undoubtedly when you get it back from service the accelerator pedal has just been initiallized, the engine/transaxle ECU has "learned" the sensor output voltage that equates, truly, to the pedal's fully released, idle, position.

    I suspect something is happening, over time and multiple drive cycles, that is causing the ECU to "adjust" the previously learned pedal idle position sensor voltage.

    One of the things that might cause it to do that is someone depressing, even ever so slightly, the accelerator pedal during a period of time that the original firmware designers would have not expected.

    Working backwards from there it is certain that they would have expected accelerator depression, useage, once the transaxle is in gear.
  • starforcestarforce Posts: 20
    It has been over 2 years since I posted on this message board about all the RX330 problems I experienced. I sold my RX33 and bought a M35 and haven't had one single problem. I finally just got tired of driving back and forth to the Lexus dealership and decided to sell it. The problems that finally convinced me to buy another car were;

    The hestiation in the transmission that couldn't be fixed by a software update.

    My Dashoard was never the same after they took it off for the COWL defect

    They had FELT lining everywhere to cut down on the rattling. I just believe I spent too much money for a rattling glove box, dash board, rear cup holders,etc..

    Seems some of these problems still haven't been corrected.
  • lsb188lsb188 Posts: 3
    We've had our '06 RX for just over two weeks. Two days ago, my wife came home complaining the engine stalled, the check engine/oil/battery/VSC lights all came on, and stayed on after restart. I went out to check it out, she started it, and I heard that sickening engine know. Turns out, at 485 miles, we have a hole in piston #5. The dealer is ordering a new short block and a replacement head just to be safe. Unbelievable, huh?
  • lsb188lsb188 Posts: 3
    Sorry, guys - I meant "engine knock". Additionally, this vehicle has had a foul odor ever since we took delivery. Any ideas? It smells like a cross between a blown clutch and roofing tar.
  • I own a 2004 Rx330. Just today I noticed a horizontal 3" crack running behind the rearview mirror. Upon further inspection, i realized that running vertically behind the mirror (starting from the roof of the car) there was also a crack about 3" in length, and the two meet dead behind the mirror. I have a friend who works at a dealership who told me this has been something he has heard before with the rx 330's having problems with stress cracks in the windshield. Has any one else run into this problem? And was the manufacturer cooperative in repair? Thanks!
  • lsb188lsb188 Posts: 3
    They won't answer you -- mine have been there for days, with no response. This is apparently a dead site.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    If you're not getting answers here you may want to try the main Lexus RX 330 discussion. Apparently very few are having problems with their 330s!

    tidester, host
  • dmorelli1dmorelli1 Posts: 13
    Yes I have the same exact noise but it only happens when I drive over about 50 MPH. It is driving me crazy. Did you find out what it is? It sounds like something is loose in the door pockets or in the rear cargo area but there isn't. I am also having a problem with my drivers's seat belt which doesn't retract properly. I always seem to have this problem on almost every Toyota and Lexis I have owned.
  • avery1avery1 Posts: 373
    Good luck on the seat belt. I have an RX 300. I had the retractors relplaced early on but the problem returned. I shouldn't have but I just gave up on getting them fixed. Now, half the time I end up throwing the extended belt in on the seat when I get out. Happily this is my biggest complaint with the car so I feel pretty lucky. I am now at 127,000 miles and I was just thinking I should try giving them hell about this and see what I can get done.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    127,000 miles and your biggest complaint is over the seat belt retractors? I guess I'm pretty old because I remember the days when you felt fortunate if your car made it to 100,000 miles without serious problems, like the need for engine overhauls, transmission rebuilds, and even rust holes in the fenders and floor. By the standards of yesteryear, you've gotta conclude that modern Toyotas are pretty amazing.

    We're at 32,000 miles in my wife's RX330, and on our last routine service appointment they told me that the front brake pads will need replacement soon. That'll be the first real "problem" ours will have developed, but you can't complain too much about a wear item like brake pads (although the rear pads on my FX45 lasted until just under 50,000 miles, and the front pads are still OK).

    Having grown up in the "old days" I have to say both of our vehicles have been pretty amazing, especially when you consider all of the gadgets that they have compared to what my first several cars came with (yes, they had seat belts, but I don't recall them having retractors!). ;)
  • la4meadla4mead Posts: 347
    I am familiar like you mentioned, to let up on the throttle to allow an upshift, etc. I find many vehicles even more prone to this type of throttle use, I don't find it all that unusual for situations that warrant it.

    The enthusiastic shifting seems like a function of the "throttle by wire", I wonder if perhaps shifting too enthusiastically for maximum durability. My early model ('99) 2WD has always seemed a bit almost too quick on the draw, based on it's design. I've always wished it had the e-shift so I could "hold" gears. I think they were going for intuitive response at the expense of frictional wear.

    The earliest models had a TSB to replace the valve body, but my dealer did not perform the service three times when I asked them to. Watch your dealer service folks. I suspected so, and it became a problem later when a different dealer took care of it and replaced the whole transmission. They replaced it three times before I got the car back (they said the other two rebuilt units had problems), finally with a brand new transmission from Kyushu. They did a fine job on making sure the problems with the first dealer weren't duplicated, and before the warrantee expired.

    I believe one of your main points was that the earlier units like the one in my car that shift "enthusiastically" wear "the hell" out of themselves, as opposed to later units which "hesitate", one benefit of which is increased durability of friction surfaces.

    I've noticed the RX300 beats transmission fluid even with multiple coolers, compared to other cars. It's easy enough to service it, and it will probably last a good long time, but I'm interested in your thoughts on extending the durability of your RX, with all that extra shifting going on.
  • tjrodestjrodes Posts: 2
    I have the same cracked windshield problem on my 2004 RX330. Started at roof line, just left of mirror, goes about 3 inches down and then horizontal up to the mirror area. Any luck with dealer covering repairs?

    Let me know. Thanks.
  • I have a 2005 Rx330 with Nav, Rear Entertainment and have a question regarding how to hook up my MP3 player utilizing the Aux inputs in the back and have it play through all of speakers.

    After putting a dvd in the rear ent. system I have been able to make the ipod work on the rear ent. headphones, but not through the speakers, the dvd plays through the speakers not my MP3 player. Does anyone have any suggestions or directions?

    Is there a hack for this, so the MP3 player can be heard throught the speaks with line in quality?

  • hyiuhyiu Posts: 18
    I have 06 RX330 with Nav and voice command. I was trying voice and found that voice command can display restaurants... (Italian, Chinese, fasst food, pizza.... etc). After playing around for a while, I don't know how to take them out of the screen...

    Now my screen is full of restaurants... :confuse:
    since I'm in NYC, its all over the screen...

    Can someone tells me how to turn that off ?? I have tried the manual.... so far, not much help... Thanks.
  • dadcatdadcat Posts: 29
    Try saying "POI off". That works in my 2006 RX400h.
  • silverntsilvernt Posts: 4
    I had the same shaking problem and the dealer replaced the rotors and pads at no cost. I think this was around 15K - 20K miles.
  • gottlsgottls Posts: 21
    Surfing the net I found this web site, after reading an earlier post, (Vais Technology) that has a solution to hard wire an iPod into our Lexus. I called the installer in the earlier post (Culver City) and they wanted $700+ for the unit and installation. I decided to wait because Vais claims they will have a unit, around May/June, the AVIC-100i A/V Auxiliary Input Adapter with Apple® iPod™ interface that will allow us to hook-up a video iPod to our front Nav screen. Not sure what safety features will be in place so it may be illegal in some states. Check it out
  • nwtnwt Posts: 10
    I have a VW Passat-- still under warranty. It has had engine problems etc. The VW dealer never wants to give me a free loaner or a free rental car. They send me to the rental car office next door and tell me to put the rental on my credit card and if the issue is in fact under warranty, they will reimburse me! If the car is still under warranty -- less than 3 years old -- shouldn't they presume the fact that it is not running is a warranty issue? I want to know if Toyota and/or Lexus treat their customers better? Thank you. :mad:
  • la4meadla4mead Posts: 347
    The Lexus dealers usually loan you one of their Lexus loaners for warrantee repairs; they try to schedule your appointment so they have a car ready for you. If your repair is unscheduled and they don't have a Lexus loaner at the time, I've had them call Enterprise and get me a crappy cheap car (Neon) but just the same they did everything for me, and I didn't have to pay. They are are all about the service, in my experience.

    All were attentive and especially polite, #1. However, just like with any other make, I've had varying degrees of luck with how well the requested warrantee service was performed, depending on which dealer I went to.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Lexus repair....???

    Never heard of such a thing...!

    Just simply doesn't happen.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Just the occasional unscheduled maintenance, right?


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  • rx330rx330 Posts: 16
    Apologies if this has been asked before. Tires - what are the possibilities? From cheaper to expensive?

    Will MICHELIN PILOT 99V HXMXM4 (235/55/18) fit on my 2005 RX330 AWD?
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    Yes assuming you have 18 inch wheels they will fit. I use the same size tire on my '04 RX330. 18 inch wheels came as part of the Performance Pkg., but as I recall the standard size wheel was 17".
  • rx330rx330 Posts: 16
    great. mine to 04 rx300 with performance pkg.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    "mine to 04 rx300 with performance pkg."

    Assume you meant 04 RX330 - the last year for the RX300 was 2003.
  • I took my 2000 Lexus 300 RX to a local car stereo shop due to FM sound volume issue. When I first purchased the Rex I only had to move the volume control 1/3 for extremely loud volume. Now I have to move it to max for regular volume. The CD changer sounds fine. The guy told me that I have a bad tuner and only Lexus can repair it. Has anyone else had this problem. If so, what solution can you suggest?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,376
    Lexus isn't going to fix it. they have no facilities or skills to do that, except maybe to test your speakers.

    Have you gone through all your settings, to make sure you don't have some weird "balance" or "fader" setting that is decreasing your volume?

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