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Lexus RX 300



  • kmhkmh Posts: 143
    On my '99 RX, the auto-dimming has a on/off switch on the rear view mirror. Doesn't yours?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Personally I cannot understand why Porsche killed the 968, the 968 convertible had to be one of the most beautiful and best designed cars ever made.

    And yes, my 01 Rx has a switch on the autodim mirror also.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Because the Die-Hard Porschephiles dont like radiators.

  • mooretorquemooretorque Posts: 241
    Willard & Bill: I agree on both counts. One of my closest friends has a 968 Cab; Porsche hasn't made anything since that has tempted him into selling.

    Gorgeous car. Monster performance.
  • clee4clee4 Posts: 103
    The auto dim switch only works for the single operation. When you cut off the motor, the system reverts back to the default condition of auto dimming.
  • stacystacy Posts: 91
    Ok, so this has probably been asked, however, can someone please just quickly review for me. Are they changing the body style for 2003?
    Why does Coach pkg w/ Nav cost less than the regular Nav package? Do you lose premium package options (other than leather) and have to buy them in addition to Coach package?
    Anyone have Coach, any thoughts?
    Is Nav system good or problematic?
    How much are we paying over invoice for the RX?
    Lexus used to give $500 off if you now own a Lexus and another $500 off if you used Lexus financing - Are they still doing this?
    Should we get aftermarket chrome and/or different tires or the Lexus chrome package?
    MUCH APPRECIATION for any info you can provide.
    THANK YOU for taking the time!
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Hi bigorange30,

    I took a test drive of my friend's 01 QX4 2WD, only city drive, a few minutes at about 40 MPH. That really changed what I thought/guessed. At idle it's as smooth as RX300. Shift from N to R or D, I feel just a little more than RX. I'd say overall noise at 40 MPH is about the same as RX. During acceleration the engine smoothness is very close to RX. I think I'll try on highway in the weekend.
    It's really hard to decide. Each car has got more this and less that. I can't have both worlds. Maybe I have to toss a coin to decide...
  • fantomfantom Posts: 211
    While I enjoy the Rex that is the daily car for my wife, and I own a Boxter S which is a most reliable fun sports car, I would take back my 968 in a New York minute if I could. It was an under appreciated and probably a bit over priced, GREAT all around ride. IMHO the 996 is a great car that is, relatively speaking, greatly over priced when compared to the Boxter. Of course there is no AWD Boxter available. The new 430 isn't in the same league.
  • sssstevessssteve Posts: 49
    Yeah - I think there is a switch to shut the mirrors down - but as clee4
    states - it reverts back to "normal" after engine shut down.

    But that's not my point. I just want it to be "normally off" and let me
    reach up and tap the button to activate it when needed like we have been
    doing for umpteen years. As it is now I have to keep remembering to
    reach up and tap it to off every time start the car when it's dark!

    No big deal - so I don't get that there's no way to have this altered.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    When, for a brief period, I sold Lexuses...

    Someone said "We decided against the SC430, we got a 911 instead" I replied with "I would have done the same thing"


  • bigorange30bigorange30 Posts: 1,091
    but it came down to 2 things for me. First and foremost, my wife didn't like the way it looked. She thought it looked too much like a car or stationwagon. She says the QX4 and 4Runner that we narrowed it down to were more real SUV looking. Second, the Infiniti dealership was willing to do a much better deal than Lexus was. I figure I got the QX4 for about $5000 less than I could have bought a similarly equipped RX300. They are worth about the same in my opinion.
  • kmhkmh Posts: 143
    I understand your situation. I, too, wondered if there was a way to reverse the process and have the default to "off" instead of "on" for folks, like you, who prefer that choice. Maybe someone here might know more, but the owners manual doesn't seem to mention any other choice besides default to "auto" mode.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Cover the rearward "looking" photocell with matching cloth tape.
  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811
    so then the default position of the auto-dim mirror will be "off" and any unsuspecting drivers will be blinded by headlights without a clue how to fix the problem.

    Especially older drivers that have bad night vision to begin with...

    Of course, that tape would be a leftover piece from the McGyver's "Home Depot" A/C filter behind the glove box, right?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Cover the rearward "looking" photocell with matching cloth tape to which is attached a bright red streamer which says "REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT".

    Or more succinctly, "REMOVE TO ENABLE AUTO-DIM".
  • nylexusnylexus Posts: 1
    Thanks for all of your posts. I've learned a lot and recently purchased the RX300 with all options except Nav (got a price of under $36K and used the postings as a price point). Quick questions - I noticed that the SUV rolls backs very slowly when I am stopped on a slight incline at a stop light with my foot off the brake. Is this normal? My other car is a Camry and that doesn't roll back at the same incline. The angle of the road is not that steep so I'm a bit surprised. I just passed 1,000 miles.

    Also, given all the sludge problems, should I force the dealer to do the 5K complimentary service which includes an oil change at 3K? Lastly, I noticed that the RX300 is suppose to come with a "Key Plate" so that if I lose the key, they can make a duplicate without changing the computer. Mine did not have the Key Plate and when I called the dealer, he informed me that it was nothing to worry about and they could get the same info from the vin number. The dealer also told me that many news 300's don't have the plate. Doesn't sound right given that the manual says the Key Plate should come with the vehicle.

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

  • mooretorquemooretorque Posts: 241
    Don't know if you should worry about key plate or not; you could call the Lexus Customer Satisfaction # in your manual. They should be able to enlighten you as to whether the dealer is feeding you a wad of crud.

    Re rolling. Likely you have different idle speeds with the speed in the Camry being high enough (or the Camry light enough) that your transmission kept you from rolling backwards. FYI, it is NEVER a good idea to use your transmission in that fashion and especially not to allow the vehicle to roll backwards when in gear as you describe. Unless you like replacing automatic transmissions. Then it's ok.

    Congratulations on your new RX. Speaking from the perspective of wifey's 4 yr old RX, I think you'll still be happy way down the road.
  • seanyuseanyu Posts: 2
    Just bought an used loaded 2000 RX300 FWD (30k miles) for $25,000. I like it very much overall but annoyed with the the loud engine sound around 2500 +/- 150 rpm at every gear (either in acceleration or freeway cruising). Otherwise, it is very quiet at other engine speeds.

    Haven't contacted dealer yet (a bit far. Really appreciate your comments.


  • joanziejoanzie Posts: 51
    Will be taking a long trip, what brand of oil should I use if I have to add, a quart or does it matter since I probably will not be able to buy the brand you all say Lexus uses! Thanks.
  • clee4clee4 Posts: 103
    I use Pennsoil, 5W30. This is what the dealer says they use. Or do they just filter the old sludge oil through the furnance filters?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    It's called re-refining and since oil doesn't wear out I suspect that in most cases it's just as good as "new" eons old dino stuff.
  • rxsterrxster Posts: 1
    Has anyone heard about any additional incentives on the 2002 RX's in Texas?
  • bigorange30bigorange30 Posts: 1,091
    I checked Edmunds for Dallas, TX and there were no incentives. You can check it for any zip code by make and model.
  • gambiamangambiaman Posts: 132
    Both of the Lexus dealers near me use Castrol Syntec oil (10W30) and it's also what I use when I take my RX to Toyota for oil changes. Toyota here uses only Quaker State so I buy the oil at Walmart for them to use. Keep thinking of changing to Mobil 1 but have not done so yet. Since it is generally not recommended to mix oil types you could buy a quart of whatever they are using and take it with you. The odds of having to add oil is slim though. The last time I had to add oil between oil changes was in my 85 Chevy Van in 1990. The Honda and Toyota products I have been driving since the late 80's have never used enough oil between oil changes to require adding oil.
  • stacystacy Posts: 91
    Have a leased '99 RX. Will lease a new one again so need factory tires. My '99 came with Bridgestone Duelers, they did not last that long but gave a pretty good ride. Replaced when worn with the Goodyear Integrity's - noisy and harsh ride, and I dont think they grip the road as well. Are there any other choices? I want traction and a nice ride for my AWD RX. How are the Michelins I keep hearing about - the LTX or MTX or something. Are they a factory choice - are they much more expensive? Appreciate a response. Thanks.
  • sssstevessssteve Posts: 49
    They'r Michelin CTX (Cross Terrain) tires.

    Have them on my '00 since Jan and really like them. Improved the ride, grip, handling - just better all the way around
  • mooretorquemooretorque Posts: 241
    stacy, you have been on the two factory tires for the RX.

    I've had CrossTerrains on wifey's RX for more than a year now. May not be a better choice out there. Expense? Well, $124 each from TireRack vs about $54 for the Goodyear rim protector Integrity. Worth it? No doubt. On a car you're turning in soon? I doubt it. But if you are going to lease another RX, get the CrossTerrains right away and keep the original doughnuts for when you have to turn the car in.
  • kemokemo Posts: 7
    a friend of mine has a 99 RX300 awd, and she describes a situation when after driving for long periods of time on the interstate, her RX loses power and continues to lose power if she presses on the gas pedal, however if she removes her foot from the accelerator the engine returns to full power. Has anyone experienced this. She has taken it to the dealership but they continue to say there is nothing wrong with the vehicle. Any help would be appreciated.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    sounds like the gas pedal is installed backwards :)
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