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Lexus RX 300



  • tnguy1tnguy1 Posts: 20
    Thanks for the info. I can't wait to see what it looks like. This past Saturday, I accompanied a friend to help negotiate successfully for a 02 gold Coach edition RX. It was the most pleasant car-buying experience ever. I love the interior of the Lexus. However, I am hoping the new RX will have more room and maybe third row seating. The GX will be out of my $$ range for now. I was considering the MDX but I think that I will wait.
  • litzviclitzvic Posts: 11
    Picked up the 2002 Burnished Gold Coach Edition last night from Dave Mungenast Lexas St.Louis and I have nothing but raves about it in comparison to my 1999 RX. This is my wife's car; however, she hasn't been able to drive it yet. Got it outfitted with everything except Navigation, cell phone or chrome wheels. Other than these items, it is completely outfitted. Still have been unable to find the birds eye maple accessory wood kit to match the existing wood on dash. If you or anyone else hear of someone who offers this wood, please let me know.
  • rmorin2rmorin2 Posts: 110
    Have RX owners been successful in getting their seat cushions replaced if the leather cracks? Thanks.
  • pbk77pbk77 Posts: 23
    I was wondering if anyone added this to their older RX300s. If you don't know what it is, it's the black plastic protective strip that's on the 2001 and 2002 RX300. If so, how easy was the installation?

    Thanks for the help.
  • avery1avery1 Posts: 373
    I had Lexus put mine on. I think it was $50 installed a couple of years ago.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    I added Siena's bumper guard to my 00 RX before I 01 RX came out. It's very easy but not as good as new RX's guard that curves down for full protection. Just peel off the back film and stick it on the bumper.
  • ravlravl Posts: 129
    Hey John!
    Isn't that new car feeling wonderful?
    I still haven't seen a coach edition on the road. As I have the Silversport Edition, I need to be checking out my not_so_one_of_a_kind_now euro grill's competition!!
  • rxlaxrxlax Posts: 13
    You can order the Rear Bumper Rubber from It does help protect when loading and unloading
  • craigcurrycraigcurry Posts: 14
    My wife's RX goes in next week for an oil change. I will have our dealer look at the cracked leather seat and see what they have to say about it. I will post their response.
  • ravlravl Posts: 129
    What have you found to work the best for removal of hard water spots from sprinklers? I own a black Silversport and have been hit a couple of times with sprinklers....on hot days. A good car wash doesn't do it. I'm hoping an application of wax will help reduce the amount that can be seen.

    I think I hate this type of 'dirt' the worst. Bird doo is way up there, but with black, hard water spots are a real pain in the [non-permissible content removed].

    I wonder if a diluted solution of Lime Away or vinegar could work? Maybe I answered my own question?
  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811
    We also have a black RX, 2001 vintage.

    Bird crap and water spots are problems, with the birds apparently winning the top spot.

    Being careful to not park under our driveway trees doesn't eliminate their excellent aiming technique and true dedication to getting my wife upset.

    Here's the real bad news - the concentrated,
    "all-the-worms-that-I-ate-today" kind of droppings can etch thru the top coat of your black paint. So wash them off quickly if you can.

    Remember, on black RXs, there is NO CLEAR TOP COAT, unlike other RX colors. So there's less protection.

    For water spots leaving mineral deposits like calcium, wash the car with plain 'ol Dawn diluted dish detergent and use any ultra-mild polish, liquid (easier) or paste (harder).

    The good news is that Lexus puts a LOT of black paint on the RX to make-up for the lack of a top clear coat so it will take many many polishings, scratch removals, etc.

    Good luck!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Actually, it's not so much the worms, it's the berries - high acid content.

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  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811
    ...that it's the berries!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Thanks! ;-)

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  • ravlravl Posts: 129
    I don't mind the bird poo as much because the area they hit is small. That's cleaned up with a wet paper towel. Sprinklers are a killer because it means a whole car wash. And you still have water spots!

    I applied a coat of Meguiars Liquid Gold (I think that's what it's called.) and it diminished the severity by quite a bit. They're still there, but you have to be in the right light. Before the wax, you could see them from any angle.

    Why we bow to our black cars and their bad qualities, one of life's mysteries. Dang if I don't love the looks of them, though! So much so, this is our 6th one! I wouldn't own black if I couldn't garage it. That's key to this color's looks and longevity.
  • parnolaparnola Posts: 140
    Anyone know off hand how much longer the cargo area is in the Highlander vs the Lexus?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I was surprised to find that they are virtually equals in cargo area.
  • swiftmswiftm Posts: 68
    I recommend Zaino wax, do a search in Edmunds. Swift
  • parnolaparnola Posts: 140
    so what is the highlander doing with its extra 4.? inches of length?

    Also, one of my biggest complaints about my RX is its wide turning radius. I don't understand how the Highlander managed to get a 37.4" turning radius instead of a 41.3" radius like the Lexus.
  • carwondercarwonder Posts: 1
    tnguy1, do you mind to share the price you got for your friend? I am in NY/Conn area and was offered a 02 new RX AWD w/Nav pack for $37500. If I want the coach edt, it would cost 2k more.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Elegant Lexus RX300 Still Leads Crossover Pack

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  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811
    ...that can't push two (2) simple buttons over the Navi screen to change it to dark background at night because a "white" screen provides too much glare...

    Guess it's another case of..."Gosh, I don't have to read a manual or ask someone - I KNOW how all this stuff works!"

    And the last time anybody had to pay sticker for an RX (unlike the Acura MDX or new CRV) was several years ago.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    I don't think wiping bird crap with paper tower is a good idea - paper towels are not perfectly smooth and probably will cause swirl marks. Bird crap may contain some small sand and stone particles because birds eat small pebbles. So that will scratch your paint too.

    I hate when sprinklers are misaligned and spray the road instead of swales. I don't even wash my cars anymore - a few minutes after a wash I get sprayed by crazy sprinklers on the way home and the car is dirty again.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Do NOT let paper towels anywhere near your paint! The tiny wood particles in themWILL scratch your paint. If you have a Black/Jade one, you'll notice! Maybe not on a Silveror Pearl White..but they will scratch the paint...

    Cotton Terry Cloth Towels!!

  • ravlravl Posts: 129
    To Paper Towels! I knew they were the KOD for plastic Jeep windows, but didn't realize they were enemy number one with paint, too.

    Cheap, cotton towels it is.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    No! not cheap cotton towels. They have hems sewn with polyester thread - that scratches!

    (thank goodness for my silver van; I only have to wash it twice a year and that helps keep the scratch count down, LOL)

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  • newtosuvnewtosuv Posts: 9
    I apologize if this has been covered before ...I own a 2001 Rx. The second week that I had the car, I noticed that the drivers seat leather was VERY cracked. At first, Lexus would not do anything about it but after talking to the service manager, they re-died the leather. It looked better but now in 2 months , it looks even worse.....very badly cracked. What should I do? I have never had this problem with other very disappointed at the 'quality" and look of the leather. Any suggestions?
  • rmorin2rmorin2 Posts: 110
    Our driver's seat starting cracking within a couple of months. It was redyed and lasted about a year. Now it is cracking again and I plan to have it replaced at Lexus expense. If they won't they will hear from me again and again!
  • dknndknn Posts: 6
    I have a 99 ES300 and from where the seatbelt retracts it rubs against the side of the seat. This caused the leather to flake off. While my car was in for service, I told the advisor and he stated that he would redye the seat. He later called to tell me that they would just order a new seat cover under warranty. I would ask them to replace the seat cover with a new one.
  • newtosuvnewtosuv Posts: 9
    I was told that Lexus would only re-dye seats ONCE!!!!

    Anyone else have this problem? Has Lexus done anything about it a second time?

    Thanks for your help.
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