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Lexus RX 300



  • jguojguo Posts: 49
    Sorry, I meant the LTX make the RX handles much better. With the Goodyear, the RX handled like a bus.
  • The light that illuminates the gear selection on the shifter is out in my 01 RX. So, not only is my "D" light out on the dash, it's a double whammy! I bought a D light bulb a few months ago, and will install it someday soon.

    But this other one...does anyone have a clue as to how I'd start to take the bottom part of the console apart to access the bulb? Thanks to all.
  • remove the wood bezel first by pulling it up and out from the bottom and work your way up to the hazard light area,it uses clips to hold it in place, the rest is easy once you reveal the area
  • avery1avery1 Posts: 373
    I assume you have checked the fuse. My shifter light/lights went out as did some of the lights on the stereo/climate control panel, although not all. Turned out to be a blown fuse in the fuse box behind the storage area on the lower dash to the left of the driver's knee. Mine is a 300 so I don't know if the fuses are in the same place on a 330. Fuse went out twice within a couple of weeks but the last fuse I put in has lasted 6 months.
  • kwhkwh Posts: 68
    My 2000 RX300 has a new problem. When you start it up it dies immediately. Engine turns over, cranks, RPM needle falls flat and instrument guage goes black - kind of what I always called choking down in the old days.

    Solution for now - keep foot on gas after the engine turns over let the car warm up for 3-4 minutes. After a few tries the car moves but RPMs are very low. After running the car a few minutes on the road it is idleing perfect again. May go a week or so and run perfect - then crank it up one morning and engine dies.

    The car is due for a 90,000 mile check. Any ideas of something I should get checked. Is everybody replacing timing belt at 90,000 or waiting until later?
    Thanks for any help.
  • joanziejoanzie Posts: 51
    Just got back driving from New jersey to Cheyenne Wyoming which is very wide open on Route #80 and we did 95 MPH and did not even feel like we were moving my husband says this car would probably go 120 MPH. How fast have you gone in your Rx 300? Thanks Joanzie
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
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  • I hab\ve the same deal RX300 2000 86,000 miles, When you start it up it dies immediately. Engine turns over, cranks, RPM needle falls flat. Any ideas?
  • la4meadla4mead Posts: 347
    Maybe this will help some... I've seen multiple posts in the forums for some MAF (mass air flow sensor) failures some folks have had as the most common reason for driveability problems, although I've never experienced any myself. My Service Advisor also warned about a sticky idle solenoid when they get old as a possible potential wear item where carbon deposits can develop, but again mine has been fine.

    You can use the "search" function and find a wealth of tips from prior posts about these. Maybe even check the (Highlander forums for info on the 3 liter V6, too?) If you are handy at all, you can pull the MAF and clean it (and the air cleaner, etc.) and I believe the same is true with the "idle solenoid", however I don't have a shop manual.

    Either should be easy to clean or replace once diagnosed.

    Can you get the car running to get it to an "AutoZone" auto parts store to get the Check Engine error codes read? Or, perhaps trust a Toyota dealer, where the repairs would be a bit less expensive?

    Please report back and let us know what you found out, and how it was fixed. If this doesn't help, perhaps someone else could share?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Please go to the group top level and create a discussion that fits your comments/questions or post in an existing discussion.

    Lexus RX 300/330/350
  • I need help with service that has been on my Lexus. I have had the Mass Air Flow Sensor and the Air Fuel Rate Sensor replaced ($800.00)because the engine light came on and Lexus dealer is telling me that my car now has a harmonic imbalance which is causing a vibration in my steering wheel and brake pedal when the car is at a stop.
    The car did not have this vibration prior to the replacement of these two sensors. One year after purchase of car, when I took car in for an oil change, Lexus dealer told me that I had the oil gel problem and they repaired my car (I never noticed anything wrong with car!!!!!) The car has been in and out of the Lexus dealer repair shop since August 22, 2006 (I've had a loaner more than my own car since then). They have supposedly tried everything to correct the problem and now inform me that the Toyota rep was at the shop last week and said this vibration was normal for my year car with 75,000 miles........I feel I am being jerked around!!!!!! Sorry for the long message but I could probably write a book about this......Any advice would be appreciated. :mad:
  • I'm gonna buy an RX300. One choice is an 01 with 103K miles, and a replaced engine with 28K miles. The body appears to be in great shape. It has NAV and towing and the dealer wants $15.9K. I think it is a good deal, but the mileage worries me. Anybody have any advice? Thanks for your help.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The 2001 RX300 seems to have a propensity to overheat the ATF. Mine was smelling and looking burned after only 40,000 miles. Lexus (Lexus, not dealers) is recommending a drain and flush of the ATF every 15,000 miles even though the owners manual states that no scheduled or routine transaxle maintainance is required for teh life of the vehicle.

    In retrospect I'm not sure the 2001 was ever available without the towing option as it likely needed the extra cooling for the ATF.

    There are two c-best options that you might want to have a dealer reset immediately. The A/C can be disabled indefinitely by turning it off manually and the A/C can be unlinked from automatically operating in defrost/defog/demist mode.
  • Thanks for the info. I neglected to mention that the new(er) engine is an '02, if that makes a difference.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Since there is only one ECU for controlling both the engine and transaxle I would imagine that you also have an 02 transaxle...

    Who did the swap, warranty repairs might be a nightmare.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Can you put a remote starter on an RX 300 2002 model? I was told some cars can't take them, or if they can, it is not a quality, reliable installation.

    Thanks for any advice.

  • In the last two weeks I have been having problems with the key for my 2000 rx 300. The key would only UNLOCK the doors. I then located my spare key, which I used for the first 3 years that I owned the car, and I find that I can only LOCK the car doors with this key. The panic function however works on both keys. I went to the dealer and they put in a new battery in one of the key. when that did not solve the problem they informed me that I needed a new Key and it would cost $210. Is there any alternative to solving this problem?
  • I am fairly new to web forum, but in reading thru they do have some other optionsregarding key replacements, but you might want to read them there - I have never needed to do it, so I can't say personally. Might help...
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    There are lots of alternatives to the dealer which cost much less. Google RX300 key for many options. Here's one: dZViewItemQQcategoryZ40016QQihZ020QQitemZ300063448615QQrdZ1
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    "In retrospect I'm not sure the 2001 was ever available without the towing option as it likely needed the extra cooling for the ATF"

    Interesting thought there, maybe by 01 they realized the trans needed extra cooling even when just hauling the kids around town. The towing prep package w/trans cooler shows up on my original 01 window sticker as standard equipment.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    No, I know think it is more likely that by 01 the capacity of the ATF pump had been increased to overcome the premature transaxle failures resulting from the safety related shift pattern revisions adopted in the early RX models.

    A higher fixed capacity ATF pump would undoubtedly help solve the shift pattern problem but with a lot of extra ATF heating resulting.
  • petej2petej2 Posts: 13
    what services should i have performed for the 125K service?, thanks
  • petej2petej2 Posts: 13
    me too, let me know how the repair goes
  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    Try the Edmunds Maintenance Guide:
    Edmunds Maintenance Guide

    Pete :)
  • rmd122rmd122 Posts: 21
    I have an 01 RX300 and changed the cabin filter but I'm not sure which side is up. I'm also unsure if the old one was in correctly so I am asking here.

    Which is the direction of the airflow:

    Up from the footwell (same direction as "up" on the filter frame)?
    Down from the top of the dash?
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Does anyone know if you can install safely and with reliability a remote starter for a 2002 RX300? If so, who would be the best choice. The dealer won't install one.


  • pmhtvpmhtv Posts: 33
    Can anyone tell me if it is difficult to replace the rear tail light bulbs? One of the "red" rear tail lights (driver's side)is out.

  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    Open the tailgate which exposes a couple plastic plugs which conceal the screws that retain the taillight assembly. Remove the plugs and screws to get the taillight assembly out of the vehicle. You can then access the bulb by turning the socket counter clockwise. Hope this is clear, not a difficult repair.

    Pete :)
  • I was on my way to the airport this morning. I stopped by a gas station. I don't know why, but for some reason, I grabbed a wrong pump and filled the gas tank up with Diesel. It is my wife's RX300.

    Luckily it didn't go far. Thank God, I wasn't on the freeway. Anyway, it is now in a local toyota dealer. (Their service Dept is closed)

    How serious is this ? Would it cost a lot to flush the system ? (local mechanics told me that it could be $500-$1000) Will it make any permanent damages to the car ?

    I am kicking my butt for making such a stupid mistake. I would appreciate your input.

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