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Lexus RX 300



  • My 2002 RX's front hood and grill area is getting pummeled by rock chips etc..
    Can anyone recommend a good after market deflector solution? Prefer not to do a bra.

    Thanks much,

  • jmdndjmdnd Posts: 8
    It was the battery as all of you said. With your info and a battery test at the dealership, I went back to Sam's...again. I insisted that they try another battery and that solved a problem. For two weeks, the clock has been fine!
    Thanks for your help...and for saving me $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008

    Did they use another model or same model#?
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Saw a gentleman installing a clearcoat type of film over the front of cars in a Lexus show room. Barely visible and extremely clear. See your dealer.

  • jmdndjmdnd Posts: 8
    I forgot to ask what kind or strength it was...but the guy at Sam's said they had to put the same type in because a bigger one wouldn't fit. It works for me!!!!
    Thanks again
  • My 99 has 89,700+ miles. I have a local foreign car shop do all repairs. Transmission is clean. He pulled a valve cover just before the extended warranty expired and engine shows no sign of sludge problem. I always change oil at 3,500 miles. Why wouldn't you spend 30 bucks 4 or 5 times a year on a $40k vehicle?
  • Today a truck guy rear-ended my RX300 2002 model (my wife was driving). Not a major impact at all but found that a small part of the bumper is chipped (probably 10 cms in diameter). Anyway the guy who rear-ended is from a big auto-dealer here and he said he will take care of this in the autodealer body shop. But later i found that the VSC and check engine lights are on. Now am not sure whether these were on always or not as I told you this vehicle is driven by my wife. Is there a chance these might be on due to the impact? Once again, the impact was very very minimal but my wife had the brakes engaged when this happened if this info helps. Any info will help. And yeh, my vehicle is due for service now.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    I would go to your local Lexus dealership and see who they recommend for a collision center that can give you an estimate to take to your insurance company. I would not let the guys dealership do the repair. That could be asking for trouble if there are other problems with the vehicle. I assume you have contacted your insurance company.

  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    I had the rear bumper on my 1999 RX refinished twice. Lexus shop wanted $600, had it done at an independent shop that I trust for $300 each time. I'd definitely have your Lexus dealer check out those other two problems and stay away from the "big auto dealer". My 2¢.

    Pete :)
  • Thanks for the response. Well, the auto-delaer whose truck hit my car, is taking care of the refinishing part. The quote he gave me is for $566, ofcourse am not going to pay. I also asked them to check the VSC and check engine lights, but he said he can check and if they find out its not because of the impact, then I have to pay $90 for the hooking-up charges. So, am still thinking whether I should ask them to check or take the vehicle to my friend, who is also an auto-mechanic dealing with imported cars, and see whether he can hook-up and find the error code(s). Will keep you all updated. Btw, my vehicle is due for service. If I leave it for service, will the service technicians check the error code and not charge me for that? Am talking abt Lexus service center.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    You are making a misatke. One of the first things you should do with a collision of this type is obtain the other party's insurance source, agents name. Then file a claim with the insurance company and they will act pretty much independently to assure your car is fixed properly and completely.
  • glenfordglenford Posts: 138
    I slightly disagree. Yes, get the insurance company info. Then you want to understand the extent of the damage. Then decide how to act with your insurance company. Some companies (including mine) reduce your "safe driver" discount even if all you do is have them get involved, without making a claim. The long-term premium impact of that is more than you might recover in insurance if your deductible is $500 or $1000.

    Get the code checked by an independent party, even if it costs you $90. If the code is related to the accident, bill the party who hit you. Expect an argument about it. Solve (in my opinion) the biggest risk - that the damage is more than you thought, and potentially expensive or damaging to the life of the vehicle.

    Then worry about $90 and your insurance company, and the right way to go forward.

    Just another view. Good luck.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    I agree with wwest, and stay with my original post. I just assumed you already notified your agent and the other party's agent. If you already haven't committed to the auto dealer-----don't. Let Lexus or your friend handle the error codes after a collision center recommended by the Lexus dealer checks out the crash damage. Lexus may even look the car over to see if the VSC and Check Engine lights are related to the accident. Whatever is accident related should be paid for by the other parties agent. He may not want his agent involved for some reason. If you already have notified both agents, sorry for jumping the gun.

  • Hi all

    Thanks for your response. Well, this is what exactly happened. As I mentioned before, it was a very small dent(chip) on my rear bumper. Anycase, I Immediately notified my insurance. In the meanwhile, the auto-dealer whose truck hit my vehicle, promised to take care of it. Keeping in mind the extent of the damage, I agreed to it. Also I informed my insurance that it is being taken care of.
    Two days back I got back my vehicle with the bumper as good as new (am really happy with the painting and refinishing). But when I enquired about the check engine light and VSC, they said that its no longer on. I had a doubt that those guys would have done a hard stop (reset). Today the lights came back on. Am planning to take the vehicle tomorrow to my friend who is an auto mechanic dealing with imported cars who can read out the codes for me. Based on that, I can decide my further course of actions. BTW my vehicle is under extended warranty if that will help in anyway. Not sure whether the O2 sensors are covered. Will keep you all informed. And yeh, sorry for the long post. Just wanted to explain in detail. Can post a image of the dent if you want. Thanks
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Good Luck,

    Sounds like you just need to make sure the lights aren't accident related. It's possible they are.

  • lennyrlennyr Posts: 1
    Where is location of the cabin air filter on the RX300? Is it difficult to replace? Thanks.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    It's easy, but I use a needle nose on the second cover. It has two tabs and the needle nose is easier to hold and adjust the cover. It took me a couple minutes on the first replacement just to get the hang of how the second cover slides in and out of position. I use Lexus filters, expensive but, precut and they hold up. You do have to watch on the first cover, the back of the glove box, on how it bends and slides. I am slow at these things, so you should have no problems.

  • I am looking at a '99 RX300 with 111K miles on it. I hear that Lexus is really good on mileage. I was comparing it to the Mercedes Ml320 and I wanted to know how ell this vehicle performs and at this mileage being 10 years old. It seems like it was very well maintained. I mean 10 years 110K miles is excellent. Question is: Will I be investing in a problem if I purchase being that it is 10 yrs old with that many miles? :confuse:
  • glenfordglenford Posts: 138
    My '00 RX300 just reached 106K. I am not considering selling it for maintenance reasons. Essentially has been trouble-free. I have owned it since 37K. I think checking the service records is a good idea. You'll see if there have been any re-occurring problems. Also, make sure they did the timing belt service (at 90 or 95K, I forget which). On average they are good. The trick is to figure out if yours is in the "on average" group, or has had trouble. I would bet that a Toyota dealer would look it over for a fair price as a checkup, which would give you some negotiating room with the seller if they found anything. Good luck. Tim
  • One thing you have to keep in mind before buying such a premium car is the cost of maintenance. I recently had to change the O2 sensor and catalytic convertor pipe for which the Lexus dealer said would cost me more than $2000 (part + labour). Since mine is under extended warranty, I didn't have to pay anything out of my pocket (ofcourse had to pay for the routine maintenance). I own a '02 RX300 with 73000+ miles on it. As the previous poster mentioned, check the history thoroughly. All the best
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Yes, check any maintenance records. Especially oil changes. Have a mechanic look it over and check for any sludge problem that has been discussed on this site. Don't remember what years that applied to. You don't have to have Lexus do repairs/maintenance. I found an excellent local mechanic almost 20 years ago. Fair rates and excellent service. How much are they asking? You can compare that to this sites True Market Value.

    My 2002 has 102K and never had a single problem. Runs like day one.

  • Well I scratched the 99, they were asking 14,2 and I found an '02 with 89K and they are asking about 13K. I felt a little more comfortable taking a newer model with less miles. Should I get an extended warranty and if so how long do they usually last. I am picking up the car on Thursday. Also, I was torn between that and an '02 Mercedes C240 with 75K miles. I have read a lot of bad things about the maintenance on MB and I think I am scared away. Any suggestion on which car to get? I heard that lexus is more dependable, less problems and cheaper to maintain. :confuse:
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Lexus over Mercedes definetly. Do all my suggestions above, especially private mechanic to check out. Look for sludge problem. I did my own TMV on this site and with 102k and my options came up with 17K private party. No way to add on for a Coach Edition. Sounds like 13k is a good buy depending on service history and condition. You will soon need a timing belt if most miles are city, and I would change oil and xmission fluid if not done recently. Xmission fluid should be done every 25K on these autos. They run at a high temperature. I have always used synthetic oil and changed every 4K. Any car can have problems at any time. But, as stated above 102K and NO problems. 200K is very reasonable. I will say my miles are 75% highway, it is garaged, and I take very good care of it. Test drive it thoroughly.

    Good Luck,

  • :blush: Thank you for all your input and help. I am picking up the car tomorrow so I will let you know how it turns out.
  • All the best for your new car. Dont forget to get the extended warranty.
  • I'm considering purchasing a 2002 RX 300 from someone I know, one owner. Has 22,000 miles. My question is whether the 2002 model has similar transmission issues to the earlier models.
    It seems as though most of the posts relating to transmission issue specify model years 1999 to 2001. Any help would be appreciated.
  • When I purchased my RX300 2002 model last year, the manager told me that models which came out after 2004 had the transmission problems. Well, now that might be considered as a selling tactic. But am not sure.
    22,000 miles is lot less for a 2002 model which raises the question of validity. Am sure you will check the CarFAX report before going to the next level. Since you say you are buying it from someone you know, am sure there are no strings attached. All the best.
  • la4meadla4mead Posts: 347
    The manager mentioned was likely referring to complaints about the '04, rather than problems. There were complaints about soft delayed shifts, etc. on many but not all similar models. The '04 and later 330-350's used completely different 5 speed transmissions, that used really soft shifts for safety and/or emissions reasons. They made tweaks each model year.

    There were also complaints for some of the 1st gen RX 300 model years about soft/delayed shifting, as well as other issues mostly addressed under warrantee. But IIRC most of the durability (lack of) issues plagued mostly some models '99-'02, many of which had the transmissions replaced either under warrantee, goodwill warrantee, or by the customer.

    You can "search" both RX300 Transmission and this forum for abundant postings offering advice to folks looking to buy as well as folks with complaints from those who experienced failures not covered by the original or "goodwill" warrantee.

    If it were me, I'd read the other posts. Then I'd test drive the car, starting with it completely cool. After a brief warm-up, drive it really hard for an extended ride, accelerating hard, experiencing enthusiastic up-shifts and kick-downs, then pull on to a quiet street (windows down) and drive it really easy, light throttle, accelerating moderately from complete as well as "rolling" stops at progressively higher speeds to perceive how each shift feels under varying conditions.

    Immediately after your extended test drive while the engine is still idling in Park with the Pbrake on, in a safe place, open the hood, check around to make everything is clean and safe, and pull the trans dipstick. I think it's on the right side of the engine between the engine and battery, and with adequate lighting, is very accessible. Smell the fluid on the dipstick. It should just smell like a manufactured petroleum product. Any burned smell? Wipe it on to a white paper towel. Is it a red color, or is it closer to brown? Has the engine bay just been cleaned for the car to appear more marketable? Or, has it simply been maintained "clean"? Are there any gooey leaks or funny sounds?

    Burned or brownish fluid could indicate wear, and if really burned or brown, a lot of wear and maybe some tear. Perfectly red is not terribly likely unless the transmission is a modern unit (unlikely to have shifting problems), or the transmission was serviced well. Erratic shifting may show either the funny software used which varied from model year and 4/2wd models is not to your liking, or a mechanical problem.

    Models without transmission problems or after the transmission was replaced (especially with NEW factory Lexus trannys) ;) with the more modern design tend to be pretty reliable cars with few issues. A good friend of mine has a 2000 4WD with well in excess of 150,000 miles (last time I checked) on the original transmission, with no problems at all. Fluid changes...

    Test it out, and buy it if it's a good one. I was fortunate, Lexus recognized the weakness in my early '99 2WD and replaced my transmission in '04 under warrantee. I got lucky (there were new ones in inventory apparently from the Kyushu factory, and the rebuilt ones tested had shifting problems) with a new upgraded factory transmission in '04, which shifts enthusiastically and precisely. Then because I'm looking for extra durability, I added additional transmission cooling, :shades: but that's another story.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Own a 2002 Coach Edition. 103,000 miles. Flawless.

    Transmission fluid replaced every 25k per my mechanics recommendation. It is very dirty by that time. STRONGLY recommend the 25k interval. They run hot. Also do synthetic oil changes every 4-5k. Oil is still light colored in engine after that time period.

    Good Luck,

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