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Lexus RX 300



  • jmalik1jmalik1 Posts: 21
    I have 1200 miles on my RX now and I am enjoying it a lot. So far the vehicle is exceedning my expectations in almost all respects. The only thing that absolutely dislike are the cup holders. I am not the kind of person who would usually complain about things like cup holders or other ergonomics of a vehicle. But the cup holders in RX are a "joke". I had a medium sized beverage placed in one of these things and even with a medium speed U-turn it turned over and spilled. Luckily I did not get any stains on the floor. But honestly, this was a huge disappointment. I usually dont drink any beverages in the car but occasionally I'd get some stuff from a carry-out, which I dont think I'll ever feel comfortable doing.

    Lexus should improve this or be ready for a law suit like the one where the lady sued McDonalds for serving/spilling hot coffee over her.

    I am surprized how such a poor design made it into an otherwise fantastic vehicle.
  • clee4clee4 Posts: 103
    It must be nice that all you can complain about is a cup holder. You should visit other forums and see what they complain about.
    Which cup holders? The ones down inside the center console are much better that the ones mounted on top, which are for the rear seat folks anyway. The inside cup holders can be moved from the bottom tray to the upper tray, and from side to side.
  • grumbgrumb Posts: 21
    OK I've read a lot of the posts here re upgrade tires for new RX's. I have 30K on my 2000RX and the dealer said he has not seen the GY's last any longer than 35-37.5K. So I have a clean slate and can get any tires I want from anywhere I want, what do you folks suggest. Am I limited to just the Bridgestones and Michelin models discussed here or are there other alternatives. What are some good sites to price??
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    Is anyone using a bike rack on the back of their Rx? Hitch or straps and clips on rear hatch? Pros and cons? I went back through the old posts and there wasn't much useful info. Just answers like "go to and see what they have".
    I currently have a Thule that attached with straps and clips to my last car. It worked very well but did wear a little paint off the bumper where the straps rubbed to attach to metal underneath.
    I hate to go the expense of the hitch but will if I have to. I also wonder if the hitch lowers value at trade in time because it looks like the car was used for towing.
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    Why don't you use the roof mounted bike racks? The RX is not that tall so having one won't be much of a problem. Just remember you have bike mounted on those racks before going in to your garage. I've used those rear hatch racks and they kind of leave some marks on the paint.
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    I am on my second RX with the Bridgestone tires and have been very pleased with both. I have also read every post here for about the last year and have come to the conclusion that most people are happy with Bridgestones. Some people are happy with Goodyears but there seem to be a lot of problems mostly with pulling to one side. Some people also have reported that they are a cheap tire. Everyone that gets Michelin CrossTerrains claims an improvement over the previous two. When my current tires wear out CrossTerrains are my choice. I will probabally get them at Costco or Sears. They are on sale for Fathers Day right now at Sears. is another option.
    All the above is just my opinion. Others may differ.
    I would be real interested in hearing from anyone who puts CrossTerrains on the SilverSport with the EuroTuned suspension to see if the results are the same.
  • outrunoutrun Posts: 539
    I had the tow hitch installed on our '01 RX just for the fact that I needed a bike rack and did NOT want a roof mounted one. I just can image the day that I forget that the bike is up there and try to drive into our garage...

    I got a Yakima Rock N' Gate ( This is a kick-[non-permissible content removed] hitch-mounted rack that holds 4 bikes and can "swing" out of the way if you need to open the hatch while bikes are mounted to it. Extremely stable, heavy duty, etc.

    I got the 2000 model of this rack for $299 from Rack Warehouse ( on clearance about 2 months ago. I believe that they're sold out of the 2000's and have just this year's model ($449 last time I checked). There are a few new features on the newer model (quick release lever, different locking method, bump guards, etc.). They weren't worth the $150 premium for my needs.

    I highly recommend this rack if you're going to use it a lot. I feel it's the best one out there.

  • jmalik1jmalik1 Posts: 21

    It is indeed nice to be complaining just about cup holders. Lexus sets standards so high that any hint of mediocrity becomes unacceptable. I think the cup holder in the middle of the rear seat is the best designed of all five in the vehicle. The spill that I had was off the one inside the center console. I did not know that they can be moved from the bottom tray to the upper tray. I'd try that.

    I think Lexus should try to resolve this glitch ASAP. In a panic braking situation I feel any cups in these holders would go flying off.

    On a separate note, we had a big thunderstorm yesterday night in Dallas/Fort Worth and this was the first time I was able to appreciate the water repellant front side windows and mirrors. It was like magic. I am so glad I bought RX. This feature is no gizmo, it makes a world of difference.
  • olivia8olivia8 Posts: 1

    I am interested in purchasing a 2001 RX300 4WD with the Premium Package Plus in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. It's MSRP is $41,360 with a $1500 incentive which brings it to $39,860.

    I have found only one dealer within 100 miles who participates in interned bids - he quoted $37184. I took that and other info into my local dealer - he said no way. I said its that or I leave - he said leave - I did. Tried the other local dealer - best I got was $37,800. I said I'm leaving - he let me go.

    Here's the info I need: how the beck are all you people getting offers in the $35,000 range? Where can I go to get $2000 less than the best offer I got?

    And what is this $500 nexus coupon I have r3ead about in several messages?

    Please hurry back with advice... love the car but I may have to buy a domestic if I can't get a better deal!
  • jmikerjmiker Posts: 21
    I have also been shopping for an RX and am about 3 hours SE of Cincinnati (down in East Ky). I used the Lexus website, went to each dealer in Ohio, Ky & Tenn and sent them quote requests on the one I wanted. At the time (probably a month ago) the best offer I got was for $750 over invoice. This was from Sam Swope in Louisville. The Columbus dealer quoted $2000 over invoice. But, I did learn that there were deals to be found in this area.

    If you are seriously interested in buying, I would recmonned sending internet quotes to any dealer you would be willing to drive to, telling them you are ready to purchase now and will purchase from the lowest bidder. I am sure you should see some offers below the $37,000 mark for your particular config.

    Also, I feel it is important to know the invoice price of the config you want and try to get the dealer to work up from it, rather than down from MSRP.

    Just my thoughts.
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    The $500 Lexus coupons is for current Lexux owners.
  • avguy1avguy1 Posts: 4
    Does anyone know how to access each car manufacturer's number of days of inventory? This information is useful because it can be an indicator of how flexible dealers are in pricing, and also may suggest a rebate may be forthcoming at the end of the model year if the inventory build-up is high. Thanks
  • mrrogersmrrogers Posts: 391
    I agree that the prices are high in the greater Cincinnati area. has the RX300 at $400 over invoice in the Boca Raton, FL area. One strategy might be to print the Cars Direct quote, and ask your Cincinnati or Dayton dealer to match it. I read where Cars Direct might not deal with people too far outside of the area where you get the quote. Instead, I would get a quote from the Lexus dealer in Boca Raton. Per Yahoo maps, it is 1,100 miles from the Cincinnati airport to Boca Raton, and the driving time is 20 hours. You may want to consider flying down for a Florida vacation, and returning in a new Lexus!
  • silly1040silly1040 Posts: 48
    If you can find a great price, but it's located no where near you, try this.

    I live in Las Vegas and found the best price in Southern California. I used a transport company to pick up the RX and delivery to my front door. The Fleet salesman (That I never meet in person) recommended Falcon Auto Transport because they use them all the time and could get me a good rate of $200.00 even.

    My local Lexus dealer said that they couldn't match the price of the RX I found in Southern California, but wanted us to remember them for service work. If you think that your local dealership will give you any hassle about not buying the car from them when it comes to service work. I would tell them that I just moved.

    If the price is low enough, ask your salesman who they use for transport and find out the price.
  • widmerwidmer Posts: 4
    I'm ready to purchase a nexus DX 300 and try to find out when the 2002 production starts. (For instance, for the Volvo Cross Country, it is the week 35). My local dealer says that they will be no change in the model 2002, but according my opinion, they are always some small changes from one year to the other - and some of this change could be important to me.
    Greetings from Switzerland. J.J.
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    Thanks for the info on your bike rack. I did some checking and it seems like my only options are top rack or hitch mount. None of the manufactures make a rear mount strap model to fit the RX300. I checked out your Yakima model and it looks great. What kind of hitch did you get and how does it look?
  • grumbgrumb Posts: 21
    Since you gave me the info on the tires let me reciprocate on the bike rack. Since I only use the rack a couple of times a year, I opted for a strap mount. I have the Allen 103A and it works fine. It is a "fits all" model and attaches to the hatch upper lip and the inner bumper. Of course you can't open the hatch when it is attached, but for cheap and efficient it does the trick. and does not scratch due to rubber coated hook straps. I think the rack was about $40 - $50 at my local bike shop.
  • pbk77pbk77 Posts: 23
    Anyone have any suggestions or have successful methods of getting stains out of the interior carpet? Anyone try those small carpet cleaning machines? Do they really work? I'd appreciate any suggestions that lead to a nice and clean interior. Thanks!!!
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    I am in the same situation as you. I only use the bike rack 2 times a year and would hate to go the whole hitch route for this. I am curious about your Allen 103A. How many bikes? Do you have a rear spoiler on your RX and how do the straps go around it? I guess you found some metal under the plastic bumper to attach the bottom straps to.
  • outrunoutrun Posts: 539
    I got the Lexus hitch installed when I picked up our RX about two months ago. To me it was easier to have Lexus do it (and hook up the wiring harness) than go buy a UHaul or other generic hitch. It looks great and has a neat little Lexus cap that goes over the hitch hole when not in use.

    I like the hitch mounted racks since nothing ever touches the vechicle itself. Be it twice a year, or every weekend, any contact with the vehicle itself is eventually going to do something. At least that's my opinion.

    The Yakima is great. They also sell less expensive versions that don't swing away. Some will "drop" down and out to let the rear open without removing the rack itself.

  • avery1avery1 Posts: 373
    I have a bike rack that uses straps. I just hook the top rubberized buckles on the top of the hatch door and the bottom buckles on the bottom of the door. (I don't have a spoiler.) Only use it a couple of times a year, holds a couple of bikes and works fine. I don't have it here or I would check the brand. It collapses down when taken off the car and has large foam pads that rest against the car. If you are careful to make things tight and position the bikes correctly it works great.
  • grumbgrumb Posts: 21

    I do have the spoiler and the straps fit underneath it at the top of the hatch. I believe it will hold 2 adult and one child's bike although I have used it for only two bike's thus far (adult and child) . The description sounds very much like post 2125 although I do concede to outrun's theory about wear on the vehicle eventually; as sited in his previous post . By the way I just checked and Allen does have a web site
  • vincer2vincer2 Posts: 97

    "Automotive News" which is probably the premier automotive industry weekly newspaper contains the info you are seeking. Ususally somewhere near the last few pages you'll find the days of inventory by manufacturer. Even though its a weekly publication I believe these specific numbers are published monthly.

    I'm not sure of the correct name of the publisher but it's something like "Crain Publishing". You may need to subscribe to their online service to see the stats you're after.

    The local library probably has a copy.


  • Melvin Hsu came up with a great INTERIOR bike rack idea that I finally put together the other week and works great for our bikes. It was posted about a year ago in one of the previous forums. Go to your bike shop and get a front fork mounting bracket (like some roof kits have) and mount it to a wide board (approx 10"x40"). Lay the board down in the rear cargo area (flip the rear mat over so the board rests on the rubber side). Remove the front wheel, push the bike end first into the back of the vehicle towards the front seats (you may have to lower the bike seat) and secure the front fork to the board. Works like a charm and keeps your bikes protected and secure when you are not at the car. Thanks again to Melvin Hsu.
  • sardeadsardead Posts: 4
    Hi everyone

    My 01 Rex is a week old now. After I drive it, there is a burning smell that is detectable on the outside. When I test drove this car, my salesman (Park Place Lexus of Plano, Texas) informed me that this smell was normal for the 1st 2 weeks because they applied some kind of a protectorant to the undercarriage.

    I've been poring through this forum and haven't seen any posts to this subject. Would the lexus gurus care to comment on this?


    2001 RX300 Millenium Silver/Black
  • rparis2rparis2 Posts: 46
    Although I did not notice the burning smell on my Lexus, I have had the odor on other new cars. I suspect your salesman is correct, it will burn off soon. Many manufacturers do put on a protective coating. I wold not be too concerned unless the odor continues for many more weeks.
  • jackkelljackkell Posts: 3
    I never noticed a burning smell while breaking in my Lexus. If it continues, and is really noticeable, I'd have it checked out.

    Keep us informed of the outcome.
  • mlevinedcmlevinedc Posts: 45
    I had that too on my '01 RX for about a week. It really detracts from the "new car" smell for a while but goes away quickly.
  • clee4clee4 Posts: 103
    Probably coming from the coating on the motor and exhaust system. It should soon burn off. Run the vehicle and then pop the hood, it should be stronger from there.
  • rx300_99rx300_99 Posts: 5
    i have a thule rack purchased for about $135 at a local bike shop. it fits a wide variety of vehicles and works perfectly on rx300 with 3 attachment points on each side and rubber padding for direct contact points.
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