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Lexus RX 300

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  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    If you feel you can't afford the cost of repairs if the manufacturer will not honor the warranty without full compliance with the maintenance schedule then you should adhere to it very strictly.

    But for me personally...

    I truly believe in the overall reliability and build quality of Lexus vehicles.

    I have enough experience maintaining and repairing all the vehicles I have owned over the years that I don't question my own ability.

    I am more than willing to stand up to any argument the dealer/manfacturer wants to put up that "warranty coverage doesn't apply because...".

    I had had too many instances wherein the vehicle came back from Maintenance in worse shape than it went in, Yes, even Lexus. When I bought my 92 LS it was a new experience, adventure, for me, (virtually all Fords previously) I was so impressed I decided that I could trust them to do my maintenance.

    The next (free) oil change I got the car back with a deep scrape on the right front bumper. The area were the gofer washed and vacuumed the car was too narrow and he struck the wall with my car.

    The next time around someone forgot to drain the old oil before putting the new in. After that one I decided never again.

    So..

    If it aren't broke don't fix it !!!

    Remember, those are not all master mechanics or technicians that work on your car at the Lexus dealer, some of them would be better at flipping hamburgers at MC's.
  • We are considering buying a RX300. Looked at
    a used one with Goodyear tires (21,000 miles).
    They looked worn out. Are these SUVs rough
    on tires. I have a Nissan van that chews them
    up.
  • clee4clee4 Posts: 103
    I do not think that this SUV is rough on tires, rather the Goodyear tires are not well suited for this SUV. The Goodyears are basic sedan tires installed on a SUV. Most people are happy with Bridgestones or Michs. Thanks for the insight on the Goodyear tire as for how long one might have to put up with them.
  • ranjithwranjithw Posts: 9
    Could somebody advice me on how I should drive first 1000 miles on my RX300. Somebody told me that I should not drive it on the highway at a constant speed. Is that correct?

    Thanks
  • melvinshmelvinsh Posts: 19
    I had those stock tires for almost 40,000 miles (38,800 to be exact). They seemed to last another 5,000 or 10,000 miles more! Perhaps, I did the rotation every 5,000 miles.

    Couple weeks back, Costco had $50 off on tires. I took advantage of that though I did not want to get rid of those "still good" Goodyears. Guess what, I have no regret. The new Michelin LTX M/S tires run like a brand new RX. Better traction, handling, no more viberations around 40 mph, quieter, and they looks great.
  • malhokcmalhokc Posts: 83
    I agree with posts regarding sticking with the MFG recommended schedule for maintenance. It probably would not even be an issue, if the prices were not so ridiculously inflated. Has anyone considered (or have experience) doing the 15K, 30K, etc service (excluding oil change service) at a Toyota dealer.

    One other thing to note is that the prices for the maintenance varies significantly from Lexus dealers to dealers. I took my 00RX for 15K service. I was quoted $425 and $285 from two different dealers.
  • ritzpmacritzpmac Posts: 2
    Who can I reach in Lexus regarding the lemon law. My 2k1 rx does not start when left out in the heat all until 3pm. It wont start until it gets cooler. i brought it to 2 different dealers already. Lexus of Manhattan replaced the battery but it still didn't work. I am very dissapointed about the reliability and service of Lexus. They do not want to replace the car.
  • drummerboydrummerboy Posts: 30
    I agree with Lexrx1...
    The 2002 RX will be exactly the same as this year's. The 2001 RX just got a face-lift, so don't expect it to change for 2 years. Fall of 2002 seems like the right time for Lexus to roll out a completely new 2003 RX.
    I heard about a new Toyota Camry coming this year. The ES300 should come out around the same time... maybe fall of 2001?? The new RX will most likely share platform with those two cars.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Ten to one says the ES300 will be going to rear wheel drive. FWD has no place in the luxury segment of the market, just as Cadillac and Lincohn have now learned.
  • outrunoutrun Posts: 539
    My guess is that the ES300 will follow whatever the Camry has, which will 99.9% be FWD. Not sure how easy it is to modify the "platform" to be FWD and RWD.

    Then again, the RX is a Camry platform and has AWD...

    -Craig
  • ravlravl Posts: 129
    In looking at the brochure for the Silversport Edition RX, the footprint for the vehicle seems to be slightly lower to the ground than a regular RX. When I read the fine print, it said the vehicles were prototypes and the actual model could vary. The look of the Silversport in the brochure is what I would like to achieve and I believe the tires used on the car helped to make the look. Does anyone know if there are performance styled tires that will fit the RX? I'm not talking the super low performance tires, but more the look of the BMW's X5 tires. Any feedback on this issue would be greatly appreciated!
  • y338y338 Posts: 6
    As a matter of fact, there would not have any major redesign in RX until in the mid of 03 as( 04 model) as there are AT LEAST 5yrs expectancy for each lineup in Lexus/toyota products. (99-03), so don't worry that your RX would look outdated in the next few yrs.

    I currently own a 00' AWD Rx, but i find that it is not as quiet as other Lexus products(IS and ES).It is more noticeable when I stop my RX in front of traffic light and i feel that there are some (little) vibration on my steering wheel. The engine noise is also noticeable. I couldn't notice any vibration and noise in IS and ES at all and even in Camry. So, is that normal? has anyone got the same problem?
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    I was told that Blue Vapor will no longer come with Black interior. The Ivory will be the only available leather.

    Are there any new exterior colors for 2002. I need to order my 4x2 (Chicago mostly 4x4) soon.
  • mvs1mvs1 Posts: 462
    The problem with your theory is that the Camry/ES platform which the RX is based arrived in 97' although your 5yr model life is about right.

    wwest I'll take that bet on the ES going rear wheel drive any day. Camry/ES will remain front wheel IS 300 serves as Lexus' rear drive sport sedan.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    You're right, the camry will remain FWD, but the ES (FWD) will either be dropped from the Lexus line, be 'rebodied" from the IS, or we'll see a completely new ES "body" with RWD. The IS is too "sporty", aimed more at the "teeny-booper", younger set, for the sedate Cadilliac and Lincohn crowd which Lexus needs to go after next.

    With both Cadillac and Lincohn having RWD options and priced below the LS series they will attach a much greater segment of the luxury "barge" market, and my guess is they will be base priced right between the ES and the GS.

    Another possibility is that the Avalon line will go RWD and that will become the new ES.

    It all depends on what the definition of "IS" is...
  • drummerboydrummerboy Posts: 30
    y338, I think the RX is more noisy than most luxury sedans. I have a 2001 RX, and there's jittery noise coming from the right passenger window area and the right passenger front dashboard. Although the noise is barely audible, it can become distracting when the stereo is turned off. I took my car to the dealer, and they can't seem to find the problem. I think it's probably because the fit/finish of the car isn't as good as the other Lexus(Lexi??). However, as a SUV, the RX definitely has the most quiet ride I've ever experienced.
    From my past experience with my old car, the vibration of the car at stop lights is probably due to the engine mount. However, your car is a 2000, so I'm not sure if that is your problem. Personally, I don't have that problem with my RX. Perhaps you should get it checked.
  • drummerboydrummerboy Posts: 30
    Does anyone know if I can access the DVD player??
    Is there going to be DVD updates in the future... if so, how much do I have to pay for an update disc??
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    Owner's Manual.
  • tariktarik Posts: 344
    Our RX had its 22.500mls service ($149) done on wednesday. Apart from the fact that whoever wrote the new sticker for the windshield (claims next service at 27,000mls instead of 30,000) needs help in algebra, I couldn't find anything wrong with the mechanical work (yet).

    Remembering last time, when we got the car back with a few scratches more than it had before, we checked around it prior to dropping it off this time. Sure enough, some careless jerk put new scratches in the paint while in for service and - of course - greasy fingerprints on some of the interior panels. Upon my wife pointing this out to the SA, he wiped the areas in question with a dry rag (@&;#$@%)!

    I also wanted three little paint chips and a minor door ding repaired while doing the service work. My dealer claims to have a specialist there twice a week, who does nothing but fix small damages with an airbrush. We agreed upon a cap of USD150 for the cost of this repair and off I went. When my wife brought the car home, I almost freaked! Their one-of-a-kind-super-special-exterior-guy simply used a touch-up brush for his "expert repair". My wife said that she argued with the SA, but he explained to her that the would "only charge her USD85" instead of the agreed upon amount because of the quality (and, of course, she paid). Unfortunately, I had no chance to go see those losers this week, but on Monday I am going to have to question their sanity, I guess.

    Why is it that noone seems to be able to walk their talk any more? Blowing hot air and getting paid for it is the benachmark these days - AAAAAAARGHHH!

    Tarik
  • tariktarik Posts: 344
    Relentless pursuit of perfection - pah, just wait until I get the call from HQ!

    Tarik
  • ststephen0ststephen0 Posts: 37
    Where do you take your lexus for service (which city/dealership)?
  • tariktarik Posts: 344
    My (only) dealership here is Lexus of Greenville, SC. I believe it's the people's general attitude of not caring. I.e., the loaner (2001 RX) was filthy inside/out, but the only thing the SA had to say was that his customers just don't treat the loaners the way thay should. Well, I see his point, but can't the cars be cleaned in between???

    Tarik
  • rrabyrraby Posts: 10
    Re your jittery noise near the front passenger window, I've had the same problem (mine seemed to be coming from the door, right around the armrest, but it was tough to localize), and I've seen posts from others that they've had the problem, too. I took my '01 in twice to have it looked at, and the second time I gave the tech a ride to point out the problem to him. Once he acknowledged the noise, they gave me a loaner (which, ironically, had the same problem) while they kept it for a day. They took the door apart and put it back together, and while the problem hasn't completely gone away, it's been significantly better since. Every other instance I've heard of this problem has been on a 2001, though, so it must be something about that model.
  • outrunoutrun Posts: 539
    Our Indigo Ink Pearl '01 RX AWD (Nav, wood, etc.) does not have any squeaks, rattles, or vibrations at ~4500 miles. We took a trip from MA up to Prince Edward Island (about 11 hours each way), and didn't notice anything.

    After driving 11 straight hours in a vehicle, anything and everything possible will bother you. After getting back, I wasn't even fatigued from driving.

    -Craig
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    Same here, same options. 8500 miles and extremely solid. The only rattles I get is from my kid hiding coins and pebbles in the "secret compartments". I find new stuff everyday.

    My only complaint in terms of driving fatigue is I wish there was a longer seat bottom. I have very long legs and could use more under thigh support. But this is nothing unique, many vehicles I test drove were similar in this area. I suspect that most cars are designed for the average American height of about 5' 9".
  • outrunoutrun Posts: 539
    TC,

    I notice slight discomfort on my thighs after about 5 hours, but strectching my legs out every now and then took care of it. I thought it was just me with that problem. Longer seat bottoms would cure this?

    I'm 6'3" for reference.

    Our kid turns 1 in a few weeks. I'm preparing to turn the car seat around to forward facing. I can just imagine what kind of stuff he's going to end up throwing at the driver, be it my wife or myself.

    -Craig
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
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  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    I won't give you a direct answer on "thigh support" because everybody's physiology is different. For example, you and I could be exactly the same height, but maybe because of the way I walk everyday, certain muscles in my legs might fatigue quicker than ones in your legs. One thing that is comfortable for me might be annoying for you. Etc.

    But yes, I believe that if the seat bottoms were longer than more of the upper leg closer to the knee would be supported. This in turn would take strain off of the muscles/tendons right above the knee on your thighs.

    "Our kid turns 1 in a few weeks. I'm preparing to turn the car seat around to forward facing. I can just imagine what kind of stuff he's going to end up throwing at the driver, be it my wife or myself."

    1? Oh yea, 1 year old, I remember that. Seems like yesterday. My little man turns 4 next month. He is very opinionated (gee, wonder where he gets that from?) and one of his favorite things in the Rex is telling me that his directions are better than the Navigation computer's, "daddy, turn that 'puter off or you'll get lost again.."

    Don't worry, they don't throw things unless you as parents allow that to be acceptable behavior. It amazes me at the unruly children we see whenever we're out, you can usually spot an apathetic parent nearby...

    Where are you located? LI also?
  • mrrogersmrrogers Posts: 391
    Back when I was a young man, I owned a Porsche 924. It also had a vibration at idle. Chuck Stoddard is the gifted mechanical genius who owns Stoddard Imported Cars, a Porsche dealer in Willoughby, OH. Mr Stoddard advised 924 owners with the vibration problem at idle to back the bolts holding the engine mounts off until the mounts were loose, drive the car around the block, and re-tighten the mounts. It usually helped, but I have no idea if this is a possible fix for a RX.
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