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Lexus RX 300



  • wayn1wayn1 Posts: 69
    I'm from Ma.also and i also have a 00 RX and we to went to Prince Edward Island with it last summer and it ran perfectly. I too came home from an 11hr drive and was not tired at all. This is one excellent vehicle.
  • ttc136ttc136 Posts: 17
    I was told to pay "Advertising Assessment Fee
    " from the dealer. quite mad about this item. have anybody also paid this fee ?
    any clue to get rid of it?
    thanks in advance!
  • garyk211garyk211 Posts: 7
    Pirelli Norseman snow tires mounted on rx 300 rims for sale.Almost new size lt 225/75r 16.
    e- mail or call Gary northern Calif. 530 233-8030 $125 each or best offer.
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,795
    It depends on whether it is the actual fee the dealer is invoiced for or if they just tried to add an arbitrary fee to your purchase.
  • malhokcmalhokc Posts: 83
    Vibration Rattle:
    Some people have related this noise to be also coming from the glove box, particularly from the A/C air filter area. I had a similar problem. I took mine out and was surprised to see leaves, and so much dust. Anyway, people have mentioned that the filter sometimes rattles against the metal compartment. Putting a piece of electric tape has resolved this problem.

    Thumping noise:
    Dealer finally replace the rear struts. The hollow thumping noise has disappeared. Thanks to all for their input.
  • I am 6-2 and have the problem.
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    I know there have been a number of postings on this in both this forum and the highlander forum. Has anyone been able to solve this yet?
    I had a 2000RX and it was fine (no clicking). I traded it in for a 2001RX and then noticed the clicking. Both cars are exposed to the same temperature changes.
    I was in for the 1000 mile service yesterday and the service tech disassembled the sunroof, added some insulation and lubed it but I still heard it click a couple of times today.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706

    My 92 LS has an automaticslly retracting antenna which would occassionally making a "clicking" noise for a short period immediately after starting the car. After I realized what was causing the noise I pretty much ignored it. I had to replace the antenna portion some years later and that seemed to cause the noise to go away.

    Maybe your RX retractable antenna is doing the same thing?


    I removed the luggage "crossbars" from my 2000 Rx thinking it would make it look sleeker and "leaner", then a thumping noise, driving on rough gravel road, developed that seemed to be coming from the roof behind the skylite. When I re-installed the crossbars the thump disappeared.

    Maybe a slight lack of structual integrity in the roof of the RX?
  • devlopperdevlopper Posts: 44
    After finally getting rid of a defect ridden '99 Jeep Grand Cherokee my 01 RX has just turned 1000 miles. I have NEVER had a car with so many rattles. So many that I don't know where to begin to look. I could not be more disappointed.

    Also, can the door locks be programmed to auto-lock when say I put the car in drive or reach a certain speed?
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    Well, since you are so disappointed why even bother with trying to program the door locks. I'd be taking the car back for refund.
  • joanziejoanzie Posts: 51
    Am I the only one with a 2001 RX without one rattle.? I have 3200 miles on it and it is the quietest car I have ever owned! Anyone else out there have a good one?
  • outrunoutrun Posts: 539
    Read back about 15 messages. You'll notice that tonychrys and I also have a rattle, squeak, clatter, thunder, etc. free '01 RX. I feel that the vast majority of owners fall into this category as well.

    We're at ~4900 miles. Time to call up for the 5000 mile service.

  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811
    One rattle coming from A/C filter behind glovebox, same as reported by a few others. Piece of electrical tape between filter and metal frame should take care of it.

    Otherwise, 12k miles in 7 months - more than my wife has driven any other vehicle. Why? Because she won't take my '98 LS400 instead, even though the RX is on a lease and the LS is purchased. That's how much she loves her RX - as does our Giant Schnauzer.

    Remember that Lexus TV ad with one dog being thrown around in a truck-like SUV and then another dog loving the cargo area of the RX? Well, going from a '98 Mountaineer to the '01 RX provided that exact change for our 90# Schnauzer.

    And, GTGT, if you don't believe me, you can talk to him.
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    That's almost like "jumbo shrimp". Don't seem to make sense.

    90#s... hmmm, me thinks he'd qualify for an attack Schnauzer!

    I assume he's a pure bred, where do they make these things? (country of origin)
  • ravlravl Posts: 129
    Welp, we took the plunge yesterday and have a beeeuteeful black Silversport in our garage right now!
    One of the things I'm going to have trouble adjusting to is the lack of the auto locking/unlocking feature my Rav 4 had been equipped with. It was part of the Pursuit alarm that we installed. When you started the car with all the doors shut, the locks would engage. When you turned the car off, they would unlock. The RX doesn't do this and to be honest, I was quite surprised at the lack of this feature. We are having lojack installed and I see on the 'net one of their packages includes a remote keyless entry. I'm wondering if that includes the auto lock/unlock like my Pursuit alarm? tonychrys mentioned something about this being a dealer fix? Please advise as my husband's Grand Prix has this feature standard and both of us have become 'lazy' about having to lock/unlock the doors as it's being done for us.

    Also, I'd like to ask tonychrys something...I was reading a thread from the beginning of the year and got to read your initial comments about the RX. Some of them were questioning features of the RX. As an example, you mentioned you didn't like the info screen, and the foot emergency brake. I'm curious if you have done a complete 180 with what you perceived early on as 'negatives' with this vehicle. You seem to be quite smitten now, so it was interesting to read your thought processes during your discovery phase of the car buying process.

    TIA for any info about getting the RX into auto lock/unlock mode. It's a biggie in my book.
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    I know exactly how you and your wife feel... we have a Grand Am with the same exact features. We've really become accustomed to the theatre entry/exit lighting, auto-locks at speed, unlock at park, etc.

    Alas, I've yet to find a Lexus tech/SA that says the auto-lock is possible. I can't believe that a crappy GM car would have a convenience feature this otherwise wonderful vehicle doesn't. I've heard rumours that the Harrier (Japanese version of RX) can do it, so there still might be hope, but not much.

    Unlike vehicle owners in other forums here, I don't see the world through rose-colored glasses. Everything is a trade-off, unless you have $$$$$ to buy the "perfect" vehicle. But the pluses outweighed the negatives when we made our decision, and trust me, we had a spreadsheet with all the pro's and con's of the vehicles we were considering.

    To us, the Rex is almost perfect. If the following things were changed, it would be perfect:

    LCD panel operation (both NAV and base model)-- this is ergonomically flawed. Period. And it stands out as flawed because everything else about the vehicle is right. I've written before exactly why I think this.

    No steering wheel mounted radio controls-- I have these on my Grand Am and can't imagine driving 70+ mph without them. Convenience and safety. Plus, the fact the LCD/radio ergonomics are flawed makes even more a compelling reason to have them. I have a crazy idea on how to get this feature though (I'm a electrical/computer engineer), but I ain't talking about it... yet.

    "In dash" CD Changer-- Lexus' definition of "in dash" is different than mine. I wish they had put one of those non-magazine 6-cd radio/changers in the dash like other manufacturers are doing. Could be worse: I buddy of mine just got a $100k Porsche... the CD changer is in the front trunk. Not what I call convenient.

    Mirror memory-- to compliment the seat memory. Other Lexus models have this. Key Fob linked would be even sweeter.

    That's it. You change those few things and IMHO you have a perfect vehicle. Not bad if you ask me.
  • priozerskpriozersk Posts: 4
    Hi All,

    I am wondering what are the differences in driving RX 300 Silversport and regular RX?
    What that "euro-tuned sports suspension" mean in that case?

    Thanks... Alex
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    I just traded in my 2000RX for a 2001RX SilverSport. The ride seems to be about the same but the handling on curves etc. is greatly improved. Not that there is anything wrong with the standard RX. I was happy with the handling on it but the SilverSport improves it a little. Some other changes are same color paint top & bottom, painted cross bars, perforated leather seats(nice), brushed aluminum instead of wood inside. Some prefer the wood inside, others the brushed aluminum. For me it's a toss up.
  • ravlravl Posts: 129
    Don't forget the special badging and mats. It's an awesome looking vehicle.

    Someone asked about paying an advertising. It was on the invoice out here in SoCal, so I paid it with no hassle. Mine was $424.

    tonychrys, those features in the Prix/Grand Am *are* nice, huh?
    Same answer from this end. No go on the locks. Bummer...
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    My Oldsmobile Alero which is a twin to the Grand Am has a tire pressure monitor and when the gas gets low not only does a light come on but it chimes 4 times. Nice, huh?
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    That freakin' gas chime scares the heck out of us every time it goes off... and we've had the car for over 2 years! It's just such a piercing chime that gets your attention as yer cruising along, minding yer own business.
  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    Any other Lexus owners get one of these in the mail?

    You supposedly get to test drive BMW, Caddy, Jag, Lex, Lincoln, and MB all at the same location. Mine is for the Yonkers Raceway, NY location. Anybody else going to this, might be a good excuse to have a "mini" Lexus meet.
  • ravlravl Posts: 129
    I'm curious what componenets make up the Lexus Premium Sound System with 6 cd changer in the glove box. Anyone know who the OEM manufacturer is?
    I couldn't find the speaker layout in the owner's manual and I've been unsuccessful in finding speaker number 7. My son says under the passenger seat--he could feel it. (or was the volume too high?) ;)
    Feel free to send me on a speaker hunt with clues. :)

    I'm still blown away there's a Lexus in my garage. Wow.
  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    Your son is right, the "sub-woofer" is under the front passenger seat! This accounts for lack of adjustments on that seat.

  • ravlravl Posts: 129
    Oh goodie. I get to tell a 14 year old boy he's right. I see the dance of joy coming. So, if I contort my head under the backside, will I get a peek? I already tried a frontside attack but was greeted by a barricade.

    Thanks for the response...even if I have to tell someone else they're right.... ;)
  • kmhkmh Posts: 143
    Wow. I learn something new everyday. I didn't know that the subwoofer was under the front passenger seat...

    But to help about the manufacturer - on my '99 the manufacturer is Nakamichi (the names printed on the face plate near the stereo). And looking at the 2001 brochure the premium is also Nakamichi.
  • drummerboydrummerboy Posts: 30
    I bought my RX from However, I did not purchase the extended warranty. At they offer 6 year/72000 mile warranty or 6 year/108000 mile warranty for $1,299 and $1,399, respectively. This doesn't seem like a good deal since my RX already has 4 years of warranty.
    Has anyone else purchased any type of extended warranty?? If so, how long is the warranty and how much is it? Should I get it, or is it just a waste of money?? Right now my RX is ready for the 2nd, 7,500 mile service. So far I've had no problems with the car.
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    drummer boy,
    I suggest you go to the Town Hall "Finance,Warranty" Topic and scroll down to the extended warranty reviews. To make a long story short... It is advisable to get the Factory offered warranty. Third party warranties are "Questionable" and "ALWAYS" check with your dealer or whoever you are going to do service with... that they accept whatever you choose.
    From what I have read on RX300 topic, no one seems to have the extended warranty {or not a lot of them} as they believe the RX300 is one of the bulletproof vehicles as to a Good Life. If you intend to keep your vehicle for a long time and put a lot of mileage on same,then, perhaps, the extended warranty would be a good thing for you. Another recommendation is to take the $1000.00 and invest it over the 4 year period, and then you will have XXX amount of dollars to pay for any needed repairs {hopefully}.
    AAA and GEICO {if you are insured thru them} also have extended warranties, however; I always recommend the factory warranty as there is NO HASSLE with phone calls to an administrator and a sometime long waiting period for permission to repair some dealers and repair shops will not take some of the supposedly bigtime third party outfits.
    Read the posts as aforementined...and do your homework before takeing the plunge.
    Hope this helps!
  • mrrogersmrrogers Posts: 391
    I believe Lexus and Toyota automobiles are among the most reliable on Earth. Having said that, I am somewhat concerned by the entries in the Town Hall Topic, "Engine sludge". If I were planning on keeping a RX300 for a long time as its sounds like you are, I would either start getting oil changes in the 3,500 to 5,000 mile area with regular oil, or upgrade to synthetic oil if you don't have time for the more frequent changes.
    I understand that this is more money, but I would consider taking the money you were going to spend on an extended warranty, and putting it towards more frequent oil changes. Good luck!
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