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Lexus RX 300



  • I have noitced a snapping noise on my new rx 300 fwd when after I back up I put the gear in drive and start to is a snap or ping and only last a second and only in this only has 1000 miles and the dealer says this is normal ...something to do with the switch from reverse to drive in the transmission....I did not hear it for the first 5oo miles but maybe I was unaware of it....has anybody had a similar experience and what is your take on this?
  • Cjarvis1
    The noise you refer to is not from transmission. They are from the brake (if I am not wrong). You mean after you bake up, then put in drive, then step onto the brake, you will hear this noise? The noise if Brake Re-alignment noise. The brake pads align from the back up position to foward position; therefore, you hear this noise. This noise happens not only with RX, I remember this type of noise with our 92 MB S320.
  • wayn1wayn1 Posts: 69
    Where are all my placemarks??????
  • sybelesybele Posts: 42
    Thanks for responding so promptly. My RX is a 1999. Yes I know, have I had the VSC probably wouldn't be posting here. I am wondering if replacing the tires for Michelins Cross Terrains would make such a big difference. Certainly, I don't want to buy winter only tires.

    By the way, my RX has 16K on it. How much are people selling AWD 99's for?
  • 2001 Lexus RX 300 FWD

    Went to edmunds options:

    Options code: NI Nakamichi Audio System Package
    Inv. $4,309 MSRP $5,420

    Below that: VK Nakamichi Audio System Package
    Inv. $3,362 MSRP $3920

    What is the difference between the options codes NI AND VK?
    Both have the same description of options included.

    Also, is upgraded audio system worth it?
  • Does anyone know if Lexus is one of the (many) mfrs that have stated they will put a satellite radio capability in their radios in '02?

    just about every other dealer will... and regular radio stations are terrible nowadays.

    Also, what is the availability date of 02s? My wife is killing me for one BUT I'm making her wait till about June of '01. If satellite radio is avail in '02, I'll make her wait for it!

  • have RX3000 2000 with 18M miles; have gone back to dealer for squeaky brakes; they replaced front pads at 10M miles per nexus update; still having problem--anyone know how to fix; been told that in 45 days another update will be available for fixing noisy brakes
  • Looking to purchace awd with nav in Northern Calif
    Help with discount off msrp or up from list
  • I, too, ask Meridith ; Are you discontuining placemarks (which do not appear in the newest Town Hall format)?
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  • wayn1wayn1 Posts: 69
    It took me a few minuets but the new system seems to work. How can you put the placemarks in order or by title like SUV and Sedans.
  • I am interested in purchasing a 2001 AWD RX300 in the next month. I live in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Before I go into dealership and talk numbers, I wanted to see if anyone can share success stories of getting prices down, etc. I am also interested in hearing what purchasing price range I should expect to get for the 2001 AWD model with the $1500 rebate on the premium package w/ and without the Nov package.

    Thanks everyone for your feedback!!
  • slandyslandy Posts: 46
    Just purchased my 2nd Rx. The options are awd,nav pkg, which includes wood wheel and hid lights and so on, heated seats,towing pkg,roof rack, I believe it has everything but the upgraded stereo. The final price without tax was 39,400. Good or not? That is 3700 off sticker
  • I'm trying to decide...should I buy my new RX300 with FWD or AWD? I currently live in Phoenix but am moving to Boston this summer. I am not going to be taking it offroad and I don't tend to like to drive in bad weather (but you never know..) I am very concerned about safety, though..what do you think?

    PS Forgive me if you see this similar message twice..I thought I posted it earlier but I don't see it yet so I may have hit the wrong button!
  • I am looking to a buy a RX300, but I am also having trouble deciding which to get FWD or AWD? edmunds says the FWD performs better while common sense tells me the AWD would perform better in wet (rain, snow, ice) conditions. I live in chicago where the roads can be great one day and horrible the next. figuring the AWD would only be beneficial over the FWD like 5 days a year, I am leaning towards the FWD because of its better performance but I am not sure. any thoughts, comments suggestions???
    ps: like bostrom, I am also concerned about safety.
  • Hi redliner33...Bostrom2 here. I did go back to one of the archived RX300 user forums (III) and there was a good discussion on AWD vs. FWD. I think the best advice was on #177 and there is also some discussion on both sides of that message. I am leaning towards FWD plus I really want the NAV system and this will price it just about right for me. Good luck :-)
  • vkkimvkkim Posts: 2

    I have '00 RX300 and wondering whether I can change headlight with
    HID headlight ('01 RX).
    Any comment will be appreciated.

  • So I want a new RX300 for my wife for Christmas. I talked to a dealer today and he basically without any real push has come down to a price of 36,870 from what he says is 40,000. The car is an AWD RX300 with the premium plus package with roof rack and cargo mats in GOLD. He basiclly said he can offer me this car with a money factor of .0020 and a residual value of 64% or 26,644 for a 39 month lease. Payment is 573 with 1440 due at close. Does this sound like a good idea? Or is there something I am missing? He got to the price really quick. Something is not right!

    Please help, hurry.

  • Perhaps I can help.

    The current money factor from Lexus financial services on NON VALUE PACKAGE RX300s is .00256 for customers with a credit score of 700+

    However, if you takje the FWD Residual of 64% at 12K/year and assuming you're getting that large of a discount.. I don't get the $573 a month payment. It simply does not compute.

    Let's simplify this with "ballpark" numbers.

    Say this RX300 has a $40,000 MSRP and a $37,000 cap cost.. That makes the 64% residual $25,600.

    First, let's do the monthly lease charge at .00256: Cap Cost ($37K) + Residual ($25,600) X Factor (.00256) = $160 and some change. We'll make it simple and say $160.

    Now, deduct the residual from the cap cost and you have $11,400 in depreciation. Over 39 months that's what, about $292 a month?

    Add them, $160 + 292 and I get $452 a month plus tax. Say you live in an area where the tax is 8% on the whole cap cost, like the City of Chicago. Even then I still don't compute this payment to anywhere near $573. At WORST It would be about $50 or so under that. Here in Orlando, a base payment of $454 would be 481.24 with 6% sales tax.

    Maybe you have some negative equity in a current leased car or trade?

    Still... doesnt compute!

  • Sorry,

    DVD Playback is only on the LX470. :( From what they tell us (I asked my rep) the technology is "expensive", that's why only the LX has it. Now, whether or not I buy that is another story.. :)

    I haven't heard anything on a digital radio for the RX Next model year (2002) However, I'd be surprised if they did intro it that soon. Look how long it took even Luxury cars to get RDS.

  • First,

    I do not feel that the Nakamichi package is really worth the $$. Now, if next year you can get the Mark Levinson Stereo, well, that's a different story!

    Also, the pricing difference is that the first, higher priced, package is what Lexus brought out in the beginning of the model year. The lower priced package reflects the $1,500 MSRP Value Package discount.

    Not many dealers stock Nakamichi-Equipped RX300s. We do not, as a rule.

  • I have had one customer ask about this already.

    HID Lights can, theoretically be upgraded in older RX300s.

    The cost would be pretty close to the cost of trading your 2000 on a 2001 however. If I remember it was over $4,000.

  • Buy Lexus 2001 FWD RX300
    w/premium package plus, cargo mat, chrome wheels, gold kit, wheel locks, wood and leather steering wheel and luggage rack.
    all costs excluding ttl = $35,000
  • To Garyko:

    Where did you get this price on the Rx300? Please tell me what state and city and even the dealership. By any chance, did you get a price with AWD? It sounds like a good price.
  • I promise to tell you next week. I'm in Texas.
    I am going by the dealership tomorrow and if the
    deal is for real, I'll pick up the car next Tuesday.

    I didn't ask about the AWD, but I would have offered
    another $1,000 above my price because that's the invoice
    amount of the AWD over the FWD. Being in Texas though,
    there was no point in my getting the AWD and Edmunds says
    the FWD works better with the new braking system.
  • I agree with bostrom2, there are many good posts in Forums III/IV on the subject of AWD/FWD and tires. I went into my compulsive research mode on this a few weeks back and chose to get FWD so I could justify the NAV system.

    Having learned to drive in New Hampshire I'd say that AWD is just one factor in the safety/flexibility equation. This feature alone will not save you if you don't have good tires, a mild temperament, and experience in slippery conditions.

    In California the best justification I can see for AWD is that you can get through the CalTrans checkpoints in the Sierras without installing chains. The RX is cool in that there's nothing keeping you from claiming AWD since there are no markings on the RX to indicate this (and the CalTrans dudes are much more interested in checking your tires for the Mud+Snow label than crawling underneath to see if you've get a rear transfer case).

    It was clear from the posts that the stock Goodyear times do not provide as much traction as one would expect on an SUV so I'm having the dealer replace them with Michelin LTXs or Cross-Terrains.

    BTW...If you're interested in FWD and live up in the SF'll probably have to go to LA for a decent selection and there's much more bargaining room down there anyway.
  • If that's a real deal... I'd jump on it. $35K is a very cheap price for that vehicle you described. MSRP on it ought to be (Assuming chrome wheels are factory) $40,816 plus the gold (Figure $300 is reasonable).

    That's over $6,000 off of list. That's about $3800 lower than the average national transaction price of an RX300.

  • My wife and I purchased our RX300 2001 WAD with NV PKG, Heated Seats, Cargo Mat, Crossbars, Wheel Locks, Rear Spoiler, Chrome Wheels & color is White Gold Crystal Thanksgiving week at nexus of Riverside in California from Cory William.

    Cory's number is toll-free at (800) 899-5398, or by mail at He also works with Theresa Reefer who provided information by mail.

    We also added the extra wood package which looks great and Marcel who installed the wood was very professional.

    I don't want to state the exact price, but Cory has beat all the deals I have seen listed in this forum including on-line dealers. I had called Cory after reading other posts about no hassle quotes and lowest prices. I told Cory the options I wanted on the vehicle and was given a quote right away. Cory made the whole buying experience very pleasant.

    The RX300 is very comfortable and fun to drive and we have had no problems in our first month of ownership. the NV system makes the drive very enjoyable. We like to have it on to see the route or check restaurants along the way. The NV unit uses a touch screen and is very easy to use. Also the RX300 runs on regular unleaded gas.
  • 2001 DX 300 FAD in DE I/leather trim, roof rack, cargo mat, wheel
    locks for 32,900- doesn't sound like it from looking around here. For 33,900- another dealer is offering the Value Pkg which includes Moon roof/DC changer. Is this a good deal??? Anyone heard of a "Value Pkg"- is this the same as the Premium Package??? Thanks for any info- first time buyer of a "luxury" vehicle and feeling the sticker shock.
  • 2001 RX 300 FWD in SE w/leather trim, roof rack, cargo mat, wheel
    locks for 32,900- doesn't sound like it from looking around here. For 33,900- another dealer is offering the Value Pkg which includes Moonroof/CD changer. Is this a good deal??? Anyone heard of a "Value Pkg"- is this the same as the Premium Package??? Thanks for any info- first time buyer of a "luxury" vehicle and feeling the sticker shock.
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