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#1 of 9498 RX 300 Owners Forum - Part IV
Nov 19, 2000 (7:58 pm)
Here is the new place for Lexus RX 300 owners to
discussion their ownership experience. Below are
links to previous RX 300 owner forums:
- Lexus RX300 Owners, Forum - III
- Lexus RX300 Owners, Forum - II
- Lexus RX300 Owners, Forum - I
#2 of 9498 Overload Danger for RX300
Nov 19, 2000 (8:36 pm)
On Friday night, November 17, the TV show 20-20 had a feature on the danger of overloading SUVs with gross payload (carrying weight) of less than l,000 pounds. They said our RX300's payload was 850 pounds, and that overloading it, especially with weight on the roof, increases the chance of rollover. Five guys on a fishing trip with all their gear would probably push the limit. They listed the M-class and X5 as having payloads of around 1200 pounds, as I recall. Explorers, just over l,000 pounds payload, are especially vulnerable as they have room for much more weight, but not the load capacity. Tell your RX friends. Overloading can be dangerous. Joe Tuso Drive RX. Enjoy! Enjoy!
#3 of 9498 Turning moment
Nov 19, 2000 (11:50 pm)
The common sense for any loading technique is always put heavy loads on the bottom and light loads on the top to reduce the turning moment.
850# is heavy though! Thanks for sharing the info.
Nov 20, 2000 (1:51 am)
I am based in Boston and am now looking at the RX300 either with or without the navigational system. Anyone who bought in Boston or elsewhere, I would appreciate your help
How much off MSRP did you pay?? Is it possible to get it for $4000 off without going to CA or FL??
Any recommendations for dealers and positive experiences in New England
What is your opinion of buying the Navigation System?? Is it worth the the upfront price for resale value??
Thanks for your help
Nov 20, 2000 (3:24 am)
I just traded my 2000 for a 2001 with Nav......I suggest the NAV without hesitstion.....it is absolutly fantastic....very accurate and useful!! Be sure to get a "FULL" Demonstration of the NAV's features before deciding...(make sure to get a salesperson that knows how to operate the nav)
........my 2 cents
#7 of 9498 Value packages on 2001
Nov 20, 2000 (1:24 pm)
I went to Tulsa lot sunday (closed) and saw a ton on RX 300s. Surprised and irritated that the 2001 in now cheaper than my 2000 I bought in August. The 1,500 package discount, puts the fwd with leather, roof, CD changer, wood wheel at $37,600.
Mine listed for $37,700 and had no wood wheel, no stability control, no traction control, and none of the 2001 upgrades. I guess I should have watch the ES300 pricing. The 97 ES 300 was more than the 01 is now! And in 97 list price was common. I guess Lexus is being bit in the butt by the MDX pricing. Also surprised to see a vapor color with no CD and no roof. MSRP $36,000. I see no point to that. Even no memory seats. For $1,700 you get a ton of stuff more since the value packages are out there.
#8 of 9498 Snow Setting
Nov 20, 2000 (5:02 pm)
I just recently bought a used 2000 FWD RX300. I am
very pleased overall. I am confused about the "snow" power setting. Is this similar to a
Traction Control System to be used in wet conditions, or should it strictly be used in snow at slow speeds?
#9 of 9498 Snow Setting
Nov 20, 2000 (5:30 pm)
I believe it just starts the car out in 2nd instead of 1st gear.
Nov 20, 2000 (6:23 pm)
Yes, Avery1 is correct....snow setting starts the car moving in 2nd gear.