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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#2094 of 9498 Re: My Experience with the RX 300
May 31, 2001 (5:25 pm)
Sounds like you did your homework and things turned out great. I'm glad you and your wife found a vehicle that suits your needs.
Just as an FYI, I called Lexus Corporate about a month ago regarding the factory tires. The 2001 Rex only comes from the factory with either the Goodyears or Bridgestones, and get this: there's no way to tell which ones! Yup, they said they put both on in the assembly line, no rhyme or reason. So you did real good by holding out for the Bridgestones, I can't wait to get rid of these GY Integricraps.
Enjoy the miles and good luck.
#2095 of 9498 Lexus Does Try Harder
May 31, 2001 (5:34 pm)
After several months and several trips to the dealer, we think our rumbling noise at idle has been solved or at least reduced to almost imperceptible levels. At the last service, the dealer replaced all three engine mounts. This seems to have cured the problem but they said we won't know for sure until next winter. Apparantly the engine mounts are liquid filled and when the weather gets cold they tend to stiffen up and may result in a little more engine noise and vibration. All in all, Lexus did try very hard to make us happy and they did. I have nothing but praise for our dealer, Bobby Rahal Lexus in Mechanicsburg, PA and the service manager, Lynn Yoder.
#2096 of 9498 Follow up to SRT engine mods
May 31, 2001 (5:57 pm)
Some more info from SRT:
The installation depends on your particular dealer, there are a few that are OK to do the install, however unfortunately most are still being cautious.
HFI: $675 - 4-6 weeks
Stage 1 SC: ~$4,250 - 3 months.
Stage 2 SC: ~$5,750 - 3 months.
You will be surprised as to how strong the RX engine is, and the tranny is bullet proof as it is designed to handle in the neighborhood of towing +4,000lbs.
I can't wait to get our RX to the times of 0-60mph under the 5sec. range, makes me salivate every time I think of the 4WD doing a power launch.
I can't wait....
Jun 01, 2001 (6:42 am)
I have been reading a lot about owners changing their tires, I would like to know why and what am I not noticing about mine. I just got back from a 2000 mile trip interstate driving all conditions,at 75 mph onmy goodyear integrity tires and the car was great! What am I missing here, not being a technical person. I really enjoy the information on this site, thanks for responding.
Jun 01, 2001 (7:09 am)
If you are happy with the tires, that's all that counts.
What some of us don't like about the GYs is that they are designed more for comfort than handling performance. They are made with a very compliant sidewall construction. What this means is that the wall of the tire (where the lettering is) has a lot of "give" and can flex. This allows the tire to absorb some of the road bumps and adds to the ride comfort. The downside is that this "flexing" also makes handling a little sloppy. The vehicle can tend to "wander" in high cross-winds, taking curves at high speeds, and other hard-driving situations.
For day-to-day driving I'm sure the GY's are ok. Some of us just want better and more predicatable handling under all driving conditions.
Hope this helps, and enjoy the miles.
Jun 01, 2001 (7:51 am)
Its funny that the people on this board seem to prefer the Bridgestones over the GY's and on the Highlander board (basically same vehicle) people seem to prefer the GY's. Maybe I'll try the Michelins.
#2100 of 9498 Strut problem I keep reading about
Jun 01, 2001 (9:14 am)
I have just over 12K miles on my 2000 RX. In the last couple of months I noticed that the car feels like the shocks/suspension are gone, especially at the back. It is almost painful to go over any bumps or potholes and I am also getting some of that thumping sound that people were talking about (although it is the loss of comfort that is most noticeable rather than the sound). Could the strut mounting/strut problem cause that? Or is it something else?
Jun 01, 2001 (11:26 am)
izabelajohn, bad strut mounts make for a thump from front/rear or both.......haven't checked to see if there is a TSB on the struts, but when the mounts on my wife's 99 RX were replaced, service also replaced rear struts. service techs comment to me was that "they" (don't know if he merely meant my dealership or Lexus in general) had started replacing struts at the same time as mount replacement since apparently the struts are going fairly quickly. 12k sounds a little quick, but that's really the only thing that would markedly degrade ride comfort without changing appearance of vehicle (broken spring would sag visibly at that corner). should be warranty replacment for you.
#2102 of 9498 Owner Maintenance?
Jun 01, 2001 (11:39 am)
I'm considering an RX300 in the next six months. I have always done my own maintenance (oil changes, tire rotations, etc.) My vehicles have always been Ford and a couple GM.
Are there any tricks to RX300? Filters easy to remove, etc? Must the dealer do routine maintenance to keep the warranty valid?
#2103 of 9498 Changing Oil, etc.
Jun 01, 2001 (12:03 pm)
I change my own oil on my RX. It is a pain, you need to be part contortionist and have the right filter wrench (cap type.) The filter is in front, below the exhaust manifold. It gets HOT QUICK! You are virtually assured of burning your wrist/arm. If you have a lift, you can take off the plastic below and change it that way. Anyway, that is the only maintenance I have done.
The dealer does not have to do the maintenance, but keep your records. Also, if Jiffy Lube or other place does a bad job, it may invalidate your warranty. You have recourse against them, but I would stick with the Lexus dealer. Pricey, but good work and great organization backing them up.
You will not have much in the way of repairs, so paying for quality maintenance is a small price to pay, all things considered.