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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#2325 of 9498 Silver Sport Price - tclub
Jun 26, 2001 (5:43 pm)
I am not sure if this will help, but my sister just purchased a 2001 RX (AWD, Blue Vapor w/ black interior, Nav, wood steering wheel, basically all the goodies except for chrome wheels and gold kit) for $38,649. This came out to $800 over invoice. Then we got an additional $500 off d/t the lexus loyalty rebate. This salesperson said she'd basically go $800 over invoice for any RX w/ Nav, and $300 over for any non-nav RX.
Jun 26, 2001 (7:18 pm)
Both the MDX and the HL have third row seats so I would suspect we will see the RX with a third row seat next year.
Differentiate the RX from the HL by horsepower? How do they differentiate the LX and the landcruiser today?
The MDX will be the "differential" target for the RX for some time to come. The MDX will get VSC, Trac and HID, and the RX will get another seat and maybe true AWD like the MDX.
Hmmm, true AWD, now that would really differentiate the RX from the HL....
If the MDX does get VSC, Trac and HID watch for the bottom to drop out of the RX market.
Jun 26, 2001 (7:26 pm)
You've got that opposite actually. The Acura MDX's system is primarily FWD whereas the RX's and the Highlander's are running at about a 50/50 split at all times.
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Jun 27, 2001 (5:08 am)
When did the HL get a 3rd row seat?
Jun 27, 2001 (5:16 am)
Have to go and recheck on the MDX but I have the shop manual for the 2000 RX and the front axle is directly driven from the transmission. The rear wheels are driven "from" the front axle through the "static" or native viscosity of the viscous clutch, set-up is very much like the Chrysler MiniVan.
Torque split is 70/30 front to rear unless there is a differential rate of rotation between front and rear axles and that will cause the clutch's viscosity to increase delivering as much as 49%, NEVER over 50%, of the available torque to the rear axle.
That's the reason you will notice heavy torque steer on the RX if you get on it while turning, especially right turns.
#2330 of 9498 eating crow
Jun 27, 2001 (5:32 am)
Oops, HL doesn't have third row seat and the MDX IS primarily FWD.
In my defense the MDX automatically shifts 52% of the torque to the rear wheels under some operating circumstances, notably to prevent torque steer during quick starts.
I had a 2000 Rx and when the MDX came out I did a thorough comparison, bought the 2001 RX and then other than the RX having VSC, Trac, and HID, clearly forgot why.
The MDX has a mechanical clutch used to deliver 52% of the torque to the rear wheels and I found that to be much more desireable than my 2000 RX. But the availibility of 4-wheel Trac on the 2001 RX level the AWD "playing field" between the two and the RX won out.
#2331 of 9498 RX's AWD...
Jun 27, 2001 (7:44 am)
I just recently picked up a pre-owned '99 that's AWD with the limited slip differential and this most recent thread has raised some questions from me.
Does the 50/50 or 70/30 split also apply to the '99 version?
Does the limited slip differential in the rear change the split in any way?
Am I to understand that even in normal conditions that there is some power being applied to the rear wheels?
Lastly, are there additional maintenance concerns that need to be addressed or made aware to service technicians? Also, what mileage points should the AWD be looked at or maintenanced?
Appreciate any help.
#2332 of 9498 RX300 Aftermarket Navigation
Jun 27, 2001 (8:37 am)
Can anyone tell me if they've been successful with installing aftermarket DVD navigation in their RX? Also, someone asked if anyone knew when Lexus would be selling the DVD as an accessory from the dealer.
I'm curious as well.
I'd also like to add to the person describing torque and how it can relate to making a right turn...Thank You! You (kinda) answered something I've been curious about for a while. There's this one right turn I make, and it always feels like I get incredible torque out of my engine at this one stretch of the road! I've felt it it the different cars I've driven. I will soon be feeling it when I take delivery of my soon-to-be friend, the RX.
Jun 27, 2001 (8:55 am)
Does anyone have an opinion on how well the RX handles deep snow?
Jun 27, 2001 (9:35 am)
In my opinion RX handles deep snow very well. I was stuck in a bad snow storm last winter (stuck because of traffic) and the RX did extremely well. Started from a complete stop halfway up a steep snow covered hill and went straight up. I also tried going through a snow bank more than a foot deep in front of our garage one winter morning (live in a condo and don't own a shovel and the ploughing crew didn't show up). RX went through it like a dream - sort of like one of those commercials for JGC.