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#356 of 9498 Possibly Buying a Certified Pre-Owned 1999 RX 300
Jan 16, 2001 (5:45 pm)
After considering the new small/mid-size SUV offerings, I am seriously considering buying a 1999 RX 300. A certified, pre-owned vehicle certainly is appealing. Of course, you appropriately pay for the peace of mind from the available warranty and the thorough going over by Lexus. But, is all that really necessary? Assuming the vehicle is as bullet proof as everyone says, should I be too worried about picking up an RX from a private sale or another dealer and save a couple thousand? In other words, any thoughts about the pro's and con's of the CPO program. Also, any reason to avoid buying a 1999 RX 300. Unfortunately my budget won't allow me to stretch to buy a 2001 RX 300. Had been comtemplating a Highlander. While I have not yet had a chance to see in person, the pricing is ridiculous and the styling seems questionable. Fully loaded you're talking almost $35,000! To keep it to $30,000 (expected price for a 1999 RX), I would have to make way too many compromises on the Highlander. Not sure why Toyota is so greedy. They're competing with Escapes and Tributes which fully loaded are listed out at $25,800.
#357 of 9498 Dealer Deception on '01 RX 300
Jan 16, 2001 (6:08 pm)
I recently purchased a 2001 RX 300 AWD w/ the nav. value pkg & heated seats. When I spoke w/ the dealer (in Virginia Beach, Va), I stated that I also wanted the tow pkg. The dealer gave me a relatively good price on the vehicle he had on the lot (w/o the tow pkg) and stated that they would order the top pkg parts from Lexus and install them for me as part of my purchase price. When I called the dealer to check on the status of my parts, I was told by the service mgr that Lexus cannot install a tow pkg - it must be installed at the factory.
Has anyone else heard this? The dealer is quite nervous over a threatened fraud lawsuit at this point.
#358 of 9498 Re: Possibly Buying a Certified Pre-Owned 1999 RX 300
Jan 16, 2001 (6:14 pm)
Just my opinion:
What's great about companies like Lexus, MB, BMW, etc. is that they have a nationwide network that links all the service centers. What I'm getting at is that I don't think it's too much of a risk to buy private if you do two things:
1) Make sure that owner has documented that all scheduled maintenance has been performed. You need copies of all receipts.
2) Get the VIN number of the car you are interested in and take it to a Lexus service place. Ask the service manager to run it through the network to pull up any repairs or work orders that have been done.
Another upside is that I believe the warranty will transfer to a new owner.
Jan 16, 2001 (6:39 pm)
I have the same equip. on my 01
Part of the transaction was the tow pkg. which the dealer instated that day at Lexus of Pleasanton in Calif.
Very happy with the RX I have 2000 miles on in 3 weeks. Great in snow and ice I live at 6000 feet in the mountains and need awd to get home.
The dealer is stroking you about the tow pkg
#360 of 9498 Tow Package is usually dealer installed
Jan 16, 2001 (7:57 pm)
My '00 RX has the tow hitch. It was installed by the dealer but is a genuine Lexus hitch. The cost is higher than an aftermarket hitch but if the dealer installs it, then the hitch and the wiring is covered by the new car warranty. I believe it was around $300.
Our car is still experiencing a resonating rumble at idle when in gear. If anyone has any ideas please post as the dealer has not been able to diagnose the problem. Thanks.
Jan 16, 2001 (11:22 pm)
I was to get one on my "special order" RX. It didn't come with it and I was told they would get one at a good price since they often take them off of cars when people don't want a hitch. When I finally got them to quote me a price it was about $600 and they said that they never get all the parts from one they take off. Generally I have felt good about the dealer but this was not a good experience.
Jan 17, 2001 (8:48 am)
what mountains to you live in. If I had to guess by your elev it's in the sierras(or wasatch foothills). What kind of tires do you have and what have been your experiences at chain checkpoints? I live in AZ but plan on taking several road trips up to the sierras/wasatch later this winter, I've heard conflicting reports on what to expect at the checkpoints. I already took my rx up to SLC for a skiing but ran into no weather and the vehicle navigated the ski areas icy parking lots with no hint of a skid or even the tires spinning. So I'm not inclined at the moment to upgrade ny current Goodyear Integritys. I need your input, thanks.
#363 of 9498 To Sparkchar
Jan 17, 2001 (9:08 am)
I live in Modoc County N/E county in Calif. 20 miles s/w of Alturas, Calif. I put Pirelli Norseman snow tires on my 01 RX. I also have a suburban and a 97 ford f150 both 4X4s. The RX has the best traction on ice and snow then any 4X4 I have ever owned. I will mount my Bridgestones on mags and use them in the summer I have tried to break it lose on packed snow with little sucess.It is a great vehicle in snow and ice. The snow tires make the difference.
#364 of 9498 Locking Features
Jan 18, 2001 (5:30 pm)
Does anyone know about any "hidden features" that the dealer can program on a '01 RX 300? My Audi was able to have the computer programmed to automatically lock the doors at 15 mph and unlock when turning off the engine. Any hidden features like this?