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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#4721 of 9498 HL vs. RX300
Feb 21, 2002 (3:29 pm)
We purchased 2002 RX 3 weeks ago. Prior to going to Lexus dealer to complete the purchase, we stopped in at a nearby Toyota dealer to test drive an HL, etc.. We were trading a 2000 Camry XLE (purchased from this dealer). For curiosity we asked them give us their best deal (with full knowledge of our Lexus deal and our intent to complete the deal that evening). Anyway, RX MSRP was $39,400 and HL was $35,300. "Best" net deal was $500 more for the HL than RX. So much for trying to retain existing customers, build customer loyalty, etc.. Admittedly, we were already pretty determined to go for the RX beofre we stopped at Toyota but this settled the question for good. Perhaps it's supply and demand but I think it's crazy (and arrogant) for them to present a deal that's $500+ on a vehicle with an MSRP that's $4,000 less - with a straight face to boot. This whole sludge discussion is something that I plan to keep close tabs on. Same engine as in the Camry we traded so guess we would be needing to keep our awareness up in either event (i.e., keeping or trading).
#4722 of 9498 Not FAIR ??!!
Feb 21, 2002 (3:55 pm)
Life's NOT FAIR...
If Toyota wanted/expected to sell lots of top end HLs then they might as well discontinue the RX.
A top end HL price doesn't NEED to compete with ANY RX price, the HL is clearly aimed at the low end of the SUV market.
Feb 21, 2002 (7:23 pm)
I dunno, folks. Obviously, Willard's point is valid. But sales are all about not only supply and demand but perception. Don't know how things are over in the ol' Toy pipeline for HL, but Lex dealers will obviously have a b*ttload (merely misspelled "boat", my Edmunds censor friends) of RXs around. So deals abound even though the RX is the most popular Lex.
Over there on the Toyota lot, there might not be so many, esp of the higher end HLs. So the sales guys have more of an advantage ("better get this one NOW, cause I've got a customer on the other line WITH CASH IN HAND, BEGGING!!!! but you're here right now and I'm not gonna tell the sales manager about the other guy....") and (maybe, in theory) are a little more high pressure (oh, surely not). So I can see a scenario such as tprice describes unintentionally (from the standpoint of BIGDADDY CORPORATE TOY/LEX) coming to pass. Toyota and Lexus in the US are entirely seperate divisions. There shouldn't be any such crossover of price points, but obviously, there will be. Surely, Toy/Lex had to have forseen......or did they?
Guess this is good news for savvy shoppers of $35k sport-utes........
#4724 of 9498 Thanks tarik and ssssteve
Feb 21, 2002 (10:08 pm)
Appreciate both your posts and experiences at the dealerships regarding the oil sludging. I had planned on 5,000-mile oil changes when I first bought my CPO '99 RX. I may take it in and have them confirm my RX's engine is fine and start doing changes at 4,000 miles.
Feb 23, 2002 (5:12 pm)
I finally checked my AC filter today. I have had my 01 RX for since Nov 00 and it has 24K miles on it. The AC filter was filthy. Does anyone know if the Toyota Highlander has the same AC filter. I would like to get a replacement and the Toyota dealer is much closer than the Lexus dealer. And probably cheaper also.
#4726 of 9498 home depot
Feb 23, 2002 (10:05 pm)
Go to home depot and but a good furnace filter and use its "inards".
#4727 of 9498 Finding Correct Home Depot Department for AC Filters
Feb 24, 2002 (11:19 am)
Make sure you ask any salesperson named "McGver" to find the right furnace filter to dissect into pieces for your $35-40k RX300's HVAC system.
They also carry paper towels (cures Lexus' endemic windshield defrost problems) and local maps (cures Lexus RX Navigation System problems).
Finally, you can probably find bags of sand to carry in your RX to cure the AWD shortcomings - just "Dump 'N' Drive."
You know...better yet...just check the Home Depot parking lot for old Town & Country AWD mini-vans that are up for sale and find out if the owner will take your RX in an even trade....
#4728 of 9498 Re: AC Filter
Feb 24, 2002 (12:07 pm)
www.irontoad.com has the AC filter for $21.15. You have to e-mail them. It's not listed on the website. When it comes time to change mine, I will probably just make one from a furnace filter as suggested above.
I don't think the Highlander has a A/C filter. Maybe someone on the HL forum would be kind enough to look in their owners manual and give you an accurate answer on that.
#4729 of 9498 My 02 Ltd HL has an A/C filter
Feb 24, 2002 (3:09 pm)
But don't know if it is the same as the RX.
Feb 24, 2002 (5:10 pm)
Definition of sludge=nonsense!