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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#6231 of 9498 RX300 is Fantastic SUV
Sep 07, 2002 (2:07 pm)
I've been monitoring this Town Hall forum over 2 years and have been frustrated by Mr West's continued bashing of the RX 300. I have 2001 AWD RX300 with NAV and by far this has been the best vehicle I have ever owned. Being from the North East the vehicle is absolutely super on icy and snowy roads. It is better than any other 4WD vehicle I have owned to include Tundra, 4 Runner, Trooper, Pathfinder, and Explorer. It is amazing on how well the system controls the torque to the wheels to eliminate skidding. Even by Mr West 's comments on only 25 % torque available (if he is right ) to the rear wheels, this is still a considerable amount of torque.
The Nav system has been amazing. I do not use maps any more and rely solely on the Nav System. I'm will never own another vehicle without a Nav System. They do have limitations but they really aid in finding your destinations.
I have 22,000 miles on the vehicle and it has never been back to the Lexus dealer for any warranty work.
The vehicle is extremely comfortable and is very quiet with no squeaks and rattles.
Gas mileage has been 22 to 24 on the highway and about 20 with a 50 - 50 mix of city and highway.
Willard - last year you were promoting the Santa Fe this year the TC. What will it be next year.? Oh by the way I have recently rented a Chrysler Van and there is no comparison to the RX 300.
Sep 07, 2002 (5:37 pm)
What took you so long to jump into the fray?
SUVs; Aftermarket & Accessories
#6233 of 9498 Santa fe, ME?
Sep 07, 2002 (9:01 pm)
I don't even know what one is.
I also have a 2001 AWD RX300 with about 20k miles, it hasn't needed to go back to the shop and even if I keep it for 100k I fully expect it never will.
Sep 08, 2002 (4:15 am)
stras, willard: the SF partisan was our old buddy "MustangGT", who had many quite funny exchanges with jeffmust2. At least, jeff's comments were funny. MGT's were, too, but more in the sense of watching (from a safe distance) someone throw tantrum/froth at mouth.
Certainly the Santa Fe is a nice effort from Hyundai; it's just not an RX, no matter how you squint.........
#6235 of 9498 "I agree"
Sep 08, 2002 (8:53 am)
Over on LS400 thread.
#6236 of 9498 RX a great SUV
Sep 08, 2002 (10:41 am)
To Jstras8351, I also have a 2001 with 16,000 miles and I agree it is great! So quiet, rides well, great radio & etc. Handles well in the winter, no problems what so ever not even a rattle! Just drove from the east coast to Calif.for a month to Yosemite Park,great in the mountains,the air cond was terrific since it was in July and 108, & 110 in Nev. and Ariz. Let's hear from others that are happy for a change!
#6237 of 9498 Great SUV!
Sep 08, 2002 (1:47 pm)
I have just taken the RX for a trip to Salem, Oregon from the SF Bay area. The SUV ran great. The outside temperature on I-5 was in the 100's and the AC keep the inside very comfortable. The only problem, I noticed was the SUV drifts a little to the left and the steering wheel was not centered when driving straight. I took it back to the dealer and got a wheel alignment under warranty. It was off a little. I was averaging about 23 miles per gallon. It is still new with under 3,000 miles. I am very happy with this SUV.
#6238 of 9498 Jrdowney: Used Rx300
Sep 08, 2002 (3:06 pm)
Concerning a used 2001 RX300, there is a rumour that there is an oil gel (sludge) problem with a small percentage of the V-6 Lexus/Toyota engines. If you get your mechanic to pull one of the valve covers, and it is clean then you should be okay. Some people recommend changing the oil and filter every four months or 4,000 miles. A 2001 is an expensive car, so I guess I consider that cheap insurance. If you check the VIN number against Carfax, and there are no issues, that would be a plus. The Wall Street Journal says it costs Lexus $250 per car to make them "Lexus Certified", so I will leave it up to you to decide if it is worth $3,000 to get a certified RX300. I think they are great cars, so good luck!
Sep 08, 2002 (3:42 pm)
Fog lamp bulbs came in Friday and I installed them today. Mistakenly left the shop manuals at the office so I had to adlib the procedure. Ended up removing the entire headlamp assemblies by going through the wheel well. Damn tedious/dirty job.
#6240 of 9498 Bi-xenons
Sep 08, 2002 (3:49 pm)
Half way there.
Today I verified that if I inject a positive voltage current into the rear vehicle height sensor output the headlamps do move upwards automatically.
I will be selecting a resistor size to get the correct level of upward movement, connected between HB voltage and sensor this week.
Sould have a complete bi-level HID circuit for you by next weekend.