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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#6414 of 9498 Tires for RX 300
Oct 22, 2002 (5:41 pm)
Hello Friends, I'm in the process of buying a 1999 RX 300 for my wife that is coming off lease. The buyout price is $23,000 and the car is in great condition. I just had the owner take it to the Lexus dealer for the 45,000 mile service so it should be ready to go. I know that it will need new tires and I'm wondering if any of you could recommend a good set of tires for this car. Thanks a lot for your help.
#6415 of 9498 Sun1b: 2003 RX at $900 over invoice
Oct 22, 2002 (6:04 pm)
You mentioned waiting until the end of the model yesr to get a good deal on a leftover 2003 RX300. Dealers have told me we have until the end of January to order a 2003 as the 204 RX330 comes out in the spring. Carsdirect.com has new 2003 RX300's at $32,823 in the Los Angeles area. Invoice is $31,923 including freight. I do not know where you are located, but freight from LA to Cincinnati is about $700. Even with the freight, it is much cheaper than my local dealer.
#6416 of 9498 re: tires for RX300
Oct 22, 2002 (6:21 pm)
The two brand of tires that come to mind when asked is: Bridgestone and Michelin.
The Bridgestones are usually the H/Ls which came stock on some RXs. Mine had them and so far have been very pleased with the quality, ride and performance.
The Michelins are CrossTerrains. Never owned a set but many will attest their high quality, ride and performance, too.
The CTs are a bit higher than H/Ls, I believe but look around for your best deals.
FWIW, my other RX has had the other stock tires: Goodyear Integritys. Though they might lack the "looks" of an SUV tire, I've had them on mine all along and though I've desired to change them out, they've performed fine from a ride and noise aspect. Handling, I believe, is better on my Bridgestones in dry and wet weather.
Good luck and enjoy!
Oct 22, 2002 (8:19 pm)
Validation gladly given.
My 92 LS (full spec) now has over 85k, still has original brake fluid, diff'l lub, transmission fluid & filter, etc, etc. New tires twice, new battery 4, new drivers side front oxygen sensor DIY.
Oil(modil 1) & filter (oil and air) changes on a regular basis.
My brother's 91 LS also full spec, went into the shop at 90k for timing belt, etc, ($1200). Came out needing rear engine seal ($1100) immediately, next day, now has over 120k. had the same care and feeding as the 92 up until about 100k when I gave it to my brother.
Lexus should sell direct.
Oct 23, 2002 (4:22 am)
Are you sure your RX came with H/Ls? Both mine came with H/Ts. Many owners are upgrading to the H/Ls when its time to replace.
#6419 of 9498 re: H/Ls
Oct 23, 2002 (6:03 am)
I'm fairly certain they did unless the previous owner or the dealership changed all the tires plus the spare.
Plus, on two of the loaner RXs I've driven they have had H/Ls also.
Either way, seems like the Bridgestones are a good tire alternative for the RX, IMHO.
Oct 23, 2002 (9:10 am)
Might be a regional thing. All the RXs I see in the NE come with Brigestone H/Ts. I wish I had H/Ls,it's a step up from H/Ts.
#6421 of 9498 only for the diy on the rx300
Oct 24, 2002 (9:30 am)
My 2000 rx300 has just turned 70k miles. I do all the maintainence myself. The motivation came after visiting the dealer and seeing the prices on their menu board for various services. "Outrageous"!
Changing the transmission fluid is really easy. Get a gallon of the type 4 transmission fluid from the Lexus or Toyota dealer. Under the pan are two bolts, remove both and drain. Refill through the dip stick.
I tried to replace the rear differential fluid, but ran into the following problem. I cannot find the correct tool for opening the upper plug on the rear differential. It requires a 10mm allen type wrench, but I cannot access it due to the axle structure blocking it. Anybody know what the tool looks like?
I bought a set of front and rear brake pads from Irontoad. The original pads are still good, but I am ready to go with the new ones as soon as they require it.
I replaced the Integrity tires with Michelins LTX when the car had 20k on it. I am getting ready to replace these with Michelin Cross Terrain probably next month. The LTX have 55k on them and they are showing some signs of wear. I don't want to wait too much longer.
I use Mobil One when replacing the oil along with Toyota filters every 7k miles.
If you are a DIY and have some advice for me, please contact. Thanks
Oct 24, 2002 (10:33 am)
Why are you needlessly replacing fluids? If it's only because that's what the dealer does/recommends then you're still being "had" by the dealer.
Since I bought my first car in 1962, 1956 Ford sedan, I have NEVER changed out ANY fluid on a scheduled basis except engine oil. Two of my Fords, a 78 and a 75 went for over 270k miles before I paid to have them hauled away to the junk yard. I personally overhauled the engine and auto transmission in the 68 and swapped in a 30k engine and transmission from a junkyark into the 70k, somewhere in the middle in both cases.
70k seems a bit high for the front brake life on an RX.
#6423 of 9498 DIY,ke2fe
Oct 24, 2002 (11:54 am)
70K miles on a 2000RX, suggest you do a lot of highway (high speed driving) which is reason enough to change fluids. The harder you drive the vehicle, the sooner the fluids will breakdown. I have 98K on a GS300, change fluids as required and have only changed rear pads, front are still good. They were very easy to change.
Have you had any problems with the vehicle?