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You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#6694 of 9497 Wandering RX
Dec 16, 2002 (8:57 pm)
This is my first post to this site. Turned in our 99 MB ML 430 and purchased a 2002 RX 300. Love the RX but have experienced a strange wandering sensation when driving both city and highway. I read some postings that relate to pulling or alignment problems, however what we are sensing is a vague, numb or dead sensation on the steering wheel as if the car is floating. I know this sounds nuts, but I can not describe it any other way. Is it a characteristic of this vehicle. Does it require constant correction to keep it tracking. I can tell you that the steering is more sensitive than our ML, and maybe we need to adjust but something feels wrong. I also own a 2002 GMC Yukon Denali, and although it is a totally different vehicle than the RX, it tracks very strait with very little correction to keep it in line. Dealer as expected claims vehicle drives to Lexus specifications. Any comments ????
Dec 16, 2002 (9:13 pm)
I'm not sure how constructive it is to speculate on relative degrees of worth ethic in various regions.
#6696 of 9497 Wandering RX
Dec 17, 2002 (8:52 am)
I feel that floating sensation when traveling on very smooth pavement. I attribute it to how smooth the RX rides. You can't feel the road as you can with a German vehicle.
#6697 of 9497 seatbelt nicks?
Dec 17, 2002 (9:59 am)
How about the area under the door handle scratched up by jewelry?
#6700 of 9497 Michelins @ TireRack and OnlineTires
Dec 17, 2002 (1:16 pm)
The local Costco quotes $130 for the 235s, while TireRack has them for $85. Even with shipping the cost for 5 tires shipped is $480, and Costco would mount them for $9 each ie, $45 for all 5 wheels. I am looking at a total of $525 installed.
OnlineTires has them for $70 each so should be about $450 for 5 tires. Has anyone tried them yet?
According to their (Costco) compatibility guide (some Bridgestone software) they said I could also upsize to 235 or 255/65 but the guy said the 255 would rub while turning because of the width. I am gonna try another Costco to see if they will install the 255s for me. Unfortunately the 245 is not an option
It seems Costco is going to have a similar promotion like earlier in Jan again but TireRack's price is too tempting. I will go to the local Discount Tire and see if they will trade in my old tires AND pricematch.
Dec 17, 2002 (3:16 pm)
cdnrx, what tires are on your RX?? OEM is from both Goodyear and Bridgestone. The Goodyear Integrity is a limp noodle of a tire that has two advantages: cheap and quiet. But it has very poor road feel and rolls over like an old dog thanks to flaccid sidewalls. There have been tracking/pulling issues in the past that ONLY corrected when the tires were replaced (and I am one of those owners). Almost ANYthing is better than those Goodyear rubber bands. The OEM Bridgestones are a great improvement, also.
As you may note from other posts, Michelin CrossTerrains are quite popular and deservedly so. I replaced wifey's Goodyears at 26k with the CTXs shortly after that worthy was introduced and her vehicle was transformed, even with stock size.
Have the alignment checked as well as tire pressure (regardless of what's on the car). If you do have the Goodyears, the only real "cure" is likely replacement. It is definitely worth it.
#6702 of 9497 Brake squeal
Dec 17, 2002 (4:23 pm)
Have 32K miles on '01 RX and have started to get brake squeal on left front wheel when easily applying the brakes. Took it to Lexus dealer yesterday and they had no problem hearing the squeal but could not figure out what was causing it. Disassembled the brake assembly and found nothing. I asked why they didn't try a new brake pad and the guy says brake pads are not a waranty item. I explained that they sure as hell are if they are defective and only have 32K miles on them. He agreed. The noise disappeared after they reassembled brake assembly but came back today althought not as bad. Only hear it when brakes applied very lightly. Anyone had this problem? Any idea what might be causing squeal? Thanks.
#6703 of 9497 re:seat belt nicks by kmh
Dec 17, 2002 (5:44 pm)
Regarding your post, you stated that your dealer replaced your whole seat belt mechanism. Is the new seat belt tension less than before? Are you still getting nicks? Did they replaced your nicked pillar? Thanks for the info. I don't think they will covered the area under the door handle scratched by jewelry as posted by ruski.