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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#6926 of 9498 60k service report
Feb 06, 2003 (9:03 am)
Just got my 2000 AWD serviced at Lexus of Rockville (MD), 60k miles, total bill $481.67. I've generally had good service for a good price there, kinda ambivalent about this trip.
Initially I was quoted $800+ for the 60k service, so I dug into it. The two items they wanted to do that were not in the manual were "Replace Transmission and Differential oil" and "Replace Sparkplugs". I was told the oil changes would only cost me $50 so I went for that, but showed him the manual that says the plugs aren't changed till 120k. A "master tech" confirmed that IF I had iridium plugs than yes, they stay till 120k, but not all RX's have iridium. They checked my car and it was iridium and not changed.
The bill looks like this...
$300 flat labor fee for "60k service"
$22 AC filter, $39 air filter
$37 ATF TYPE T-4 (oil?)
$7 Brake fluid
$20 Antifreeze (and some small stuff)
$36 Shop supplies (sounds bogus)
I had a small list of issues and wanted all TSB's checked. Nothing was fixed or changed. I basically got the feeling that if it wasnt broken they didnt care much, which is different than last time I went there (30k) where I sat with tech and changed all computer settings and talked of other things. I'm wondering if they care less because now the car is out of the 50k warranty (although I have ext warranty to 100k).
I dont mind paying the money if I get great service. They did hook me up with a loaner and it was generally painless (and yes, car was washed) and car runs great (knock on wood), so really cant complain. Although I think $350 would be a reasonable price (even in this area) so I may try another Lexus dealer for the 90k.
#6927 of 9498 Tire report...
Feb 06, 2003 (9:19 am)
While I'm here...
I changed my original Bridgestone Dueler's at 58k (2000 AWD). I was generally happy with the tire but the postings here and a sale led me to the Michelin Crossterrains ($648 all said and done w/ alignment and lifetime bal/rotate). I wanted to see if the extra $$$ was worth it. I'm guessing I could have saved $200 if I went back to the Dueler's.
I've also driven some other RX's on the Goodyears (Integrity), but not in-depth experience.
Overall the Michelins are very nice and noticeably better, esp turning. However some of it is just having "new" tires I'm sure. They are kinda rugged looking but doesnt do much for me. They seem quite stable at all speeds. I noticed the shop guys had a time balancing one of the wheels and I now have visible weights where the original Dueler's had none (that I could tell anyway). However they are smooth as glass so whatever they did worked.
Here's how I would rank the three tires (IMHO) and take it with a grain of salt, I'm no pro...
Looks: Dueler, Integrity, Crossterrain
Ride: Crossterrain, Dueler, Integrity
Turns: Crossterrain, Dueler, Integrity
Value: Dueler, Crossterrain, Integrity
Noise: Crossterrain, Integrity, Dueler (hard to tell however)
I guess I wont really know if the Michelins are "worth it" until I see how long they last. I'm doing my best to keep 34psi (cold). I think my Duelers wore on the edges cause of under inflation. My alignment was generally still dead-on, he adjusted right-front a tad.
Thanks for all the good info here, I've been meaning to pay it back and will add more as I can.
#6928 of 9498 Is it a good timing to buy a 2003 RX300 now?
Feb 06, 2003 (9:48 am)
While I can get below invice price $1000 for 2WD without NAV model in north california, I still wondering if there are any furthur price drop after RX330 appear in dealer's show room next month.
BTW, I've notice the price on Carsdirect.com four days ago is invoice price and three days ago is over invoice $500 and then two days ago is below $500 of invoice. But today it become invoice price again. There are $1000 incentive to dealer from these two days according dealer told me.
Feb 06, 2003 (9:59 am)
I've made an appt. at our Lexus dealer for the evil wifes '02 RX for the 15k check up. They wanted $500. I said how much for just the 7500 mile interval service as recommended in the manual (oil change, tire rotation, inspections & adjustments, if necessary)? Answer: ~$108.00, including wash. Cool. See you next week. No loaner, however as it should take less than 2 hours, I'm told.
An educated consumer...
#6930 of 9498 Re: 15,000 Check up
Feb 06, 2003 (10:20 am)
Lexus has a great strategy going here. It actually makes you feel good about paying $108 for about $35. worth of service.
Feb 06, 2003 (1:49 pm)
Actually, this will be the first service I've paid for at the dealer. You're right, Mikey. For an oil change/tire rotation I've been paying about $35. But at 15k, I'll let them do it and all the inspections and if needed adjustments. That should be good for about another $25 so the wash will only cost me about $50! I'll get it back in coffee and donuts...
And, it ain't just Lexus. My Chrysler dealer wanted over $500 for the 30k checkup on my '99 300M. I said if we just go by the manual? Oh, that would be $140! Okey-dokey. Still a racket, but a lot less so.
Feb 06, 2003 (5:16 pm)
Sounds like it's time for another plug for The Edmunds Maintenance Guide. It'll tell you what we think should be done and how much a service should cost for your zipcode.
#6934 of 9498 Re: check ups
Feb 07, 2003 (11:02 am)
I don't understand where Edmunds comes up with the mainenance guide prices. They have $13.95 for inspecting the cabin air filter which is actually easier than checking the air pressure in your tires. Yet, $4.65 for the oil filter labor which is much harder on the RX.
#6935 of 9498 Edmunds Maint Guide...
Feb 07, 2003 (1:32 pm)
I agree, I doubt a LEXUS dealer exists that will get even close to the prices in the "The Edmunds Maint Guide" and I KNOW it's impossible in my area.
So to get those prices you'll have to go elsewhere which is a whole other subject "Lexus service vs. Others".