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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#7142 of 9498 Lexus Discrepancy in "Edmunds Maintenance Guide"
Mar 09, 2003 (7:16 pm)
Tidester, please pass along to appropriate Edmunds personnel: If I select my RX from the pull-down menus to determine the next maintenance service, 1999 Lexus RX 300 4 Dr STD Wagon , there is one omission and one addition which should be noted:
1. add *oil drain plug gasket $.99* to parts list,
replacement recommended at each oil change
2. delete *retorque drive shaft bolts $5.70*, this applies only to the AWD model
Otherwise, this is very helpful feature, you can click on this link and try it:
Edmunds Maintenance Guide
Mar 09, 2003 (10:23 pm)
Thanks for the info - let me put in a plug for our feedback feature by asking you to try out the Feedback Form!
#7144 of 9498 opinion on shocks and struts
Mar 10, 2003 (1:04 pm)
My RX, going on 70K miles, feels like it starting to lose some of its luxury ride and comfort. I'm thinking of replacing the shocks and struts but want to know the experiences of other owners before I plunk down the cash.
Does anyone have opinions on which brand I should get? Please know that I don't really care to have a stiffer suspension put in - just merely get back the "new" car ride I had in the past.
#7145 of 9498 Discrepany Reported
Mar 10, 2003 (1:43 pm)
Thanks, I used the Feedback Form to report my comments from #7142 above. I'll check back at a later date to see if they were adopted.
Mar 10, 2003 (2:50 pm)
Just drove from Portland to Seattle in our 01 AWD RX300, odo 25k, 17x8 wheels, larger tires, A/C compressor unplugged, roof rack cross rails stored, 87 octane.
Initial MPG at 100 miles average speed of 69 was 23.2 MPG. Final numbers, 168 miles, average speed of 63, was 23.5 MPG.
Not bad, IMMHO.
#7147 of 9498 RX300 Tracking problems - Factory Recall?
Mar 10, 2003 (9:41 pm)
I have a brand new RX300 with just 1200 miles and it's been back to the dealer 3 times for alignment, tracking, & driveability issues.
Basically, the car doesn't drive straight. It feels like the back and front wheels are not in sync and/or the wheels are so independent that any change in the road surface sends the car in another direction regardless of where you have the steering wheel pointed. It's really odd and nothing I have ever experienced and I've been driving cars for 35 years and a harley for 11 years.
Instead of cruising and guiding the steering wheel, I find my hands gravitate to 10 and 2 on the steering wheel with my arms flexed in order to hold the car in line. I am constantly making minor, but constant, adjustments because the car keeps making changes in direction on it's own.
Long drives are out of the question. Too exhausting. Not to mention potentially dangerous at highway speeds on particularly on turns. It takes constant attention to keep the car in the center of the lane. As soon as you drift into auto-pilot I find the car off to one side or the next. It's just impossible to relax and cruise.
Unlike every other car I've owned or rented, you cannot simply kick back and hold the wheel in one hand lightly and cruise. It's a constant drive and correction while you feel the car intermitantly shift underneath you. Very odd and disconcerting.
The 1st service they re-aligned the wheels and adjusted tire pressure.
The 2nd service they found a camber bolt needed replacing, which really improved the drive but only for a couple weeks, when the drive started to deteriorate, so I brought it back today.
But wait there's more... I got loaners each time and got a different RX300 both times. Each of them drove the same way! That's 3 RX's all with the same drive problem! Something is very wrong...
But... they temporarily fixed mine, which means it is apparently addressable. It feels like between the camber, alignment, independent suspension and steering something is unstable. OH... and having a full or half full tank can make a difference in how pronounced this problem is. Odd.
But get this... one of the of the asst service mgrs has an RX and confided that he knew what I was talking about and changed the wheels and tires to improve the tracking problem.
The mechanic that found the defective camber bolt told me that if I changed my tires to get a size wider. I could tell from our frank discussion that he knew what I was going through...
Now... I ask you.. how many dealerships do you know where the service dept tells you to change tires and/or wheels on a brand new $40,000 car to make it drive right?
Because of the fact that I've experienced the same problem in 3 RX300s, plus I've had 2 friends and a mechanic drive them and experience this, I'm convinced that a coincidence is too unlikely and that Lexus has a driveability issue, if not a manufacture's defect, that may require a recall.
I know how many folks LOVE their RX's and I don't mean to take anything away from them. I REALLY want to love mine too, I paid a lot of money for mine and need a car that can drive straight, but the drive on mine is a drag.
Today's loaner was an ES300 and as soon as I got it out on the street I could instantly feel that the car was in sync and rolling down the road straight. I never get that feeling with my RX or the 2 other RX loaners I drove. There is something very wrong. And I bet we'll see a recall sometime in the future...
PS.. BTW, the tires on mine (and the loaners) are the OEM Goodyears.
#7148 of 9498 RX300 Tracking Problems
Mar 11, 2003 (3:45 am)
Car & Driver magazine mentioned the problem in their RX300 long term test. You can read it at www.caranddriver.com. On this site, some owners claim that if you ask your Lexus dealer in a nice way, they will replace the Goodyears with Michelin Cross Terrains at their expense. Good luck!
#7149 of 9498 RX 300 purchase and Oil change info
Mar 11, 2003 (8:05 am)
I researched this board for info and input on pricing and deals. I just purchased a rx 300. list 38259, invoice 33,589 paid 34,000.
dealer financing 0 down, 3.9 for 60 months.
( Dealer said that using Lexus financing has a $500 charge back to them, so this was actually below invoice)
While shopping I mentioned the issue of $100 dollar oil changes here, he said he just got a factory memo that oil changes will be $29 going forward. Maybe someone from corporate does review this board!
#7150 of 9498 RX 200 Off-Road
Mar 11, 2003 (11:31 am)
What's been the actual experiece of RX 300 owners in taking their vehicles off paved roads?
I'm not talking about rock hopping or other heavy duty off-roading.
But how, in the real world, have your RX's worked out, say, driving on Florida and North Carolina beaches that are 4-wheel drive only and on national and state park dirt roads (esp. when they haven't recently been graded), and in the snow.
Is it a vehicle that you need to drive gently (like a Camry that just happens to have 4-wheel drive) so you don't shake it apart or can you push it a bit (like a 4-Runner, just not quite as hard)?
The recent posting citing the Car and Driver long-term road test has given me some pause, since it seems to suggest that taking an RX off-road even in the situations I've described overtaxes the suspension and leads to alignment issues.
Any thoughts on whether the RX is as good, not as good, or better than the many vehicles built by other manufacturers since the RX was introduced (e.g., the BMW X5, M-B 320/350, Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, etc.)?
Looking forward to your responses.
#7151 of 9498 RX300 Tracking problems - Didn't you know? :-)
Mar 11, 2003 (11:42 am)
Oh finally! Lexus has put in the feature so that drivers will not doze off on long drives. If car stays in straight line on long stretches of road, what guarantee that you will stay awake. I wish other manufacturers will follow suite
I got cheated! I did not get this feature in my 2002 RX!