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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#7888 of 9498 My take on 2001 RX 300
Dec 30, 2003 (11:59 am)
We have had my wife's RX300 for about a month now. Here is my take so far:
Good quality leather. Was worried that it could be as thin/soft as my Camry's. It appears RX's is much harder to wear.
Comfortable front/back seats. Good rear leg room for a short wheelbase/length vehicle
Descent 23mpg (FWD)
Not so good points:
Poor center console. The sliding piece for cup holders/storage area is a bad idea. If you have to slide the console open then you can't put anything in the area so called " The Purse holder ". Lexus would have been better off to CONNECT the entire area between the front seats to the center lower part of the dash, and have a large covered box between the arm rests, and have fixed cupholders. they would have created storage room that this vehicle lacks so much. Lexus likes this design since they used it in RX330. Honda Pilot's center console lay out is the best design IMO.
Shifter: It could get a little shorter. I have bumped it several times while reaching for fan/heater selector.
Missing Power switch for transmission. My Camry has it so did our old 89 Mazda MPV. It feels like the RX transmission shift up too soon. With power switch, the shift point moves to higher speed, making the vehicle more lively. Yes it may rub the mpg a little.
Bumpy suspension: The RX bounces too much when it goes over rough/irregular surfaces. Is the 225/70-16 the best tire choice? I think the RX can stand to be lower to the ground than it is.
Interior Width: The RX300 feels very narrow. Door map pockets are almost touching the seats, the seats are touching the center console,....
#7889 of 9498 Narrow....
Dec 30, 2003 (12:59 pm)
Because the seats are actually wide enough for our backsides. Check it out, compare seats widths to over SUVs.
#7890 of 9498 New RX Purchase!
Dec 30, 2003 (4:28 pm)
We just purchased a white 2001 RX300 with AWD, cd changer, heated seats, everything but navigation, at a Lexus dealer in Michigan. A CPO car with 18,000 miles for $29,000. A little more than we wanted to pay, but still lower than the edmunds tmv, and KBB retail price. Certified gives us piece of mind and with the low miles, we plan on keeping it for a long time. Thanks again to jeffmust2 and others who share so much helpful info on this board!!
#7891 of 9498 RX 300 seats
Dec 30, 2003 (8:47 pm)
WWest... You are correct. The seats with their durable leather seating surfaces are top notch. No complaints there.
I tried 2003 Explorer. Roomy and descent, but the front seats were terrible. With all power adjustements, could not figure out a comfortable position.
Dec 30, 2003 (10:06 pm)
Thanks for the compliment and have a great time with your '01 RX - looks like a good deal on a great, in-demand vehicle. Wow, only 18k miles - hardly broken in yet! Musta been one of those really OLD RX owners like WW...
Dec 30, 2003 (10:21 pm)
I think the word you are looking for is seasoned.
Dec 31, 2003 (12:24 am)
Like Mad Cow beef?
#7895 of 9498 Missing Power switch for transmission
Dec 31, 2003 (8:00 am)
My 00 RX300 has power/snow switch. I tried "power" on and off and didn't feel much of a difference. If I need quick acceleration I just step on gas harder...
Dec 31, 2003 (8:26 pm)
Miss the board for a few days and look what happens!!! Discourse!!
Pete, could have given you a great deal on a loaded 99 AWD (everything but the useless roof rack and even more worthless tow hitch) up till a week ago...........with only 62k!
cosmookie, great deal!
Willard, excellent point, as usual!
jodar, how many miles?? Shocks that have gone south (no fluid leaks necessary) get pretty bouncy. And what tires?? Please don't say you're on those worthless No-tegritys that were OEM for quite a while. Seriously, sounds like degraded shocks.
jiamin, I know what you're saying, but I prefer the shift points and throttle openings of "power" vs. "normal" anyway. Wish the 330 had it, too (but it doesn't).
My, my.......look at the time.......me and the Amish, we know how to rip it on New Year's........I'd better get to bed; it's after midnight........in Bermuda, anyway.
#7897 of 9498 Navigation update for 2001 RX 300
Jan 04, 2004 (8:12 am)
I just ordered the updated DVD-but need help on installation-where is the DVD unit/how do you get to it? Help appreciated-