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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#8309 of 9497 Used Lexus - bought vs leased?
Aug 29, 2004 (4:15 am)
I am in the market for an used Lexus RX 300 (Seattle area), preferrably a 2001/2002. There seems to be a lot of useful information here, so I was hoping to get your thoughts on a question I had. Does it matter if I buy from someone who bought the vehicle as opposed to someone who leased it? I have a friend who is leasing an Acura MDX, and by his own admission, he doesnt spend a lot of money on maintenance. Even for major services, like 30K, he says he gets most of it done individually and I am not sure if he did everything needed for the 30K service. By his own admission "since it is leased, we don't really do a lot on it". Would it be safe to assume that if I get a clean CarFax report and have a mechanic inspect the car, I am ok buying even a leased vehicle?
Thanks in advance.
#8310 of 9497 The nice thing....
Aug 29, 2004 (9:33 am)
about a Lexus is that its probably more reliable if not subjected to "gofers" in a Lexus service shop. I only change the oil and filters in mine and I own them outright.
I would never buy one that has been used for towing but otherwise there is probably nothing a first owner can do, will do, to reduce the extreme reliability of these vehicles, Lexus.
#8311 of 9497 Re: The nice thing.... [wwest]
Aug 30, 2004 (5:53 am)
Thanks for taking the time to respond!
#8312 of 9497 Re: Used Lexus - bought vs leased? [kurtnew]
Aug 31, 2004 (8:01 pm)
I would say it would depend who is leasing it, we purchased a 2000 RX300 last August that was use for a corporate car. We received all the records on it from the seller that was done at a Lexus dealer. There out there good luck you will enjoy it when you do find one.... Matt
#8314 of 9497 DRL / High beam problem solved
Sep 02, 2004 (11:11 am)
My high-beams wouldnt work (2000 RX300 AWD). All fuses good. Found out they are connected to the DRL system. Checked DRL relays, one bad.
The kicker... The DRL relays are in "fuse box 1". This is a small box that sits up on the radiator, coudlnt find it. Apparently it was knocked off during my last service and has been hanging down near the radiator hose. Probably the heat down there fried the relay.
Anyone know where I can pick up one of these relays? (Says "Toyota 12V" and some part numbers)
Sep 02, 2004 (7:21 pm)
If you don't want to go to a Toyota/Lexus dealer, this Internet merchant discounts most parts 20%:
Sep 12, 2004 (5:29 pm)
You know the noise everybody hears from under the hood when you insert the key. Does anybody remember what componet it comes from. My 01 use to make noise and now it does not. It is also very hard to start now since noise went away. Will not start without some gas pedal assist. I am contacting dealer tomorrow, but would like some intel prior to talking with service.
#8317 of 9497 thermostat replacement
Sep 15, 2004 (12:50 pm)
Has anyone had to replace their thermostat in the cooling system of the RX300? I wonder how long they last?
#8318 of 9497 Help Reply
Sep 15, 2004 (4:00 pm)
Just to let people know, the dealer changed the idle air control valve and car is starting fine again. Had a great 04 RX 330 as a loaner.