Last post on Dec 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM
You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#8813 of 9497 Re: RX300 [mountfr1]
Jan 14, 2006 (9:35 am)
Well, I bought a 2000 RX300 with 39000 miles on it for $26000 - 3 years ago this week! I think your seller is asking for too much money. I did a quick check using Edmund's appraisal, and assuming AWD and nearly every option, 55000 miles and condition clean, prices are:
2000 Lexus RX 300 4 Dr STD 4WD Wagon
Trade-In/Private Party/Dealer Retail
Mine has been very reliable - replaced a light bulb - can't recall anything else unexpected. I also had some exhaust system repairs, but I cracked the system driving through a huge puddle (my bad).
I get all my service done at the local Toyota dealer - generally cheaper (and 45 minutes closer - in fact I bought it there), but since the Highlander is essentially the same vehicle, they know it.
I did upsize my wheels to 17s, and like the slightly firmer ride. Gas mileage is not so good - between 19 and 20 (with AWD, and on regular fuel), but up to you if that is OK, and not outside what it should get.
If you really want it, get the price down. In my case I was still within warranty for 11000 miles, but I think yours would be too old. That should affect the price, too.
Hope this is useful. Tim
#8814 of 9497 D light went out.....
Jan 14, 2006 (2:45 pm)
I know this has been a small problem with the Lexus. I am just wondering if the warranty covers it. I bought the platinum extended warranty and the ducditible is 50 dollars.
Jan 14, 2006 (8:17 pm)
Dealer might replace it as a courtesy even if out of warranty, mine did! Otherwise, it can be a DIY job, search here for the instructions.
#8816 of 9497 Re: D light [pschiffe]
Jan 15, 2006 (9:50 am)
they charged me a hundred bucks which i am not too mad about but if i can get a few of those bucks back i will try. anyone know if light bulbs are covered under the bumper to bumper extended warranty?
Jan 16, 2006 (5:07 pm)
Approaching the 30k point with my 2003 RX AWD. Some have suggested switching to synthetic oil. I know this has been kicked around before but not for some time. What do people think in general and if yes, what synth. oil would you recommend?
#8819 of 9497 Flooding in spare tire well & floor
Jan 17, 2006 (2:23 pm)
Recently, my RX300 experienced flooding in the spare tire wheel well and on the interior floor (floor mats were very wet). This has happened three times (after rain storms), and after the last time, my radio would light up but no sound would come out. Best guess is the flooding likely caused damage to the stereo amplifier. We took the car to the dealership who said they would have to charge and arm and a leg and rip out all the seats to diagnose the cause. So, we did a little investigating on our own spraying the car with water from a hose but could not find any leaks. We've left the car outside (but not driven it) a few times in the rain, and no flooding has occurred. Upon further inspection of the car, we suspect that the flooding may have been caused by some missing screws in both the right and left rear wheel wells. Our next action step is to take it back to the dealership to put these screws in, drive it in the rain, and see what happens, but I just wanted to check with folks to see if they've had similar experiences or might know of some other causes. Thanks in advance for your help!
#8820 of 9497 Re: Flooding in spare tire well & floor [johnette]
Jan 18, 2006 (11:15 am)
Check that the sunroof drains are clear (common RX problem). These are clear tubes running from the sunroof through the cargo area.
Jan 21, 2006 (4:04 pm)
After 5 years and 93K miles, I finally got new brakes. The rears were down to 2/32, and the fronts were 4/32. The dealer suggested replacing the rears; I decided to do them both at the same time.
So...new pads front and rear, rotors turned, transmission drain and fill, and an oil change for $430 out the door.
Oh..and as always, the "dealer" was the local Toyota dealer.
#8822 of 9497 Re: sythetic oil? [jrdowney]
Jan 21, 2006 (7:38 pm)
I have a 2001 RX AWD. Changed to Mobil 1 synthetic at
9859 miles. It has worked very well for the last 58000 miles. I use 10W30 in the summer and 5W30 the rest of the year. Engine runs smoother once I started using the synthetic oil. I live in Virginia with mild winters, but it still starts quicker with the synthetic.
I only drive about 11,000 miles a year and change the oil
every 2500 miles. I am sure this is extremely conservative, but cheap insurance. I purchase the oil at
BJ's Wholesale Club and it is not significantly more costly than standard petroleum oil.
I work for an equipment manufacturer and we sell a great deal of PAO synthetic oil as an after sale item. The
benefits of a full synthetic are real in my opinion in
industrial equipment in severe applications in addition to