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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#8848 of 9498 Sold our 2001 RX 300
Feb 09, 2006 (10:34 am)
We just sold our 2001 RX300 2WD with 81K miles for $17,500. Bought it almost two years ago with 58K miles for $20,800.
Decent power on highway
Top notch leather seat quality and comfort
Unmatched excellrnt brake feel
No room for items.
Annoying/poorly designed center console
The worst turning circle of anything I have ever owned. My 2003 Ford Explorer feels likes it can turn on a dime compared to RX300
catch in ignition column where the key does not turn
burned out 'D" bulb in instrument panel
Annoying constant FAINT light flickering
Tough to reach oil filter
Will I recommend 2001-2003 RX300? Yes. Just make sure it is well maintained. I feel Dealer's CPO's are worth what they charge for them.
I will buy another Lexus at some point. They pay great attention to details, do not cut corners, and their decent reliability make them a good buy.
#8849 of 9498 Re: Sold our 2001 RX 300 [jodar96]
Feb 10, 2006 (8:33 pm)
Sounds like you had a pretty good experience to drive a luxury SUV for 25,000 miles for about $3000.
I agree with the console, the D light, and the turning radius...those components all SUCK.
I've driven my 01 for 93K miles and still enjoy the ride. It's the first car in 15 years that I honesty don't want to get rid of. The paint still looks great, the ride is still nice, the leather (thanks to zainobrothers) still looks new, and it still looks like a relatively new car. Although I initially wanted the 330, I'm satisfied with my paid-off 300.
As mentioned a few posts back, I got new brake pads for the first time at 92 or 93K -- which is stellar in my book. I'll keep it several more years.
#8850 of 9498 VSC/Check engine light
Feb 12, 2006 (12:10 pm)
I have a 2001 RX300 with 28,000 miles (as you can guess, it's not driven much)with no problems until now. While driving it, the VSC light and check engine lights both came on at the same time and have remained on. Everything still seems totally normal. Has anyone had this problem or does anyone have any ideas before I take it in?
#8851 of 9498 Re: VSC/Check engine light [dr_ski]
Feb 12, 2006 (4:38 pm)
Try disconnecting the battery for a few minutes. Hopefully this will reset the lights. If it doesn't, I guess you'll need to take it in.
#8852 of 9498 Re: VSC/Check engine light [dr_ski]
Feb 12, 2006 (4:42 pm)
Lose gas cap is the most common cause. Second most common cause is evap hose behind air filter box pulled off when someone lifted the top of the air filter box to check the filter. Did you get recent service where they may have done this? If it is either one of these just correct it and the light will reset itself eventually or if you want immediate reset pull fuse marked EFI or battery cable. If it is neither of these it is most likely one of the sensors and should have the code read by someone with a scan tool to determine which one.
#8853 of 9498 Re: VSC/Check engine light
Feb 13, 2006 (8:49 am)
There has been no service done for months and no gas fill for weeks (remember - don't drive much). I've seen posts and suggestions for Check Engine light but my big concern is also with the VSC light being on.
#8854 of 9498 Re: VSC/Check engine light [dr_ski]
Feb 13, 2006 (8:59 am)
I don't know why, but that's normal for the VSC light to come on with the check engine light. Maybe to get your attention better.
#8856 of 9498 Where is the interior fuse box?
Feb 15, 2006 (10:46 pm)
I saw in the owner's manual that there are 3 fuse boxes. I found the 2 fuse boxes under the hood, but can't find the 3rd one. It appears in the picture to be on the driver's side near the side mirror. I checked all of the interior on the driver's side as well as under the hood but can't find it. Where is it and how do I access it?? Thanks.
Feb 16, 2006 (9:18 am)
I just went through the same frustration. It is located behind the little compartment on the left. (I use it for businesscards.) You pop out the door and you will see the fuse box.
Speaking of that. I had to find it because I blew a fuse that controls lights behind the stereo and down by the gear shifter. I replaced that fuse about a week ago and it just blew again. Anyone have any ideas?