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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#9344 of 9498 Re: Thoughts on buying a 2002 RX 300 [irishcasey]
Jul 25, 2009 (6:19 am)
By the 2000 RX300 model year Lexus had already "applied" the first of what was to become many "fixes" for the design flaw they (inadvertently..?) incorporated in their transaxles beginning in '98.
It is today my firm believe that this particular "fix" involved reprogramming the transaxle control firmware to hold the ATF line pressure at a higher pressure level than previously, and/or even installing a higher volume ATF oil pump.
In any case the result appears to be localized(***) overheating of the ATF since the addition of the external auxillary ATF heat exchanger does not seem to have helped.
If the vehicle you are considering does not have the external ATF cooler (UNLIKELY) then I would PASS.
Even if it does I would want to know the maintainance history in great detail and upon purchase I would monitor the ATF condition like a HAWK. Every oil/filter change.
*** For instance, the gear type ATF oil pump itself overheating due to having to sustain a higher ATF oil pressure than the original design called for, or a higher volume oil pump than the original design allowed for. The external cooler results in the AVERAGE ATF temperature remaining in bounds but not that flowing through or just leaving the ATF oil pump.
#9345 of 9498 Re: New buyer, first car! [melanjian]
Jul 25, 2009 (6:27 am)
My '01 F/awd RX300 is now at ~75,000 miles and I have no plans for doing ANYTHING with/about the transaxle unless the ATF again begins to look and smell burned.
If I wasn't a DIYer and the ATF again looked burned the flush machine would likely be my choice. There is no filter, just a screen, and mine showed NO evidence of clogging at 40,000 miles. There was debris, ~1/8", in the bottom of the pan which I cleaned out. The three magnets had some minor level of "fines" but nothing in my opinion to give worry.
ATF is specifically formulated to allow such debris to settle onto the sump bottom where it does not create a concern.
#9346 of 9498 RX 300 GPS
Aug 05, 2009 (9:12 am)
Does anyone know how to update the GPS in the RX300? Mine is pretty useless as it doesn't seem to find many places and is very difficult to use. I live in an area with alot of new streets, stores, neighborhoods.
#9347 of 9498 Re: RX 300 GPS [txgal1]
Aug 05, 2009 (3:20 pm)
Either the dealer will do it for $500-700 or you can find someone on here for a fraction of the price. I would like to do the same but cannot afford it right now. My GPS seems to be 99% accurate anyway
#9348 of 9498 Re: RX 300 GPS [txgal1]
Aug 06, 2009 (5:15 pm)
Even with all the current updates, $250-300 each, DIY install, the nav in my '01 RX300 does not even come close to measuring up to my 2 year old Garmin NUVI. First NUVI update is free but I haven't yet seen the need.
#9349 of 9498 Re: RX 300 GPS [wwest]
Aug 06, 2009 (6:03 pm)
Thanks for the info. I won't bother to update it. You can buy a hand held for much less than that. If I didn't live in the Dallas area where everything is new, I probably wouldn't have a problem with it but it can't find anything here! Thanks!
#9350 of 9498 Lexus rx 300 2000
Aug 16, 2009 (12:25 pm)
I have a chance to buy a Lexus rx300 with 206000 miles on it. I haven't seen records yet but it was a used car but not Lexus, dealer's wife's car, and he maintained it for her. Drives well and a mechanic will look at it Monday. They want $7000 taxes and tags. I think that is too much. First would anyone buy a car with over 200000 miles on it and second what would you pay if you did. I did appraise it on Kelly and Edmunds, it came out in the high $4000 or low 5000. Does any one have a Lexus with over 200000 miles on it?
#9351 of 9498 Re: Lexus rx 300 2000 [pam1999]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 16, 2009 (2:26 pm)
It's a bit hard to believe that a car dealer would "force" his wife to drive a car over 200,000 miles when there are so many new (and good) used cars passing through the dealer's lot everyday. Did you see a Carfax on it? (most dealers subscribe to Carfax and they should be willing to show you a report). Not saying it's not possible, but it's probably not typical.
That's a lot of miles for any car.
#9352 of 9498 Re: Lexus rx 300 2000 [pam1999]
Aug 18, 2009 (9:13 pm)
I have a 2001 with only 125K and it runs good, although I just spent $1400 on timing belt, tune up, other maintenance. I also have alot of things on the vehicle that already do not work such as various dash and interior lights, garage door opener buttons, one door lock, GPS sucks. The problem is that any small thing you want to repair costs hundreds of dollars so I don't bother! I would be leary unless I had clear records of maintenance and Carfax info. Also they have the worst turn radius! Good luck.
Aug 30, 2009 (6:42 am)
dear w west.. my excellent 2001 awd fan and blower doing fine but no heat even at max heat setting... any thoughts???