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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#9463 of 9498 Re: Buying 2002 Lexus RX300 problems to watch out [tusker55]
Nov 05, 2011 (8:34 am)
RX300 2001 or later expect a transaxle failure sub-100,000 miles even if the ATF is drained/flushed every 15,000 miles.
RX330 model or better, DBW to "protect the drive train", alleviate the issue of premature transaxle failures.
With DBW expect to randomly encounter, at the worse of all possible times, a 1-2 second re-acceleration "downshift" delay/hesitation.
2010 RX or later if you have true need for AWD functionality. Previous RX AWD was only "pretend", for marketing purposes ONLY. '99-'00 AWD was a bit more functional than '01 to '09 but many suspect that was the causative factor for those years having a more extreme level of premature transaxle failures.
#9464 of 9498 Re: Buying 2002 Lexus RX300 problems to watch out [wwest]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 05, 2011 (9:10 am)
I'd be more concerned about regular maintenance and engine oil gelling. The transmission reliability from Identifix looks good, as do the other systems in the car.
#9465 of 9498 Re: Buying 2002 Lexus RX300 problems to watch out [steve_]
Nov 05, 2011 (12:37 pm)
Eliminating the RX300 series entirely resolves the oil gelling issue. The engine design was revised by '02('01?) to alleviate that failure issue.
#9466 of 9498 Re: Buying 2002 Lexus RX300 problems to watch out [wwest]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 05, 2011 (4:13 pm)
That's not what I'm seeing on my link.
#9467 of 9498 RX300 Antilock brakes problems
Dec 02, 2011 (7:51 am)
I Have a Lexus RX300 2002 MODEL AWD that I purchased new in 2002. I had to change 2 times the rear axles due to antilock brake ring cracks (ABS sensor problem). Once I changed the rear left axle when the car was 5 years old and now the right rear axle with the same problem, I was told by Lexus that they found the problem and it is again cracked ring. This ring is sealed and I am just wondering what design is that that it always cracks.This must be some kind of a reject design by Lexus, be aware the repair is 1000$ for changing it, now I paid 2000$ for 2 rear shafts.
#9468 of 9498 2001 RX300 gear getting stuck
Mar 05, 2012 (8:47 am)
My RX300 (2001 model) has around 110K miles. it has auto transmission (which I believe is std). While I was driving back from a long distance trip, it suddenly started having this problem. Sometimes while speeding up from low speed (30mph or less to 50+) I feel that the transmission doesn't shift from lower gears in to Drive. I see the RPM going really high and staying high as well as I can hear the engine revving in low gear. Pls suggest what could be done to fix this.
#9469 of 9498 Re: 2001 RX300 gear getting stuck [vvjain]
Mar 06, 2012 (1:40 pm)
Replace/rebuild the transaxle and consider yourself lucky you got that much mileage from the first one.
1999, 2000, 2001 RX premature, 80-100,000 miles, transaxle failure is SOP.
#9470 of 9498 Re: 2001 RX300 gear getting stuck [wwest]
Mar 06, 2012 (2:01 pm)
You are so negative. On this and other boards.
Premature Trans failures are NOT STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE for these first generation cars, period. Yes some folks have had their transaxles fail prematurely, but the overwhelming majority of these vehicles run well into 200, 300k, but if you listen to this guy, you'd be lead to believe every one of these cars is a complete failure.
It's just not true. It is true however that some people aren't happy unless they're complaining about something.
#9471 of 9498 Re: does any one know what the problem is [txgal1]
Mar 06, 2012 (7:51 pm)
2001 rx300 purchased in 2005 I have had the same issue. I would bang on the dash until the noise stopped. Well the problem was a senso motor that became loose and cracked. Long story short I had the motor replaced at the dealership a cost of $575. I had 2 hv it replaced since I had no heat.
#9472 of 9498 Re: 2001 RX300 gear getting stuck [jbl85]
Mar 06, 2012 (9:04 pm)
You're so right JBL, most post on this forum are only for problems or complaints, rather than "everything's OK". Some are just a bit more insistent than others. These cars certainly aren't new, so they have a track record. Many have clocked loads of miles effortlessly, and some not so much. I'm glad someone else is posting both sides.
Thanks for your contribution.