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Lexus RX 330, SUV
#273 of 3939 Snowchains
Apr 04, 2003 (11:51 am)
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To: Willard West
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 2:45 PM
Subject: RX330 [Incident: 030303-000001]
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Last night I visited Lexus of Bellevue to see the new RX330. When I checked the rear tire suspension clearance it appeared to me to be even tighter than the RX300.
As you can see below you previously told me that the new RX330 "should" have enough clearance to permit the use of snowchains on the rear and on that basis I went ahead and had my salesman put me on the "list". Was your statement a mistake or is there a later mod coming that increases the clearance?
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Response (Denise Academia) 03/11/2003 02:45 PM
Dear Mr. West:
Thank you for contacting the Lexus Customer Satisfaction Department regarding the
2004 RX 330.
The vehicle will have front, center and rear differentials, without the use of a Limited Slip Differential (LSD), in the center differential. The vehicle will not require the viscous coupling because traction control and vehicle skid control will transmit power to the appropriate wheels upon detection of wheel slippage. Also, the RX 330 should have enough rear wheel suspension clearance for the use of snow chains.
If you have any further concerns, you can also reach the Lexus Customer Satisfaction Department at 1-800-255-3987, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time.
Customer Satisfaction Representative
Customer (Willard West) 03/06/2003 03:45 PM
No answer yet ???
Customer (Willard West) 03/03/2003 01:00 PM
The early press releases indicated the new RX330 eliminates the center viscous clutch in favor of a Sequoia-like brake modulation AWD torque apportioning system. I have already placed my order for the RX330 (to replace my wannabee AWD 01 RX300) based on the above information.
Now I note that Lexus.com and Lexus.ca are both indicating the viscous clutch is a holdover on the RX330.
Which is the truth?
PS: Will the RX330 have enough rear wheel suspension clearance such that I can use snowchains (rear only or all 4) without be threatened with loss of control?
#274 of 3939 Customer Service Responds
Apr 04, 2003 (12:54 pm)
----- Original Message -----
To: Willard West
Sent: Friday, April 4, 2003, 11:50 AM
Subject: RX330 [Incident: Z040403]
Recently you submitted a question to our Customer Satisfaction Department.
After due consideration and a review of the many similar pendantic communications you have sent in the past, here is our advice:
DON'T BUY ANY MORE VEHICLES FROM US - WE DON'T WANT YOUR MONEY.
#275 of 3939 customer service responds by jeff
Apr 04, 2003 (1:59 pm)
#276 of 3939 samang/hybrid
Apr 04, 2003 (2:34 pm)
Burning fuel in a recip to charge batteries so they can be used later as "boost" is a lot less efficient than just burning enough fuel to provide the overall HP to begin with.
There are two areas of mileage performance gain in a hybrid.
1. Hybrid "boost" capability allows lower weight lower displacement engine which provides more economical operation when just cruising along.
2. Recovery of waste energy using regenerative braking otherwise disappated as heat during braking.
Producing 400HP in an NSX will not result in either of these savings. It is likely the standard 300 HP recip engine will still be used with a 100 HP battery "boost". Unless you're planning on doing a lot of slow stopping and soft starts in favor of just an occasional/rare WOT use regenerative braking will not be able to charge the batteries enough to yield substantial MPG increments thus you will be using the recip to charge those batteries.
2+2 still equals 4.
#277 of 3939 Discount offerred
Apr 04, 2003 (5:16 pm)
"As you are aware, the RX330 is brand new to the market and as with any
new model discounts are normally unavailable. However the Management of
Lexus Kearny Mesa has made a decision to extend to our INTERNET
CUSTOMERS ONLY a $1,000.00 DISCOUNT on any NEW RX330 if purchased by
April 30, 2003!"
Please do not take this as an endorsement. I posted this to show the the initial rush to be first on the block to have a new 330RX is over. Wait another month and the discounts should be greater.
#278 of 3939 Wonder if the non-internet RX330 buyers
Apr 04, 2003 (5:18 pm)
get a $1,500 discount.
#279 of 3939 jeff, you're on a roll
Apr 04, 2003 (8:30 pm)
#280 of 3939 next gen hybrid
Apr 05, 2003 (12:22 am)
400 HP v6 hybrid. 42MPG.
In case you really want details: Unlike hybrid vehicles where either the engine or the motor powers the vehicle, the V6 engine will power the rear wheels, while an electric motor will power the front wheels.
Tell me you already have a 300HP V6 running the same MPG. And I will fork out $85k for it, and forget about future hybrids.
Time will tell...
#281 of 3939 NSX.....
Apr 05, 2003 (9:12 am)
$1 says less than 25MPG city.
If it actually arrives at all.
#282 of 3939 Re: Discounts Offered
Apr 05, 2003 (4:10 pm)
I would think that discounts are available now if you are willing to act in a firm and decisive manner. We are in the market for an RX 330. I called three dealers on March 28 and visited a fourth. One of the phone calls offered $1000 off, a second $1500 and the third said to call back in 30 days and he would probably be able to offer $1500. The latter one said the market is weak and they have lots of RX 330s to sell in the next few months. I negotiated the fourth dealer down $2000. All said it would be approximately the first of May before they had one available to sell at those prices.