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Lexus RX 330, SUV
#3000 of 3942 Thanks to All; couple questions
May 26, 2004 (11:36 am)
who posted information. Still haven't decided to buy, but all the information I've gotten has been great from you all! I don't think I'm going to wait for the 400h if I buy ... may wait for the 2005 330s though ... even though there won't be THAT much difference (probably none). Maybe a transmission adjustment (slight?).
I think I like the Millenium Silver with the Gray leather interior. Other Options --
Heated Seats/Rain Sensing Wipers/headlamp washers
Tow Prep Package
Cargo Mat/Wheel Locks
I really have no need for the Navigation system (here in Nebraska), but would like the nicer sound system. I'm not as much of an audiophile as I used to be, but what does everyone think of the standard soundsystem? Also wanted to ask if the Rain-sensing wipers work well or if you still find yourself manually fiddling with them anyhow? Curious if anyone has the multi-panel moonroof? The standard moonroof seems a little small. I'm thinking it might be tough to deal b/c it's the only Lexus dealer in town and only 1 of 2 in state and really within 200 mile radius. I really like the RX 330, but I don't have any qualms about driving my car for a while longer if I can't get the deal I want.
#3001 of 3942 Willard????????
May 26, 2004 (8:03 pm)
In hybrids, would you actually purchase a Ford over a Lexus given the choice???
#3002 of 3942 Sound systems....
May 26, 2004 (8:04 pm)
Keep in mind that the average highway crusing ambient noise level even in the LS400 series is 60 to 70db. Today's CDs can reproduce music with a wide range, 0 to 120db.
So driving along at 65 per, you going to miss a LOT of the content of your audio system regardless of how good it is.
So my advice would be to go with the standard OEM system and spend some money on sound deadening, undercoating inside the wheel wells, and quiet tires like the Bridgestone Turanzas, etc.
#3003 of 3942 Hard choices...
May 26, 2004 (8:14 pm)
I bought a 2003 Prius and cannot say that I'm not pleased with it.
But if you forced me to make a choice between the RX400h with V8 performance and the Ford with the I4 I would choose the Ford every time.
IMMHO the RX does NOT need more get-up-n-go.
Widen my choices to include an AWD RX330 and an AWD HL hybrid based on the Toyota I4 and I would choose the HL.
Sure wish I had the money to fund a rear engine rear drive I4 hybrid with that same (rear) 30HP RX400h motor to drive the front wheels for AWD mode.
Perfectly balanced drive system.
#3004 of 3942 rain sensor wiper
May 26, 2004 (9:42 pm)
Personally, I hate it and turn it off every time I drive my wife's RX. It turned itself on a couple of times when there was sprinkle from the overpass and it made the windshield messy. It can also damage the blazes when it starts to wipe when it is too dry.
#3005 of 3942 Re: rain sensor wiper [tomtomtom #3004]
May 27, 2004 (2:25 am)
When used properly they are a great help and I wouldn't have a car without it now. The wipers are not meant to be left in the "Auto" position all the time. They are meant to be put in "Auto" when you first start noticing rain. It sure beats having to constantly adjust the setting. Here in Atlanta you can go from a slight drizzle to a gully-washing downpoar and back to a slight drizzle every evening on the commute home during this time of year. It's a great, great feature when used properly.
#3006 of 3942 Not to be left....
May 27, 2004 (7:57 am)
And just what do you use as a reminder to turn them off??
#3007 of 3942 rain sensing wiper
May 27, 2004 (11:31 am)
"And just what do you use as a reminder to turn them off??"
A functioning brain, in my case. My most valuable driving accessory.
#3008 of 3942 Tsheer
May 27, 2004 (11:58 am)
A little courtesy is a fine complement to a functioning brain.
I must admit that I have had the same experience as wwest in leaving the wiper on auto. However, I have found that the rainsensing wipers are much more effective and less distracting when the windshield is treated with a product like Rain-X.
#3009 of 3942 Re: Not to be left.... [wwest #3006]
May 27, 2004 (12:00 pm)
I've always made it a practice to turn the wipers off every time I turn the car off. There's nothing worse than leaving the wipers on (especially in the "up" position) and then having them start up when the ignition is turned.
This is my third vehicle with auto wipers and I've never stopped turning the wipers off when I turn the car off.