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Lexus RX 330, SUV
#3364 of 3942 Re: Gas Mileage
Mar 10, 2005 (8:14 pm)
Picked up my new 2005 Lexus RX 330 FWD on Monday. Today (Thursday) drove it from Tucson to Phoenix round trip about 185 miles. Much to my surprise I got 26.3 miles per gal. I averaged about 65 to 73 miles an hour. The trip was about 97% highway driving, not much city stop and go mileage. This was the reading on my Nav trip info screen. I did not verify this yet by filling up the gas tank and calculating the mpg. Still it is very encouraging especially with gas prices now over $2.00 per gallon.
The NAV has a display that really helps you to optimize your gas usage while driving. It has a horizontal bar graph that moves as you depress the gas pedal or let up on the accelerator. By keeping the bar graph to the right you improve your gas mileage. I don't know how it works on the new cars but in the old days it was a vacuum gage display.
It will be interesting to see what kind of mileage I get in the future in city driving and after I get some more miles on the car. Only have about 388 miles on it now.
The RX 330 was an absolute pleasure to drive on the highway, smooth and very quite. My previous car, that I traded in, was a 2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer In comparison it was hard riding and lots of road and engine noise.
#3365 of 3942 Re: Gas Mileage [wkoz]
Mar 11, 2005 (10:12 am)
Went South for the month of February. Drove 1000 miles down and 1000 miles back - all on interstates with the cruise set at 72 mph. Put on another 1100 miles while there - of which about 90 percent was highway driving at about 55 mph. My mileage figured via the pencil method was 22.1 while the dash display read between 23.4 and 24.8 at fill up time.
This is with a RX330 - 2004 AWD which now has 15000 miles on it. Every day city driving averages between 17 and 18 mpg.
#3367 of 3942 A/C Filter
Mar 13, 2005 (3:11 pm)
The A/C filter is located in the glove box. The manual says to take out the two screws at either end. They look like thumb screws to me, but I couldn't budge them.
Does anyone know how to take them out? Do they turn and then come out?
#3368 of 3942 RX330
Mar 13, 2005 (7:15 pm)
We own a 2004 RX330, and the only options we didn't get were the large sunroof and the Rear DVD Entertainment System. We love our car, much more refined than our '99 RX300. We are soon looking forward to an RX400h, although that's off topic. We won't get rid of the RX330 for a couple of years before getting the hybrid, though. I saw it at the Chicago Auto Show, and was very intruiged. My wife would feel guilty if she didn't get a hybrid, but she loves the luxuries of the Lexus, so it all works out. On the other end of the spectrum, I own a brand new S4 Cabriolet, completely flawless, but a gas-guzzler like all German cars, particularly a performance one.
#3369 of 3942 RX330- Off Road Capability?
Mar 16, 2005 (11:44 am)
Do any of you have experience with the AWD RX330's off road capability? I realize that it isn't a true 4X4, doesn't have a low range and locking differentials- but how well do all of the electronic controls make up for these deficiencies.
I don't need serious off-road capability- but I do haul my hang gliding equipment up some 4x4 roads. They're rocky and just a little bit steep sometimes. But nothing that serious, or requiring more than the 8" of ground clearance that the RX330 has- but certainly more than a 2WD vehicle could do. I suspect I'll need better tires.
Any thoughts and experiences with the 330?
#3370 of 3942 Not the RX....
Mar 16, 2005 (6:47 pm)
But in the circumstances you describe I wouldn't hesitate to take my AWD RX300, or even my daughter's MY2000 AWD Chrysler T&C. But I would pray for no rain while up that road.
#3372 of 3942 RX330 Running Boards
Mar 20, 2005 (7:30 pm)
Does anyone know of any after market running boards for the 330 other than the tube steps sold by Lexus?
#3373 of 3942 Rough Ride?
Mar 23, 2005 (3:07 pm)
I've been driving various Lexus vehicles (LS, ES, RX) for over 12 years. In February 05, I traded my RX300 for an RX330. Like my previous vehicles I had chrome wheels installed. Since that installation, this car drives horrible. Concerned I was just being a nit-picky female, I had my husband drive the car for several days, he had the same impressions. At low speeds it drives sweet, like the Lexus I am accustom too. When you start to increase speeds this car shimmies and hits every bump in the road. The worst part is the drive shaft under the drivers seat. It bounces you around like a roller coaster. It is so rough that after driving for less than an hour your body feels as though it's come off a back-road experience. ....YES, I understand about Rims, High Performance Tires and Suspension, but this is a LEXUS and a $42,000 luxury suv should not drive this hard. I've test driven other vehicles less well known for their performance and have driven trucks that ride better than this Lexus. In less than 2 months I've had it in for service 3 times. In the last visit the Service Tech took a test drive in the vehicle with me and acknowledged exactly what I had been feeling. When it came time to pick up the car, Lexus service found nothing and gave me the usual lip service about the Tire, Rims and Suspension of the RX330. I'm confused, because when I read other reviews of this car, people praise it's performance at high speeds. I experience nothing but frustration and anxiety from the rough, painful ride. Does anyone have any comments or reassurance on this matter. I' m stuck in a 4 year lease. For the first time in 12 years I do not like my Lexus. I want is my old RX300 back.