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Lexus RX 330, SUV
#69 of 3942 RX330 AWD
Mar 11, 2003 (3:40 pm)
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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.
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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?
Mar 12, 2003 (5:46 am)
This web site should answer it. http://pressroom.toyota.com/
Looks like the base price is going to be lower then the current RX
#71 of 3942 Thanks for link to drive event
Mar 12, 2003 (7:56 am)
I just registered for the drive event, did not I could do so without an invitation. Thanks again.
I saw the preview vehicle at the dealership. It's nicer than I thought it would be. I got a current build and options list from the dealer.
Here are available options (packages):
leather LA - leather, power tilt/telescoping sterring with memory, roof rails, roof racks.
premium PM - includes LA + illuminating entry system, one touch open/close moonroff, 6 disc in dash cd changer.
premium plus PT - includes PM + power back door, HID headlamps, wood and leather steering wheel and shift knob.
nav/mark lev VN - includes PT + Nav with rear camera, Mark levinson 11 speaker stereo.
perormance VP - includes PT + 18" graphite wheels (235/55/r18) all season tires, 6.5J graphite plating, air suspension, sequencial "sport shift" transmition, AFS (HID headlamps that turn with you), rain sensing wipers, BUT NO wood and leather steering wheel and shift knob.
Larg sunrrof VQ - large sunroof, 6 disc in dash cd, power tilt/telescoping sterring with memory, illumination entry, power back door, wood and leather steering wheel and shift knob, HID, leather.
#72 of 3942 Current builds from Dallas area
Mar 12, 2003 (8:07 am)
Did not want the last post to be too long.
I dont know if the follwing is for Dallas area, or Texas and neighboring states, But here is a list of current builds:
PM + 18" wheels, rain sensing wipers, power back door, wood and leather steering and shifter.
PT + 18" wheels, rain sensing wipers, 2 level heated front seats.
PT + 18" wheels, rain sensing wipers, rear seat entertainment.
PT + 18" wheels, rain sensing wipers, 2 level heated front seats, NAV wit rear camera.
VQ + 18" wheels
VP + Adaptive cruise control, NAV with rear camera.
VN + 18" wheels, rain sensing wipers, 2 level heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, rear seat entertanment.
#73 of 3942 MHO about pricing
Mar 12, 2003 (8:22 am)
Thanks to links to toyota press release, we already know that 2wd = $35,025; 4wd = $35,425; and delivery = $575.
The car I saw was VN + 18", heated seats, rain sensing wipers. Sales guy estimated about $42k.
I did some research, my humble estimates for packages and options (based on current Lexus packages):
PM = around $3000
PT = just under $4000
VN = $4900
VQ = I have no idea
VP = PT + $700*
I read somewhere that VP is a $700 option, I have to guess it is $700 on top of a PT premium plus package.
And of course, we have these known prices on other Lexu cars already:
NAV = $2000-$2200
Rear seat entertainment = $1600
Wood and leather steering and know = $330
Mark lev stereo = $1300
I hope my numbers are close...
#74 of 3942 Pricing
Mar 12, 2003 (9:08 am)
If your estimate of PT is around $4,000, then VN, which includes PT plus Nav ($2,200) plus ML ($1300) would be around $7500.
That would take the MSRP of the RX to $43,500, which is $2500 more than a comparably equipped MDX of $41,000. Thus equipped, the RX would have power back door, power tilt/telescoping with memory and HID headlamps, but the MDX would have heated leather seats, rain sensing wipers and 7-seat arrangement and still costs $2500 less?
#75 of 3942 Pricing
Mar 12, 2003 (9:19 am)
A gentleman on another system was kind enough to share the prices he says he got from calling Lexus Customser Service. I can't vouch for these numbers myself:
PT - $3,440 Premium Plus package
> Includes: Leather, power tilt wheel, moonroof
VN - $6,670 Levinson/NAV package
> Includes: NAV w/rear camera, Levinson, Leather, HIDs, Power Back Door, Wood/Leather Wheel & Knob, moonroof??
DR - $220 Roof rack/rails
FT - $215 Aluminum 18" wheels, full spare
HH - $665 Heated Front Seats w/rain sensing wipers
CL - $600 Dynamic laser cruise control
NV - $2,350 Navigation w/rear camera
HL - $515 HIDs
Lexus Link - $1,215
PL - $400 Power back door
EY - approximately $1800 (did not write down the exact amount) - Rear Entertainment System
He did not get some other packages, e.g. the Performance Package.
#76 of 3942 Pricing
Mar 12, 2003 (9:46 am)
The MSRP of the 4-wheel version is actually $36,425, making the above comparison slightly worse, with the RX ending up costing $44,500 or $3,500 more than a comparably equipped MDX. But the RX will also have real wood and knee and side curtain airbags as well. If the RX will also have Lexus Link packaged with the Navi, that will also be an extra $1275.
#77 of 3942 pricing
Mar 12, 2003 (2:56 pm)
wmquan, your numbers sure make a lot more sense. I was way off on the VN package. Otherwise, I think we have a pretty good idea on what things will cost now.
jofam1, keep in mind, packages are not supposed to be as much as individual options added up, it should be less, maybe not as cheap as I guessed. As to your refernce to MDX, I drive a 2001 CL, and I always joke that my Acura stands for "can't afford a Lexus". So, I would not expect the RX to be cheaper than a similarly equipted MDX.
Now, can anyone advise regarding how to get the best deal an RX 330? This will be my first Lexus purchase. Hopefully, my Acura will mean "couldn;t afford a Lexus until now".
#78 of 3942 Wood Steering Wheel
Mar 12, 2003 (3:36 pm)
Thanks everyone for all the price estimates. I do have one question about the wood on the steering wheel. My current Lexus is a Silversport which didn't offer this option.
How is the grip? Could it be slippery at times? It's a nice looking option with the matching shift knob.
Pricing however will be interesting since the demand is going to be so great. I was planning on waiting to see if they come out with a "special edition".