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#1084 of 1867 Road Noise, Engine Noise, Wind Noise on RX 330 (2005)
Apr 14, 2005 (3:10 am)
Is it just me or is this car loud? I don't mean loud while sitting at an idle in your driveway, I mean out on the highway doing 50-60-70 mph.
At these speeds there seems to be very little muting of the engine noise, the wind noise is profound and invasive, and the road noise (tires) pervades the cockpit interior. I don't recall this level of noise on the RX300.
Is Lexus working on a fix or is this just the state of affairs for the new RX's?
Anybody have some suggestions, or know of any corrective action that Lexus has done to address these concerns?
Thanks in advance.
#1085 of 1867 Re: Road Noise, Engine Noise, Wind Noise on RX 330 (2005) [legendman]
Apr 14, 2005 (2:34 pm)
I found that wind noise can be greatly reduced if the front windows are put down just a tiny bit. It seems when they are pushed all the way up (as they are when they automatically go up), they distort the seal and wind noise enters the cabin. If you tap the windows down a very small amount, so that they are still closed but not jammed up as far as possible, you should eliminate much of your noise. Try it (carefully) while driving so you can notice the difference. Note that the back windows do not suffer from the same problem.
As for engine noise, although my RX is not as silent as one might expect, I think that its supposed to be that way. My RX is a 2004 model from Japan and I got it November 2003.
#1086 of 1867 Audiovox XV6600 & Bluetooth
Apr 18, 2005 (1:32 pm)
Has anyone had experience using the Audiovox XV6600 with the Lexus bluetooth system. I am currently looking at getting one through Verizon Wireless and have heard verizon "disables" most of the bluetooth features so they will not work with Lexus. I specifically want to know if I can upload my address book and use the hands free answering, and one-touch calling feature.
Thanks in advance,
#1087 of 1867 Re: Audiovox XV6600 & Bluetooth [kenlex41]
Apr 19, 2005 (12:49 am)
I don't know much about the Audiovox, but I will share a tidbit on the Motorola 710, which, other than the Audiovox, is the ONLY Bluetooth compatible phone Verizon offers.
FWIW, I did hear from a cell phone dealer that Motorola 710 has different versions now (.1 or .2) that will/will not work with Lexus. I think that the version .2 works with the Lexus but I am not sure of that. The phone book is supposed to work on the newer version phone.
Although Verizon is a great cell phone provider, they have been laggards in providing Bluetooth compatible phones. If more people complained, maybe they would be offering several phone options, instead of one, plus an Audiovox (Blackberry type) that costs almost $550.00.
Apr 20, 2005 (4:36 pm)
I discovered through the Genie web site that the rolling code openers will hold only 6 or 7 entries. When I got my last car it just would not take. You have to clear the garage door memory if your opener is maxed out. This may or may not be your problem, but if it is, you gotta have your garage door manual to figure out how to do it. As I recall, on mine you have to hold down the red button on the opener for a minute or so and maybe hold your mouth just right to clear the codes. Of course, you'll have to reprogram all cars that you want entered to open the door. Good luck.
#1089 of 1867 Kicked Up Power
Apr 21, 2005 (4:40 pm)
Anybody have experience with assisting the 05 Rx330 with HP through performance airfilters, chips or modified exhaust? I found that using premium gas did make a big difference on how it drives compared to low octane gas but I was hoping for a little better get up and go. I am not totally thrilled with the responsiveness with the Drive by Wire even though the Lexus website claims this is a big deal. I drove my mom's $20k cheaper Liberty and it had better torque and responsiveness than my Rx330. Nice car otherwise
I was so paranoid about rattles from the articles here that when I got one I raced into the dealership to get if fixed and discovered on the way there that it was just the sunvisor unsnapped rattling against the plastic. I turned around versus embarass myself and laughed.
#1090 of 1867 DBW & FWD
Apr 21, 2005 (5:18 pm)
My 2001 RX300 seems to have more than enough ZOOM when I ask it of it.
Before Cadilac abandoned FWD altogether that were attempting to reduce the accident and injury incidents due to loss of directional control caused by engine compression braking and just plain too much engine torque being applied on an icy or slippery roadbed.
Years ago they started using an over-running clutch in the transaxle to totally eliminate engine compression braking by that high HP/torque Northstar engine.
Of more recent times they actually dethrottled the engines when starting up from a full stop so as to prevent ALL wheelslip due to initial high torque applications. While its fine to "dig out" in a RWD vehicle where you still have the directional control benefit from the front tires' contact patch its a completely different story with FWD.
Since most new vehicles now have DBW I think you will see more and more FWD vehicles that the takeoff torque is artifically limited in order to prevent accidents due to loss of directional control.
#1091 of 1867 Transmission or Acceleration Hesitation
Apr 21, 2005 (9:25 pm)
It's happened to me three times already ... I am driving at slow speed, in an intersection, or manuevering in city traffic andd when I step on the gas -- nothing -- the car pauses with NO acceleration for a moment and then WHAM, the torque converter or whatever it is in the powertrain turns back and slams power to the drive shafts and the car lurches forward.
Over the last few years Toyota and Lexus had a well documented problem that sounds remarkably similar to what I am experiencing. Needless to say this is disconcerting, and dangerous!
Anybody else having/had similar problems and if so what's been done about it? Has it been fixed? Any TSB's (Technical Service Bulletins) addressing this in 2005 cars?
Thanks in advance for your input
#1092 of 1867 Re: Road Noise, Engine Noise, Wind Noise on RX 330 (2005) [legendman]
Apr 22, 2005 (8:02 am)
I have the same problem with my RX and am going to meet with Lexus for the third time next week. The first two visits they acknowledged the problem and replaced some rubber seals around the doors, but there was no significant improvement.
The engine/wind/road noise level in my RX is totally unacceptable. But I spoke with a couple of RX owners, they all praised how quiet the car is???
#1093 of 1867 Re: Road Noise, Engine Noise, Wind Noise on RX 330 (2005) [spring]
Apr 22, 2005 (5:11 pm)
I have sensed some type of electrical whine that occurs when accelerating but I am not sure of it. Has anyone else had this problem. Kind of like when your radio is not properly grounded and gives off that whine through the speakers.