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Lexus RX 330
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#1099 of 1867 Re: Road Noise, Engine Noise, Wind Noise on RX 330 (2005) [fhfchef]
Apr 29, 2005 (12:22 pm)
So I just spent the morning listening to a Service rep inform me that the transmission hesitation is a problem without a solution, the whining is coming from the alternator and that it is known to have this problem but it is the way it is. I just signed a four years lease, and one month into it, I feel like I made a royal mistake in going with the Lexus Rx330. It drives like crap for $37k.
Corporate customer service tried to tell me that the transmission is designed to change, learn your driving habits and adjust for the better. I told him that the transmission degrades itself into hesitation problems and that is deceptive and misleading.
#1101 of 1867 Re: Road Noise, Engine Noise, Wind Noise on RX 330 (2005) [spring]
May 05, 2005 (6:25 am)
Any resolution.... I have the same crappy problem with my RX330/2005. Dealer told me this is normal noise level with RX. Also there is other retelling sound, still no solution to that either. I am really frustrated at this point, and even thinking for trading this for MDX.
#1102 of 1867 New TSB for Lexus Hesitation Problem
May 06, 2005 (12:13 am)
I spoke to a service advisor at a California Lexus dealership yesterday who informed that there was a new TSB for the ES 330 line, model years 2002-2005.
The TSB number I was given was: TC 004-03 for "ECM Calibration". I understand that it was issued for April, 2005.
I believe that the transmission in the RX330s are similar or the same as that of the ES330; whether the TSB may apply to you depends on when your car was manufactured.
I hope that this is helpful to those of you who are experiencing hesitation problems with these cars.
#1103 of 1867 Air Conditioner Stink
May 10, 2005 (8:27 am)
The dealer said to turn the AC on high and turn off recirculation an then spray Oxion (sp) or something similar in the 3 air intake vents located under the hood by the firewall. This was supposed to kill the mold around the AC condenser. I went to Pep Boys and bought some spray chemical (forgot the name) but it merely reduced, didn't eliminate, the bad smell.
The directions on the spary can said to first (before doing the above) run the AC on recirculation and spray a small portion under recirculation intake vent under the dash. I couldn't find it. Anyone know where it is?
Why doesn't Lexus cover this under warranty. It took almost a year for us to notice the smell. The dealer said they have a process ( guess similar to the above) for $135.00 which will help but no guaranties. I think this is a defect and should be covered in the warranty. My other car (4 yr. old E320) doesn't have this problem.
#1105 of 1867 Re: Air Conditioner Stink [r1_97]
May 11, 2005 (2:08 pm)
A can of Lysol will work too.
#1106 of 1867 A can..........??
May 12, 2005 (4:35 pm)
Actually about 4 a year.
#1107 of 1867 Re: Air Conditioner Stink [r1_97] OZIUM
May 13, 2005 (1:25 am)
"The dealer said to turn the AC on high and turn off recirculation and then spray Oxion"
I believe that the product is called OZIUM. They sell it in the lobbies of car washes, and at auto parts stores, etc. It comes in a slender, cigar shaped aerosol can. White label with powder blue letters -- last time I saw it in a store.
You might also try running the HEAT on HIGH and "cooking" out those germs and bacteria, which thrive on moisture in cool, dark spaces like in your vent system. Let it run for as long as you can tolerate it. This works well for my car, and I do it periodically.
Also, get in the habit of running your AC without the "recirc" on from time to time. That will allow fresh, dryer air to get in to the vent system and flush it out naturally.
#1108 of 1867 Brake Grinding Noise With Quick Stops
May 16, 2005 (3:47 pm)
I have owned my '04 RX330 since Apr '03, and haven't had any problems, with the exception of the 2 recalls.
I'm getting the 30k service next week and will diffinitely inquire about the transmission hesitation as I've always experienced that while accelerating on some freeway onramps. Let's say you are on a short onramp and give it all the gas, then someone in the left lane changes into the merge lane and you have to back off the accelerator...and then you give it all the gas again...well that's when it hesitates drastically when you need all the power.
Also, I'm going to inquire again about the brakes grinding, but I think they all do that. At the 15k service they gave me a loaner and it did it too. What happens is if you are driving slowly (say 10mph and especially downhill) and stop suddenly there is a loud grinding noise coming from the front brakes.
I'll report back on what happens.