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Lexus RX 330
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#1284 of 1867 Re: Any suggestions? [tiger93]
Oct 02, 2005 (11:01 am)
Sorry..this is not a suggestion...but my experiences too with the headlights.....
I own a Lexus Rx -330 AWD (2005 model) with xenon headlights and I am using this vehicle for the last 4 months.The vehicle is really good and so is the headlights...No big complaints about the ride and luxury.....I live in New Jersey...
BUT its really disappointing to share my experiences and the sleepless nights I am having for the last 2 months..The headlights have been stolen 2 times and I am having a very scary and horrible nights ( sleepless ) after spending a lot on this luxury SUV..
One of the big reason why I went for RX 330 from MDX was the known quality of service and reliabilty of the lexus brand...But now I am totally disappointed...EXPERIENCES MAKES US LEARN....
Lexus SHOULD notify everyone who has the xenon headlights to do the enhanced security for headlights.....But they didnt do anything. Meanwhile I contacted Lexus after having the 2 thefts and they installed the Data dots and Anti theft brackets which they say may prevent thefts.......It has been done a week back and let us hope thieves may not steal it seeing the Data dots...These datadots wont prevent theft but they just warn the thief....Extra brackets make the thieves job a bit hard, but they can easily take it by doing more damage to the hood....
Read this article : http://www.nysun.com/article/19918
First theft for me - close to 5000 k in damage ( 500k deductible)
Second theft - close to 6000 k in damage (500k deductible)
I have only this suggestion....
1)No one can prevent thefts happening..My only concern is LEXUS dealers or company should warn the customers in NJ and NY about the potential headlight thefts...
2)Why customers risk their life and peaceful nights by spending 40k for luxury vehicles and every month spend 250-500k for deductibles..I really worry that next time insurance company may not give insurance to my vehicle telling the area is a HIGH RISK AREA....
3)Removing a live electrical power supply system from a advanced MICRO computer controlled vehicle and the Theft alarms just sits DUMB...I cannot believe why this vehicle and the headlights was designed like this...
#1285 of 1867 Re: Wind Noise [wallie502]
Oct 03, 2005 (2:35 pm)
Just picked up '03 rx300 and was having issues with the air noise as well. Will try lowering a pinch. Thanks for the tip.
However, took it back in this morning and quoting from the workorder "mirror turbulence normal for this type of mirrors on SUV type vehicles, no other air leaks found"
Any thoughts on mirror turbulence?
#1286 of 1867 Re: Any suggestions? [lexusautobuyer]
Oct 08, 2005 (11:30 am)
I have been hit twice by thieves in 5 days and am at wits end. I too live in Jersey. I previously ownes a 1999 and a 2001 RX300. Never had any issues. Leased an RX330 over a year ago and 5 days ago the headlights were stolen out of my driveway. I have a BMW x3 and with xenons and the bastards didn't toch it. Lexus dealer gave me a loaner ES300. After 5 days, the bastards struck again and took the headlights from the loaner. Again, didn't touch my BMW. Obviously the Lexus lights are a target for the ease of removal. After owning 3 Lexuses this may be my last. I will never buy another car with xenon headlights.
#1287 of 1867 Re: Any suggestions? [dmishkin]
Oct 08, 2005 (8:45 pm)
Sorry about your misfortune. However, if it's any consolation, you are not alone. Take a look at Stolen Headlights!!.
Oct 09, 2005 (9:22 pm)
I own a 2005 RX 330. On a recent trip we had what could have been a serious problem. I heard a steady humming noise as we drove down the freeway. I couldn't imagine what was making the noise, engine sounded fine and no trouble lights on. I had just started driving on a newly paved section of the freeway, so I assumed it was just the nature of the road. That is until someone passed me and pointed down at my front fender. I pulled over to find that the plastic shielding in the front, left fender well had come loose and was dragging on the road in front of the left front tire! I had to use a small pocket knife to cut it off as best I could. I felt a bit of fear as I wondered what could have happened if that plastic had gotten caught under the front tire. Would it simply have been ripped off as it was pulled under the tire? Could this have suddenly pulled the car to the left, causing the car to flip over?
The car was taken by my wife to the dealership in Fresno, CA, where we were visiting some friends on our way home. The dealership told her that it must have been our fault! and that somehow we must have caught the plastic shielding on a curb or something! I don't see how we could have damaged the shielding without damaging the fender, since the shielding is up inside the fender, and the fender was definitely not damaged. I am sure we didn't do anything to cause the problem. Fortunately when we returned home the local dealer fixed it without a problem, but I am still shocked at the other dealerships apathy towards us. Not what I'd expect for any car dealership, especially a luxury one!
#1289 of 1867 Re: Goodyear Tire Worn Out at 26,000 miles [kjoiner]
Oct 10, 2005 (3:47 pm)
Thank you for the information! I would definitely complain to the dealer next time I have the car in for service. This is disgraceful on Lexus! On the other hand, it gives me hope that the new set of Michelin will last longer, and I do not have to pay $800 every 26,000 miles. Better NOT!!!
#1290 of 1867 Re: Goodyear Tire Worn Out at 26,000 miles [kjoiner]
Oct 11, 2005 (3:26 pm)
I've been dissappointed in the tires also. The car is nice and all, but the longer I've had it the more I realize it's just a spruced up Highlander. My sister has a highlander, and I didn't notice much difference in the ride or overall comfort. I have been dissappointed that the tires of the Lexus are wearing out much more quickly than one would expect out of a "luxury" vehicle.
#1291 of 1867 Re: Goodyear Tire Worn Out at 26,000 miles [sciguy1]
Oct 11, 2005 (7:38 pm)
Luxury to me means a nice quiet,soft and smooth ride...
I do not care how long, or not, the Bridgestone Turanzas' tread lasts, just that it's the quietest I can find.
#1292 of 1867 Recurrent Problems
Oct 21, 2005 (11:25 am)
Anyone know of any chronic, recurrent problems with the 2006 RX330? I am considering buying and would like to get some info from my peeps. Thanks!
#1293 of 1867 Re: Engine check light On? [megan_25]
Oct 26, 2005 (2:13 pm)
My problem ended up being just the gas cap not being closed tight enough. Might have to drive a couple of times for the light to go off.
If the light still doesn't go off, it may be something else that needs the dealer to have a look at.