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Lexus RX 330
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Mar 07, 2006 (11:34 am)
My 2004 RX 330 has been at the dealership 5 times this year regarding the transmission problem I am experiencing. The car currently has 23,000 miles however this issue started at around 12,000. The care jerks, almost like it does not know what gear to go in around 30- 40mph. I notice the problem more when slowing down in that mph range. Lexus keeps updating the ECU; this clearly is not the issues because every time I get my car back after a week for them having it, the problem still occurs. I am not sure what to do at this point, Lexus denies there is any problem yet every person that drives my car says it drives awful. I am not sure about anyone else but the transmission is not my only headache, the engine makes a clicking noise when in park, the dashboard rattles, the car shakes when braking this vehicle is a true embarrassment I canít believe I invested such a large amount of money on it.
#1367 of 1867 Re: [jpas]
Mar 07, 2006 (3:31 pm)
Disconnect the battery for about ten or 15 minutes. Make sure the accelerator pedal is fully released, no floor mats, etc, laying on it, during and for at least 30 seconds after reconencting the battery.
Now and forever after, DO NOT put your foot on the accelerator pedal until you have shifted from "park".
Undoubtedly when you get it back from service the accelerator pedal has just been initiallized, the engine/transaxle ECU has "learned" the sensor output voltage that equates, truly, to the pedal's fully released, idle, position.
I suspect something is happening, over time and multiple drive cycles, that is causing the ECU to "adjust" the previously learned pedal idle position sensor voltage.
One of the things that might cause it to do that is someone depressing, even ever so slightly, the accelerator pedal during a period of time that the original firmware designers would have not expected.
Working backwards from there it is certain that they would have expected accelerator depression, useage, once the transaxle is in gear.
#1368 of 1867 I Finally Sold my RX330
Mar 07, 2006 (6:27 pm)
It has been over 2 years since I posted on this message board about all the RX330 problems I experienced. I sold my RX33 and bought a M35 and haven't had one single problem. I finally just got tired of driving back and forth to the Lexus dealership and decided to sell it. The problems that finally convinced me to buy another car were;
The hestiation in the transmission that couldn't be fixed by a software update.
My Dashoard was never the same after they took it off for the COWL defect
They had FELT lining everywhere to cut down on the rattling. I just believe I spent too much money for a rattling glove box, dash board, rear cup holders,etc..
Seems some of these problems still haven't been corrected.
#1369 of 1867 Re: Check Engine Light [mtnbiker5]
Mar 08, 2006 (5:26 pm)
We've had our '06 RX for just over two weeks. Two days ago, my wife came home complaining the engine stalled, the check engine/oil/battery/VSC lights all came on, and stayed on after restart. I went out to check it out, she started it, and I heard that sickening engine know. Turns out, at 485 miles, we have a hole in piston #5. The dealer is ordering a new short block and a replacement head just to be safe. Unbelievable, huh?
#1370 of 1867 Re: Check Engine Light [lsb188]
Mar 08, 2006 (5:28 pm)
Sorry, guys - I meant "engine knock". Additionally, this vehicle has had a foul odor ever since we took delivery. Any ideas? It smells like a cross between a blown clutch and roofing tar.
Mar 15, 2006 (12:09 pm)
I own a 2004 Rx330. Just today I noticed a horizontal 3" crack running behind the rearview mirror. Upon further inspection, i realized that running vertically behind the mirror (starting from the roof of the car) there was also a crack about 3" in length, and the two meet dead behind the mirror. I have a friend who works at a dealership who told me this has been something he has heard before with the rx 330's having problems with stress cracks in the windshield. Has any one else run into this problem? And was the manufacturer cooperative in repair? Thanks!
#1372 of 1867 Re: Windshield [shell0827]
Mar 15, 2006 (7:29 pm)
They won't answer you -- mine have been there for days, with no response. This is apparently a dead site.
#1373 of 1867 Re: Windshield [lsb188]
Mar 15, 2006 (7:50 pm)
If you're not getting answers here you may want to try the main Lexus RX 330 discussion. Apparently very few are having problems with their 330s!
#1374 of 1867 Re: Lexus RX 330: Problems & Solutions [cchecker]
Mar 19, 2006 (10:05 am)
Yes I have the same exact noise but it only happens when I drive over about 50 MPH. It is driving me crazy. Did you find out what it is? It sounds like something is loose in the door pockets or in the rear cargo area but there isn't. I am also having a problem with my drivers's seat belt which doesn't retract properly. I always seem to have this problem on almost every Toyota and Lexis I have owned.
Mar 19, 2006 (10:55 am)
Good luck on the seat belt. I have an RX 300. I had the retractors relplaced early on but the problem returned. I shouldn't have but I just gave up on getting them fixed. Now, half the time I end up throwing the extended belt in on the seat when I get out. Happily this is my biggest complaint with the car so I feel pretty lucky. I am now at 127,000 miles and I was just thinking I should try giving them hell about this and see what I can get done.