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Lexus RX 330
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#1607 of 1867 Re: 2004 Lexus RX330 problems with air suspension [hunterjo1]
Oct 21, 2008 (9:40 am)
Dear Hunterjo1, I have now a problem with my RX 330 2004 Air suspension, the light in the dashboard to put the system off starter blinking on and off for few days.
I finally took the car to the dealer, to find out the compressor is bad, no very clear explanation of what happened and my warranty expired in May of this year, repair estimate about 2K USD. I would like to know if others have had similar problems. My car has 28K miles on it and it has had a few other problems, including having to replace all tires with only 25k miles on them. Very dissapointed with the Lexus brand.
#1608 of 1867 Re: Paint Problems & Groaning noise [dallasman1]
Oct 22, 2008 (9:22 am)
It is common that the joint of rubber boot and steering column (inside the car up near the gas pedal) has caused the noise when you turn the steering wheel far left or right. The harmless and common solution is to spray silicon grease around the joint then turn the wheel for a few time until you don't hear the same noise. Best use silicon grease, which is good for rubber parts.
#1609 of 1867 Re: Paint Problems & Groaning noise [toy188]
Oct 23, 2008 (6:20 pm)
Will give it a shot. Thanks!
#1610 of 1867 Rattle from spare tire cover
Nov 04, 2008 (10:08 am)
I have 60K miles on my RX330 and just this past month I noticed a rattle coming from the back of the car. I checked it out and found it to be the cover on the spare tire carrier under tha rear of the car. I am going in for service very soon and will see if the dealer has any info on the problem. A simple gasket to keep it from vibrating would fix the problem.
#1612 of 1867 Re: strange noise from transmission [ckanesthesia]
Nov 04, 2008 (2:02 pm)
How did you manage to get Lexus to replace the RX tranny? Did they ask for service records? What is the name/ location of the dealer who took care of it? I know that it was still under drivetrain warranty but I've read that Lexus does everything they can to avoid replacing it and putting the blame on the customer. I too have an 04 RX330 with the whining noise around 75mph. I have 48500 miles. My problem is I bought it used (clean title) from a small non Lexus exclusive dealer and I don't have any service records. I do know based on carfax that it was previously a leased car from a Lexus dealer. If anybody have any suggestions pls reply. Thanks
#1613 of 1867 Advice on 94 RX 330
Nov 18, 2008 (9:49 pm)
Hi. am wanting input on buying a 2004 Lexus RX 330 for my wife. The car looks and drives good but am leary about the high miles. It has 110xxx mostly highway miles. If maintained properly what can I expect to get out of this car or should I pass on it.? Thanks JYJ
#1614 of 1867 Re: Advice on 94 RX 330 [jyj]
Nov 18, 2008 (10:24 pm)
It's not likely you found a 1994 model. The first year for RX was 1999, starting in 1998. Those were RX300's. Redesigned for 2004 they were called RX330. The first year models (1999 or 2004) had a few quirks, but were generally good cars when well maintained with a few exceptions.
The 1999-2001 models came with "under designed" transmissions (compared to the expectations of buying an expensive automobile with a rep for durability). Many but not all of those transmissions were replaced with more modern designed units, many times Lexus paid for it under warrantee. 1999-2000 also had some models show up with engine oil-gelling, although the problem did not seem to be prevelant in models that were well maintained, and perhaps city/low mileage/extended idling played a significant role. Those issues were not common in later models at all. 2004 had a completely modern drivetrain, but suffered from a few rattles and windshield issues during the first model run, from what I've understood on this forum.
Usually RX's with high highway mileage make the best used car buys for a couple reasons. I'd steer clear of models with low mileage because they tend to have more problems and the higher perceived resale value means you aren't really getting a great "deal" by looking for a low-mileage model. For some, extended idling and/or short trips seemed to leave a pattern of poor durability.
Make sure you have records of maintainence, there wasn't a lot of city "stop and go" (sounds like you already recognized that) and keep the engine oil and specifically transmission service more often than the manual recommends. And of course, bargain the price down because of the mileage. Eventually, you will need to repair something on a used car. Make sure you budget for it, then the likelihood of a satisfying experience will be on your side, and you have a good used car buy.
#1615 of 1867 Re: Advice on 94 RX 330 [la4mead]
Nov 18, 2008 (11:38 pm)
How does one tell the miles were mostly highway miles?
#1616 of 1867 Re: Advice on 94 RX 330 [jyj]
Nov 20, 2008 (3:07 pm)
hesitation abolition delay
ALL Toyota FWD and F/AWD vehicles with E-throttles, DBW (Drive By Wire), will oftentimes exhibit a downshift delay of 1-2 seconds, sometimes in quite DIRE situations.