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#1818 of 1867 100,000 Warrenty?
Sep 20, 2011 (4:02 pm)
I own a 2004 RX 330 with 95,500 miles on it.
I bought it new & its been a terrific car.
Has anyone purchased a 100,000 warrenty?
How much did it cost?
#1819 of 1867 Re: fuel consumption [eeffiong]
Oct 10, 2011 (11:32 pm)
Try doing your own "external" mileage calculations to rule out a faulty display function.
My display averages idle time in with all other modes, i.e., slow, fast, traffic, stop & go, idle, whatever. If that motor is runnin', gas consumption is being monitored and correlated with mileage driven - then that average value is repeatedly recalled to do the next "fill up" calculation. I don't know if these numbers finally drop out of the equation at some point in time or not.
#1820 of 1867 Re: Bad Lexus [badlexus]
Oct 17, 2011 (1:43 pm)
Sorry to hear about your problems. First, replacing the timing belt is routine maintenance at 90,000 miles and I suspect that the water pump was replaced at the same time (because they've done all the labor to get at the water pump and the pump itself is comparatively cheap).
If possible, a little more information would be helpful; mine has 67,000 miles so anticipation may be the smart thing to do. What climate to you live in and do you garage to RX or leave it outside (especially during the day)? What kind of driving to you do: all on-road or some off-road?
The leaking headlight is a fairly common and annoying problem. I understand there are relatively inexpensive work-arounds for this condition; I would search for them.
If it's any consolation, I just had a wheel bearing go out at 67,000 miles and I am something of a fanatic about routine maintenance. Sometimes the sealed bearings just fail I guess. I've searched the internet and don't see a lot of references to this problem so I suspect it is not common. You and I seem to be among the unlucky.
#1823 of 1867 Re: Rear Qtr Window Trim 2004 RX330 [ckimball50]
Nov 04, 2011 (3:47 pm)
Same thing happened to me w/my 2004 lexus RX330 bought new. 95K miles on it now. The roof trim and left back window trim flew away. Lexus said the same thing - must buy a whole new window to replace it.
Also black trim paint peeling so lots of white patches and wheel rims silver finish peeled off. CD/radio had to be replaced (under warranty ) They wanted to charge me $1200 to repaint the rims. I do like some things about the car but wouldn't buy again since these basic things like paint should hold up more than 8 years.
#1824 of 1867 2004 RX330 - battery life?
Nov 04, 2011 (3:49 pm)
I still have the same battery from day 1, 8 years and 96K miles. How long does a battery last? Should I replace it before it dies?
#1825 of 1867 Re: 2004 RX330 - battery life? [nomorelexus]
Nov 04, 2011 (4:46 pm)
You are most fortunate. I used to get about 5-6 years on a battery before it went out. Have started replacing them every 5 years regardless of the battery condition. I use my 05 RX for numerous road trips and don't want a repeat of a dead battery a number of years ago while on the road. I think battery life depends to some degree on climatic conditions where you live/drive. Extreme hot shortens battery life and I suspect extreme winter cold might also.
#1826 of 1867 Re: 2004 RX330 - battery life? [mmm1]
Nov 05, 2011 (8:20 am)
I have 2 "surplus" battery's, one Costco and one Mopar, that would not hold a charge in the respective vehicles but still seem to work fine otherwise.
I have a shed on the property that I never wired for electricity. Instead I equipped the shed with an inexpensive 400 watt inverter and 2 ~40W flourescent fixtures. One battery is in service while the other is on the charger. Admittedly extremely low demand, power level, duration, and dutycycle, but the one in serivice seems to last 5-6 months unless I forget and leave the lights on.
What might this say about automotive battery failure rates...??
No loss of CCA, I suspect, since on occassion I have been able to use the non-service battery to "jumpstart" other vehicles (left door ajar, etc.).
I have found that if the battery on the charger will only charge to 70-80% I can drop it on the (concrete) garage floor from about 6-8" and then it will accept a full charge. Redistributing the "fines" having flaked off the cell(s) and shorting out the bottom of a cell(s)...?