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#392 of 522 Lexus advertising...misleading, lying or typo...?
Jan 31, 2008 (5:45 pm)
The online technical specifications and the sales brochures, dealer supplied and online e-brochure, for the RX350 continue to state that the AWD system is based on the VC, Viscous Clutch, across the center diff'l. The Lexus shop/repair manuals at techinfo.toyota.com indicate the VC is NOT used in the later models, the RX330 & RX350.
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Response (Richard Hollingsworth) - 10/27/2004 09:41 AM
Dear Mr. West,
Thank you for contacting Lexus Customer Satisfaction regarding the 2005 RX 330. We appreciate your interest in this vehicle.
Per our technical department, the 2005 RX 330 does not have a viscous coupling LSD. The vehicle has adopted a full-time all-wheel drive system. We are sorry for the misinformation.
If you would like to discuss your concerns further, you can also reach the Lexus Customer Satisfaction Department at 1-800-255-3987, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time.
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Customer (Willard West) - 10/26/2004 04:59 PM
The current 2005 RX330 e-brochure indicates that the 2005 AWD RX330 has the viscous coupling again.
Is this actually true or is this a typo?
#393 of 522 Re: RX350 or ES350? [praz]
Feb 09, 2008 (11:22 pm)
Praz, since the ES350 was a new generation model that came out last year, one can see where maybe the interior particularly may seem more updated compared to the interior of the RX350.
I'm sure the next gen. RX350 will have some similar updated features such that the ES350 does.
However, I think the current gen RX350 has a very nice-looking
interior for a luxury SUV and I still like the exterior styling also.
I chose the opposite when test-driving these two vehicles -- actually, I test-drove three Lexus vehicles; the IS250, ES350 and
the RX350. I liked the RX the best and I'm still enjoying it a year-and-a-half later! Good luck and enjoy your Lexus!
#394 of 522 Re: RX350 or ES350? [maximafan]
Feb 10, 2008 (6:39 pm)
People buy vehicles they like so you might have bought your RX for a reason as I did mine. Hope you are enjoying your RX and will not regret your decision taken year-and-a-half ago when 2010 RX is released at the New York auto show. Hey thanks, we are enjoying our ES and hope to keep it for at least 10 years. Are you planning to buy your RX after the end of your lease, year-and-a-half later or go for 2010 RX? Can't wait to see the re-design of the new RX, the bench mark of luxury SUV's. Will trade my Nissan for the 2010 RX (if better than Highlander or Venza, hopefully it will) when it will be released sometime next year. Good day to you!!!
#395 of 522 Cold Start Noise
Feb 11, 2008 (1:45 pm)
I just purchased a new RX350 and when I first start the engine in the morning, it sounds fine, but as soon as I put it into gear, the engine/transmission is extremely loud for the first minute or so until it warms. I took it for service, but they said this was normal??
I have a Highlander and Pilot, but neither do this, they start with no noise when I put them in gear. I was expecting a notch better when I bought Lexus, but it seems strange that this would be normal? Does anyone else notice this symptom in AM? Thanks.
#396 of 522 Re: RX350 or ES350? [praz]
Feb 13, 2008 (5:35 pm)
I bought my wife an ES330 back in 2005 to replace her ES300 which was 10 years old. I have ordered a RX350 that will be here in a week from another dealer (dealer swap). My wife rode in a similar RX350 that I am going to get an she has fallen in love with it and wants to trade me when it gets here. I was thinking that the RX was not a very "manly" SUV and was leaning toward a Highlander but after some serious and realistic thoughts, my days of running in the mud and up power lines in a FWD SUV are over. I do hunt and occasionally run into snow and mud but we are talking forest roads not the outback of Africa. The Highlander is just a RX with less luxury, less warranty and I would guess not the service that Lexus owners experience. The 2009 RX350 is unchanged from the 2008 except the same options will run you $1500 more. There is a Pebble Beach option that is not available in 2008.
#397 of 522 Re: RX350 or ES350? [catdaddylong]
Feb 13, 2008 (6:44 pm)
What options cost more in the 2009 RX vs 2008? The option costs appear identical. The only change is the MSRP of of the vehicle, the price increased slightly. (For example, its only $100 higher for AWD).
#398 of 522 Re: Cold Start Noise [jav08]
Feb 13, 2008 (8:14 pm)
Hello jav08. I read with interest your post on the noise you are experiencing upon first start up of the day. Now, let me tell you, I am a Lexus nut. They come out with a new color and I buy it. That's probably why I am always broke. But I would never drive another model car than the RX350. Every RX I have owned has done the same thing you speak of in the morning. Sometimes, I get in and start the car and let it sit for a few minutes while I go thru the days paper work I have to do. Then by the time it is warmed up I experience no unusual noises. Guess it''s normal as they say. One other thing the dealer told me. When I start the car in the morning do not shift gears until the RPM has dropped to at least 1000 RPM. Good luck and happy driving. Good post!
#399 of 522 Re: Cold Start Noise [rpac]
Feb 13, 2008 (8:26 pm)
He is right, it is better when you let the rpm to drop to at least 1000rpm. Also, as the doors lock when the gear is changed from "P" you might hear unusual noise.
#400 of 522 RX350 steering vibrating when climbing around 70+mph
Feb 14, 2008 (2:41 pm)
Ever since I got my '07 RX350 back from 15K service late last year, it developed a vibration at the steering wheel that felt terrible and at times unsafe when traveling at freeway speed. I can't recall having the vibration before 15K service.
The dealer looked at the problem 4 times now. They re-balanced the tires twice, changed to a new set of 4 tires, checked suspension and brake but the vibration is still there. Above 55 mph, you can feel a slight vibration. When I get an incline or decline and over 70+mph, it gets unbearable. Of course, the last time, they claim they can't reproduce it even after my specific instruction. They only drove 5 miles for the entire service; doubt they try too hard.
I am tired of not able to get to the root. I even think there might be a loose screw or some engine or transmission mounts or CV boots that are loose or something. But, dealer said they are all fine.
Does anyone has any similar experience or suggestion?
#401 of 522 Re: RX350 or ES350? [carlovernj]
Feb 14, 2008 (5:29 pm)
Carlo, I picked the same options for a 2008 RX350 and a 2009 RX350 and I was going by the Edmunds True Market Value as to what the cost difference would be for my area. The 2009 model TMV is $41,027 and the 2008 is $39,402. Actually a $1625 difference. This is what the real world cost is when buying. I was just pointing out that there is no difference between the two model years and it makes more sense to get a 2008 model while you can, other wise expect to pay about $1500 more for the 2009 for the same options.