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Lexus RX 350
#509 of 522 Re: RX 350 service and engine noise [aart2]
Jul 20, 2012 (12:25 pm)
I just checked all of the 2nd and 3rd generation threads on the Club Lexus website and only found one mention of this problem. It occurred in February 2010 to an RX350 with 45,000 miles on it. It is apparently a known issue with a few engines. Look at the posting yourself and then try to get the dealer to pay some more of the repair costs. The poster on Club Lexus had his repair done totally under warranty but of course the car only had 45K on it at the time and was only 3 years old.
#510 of 522 Re: RX 350 service and engine noise [kwbuggy]
Jul 23, 2012 (2:32 am)
I am 3rd owner. Just over 80,000. Previous owner bought as certified pre-owned and I know the previous owner was religious about regular service. I have been arguing for Lexus to cover more. They agreed to 50% of parts cost, but it'll still set me back $3,000.
#511 of 522 REGULAR GAS ON 2013RX
Jul 30, 2012 (3:31 pm)
This is my 4th rx, 2004, 2006, 2010, and now a 2013. The 13 runs just as good as
any of the other 3 and uses regular gas instead of premium. Same engine since 2007, why did it take so long to do this?
#512 of 522 Re: REGULAR GAS ON 2013RX [cwayne]
Jul 31, 2012 (8:53 am)
If you go back and look I think you'll find that NONE of your previous RXes REQUIRED premium fuel. Even my 2001 Porsche C4 will run happily on regular.
#513 of 522 REGULAR GAS ON 2013 RX
Aug 01, 2012 (5:22 pm)
My previous RXes seemed to run better on premium gas. (mayby my imagination). On my 2010 RX I filled my tank with mid-grade and the
check engine light came on. I called the dealer and he said mayby a bad tank of gas, sure enough I filled with 93 and the light went off. I had used mid-grade before with no problem.
#514 of 522 RX 350 Premium package Back Hand Rest
Aug 12, 2012 (4:26 am)
I have recently purchased a rx 350 -2013 with premium package. I like the interior but I noticed the hand rest in the backseat does not have a wood trim. But Lexus.com shows the back hand rest with a wood trim. My dealer insists that its a error on Lexus.com ; wondering if any of you guys have the same ?
#515 of 522 RX 350 - Backseat Hand rest - Premium Package
Aug 24, 2012 (4:46 pm)
I recently purchased a RX 350 premium package (Parchment/MapleI Interior. I noticed after I drove drove home that back seat hand rest does not have a wood trim as shown on Lexus.com.
Dealership's explanation is that lexus.com has a wrong image .
Appreciate a response from anyone who has a similar interior.
#516 of 522 What made you choose RX350?
Oct 11, 2012 (4:33 pm)
I have really enjoyed reading this forum and appreciate everyone's openness.
I'm in a position where my car has died on me and I'm going to need to purchase a new car. I had been researching cars anyway so I don't feel too stressed. I'm leaning toward a crossover or small/med SUV to purchase.
I'm trying to decide whether it's better to buy a fully loaded "regular" car (toyota highlander, ford edge, etc.) or spring for the luxury car. I've been looking the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35 (or 37 for 2013) and the Lexus RX350. I can afford the luxury cars, but just wondering if it's worth it. I have driven them all and like the RX the best, followed by the EX35 and the Q5. Just trying to be smart about the purchase and think about long term effects like reliability, maintenance costs, etc.
What made you ultimately choose the RX350 during your selection process? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
#517 of 522 Re: What made you choose RX350? [tlwannabe]
Oct 12, 2012 (6:52 pm)
I purchased an RX300, '00, since it quite clearly has a functional F/awd system plus an actual LSD. I traded up to the '01 RX300 to get HID, VSC, and TC.
Big, BIG mistake...!
As of '01 the VC fluid was reformulated such that it always remained FLACCID, NEVER any substantual level of engine torque coupling to the rear...
After the fact, once the front driven wheels LOST traction, then TC would activate, simultaneously dethrottling the engine FULLY, and braking the front wheel to simulate traction. Yes, this serves to force engine torque through the fully open center diff'l but with the engine now idling they is virtually NO TORQUE at any wheel.
Since the TC system makes a VC totally useless Lexus dropped the VC from all future RXes.
Now, with the F/awd system fully non-functional Lexus finally caved to the owner outcry and provided a TC "off" capability. Now you could at least "feather" the throttle to get up and going on a slippery surface even with only the front wheels being driven.
My advise to you would be that you should take a serious look at the Toyota Venza w/I4 engine. The Venza actually preceded the RX350 in adopting a new F/awd system. You can easily modify the Venza to have the front wheels "freewheel" via an aftermarket TOAD kit. Then apply a constant 12 volts to the ear clutch and you have a RWD Venza
#518 of 522 Re: Aftermarket navigation added by tmakogon [huey4]
Nov 25, 2012 (10:01 am)
Aftermarket gps units can be mounted on the dash with mounting tape (grey double-sided adhesive tape, sold in hardware stores such as lowes or homedepot in small rolls). Suction mount only works on glass and has to come off. All dashes differ in their shape so check if any component of the gps suction mount piece can be detached and reused to help install the navigation unit on the dash more securely. This unit stayed securely in place since the time of the original post (nearly four years) until replaced with another gps unit with more updated maps for 99 dollars.