Last post on May 14, 2010 at 6:49 PM
You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
What is this discussion about?
Lexus RX 330, Lexus RX 350, SUV
#5 of 14 Re: New RX model ? [avery1]
Feb 10, 2007 (8:27 am)
Had a choice of 2 cars when I purchased - the Japanese car or the Canadian one.
There had been so much hype about the Canadian one I chose it. I believe that all the N.A vehicles are made in Waterloo Ontario.
After taking the plant tour in Waterloo I find it very hard to believe that all these thing could go wrong - especially considering the price - which is about $20k more than the same car 100 miles away in New York state.
I'm seriously considering shopping in NY, Ohio or Illinois for the next one but I'm sure Toyota N.A has all kinds of restrictions on their dealers about selling a NEW car they know will be exported.
If anyone has done this with a NEW vehicle I'd be interested in hearing about it.
When it's working properly the RX is a great machine and still a head turner.
#6 of 14 Re: New RX model ? [rband]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 10, 2007 (9:55 am)
Try this discussion for "gray market" cars:
Importing Car into Canada from US
There are some recent threads about Toyota specifically in that board that you can find with the Search This Discussion tool.
#7 of 14 Re: New RX model ? [steve_]
Feb 10, 2007 (3:48 pm)
Thanks for this heads up....all over it...R
#8 of 14 Re: New RX model ? [rband]
Feb 10, 2007 (11:49 pm)
Wow, rband. I'm sorry to hear about your troubles with your RX! This is my first Lexus/
Toyota product. Before this, I had been driving Nissans for the past ten years and had
great luck with those vehicles. I am leasing
this car, so hopefully there won't be any
problems before turning it in at the end of the
#9 of 14 Re: New RX model ? [maximafan]
Feb 12, 2007 (3:33 pm)
I've driven about 1m miles on Volvo's - when they were Volvo's and just prior to the RX, I put about 190k miles on a Previa and only had to change the shocks in 10 years.
That prompted me to go ahead with the RX.
I mean wouldn't you think with that kind of record the Toyota people had it figured out???
I've never had a car melt down on me like this one has and at over $60k CDN, you can believe that I don't very often show up at the Service counter with a smile on my face or a song in my heart.
It's running fine this week but then . . . it's only Monday!
Happy motoring!. . .and keep a log on everything.
#11 of 14 Re: New RX model ? [rband]
May 10, 2010 (6:50 pm)
Well, it's over three years later, and I have to report that my '07
RX350 has been flawless to date. I've only had to put new tires and brakes, and I follow the oil change/tire rotation every 5,000 miles. My lease is winding down, and I'm still not sure that I'm ready to part with this car. I picked up my RX back in August of
2006. It's been a great ride!
#12 of 14 Re: New RX model ? [maximafan]
May 14, 2010 (8:00 am)
Purchased my second RX300, new 2001, in late 2000. Now has ~80,000 miles with only two complaints. Shortly after taking delivery I discovered that unlike my previous RX300, 2000MY, the '01 F/awd system had been made basically non-function via a change to the VC, Viscous Clutch/coupling.
My new '01 had VSC and TC, so my assumption was/is that Toyota felt there was no need for a functional VC if TC always acted quickly to alleviate wheelspin/slip.
My second complaint arises from the PURE IDIOCY of the NipponDenso, Denso US, climate control system design. But like the non-functional VC I adjusted to the short-comings of the HVAC system.
I'm now awaiting, expecting, the transaxle failure as I approach 100,000 miles. Should/when that occur then this RX300 will become a UNIQUE R/awd vehicle. A '99 VC installed and the center differential spider gears welded in place. Providing ONLY VC coupling to the front wheels and direct mechanical engine drive ONLY to the rear wheels.
#13 of 14 Re: New RX model ? [maximafan]
May 14, 2010 (8:04 am)
How have you adapted, or have you yet adapted, to your RX350's 1-2 second "re-acceleration" delay/hesitation..??
No (reasonably) instantaneous engine response to gas pedal depression could be a really frightening experience IMMHO.
#14 of 14 Re: New RX model ? [wwest]
May 14, 2010 (6:49 pm)
I can't even say for sure that I have ever had this occur on my vehicle in the three-and-a-half years that I've been driving it. The only thing I've noticed is that when I'm slowing down to pull into, say, the driveway or parking lot of the local bank and then slightly depress the accelerator pedal to continue moving forward into a parking lot, then I get a feeling like the car wants to just continue slowing down and I have to maybe give the pedal a little more of a push to continue forward. But I've never felt that I was put into an unsafe position at anytime in driving this vehicle.
By the way, my vehicle is FWD, not AWD.