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#1 of 20 Lexus RX 300 funny new noise
Mar 30, 2007 (6:26 am)
Lexus RX 300,1999, 64000 mil,original owner.
The car has been making a buzzing noise [like a metal component with a very fine vibration] as I start to accelerate and continue driving. It is present when steering the wheel slightly to the left or when keeping it in neutral center position but seems to dissappear when I steer to the right or when I step on the break and slow down or stop.Acceleration does not seem to make it any worse or better.
It may be coming from the front of the car and may be the left side [although hard to say since I am already sitting and driving in the front left]
Any help is appreciated since In had a bad experience with the local mechanic I took this car x other stuff before.
#2 of 20 Re: Lexus RX 300 funny new noise [herman6]
Apr 13, 2007 (5:12 pm)
Your transmission is going out...a very common problem on the RX300.
#3 of 20 Re: Lexus RX 300 funny new noise [herman6]
Apr 15, 2007 (12:30 pm)
Could also be a bearing issue. Same thing happened to me. started out as low noice, very slight vibration, happened driving straight. Then it became pronounced and louder as I turned left and right and just a slight noise/vibration driving straight. Dealer couldn't find anything wrong originally. Took months to go from slight noise to pronounced noise.
#4 of 20 2004 lexus rx330 (psaiski)
Aug 21, 2007 (8:26 am)
for the last six months i've had a "scratchy,bubbly " noise behind the dash on the drivers side usually on hot days. on several occasions, it continued after the motor was off.yesterday it would not start had grinding noise when turning the key. attempted about six times. after about an hr i tried again and it started right up. it made the scatchy noise for about three min. the car is with the dealer and of course there is no sound and the car starts right up. has anyone had this problem? thanks.
#5 of 20 Re: 2004 lexus rx330 (psaiski) [psiaski]
Aug 21, 2007 (3:44 pm)
No problem with starting but I have had a scratchy sound from inside the dash area. I have not had it fixed but it was diagnosed by a Lexus tech as a bad servo motor in the AC system.
#6 of 20 Re: 2004 lexus rx330 (psaiski) [avery1]
Aug 22, 2007 (8:31 am)
i think i've two unrelated problems. thanks for your input re. the servo motor, sounds like that's the solution.
#7 of 20 Weird Clicking Sound While Engine Off / Clock Reset
Dec 30, 2007 (10:04 am)
Weird Clicking Sound While Engine Off / Clock Reset
My Rx300, 2000, has over the years occasionally made a weird clicking sound after the engine is turned off. Last experience occurred when I came out of Lowes after two hours of shopping and found it making a variation of the sound. The battery was dead...it was jumped off and I got a new battery right away. Since then the clock resets almost every time it is cranked. Per information from messages on this site...I had the cables checked, where I got the battery. They cleaned the cables but the problem continues. They said that it is not their problem....what a coincident..? I have not noticed the sound again and I haven't had any problems starting the car. In one post they mentioned that the fuses might be the problem. Do you have any idea where the problem might be? If it is in the fuse system...how can I fix it myself ( I know nothing, but need to learn!)?
#9 of 20 Re: found a 2002 rx300 for teen daughter, opinions needed [carinas]
Feb 04, 2008 (10:16 am)
I hope this gives you some help. I'm not sure what funny new noise you hear on a car you are looking to buy (title of this forum, perhaps not related), however you may have better luck in the main RX300 forum (see post #9109 link title written for someone who had questions about purchasing a '99) and doing a "search" by keywords in any of the other RX300 and RX300 maint/repair, etc. boards.
Like other cars, lots of your concern might be related to the care and records available from the prior owner, if it is being sold with a transferable warrantee from Lexus, if anything was "updated" under warrantee, and especially how it was used (i.e. a local grocery-runner or people pick-up that spends a lot of time idling, but has few miles likely will have seen much more wear than a distance commuter with more miles).
These are good cars that generally provide a fairly trouble-free experience, with a few exceptions. You will see those exceptions (complaints) listed as posts on the RX300 forums. Some owners have reported more trouble than others in a few key areas, like transmission. But Lexus knew about this, and many had their transmissions replaced with more modern units under warrantee.
#10 of 20 2001 Lexus RX300 vibration
Dec 15, 2008 (6:37 am)
My 01 RX300 with 78,000 miles has developed a vibration when the car comes to a stop. The dealer has checked it out and finds nothing wrong. I'm bringing it back so the service manager and I can ride it together. Has anybody experienced similar vibration issue and if so is there a solution?