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Lexus RX 350, SUV
#1 of 35 RX 350 Rattles
Apr 19, 2007 (10:53 am)
I have an RX 350 with dashboard rattles that have only gotten worse after being "fixed." Does anyone else have this problem with the 350? Was it resolved to your satisfaction? Any helpful hints for when I take it in again?
#2 of 35 Re: RX 350 Rattles [jean53]
Apr 19, 2007 (9:24 pm)
Sorry, jean53, about the rattles. I've had no
dashboard rattles in my '07 RX. I've had it since August of last year. I did have one rattle that turned out to be the map pocket on my passenger front door. It was opened out a little bit and after I closed it, the noise went away. Other than a loose bolt for the spare tire which the dealership tightened up, I haven't had any problems. Although, since I
do have satellite radio, the radio is cranked up most of the time, so, who knows? I might just not be hearing any of it 'cause I'm enjoying my XM too much.
#3 of 35 Re: RX 350 Rattles [jean53]
Apr 20, 2007 (2:54 pm)
I have a 1999 RX300 that has also mysteriously started rattling..first it was in the front near the dashboard...or maybe over the passenger wheel...I never can quite place the location. Anyway, now the whole vehicle is rattling and the engine light is on. There is definite vibration in the rear near the license plate area. Strange. Disturbing too.
So, I am not too happy with Lexus right now...the car only has 50k miles on it and shouldn't be acting like this. I am afraid it is turning to junk very quickly. I was expecting it would last me another 75-100k miles with proper maintenance...but I think the quality isn't going to meet my expectations and I should unload it while I can!
Also, initially when I got the vehicle, I had a problem with the lock in the tumbler sticking, apparently this is a problem with the lexus models...if you take it to the dealer to get the tumbler unstuck so you can turn your vehicle on, they charge you $1600 to replace the tumbler and make new keys and new locks on all the doors because it is all connected to a fail-start on the engine some how and is very specific and delicate. Well, I didn't want to pay $1600 for a defect that LEXUS should fix for free because it is a common fault with the models, so I was able to get a guy (a locksmith) who is contracted by Lexus to do it, to come out to my home and fix it for $150. So imagine the mark up from Lexus to its customers! And my insurance reimbursed me for the locksmith's fee.
I do like the luxury feel of the Lexus though.... I contacted a dealer regarding getting a new RX350, asking if they could find me a new 2006 left and they were pretty rude and said they could not help me, that no more new 2006 RX 350s existed. IS this possible? What do you think?
#4 of 35 Re: RX 350 Rattles [stephie1]
Apr 20, 2007 (9:52 pm)
Stephie, I'm sure you meant the '07 RX350, right? The '06 would have been the RX330. I saw on another post somewhere (I believe it was "prices paid"), and the person who posted said that the dealership where they were looking at RX's had sold all of their '07 RX's.
Not too shabby for a car that's nearing the end of its four-year cycle as far as sales of the RX goes.
#5 of 35 Re: RX 350 Rattles [maximafan]
Apr 21, 2007 (7:32 am)
Opps, sorry, I ideally wanted to find 2006 RX model...so if it was a 330 model only in 2006 that would have been fine.
But I guess there aren't any 2006 models of the 330 on the lots anymore that are not preowned. In my post I forgot that it was a 330 in 2006 and not the 350.
And I am having a hard time now finding just a 07 RX350 with the features I want also, so you are definitely right, they seem to be doing quite well in sales! This probably means they are not as willing to haggle as other manufacturers I'm thinking?
#6 of 35 Re: RX 350 Rattles [jean53]
Nov 01, 2007 (5:05 pm)
I have a 2005 RX330 with about 28,000 miles and mine has been rattling since very early on. I have rattles in the dash and in the hatch. They are very annoying and what I think unacepatable since it is a Lexus and it should be a solid vehicle. I have had them repaired on numerous occasions only to have them come back or to have never gone away. And, the last time it was in and they attempted to repair the dash rattle, the car ended up being in for about a week, since they messed up the entire electrical system. I like my car a lot, but am thankful I leased it instead of buying it, since I can't wait to give it back and get a car with out the annoying rattles.
#7 of 35 Re: RX 350 Rattles [tleev]
Nov 05, 2007 (8:32 pm)
Yeah, it's a shame that a car that is otherwise great in most other aspects can be plagued with these noise and rattle issues. I've been dealing with a rattle issue for a while now on my '07 RX350. I finally isolated pretty much where the noise was coming from. It seems that when the "60-part" portion of the rear bench seat is folded down, the rattling noise stops. So the next time I take it in, I'm going to bring this to the Lexus service department's attention. Right now, I'm driving with the seat down to avoid being annoyed!
By the way, I don't know if anyone has experienced this on their RX or not, but just starting today, I've been having something weird going on with the power liftgate. It will open when I push the button on the dash, but no sooner do I get to the back of the car to get my things out of the back, the power door starts to beep and come back down. That's without me touching anything. At first I thought maybe I was accidentally touching the remote key, but I'm not, so I don't know why this is happening all of a sudden. Hopefully, someone out there may be familiar with what's going on here. Thanks.
#8 of 35 Re: RX 350 Rattles [tleev]
Nov 22, 2007 (8:05 am)
I have an 05 Rx330 and have gone through the ringer with my dealership on this issue. First I had the knocking above my head in the sunroof, then the Data Dot brackets in the engine compartment, then the hood needed adjusted (very easy to do - could have done it myself if someone just showed me), and the rattling in the hatch. The dashboard rattle was only when it was cold, and they fixed it by stuffing more insulation in between the windsheild and the point where the dashboard meets the glass. I still hear it sometimes (again only when it is cold out, say less than 30 degrees). All of the other irritants were fixed, although it was very frustrating during the process...the dealership is a 2 hour round trip for me and the service manager would not honor the salesman's commitment to come pick the vehicle up for service for me (don't even get me started).
ANYWAY, with regard to the hatch noise...I think this is a real poor design on Lexus' part, but you need to buy some felt pads and put them in between where the cargo holder brackets meet the rear hatch, and the noise will go away. OR, if you are not using the cargo cover, just cock the brackets back manually so that they are not engaged, thus not making contact with the rear hatch. Hope this makes sense.
Like I said, poor design...we have an 06 Prius with the cargo cover and it makes ZERO noises...much better design. Just my .02.
JBL in Pittsburgh
...Happy Thanksgiving to all!
#10 of 35 Re: RX 350 Rattles [jbl85]
Mar 21, 2010 (11:01 am)
On your RX330 you talked about the rattle above your hed in the sunroof. I have one on the left side of the sundroof along the edge. i just bought this a short time ago and it is driving me Crazy. What did you or the dealer do to fix it?