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#70 of 89 Whining noise ?
Feb 11, 2009 (3:26 pm)
We bought a 2009 RX 350 in December and discovered that our new Lexus has a very audible whining noise in the shifting mechanism...
we traded in our 2005 Lexus after owning it (bought new ) for 4 years and never gave a thought to test driving the 2009 because we were so satisfied with the 2005..it was so quiet running, idling etc. that we hardly new it was on...we complained to the salesperson and the manager who suggested we go into a 2010..they had just received 5..we were told it would cost $15,000.00 to upgrade from 2009 to 2010 after dishing out 22,500 in December plus our 2005 Lexus (in excellent shape) to buy the 2009....believe me this noise is extremely annoying, especially in city driving...What a huge disappointment this "new" car is to us especially when my passengers say "what's that whining sound?' I haven't contacted the Lexus main office yet but was told by the manager to do so because she can't help us....she said to put us in another 2009 RX350 would cost us over $9000.00...what a joke...it's a lose, lose situation.......I can't help wondering if that's why out salesperson had us drive the 2009 Hybrid to our home to retrieve papers while Lexus prepped the new car...we had only gone to the dealer for an oil change and an AFS problem but the manager suggested we go with an 09 before we reached 60,000 miles, then the value would decrease....unfortunately we went for it....I'm sure she new if I heard that noise I wouldn't buy it!...my advice..beware..don't judge one Lexus by another....would I recommend a Lexus now? NO! there are too many excellent cars out there for less money then to get stuck buying a car only for the name...sadly, I'm afraid Lexus is following other great selling cars and getting lax in workmanship and people skills...
#71 of 89 Re: Whining noise ? [sudsy120]
Feb 11, 2009 (5:30 pm)
Have you heard of lemon law? Try to put you 09 Lexus for repair at least 4 times. Then contact a lemon law lawyer, he or she will take care for you. I think with Lemon Law lawyer, most likely Lexus has to take your defect 09 back and give you the 2010 without any charge. Or you can discuss the option with the Lemon Law lawyer. Good luck and please give us the status to this forum.
#73 of 89 Re: Just leased in NJ [richneedsaleas]
Feb 20, 2009 (7:59 am)
Hi - did you lease an 09 RX350? which dealership please? at Prestige they just quoted me $612/mo for 15K per year, no navig.
#74 of 89 Re: Just leased in NJ [dollyh]
Feb 24, 2009 (10:25 am)
I spoke to somebody at Prestige Lexus who quoted an 09 RX350 with NAV for around 39k (purchase though not lease). But I know someone at a different forum who got 09 RX350 with NAV for $37k at Warnock Lexus (Rt. 10, Whippany). There is a reason why Prestige Lexus seems to be the only dealership with the leftover 09 Lexus RX350 with NAV. I called yesterday, and the inventory went up by 1 vehicle than the previous Wednesday (02/18/09). LOL Currently they have the bamboo pearl, breakwater blue and silver. The demo version with NAV (w/ 3000 miles) they have them in black and silver, and they want over $37k for the demo.
I had enough of the a$$titude from the salesperson who was supposedly trying to get rid of the 09 RX as the new ones came in. They can hold all the 09 RX that they want, the prices will only go down as they sit in the lot longer. And now that I'm reading all these whinning/transmission problem with the 09 RX, I'm glad that I decided not to pursue it. I also noticed a blind spot due to the panel on the driver's side and I was able to reproduce it each time I test drive the car.
Good luck with the RX350. Don't forget to shop around. Warnock has more than 10 RX440h available, priced at $40,800 (with NAV no Ent).
#75 of 89 Re: Just leased in NJ [mar1an1]
Feb 25, 2009 (7:03 pm)
I gave Prestige multiple chances to meet another dealer's offer and they wouldn't do it. I ended up going to Cherry Hill. Quite a drive, but they had what I wanted ('09 black/tan) for 34K (no nav).
#76 of 89 Re: 2009 Lexus RX350 [rpac]
May 21, 2009 (11:01 am)
I have a 2007 RX350 that is currently at the dealership having the transmission replaced under warranty. I also started hearing a moan on acceleration and took it in. My noise started after my car lerched forward when I was approaching a stop sign, then again after putting it in reverse. I have 49,000 miles on the car and I'm also concerned now as to what happens when my warranty has expired and the possiblility of it happening again. I would continue taking yours in for the problem. It might end up being covered under the current lemon laws. You should never have to replace a transmission with so few miles. I did my research before buying and never once came across news of transmission problems. Consumer reports and JD Powers only had glowing reviews.
#77 of 89 Re: 2009 Lexus RX350 [pseay]
May 26, 2009 (9:00 am)
The Lexus RX series has been well known to have premature transaxle failures, 80-100,000 miles, since the very beginning. Here we are with the new 2010 models having the same FLAWED design adopted back then for the initial '99 MY.
DBW was supposed to be "the" solution back when the RX330 was introduced but failed. Now Lexus keeps trying out new firmware fixes but no success so far.
Hard to understand since Ford foresaw the problem(***) with the "new" transaxle design before the Edge was introduced to the market and adopted a variable displacement ATF pump to compensate.
*** Probably just read the forums about all the RX transaxle problems.
#78 of 89 Re: 2009 Lexus RX350 [wwest]
May 26, 2009 (4:26 pm)
Well, you know, at Ford, quality is Job One!
#79 of 89 Re: 2009 Lexus RX350 [bodble2]
May 26, 2009 (6:36 pm)
No, it's just that as a "rule" the second attempt at something of this nature is an improvement.
Now if we could only get Ford to be the "second" to implement something like "ECOBOOST", formerly TWINFORCE (until gas went to $4.00).
Otherwise...Ford = IDIOTS.