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Lexus RX 300, Lexus RX 330, Lexus RX 350, SUV
#1 of 43 Lexus RX 350 Servicing question.
Sep 26, 2007 (7:56 am)
Do you service your Lexus RX350 by miles or time? I don't rack up enough miles...about 10,000 a year. So for the first year, I did the servicing at 6 months (the car had 3000 miles), then at 12 months (the car had 6000 miles). It's 18 months now and the car has 10,000 miles.
Does it make sense to go for the recommended 18 months or 15,000 miles just because my car is 18 months old or should I wait for the car to put on 15,000 miles?
Please advise since the Lexus dealer charges $200 for the servicing!
#2 of 43 Re: Lexus RX 350 Servicing question. [kutra]
Sep 26, 2007 (8:37 am)
I'm not an expert but I would think it depends on if the miles are short stop-and-go miles or freeway miles. If they were freeway miles or a mix I would tend to go with miles not time.
#3 of 43 Re: Lexus RX 350 Servicing question. [kutra]
Oct 02, 2007 (9:48 pm)
Kutra, is that $200 for just an oil change and tire rotation? That seems kind of high. I'm not sure, but I don't think my Lexus dealership charges that much for the oil change and tire rotation. Then again, I prepaid for my maintenance at less than $500 for four years or 48,000 miles, so I feel I got a pretty good deal for my future oil changes/tire rotations.
#4 of 43 Re: Lexus RX 350 Servicing question. [maximafan]
Dec 19, 2007 (4:36 pm)
I'm due for my 15,000 mile check up and not sure how much they charge in Tulsa. I don't get an air conditioning filter? same as air filter? I paid $50 for oil change. does anyone know what the air conditioning filter is on lexus and should it really be changed after only 15000 miles?
#5 of 43 Re: Lexus RX 350 Servicing question. [tulsaag]
Dec 19, 2007 (6:06 pm)
If you have your original air conditioning (cabin air - the stuff you breath while you drive) filter after 15,000 miles and you typically use the a/c and heat (unless you drive in a dust-free environment), chances are pretty good the filter element is dirty. I'm guessing because I don't use my a/c all the time, always park inside a garage away from trees, and my RX300's gets pretty dirty long before 15,000 miles.
The engine also has to breathe through an air filter, so check your owners manual for intervals.
Either filters are easy items to inspect an/or replace yourself if you are so inclined. I don't know if the RX350 is the same as the RX300, but here is a link to a helpful site from an owner, which offers his own info on the RX300. It's likely your RX350 is similar to the prior generation.
You may save yourself a little money by buying replacement elements for the cabin filter and/or replacement engine filter and doing it yourself. They are available from various online sources (I think in addition to Lexus there is aftermarket Denso, Bosch, and other sources, or just ask for the factory part online or in person at the Lexus parts counter. Some folks get satisfaction out of doing it themselves and saving a few $, but if you're not a DIYer, you may just want to pay the dealer to do it.
I bet if you learn to check/change it and see it yourself, you will have cleaner air to breathe.
#6 of 43 Re: Lexus RX 350 Servicing question. [kutra]
Dec 19, 2007 (7:02 pm)
I would do service based on time, if you don't drive enough miles. Thats said, the Lexus sevice is a rip off and could be done by some else or yourself for much cheaper. I do my own oil changes on my RX350. The cabin filter is redicously easy to change, it uses the same filter as a 06 Prius or 06 Camry, also the RX330 do not have the same cabin filter as the RX350s, so be careful about it. For good reason, Toyota went to a universal filter for the RX in 07, instead of a unique one, so the RX350 are in luck. The only special service that the RX needs is at about 30K when it says the replace the brake fluid in the manual.
#7 of 43 Re: Lexus RX 350 Servicing question. [moolman]
Dec 20, 2007 (8:09 am)
I have the same issue... just took took mine in (needed state inspection as well) to Lexus of Manhattan at 8919 for 10,000 mile servicing. Yeah, they "check" a lot of stuff, but essentially it's oil and filter change, tire balance and rotation and that service cost $200, and it's infuriating. It would clearly be half as much at a local tire/service shop. But I'm also concerned that with a leased car, not doing all that "check and adjust" crap that they claim they do could ultimately hurt me at the end of lease time... any thoughts on that from the group?
#8 of 43 SERVICE
Jan 08, 2008 (5:09 pm)
Just go to a Toyato dealer for service and save about 50- 60%. Your new car warrantee is good regardless of where you get your oil changed as long as you keep your receipts.
#9 of 43 Re: SERVICE [cwayne]
Jan 27, 2008 (9:55 am)
I own 07 RX350 and I am thinking about getting wheel alignment service. I've just found that it is covered by lexus basic warranty within one year. Has anyone done with the basic warranty? Just want to do before my warranty expires.
As a separate question, if we change oil/filter at Toyota dealer, does lexus still honor warranty with the serivces done at Toyota delaer?
#10 of 43 Lexus advertising is flat WRONG..!!
Jan 31, 2008 (1:35 pm)
The online technical specifications and the sales brochures, dealer supplied and online e-brochure, for the RX350 continue to state that the AWD system is based on the VC, Viscous Clutch, across the center diff'l. The Lexus shop/repair manuals at techinfo.toyota.com indicate the VC is NOT used in the later models, the RX330 & RX350.
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Response (Richard Hollingsworth) - 10/27/2004 09:41 AM
Dear Mr. West,
Thank you for contacting Lexus Customer Satisfaction regarding the 2005 RX 330. We appreciate your interest in this vehicle.
Per our technical department, the 2005 RX 330 does not have a viscous coupling LSD. The vehicle has adopted a full-time all-wheel drive system. We are sorry for the misinformation.
If you would like to discuss your concerns further, you can also reach the Lexus Customer Satisfaction Department at 1-800-255-3987, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time.
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Customer (Willard West) - 10/26/2004 04:59 PM
The current 2005 RX330 e-brochure indicates that the 2005 AWD RX330 has the viscous coupling again.
Is this actually true or is this a typo?