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#123 of 732 Re: Questions reqarding Lexus ES 300 & RX 300 [drjondc]
Jun 27, 2008 (8:31 pm)
Want to hear my tale of woe with my 2000 Lexus RX300? It was a Friday night of a long weekend in Southern California. I was heading downhill on the 241 toll road on my way to the 91 freeway in wall to wall traffic. My transmission went, with 96,000 miles on the odometer. I used gravity to coast my way through several lanes of traffic to the shoulder.
I called AAA for a tow, only to be told that there were 26 people ahead of me (long weekend) and that I'd have to wait until the tow truck could get to me. I waited 4 hours on the side of the busy freeway until finally the tow truck showed up. He towed me straight to a Toyota dealership. The next day they called to inform me that I'd need a replacement transmission, and that it would be about $5,200 out the door with tax and everything.
I paid the charge, and have put 17K miles on the new transmission in 18 months. So far so good, but I will probably sell this Lexus in another 6 months or so. Other than the transmission failing (!) it's been a good car. At close to 9 years old, it still rides very smooth and quiet on 3+ year-old Michelin tires. My wife nagged me to get a Lexus due to the reliability, so I was disappointed that my transmission blew at less than 100K. Now I feel maybe the Japanese cars aren't so much better than the US-made cars.
We also bought a Toyota mini-van and it has had a lot of problems. It goes through front brakes every 12K, the rubber seal around the front windshield came loose and had to be replaced, the sunglasses compartment broke, etc, etc. Lots of small stuff, but still kind of annoying. Not even 50K on it yet. It's a 2005 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited.
And I remember hearing about quality problems a year or two ago with the Toyota Tundras. So when you add all this up, I don't know that the Japanese cars are all that much better on the quality side, and the Lexus vehicles are particularly expensive to begin with.
#124 of 732 2nd Transmission?!
Jun 30, 2008 (9:17 am)
I think this is my first time writing but had to because you won't believe this. The transmission in my 2001 RX300 went at 68k miles, luckily it was covered undered an extended warranty. Now I think the refurbished one is about to GO at 100k!! It feels like it's starting to slip and my mechanic said it sounds like the transmission. I am so ready to cry and go postal on Lexus because I know they are going to give me a hard time because it's not covered under the 1 year warranty. If they don't agree to fix it for free for putting in a bad transmission in the 1st place, then I too will not only file a complaint with the NHTSA but also the Better Business Bureau. I am definitely up for class action or at least start a petition to the Lexus headquarters.
#125 of 732 Re: 2000 rx300 tranny failure [williams21706]
Jul 03, 2008 (5:38 am)
Excellent strategy on your part. I think I will be doing the same because the rebuilt transmission I already had installed on my 01 RX300 at 68k is already acting up and I've only had it for less than 2 years. I know Lexus is going to give me a hard time because it's out of warranty but I will definitely get on the war path and do like you: cc'g BBB and my local news station and paper. Hopefully I'll get the same results as you did, at least they met you half way. Thanks.
#126 of 732 Re: Class Action Suit -- I'm in! [foxy2319]
Jul 05, 2008 (7:12 am)
I am just beginning to have these problems on my 1999 Lexus RX300. Here is the link to file a complaint with the NHTSA http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/. Have you taken any steps for a class action suit? I am a teacher and have off for the summer, so if you need any help let me know. I am definitely on board!!!
#127 of 732 1999 RX300 Trans Failure
Jul 10, 2008 (6:51 pm)
It looks like I joined the club.... My wife's 1999 RX300 just left her stranded, and my local mechanic says it had a "catastrophic failure". He quoted me $4700 for a rebuilt unit with a 3 yr/100k warranty. The car has 136k miles on it, so I guess I should be happy for going this far on the original trans!!!
Does anyone know of a good Trans repair shop in the So Cal area? Not that I don't trust my local guy, but if there is a shop that specializes in RX300s, I'd give them a look.....
One thing's a given - Once it's fixed, I'm selling it!!! So much for Lexus/Toyota reliability..... I filed a complaint as well at the NHTSA link in foxy2319's post above, but I doubt anything will come of it..... Thanks to all for the info.
#128 of 732 Re: 1999 RX300 Trans Failure [swatson19d]
Jul 11, 2008 (5:22 am)
Actually that warranty doesn't sound bad. I had mine done at 68k at the dealer because it was still under warranty, and they only guaranteed it for a year. Can you believe that?! I just reached 100k. Knock on wood. I'm thinking of getting rid of mine as well because the RX has so many sensors that just one alone cost you about $500. I hate a car note but the cost to maintain this car is almost not worth keeping it.
#129 of 732 Re: 1999 RX300 Trans Failure [hawk314a]
Jul 11, 2008 (7:22 am)
I too had my '99 RX's transmission replaced at 69k by the dealer under warrantee, back in 2003. They replaced it with a new modern unit from Lexus, after trying the two rebuilt units in stock and finding shift and quality issues. The brand new trans/updated software has been performing flawlessly, and has not been overheating or beating up the fluid the way the original transmission did, and shifts are right on "enthusiastic"; there is no delay at all. I also added increased cooling for the transmission as extra insurance, and increased the fluid change interval to every year or so.
So I hope this one lasts a long time (it seems like it will), but I'm bored with the car's benign handling and the fuel economy, while good for a vehicle of it's type, is not what I need now. It comes down to this: The car is worth more to me than it is to sell, and other than the transmission (covered by Lexus) and a couple minor things has been very reliable and feature-rich.
I hope SWatson you can call around and find a better price, perhaps at a Lexus or Toyota dealer if they know you're shopping. It seems the price varies depending on perceived value. They may tow it for you, too. A 3 year warrantee is longer, but it shouldn't make a difference if you can ensure the new one is better built than the original (a more modern design).
#131 of 732 Lost Transmission on 2001 RX300
Jul 13, 2008 (3:54 pm)
Only 10 days after having the suggested manufacturer 85,000 mi routine service, my RX 300 Transmission sputtered to a stop on the side of a busy interstate.
I have maintained this car according to the owner's manual and cannot believe this happened.
I drove a Volkswagen and a BMW for 20 years and had 100,000 mi on each and never, never had to replace anything but the brakes.
I have contacted Lexus only to have many empty promises that they would look into it.
I have recently read some blogs of other unfortunate Lexus owners that have also suffered this very expensive repair with no hint as to why.
Has anyone had any success in dealing with Lexus in having them step-up-to-the-plate and make things right?
If there is a class action suit out there, please count me in!
#132 of 732 Re: Lost Transmission on 2001 RX300 [pepps1]
Jul 15, 2008 (10:01 am)
It's worth a try on a class-action suit, but might be an uphill battle with 85,000 miles of use.
Unfortunately, routine service does not mean any transmission service at all. How's that for "service"? Dealers may be quick to point you to their expensive service "packages" but I've never seen those include actually servicing the transmission and inspecting the pan (before or after the long Lexus warrantee expires).
I've always thought low-mileage use is "severe" but for some reason (profit?) some dealers don't tell you that you should add frequent tranny service, and you find out when it's too late. Servicing the transmission often may or may not help, but you might find out before it's too late, and in most cases before the Lexus warrantee expires.
I've learned it's a good idea to specify what you want serviced (see the owners manual and apply your good sense) rather than routine service packages, and this is a very common concern.
Please keep us posted how things are going.