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#240 of 732 Resolution to my dead Tranny
Apr 13, 2009 (6:44 am)
i am circling back to let you all know what happened in my case.
a few weeks back, i had a 2000 rx 300 with 77.5 miles when the trans died in elm grove WI
lexus of brookfield wi quoted 4500 to fix and offered nothing from them but went straight to lexus customer service on my behalf. i thought that was nice of them but that only resulted in 25% off of the part offer. $480.00
after seeing the other posts on this site, i expected more. so i then went into arbitration with lexus cust service only to be offered the same after 3 conversations and 3 weeks.
Lexus offered $1000 for my trade in, what an insult, both nissan and mazda offered 4k right off the bat.
So i ended up buying a new Nissan and resolving NEVER to give lexus any of our money again. They are missing out because in the past 15 yrs my hubby and i have bought 3 lexus and 4 toyotas.
I have vowed to tell anyone that will listen to dump their 99-01 RX300 before the tranny goes out.
We are very disappointed in how lexus handled everything. end of story
#241 of 732 Re: Resolution to my dead Tranny [bgr1]
Apr 13, 2009 (6:53 am)
That's disappointing but thanks for the followup.
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#242 of 732 '01 RX 300 Tranny died at 99,800 miles
May 19, 2009 (9:19 am)
I'm appalled at reading all of the blogs. I have my car at an independant transmission shop, where the repair estimate is $3,200 for a rebuilt with a 1 year warranty. Like may folks on this site, I also have replaced the fluid, avtually I did it at 50,000 miles.
It seems that Toyota has a design flaw with their trannys. Would it be likely that Lexus will reimburse me having the service done at an indpendant shop?
#243 of 732 Re: '01 RX 300 Tranny died at 99,800 miles [ka1cvy]
May 20, 2009 (11:28 am)
My transmission died on my 2001 RX300 at 125K. A month before the transmission died I took my car to the dealer because it was making wining noises and was sluggish. They said I need to have the idle air control valve replaced ($700). I took it to a reputable independent shop and they said it was very dirty and they could clean it for $200. I was so upset with the dealer I vowed never to go back. A month later my transmission goes. I donít know if that was a precursor or not, but I ended up spending another $3,900 to have the transmission replaced with a 50 month or 50,000 mile warranty. I was so upset. I Googled RX300 and transmission problems and found this site. It made me feel a little bit better that I did not do anything wrong, as I kept up with my car maintenance, but I am very upset with Lexus. I doubt they would pay for anything done at an independant shop.
My co-worker has a 1999 RX300 with 160K on it. She says she has not had any major problems with her car, but I told her to be aware of the transmission problems.
#244 of 732 Re: 2000 Lexus RX300 transmission busted at only 76k miles [2000rx300owner]
May 21, 2009 (4:41 am)
yep, my transmission on my 2002 RX300 died at ~90K miles. Cost was $5K at the dealer and a rebuilt tranny at that. Only one year warranty. A friend of mine with exact same year and model as my RX300 had her transmission die at about 90K miles as well!
On top of that I recevied a notice that the 3.0L engine used in the RX300 may be prone to oil sludge build up which could cause the engine to seize. This letter came from Lexus.
time to trade in for a new car! Also, I dont' understand how lexus can still be rated as a very reliable car?????
#245 of 732 Re: 2000 Lexus RX300 transmission busted at only 76k miles [glen2009]
May 21, 2009 (5:00 am)
The sludge buildup can be avoided, Ive read, if you do regular oil and filter changes. I domine every 4,000 miles or so. Lexus did acknoweldge that probelm and actually sent me a letter stating such and I understand will make good for a slugded engine if you can document that you did the oil changes.
The transmission thing, on the other had, they seem to be ignoring. If enough of us complain, they may budge- what think?
#246 of 732 Re: 2000 Lexus RX300 transmission busted at only 76k miles [glen2009]
May 21, 2009 (5:36 am)
I have 2002 RX300 too with 85000 miles on it. I have another year of extended warranty left (or 100,000 miles). So far I did not notice any transmission issue in my vehicle. Are there any tell tale signs that I should be aware of? If I notice something, then I can convince the dealer to change the transmission while in warranty. Thanks
#247 of 732 Re: Decision/ Indecision on 2000 RX 300 [kris44]
May 21, 2009 (7:21 am)
My transmission went out at 90K miles. However, the replacement is only a 1 year warranty. Also its a rebuilt transmission and not a new one -- you would think fo the cost it would be a brand new transmission.
If you can afford it , trade-in and buy another car. good luck!
#248 of 732 Re: 2000 Lexus RX300 transmission busted at only 76k miles [theozzfactor]
May 21, 2009 (7:22 am)
my tranmission sometimes would not lock into reverse. Also it seem to take awhile to shift from 3 to 4 gear. a few months later the tranny died. BTW, I also took it to the dealer when it was acting up and of course they found nothing wrong.
#249 of 732 Re: 2000 Lexus RX300 transmission busted at only 76k miles [ka1cvy]
May 21, 2009 (8:57 am)
Here is the link to file a complaint with the NHTSA:
I think if they get enough complaints, maybe they will take some action.