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You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#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.
#250 of 732 2001 Lexus RX300- Failed transmission
May 21, 2009 (2:06 pm)
I want to add my voice to the 'never again Lexus' crowd. I had my engine replaced at ~90K miles. I fought to get Lexus to pay for that. Only after the class action suit did I get full refund for the repair.
The transmission just failed at 130K miles 200 miles from home (the car stoppped on the highway) and was towed to a Lexus dealership. After asking for help with the repair, the Service Manager offered 10% off of the $4600 bill(1 yr warranty). Called Lexus and they refused to assist.I hope someone starts a class action suit for the transmission problem. I'd be happy to join the suit.
So I say, never again a Lexus. I will move my business to Volvo out of respect for my '99 V70 with 165,000 miles and no issues.
#251 of 732 2001 Lexus RX300 Failed Transmission
May 22, 2009 (1:31 pm)
I was shocked when I found out my transmission was failing at 88K. "It's a LEXUS!" I exclaimed. But after doing a little web search, I was surprised to find this to be a common occurrence. I will also admit I was a little comforted to discover this as well since I had babied the heck out of my car - regular dealer service etc. Well after pondering what to do (can't sell a car with a bad tranny), I decided to shop around for repair. After getting some estimates, I headed straight to the dealer for an estimate and explanation. Lexus was REALLY nice about the whole ordeal. They offered to match my estimate as best as they could as well as give me the nicest "courtesy loaner" they had available. Well, I'm a sucker for that Lexus charm and took the deal. They are going to replace my transmission (refurb) for $3888. I know I could of gotten a local tranny place to rebuild for a bit less but they did match what it was going to cost to replace. Well, I'm driving a sweet 2009 RX350 with all the bells and whistles and loving it.
I did fill out a complaint form in hopes that I will get some money back if enough people complain (it worked for my Maytag washer/dryer). I still love Lexus vehicles and their service. Therefore, I can't join the NEVER AGAIN crowd but I am all about the LET'S COMPLAIN TIL THEY FIX IT group.
#252 of 732 Re: 2001 Lexus RX300 Failed Transmission [sblexus]
May 22, 2009 (1:59 pm)
Glad you got it worked out so well for you. Your '01 with a new, hopefully updated tranny parts will be sweet, too.
I hope your rebuild from Lexus lasts longer (with updated factory parts). My original tranny used to punish and burn the fluid contaminating it with worn material, but my replacement clearly is in a different league.
Watch dealer service, though... There's a strong likelihood it might help to specifically ask for regular transmission service including dropping the pan and replacing the filter (not flushing), otherwise it's likely they won't include it. Be comforted to know even though it's a sore point, in today's cars it's not unusual to find a $4000 repair on an 8 year old car.
It sounds like you're getting a "sweet" deal.