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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#28 of 732 Re: Decision/ Indecision on 2000 RX 300 [kris44]
Apr 20, 2007 (3:09 pm)
After reading this discussion thread I am getting very nervous about my 1999 RX300...it has been rattling, making a strange electrical smell at times and the check engine recently came on. Got the oil checked, transmission fluid checked, blah blah...just basic check...no diagnostic yet. But it only has 56,000 miles and it is acting like my Ford Winstar did when it hit 130,000 miles. I bought a Lexus thinking that since it is in the Toyota family it would give me a long, quality life for the investment. But now I am worried that I might have a transmission issue or something equally horrible.
I was going to just trade it in for a new 2006 or 2007 RX350, but now I am wondering if I should go for something else like an Acura MDX?
#29 of 732 Re: Decision/ Indecision on 2000 RX 300 [stephie1]
Apr 20, 2007 (7:54 pm)
My advice would be to take a really serious look at the Acura RDX.
#30 of 732 RX 300 Transmission failure
May 02, 2007 (11:09 pm)
Just to add to the data, I had the same problem, sudden failure, a $5K estimate for repair, the car has been fully serviced etc. The NHTSA.gov website also has several reports of similar failures. I am waiting to see what Lexus will do if anything.
#31 of 732 Another RX 300 Transmission Failure
May 29, 2007 (6:54 pm)
My 99 RX 300 had a transmission failure this week on the highway with 127,000 miles. I did the 90K service and spent $2,800 in maintenance at the Lexus dealership for that service. Now Lexus wants $5K to replace the transmission. I called a transmission shop and they said they can do it for $3K. I had to spend $650 to have my car towed. I don't think I am buying Lexus again. Any advice would be appreciated.
#32 of 732 Re: Another RX 300 Transmission Failure [1carioca]
May 31, 2007 (12:19 pm)
I bought a used 2000 Lexus RX300 from a private party about two months ago. It has 82,500 miles. About 15 days ago the check engine light came on and I took it to the local Toyota Dealer. They said O2 sensor was bad and replaced it and the spark plugs. Cost $677.00. Last night check engine light came on again and it appeared that transmission was not shifting properly. The engine was revving up without much movement of the car itself. Got it towed to the same dealer. Now they say transmission has gone bad. Cost $4,600 to new one. I am shocked! I had a perfectly good Camry which we bought new and sold it after 120,000 miles in excellent condition when I bought the Lexus. Now I am wondering what to do. I have asked Aamco to take a look at the transmission and let me know if it could be salvaged. What an idiot I am to sell a perfectly good Camry to go for a lemon lexus!
#33 of 732 Re: Another RX 300 Transmission Failure [pv001]
Jun 01, 2007 (12:41 am)
We have had the exact same issue with a 1999 RX300 that we bought used. To save yourself a whole lot of anguish, before you have ANY repairs done, have the check engine light coded to see if your knock sensors are bad. Our Lexus would not shift into overdrive, the engine light would stay on, and would take off sluggishly, had poor gas mileage, etc. The Lexus dealer diagnosed the code was a bad knock sensor, one of the service advisors said this would cause the transmission problems,another service advisor (same dealer) said it would not, so we took it to Aamco. The price for aa new trans was considerably less at Aamco, $3000. vs.$6000 Lexus. Aamco put in new trans and the next day the light came back on. The transmission would still not go into overdrive. It was exactly the same as before we replaced the trans!!!! We replaced the knock sensors and it did fix the shifting problem, bad news is, a few weeks later, light is on again, and codes bad knock sensor, bank 2. We did research online and found out there was a redesign on the wiring harness for the knock sensor and we had to tear the intake off AGAIN!! Do not buy a trans,before checking this out. I wish we had known all of this before. Knock sensors are $500/parts,$400 labor. Good Luck!
#34 of 732 THANKS FOR FEEDBACK
Jun 02, 2007 (4:19 am)
I originally posted this thread and now that i have seen the feedback from others, i think i will be buying a new non lexus suv instead of holding onto the one i have. It now has 88k miles on it, still running like a top,but the repairs described by others are shocking my system. I have had 4 other Lexus autos in the past and they all ran like new right up until I sold them,but I'm not taking a chance with this one, especially with my wife driving it on local 2 lane rural roads in the middle of nowhere, AAA notwithstanding.
THANKS FOR ALL THE FEEDBACK!!!!
#35 of 732 Re: Another RX 300 Transmission Failure [pv001]
Jun 03, 2007 (2:14 am)
I'm curious as to what model RX you have. Is it 2 whl drive, or 4 whl? I have a 2000 as well.
#36 of 732 Re: THANKS FOR FEEDBACK [beacatjer]
Jun 04, 2007 (8:43 am)
Were I you I would buy my wife a good cell phone, presuming it to be viable on those rural roads, and keep the RX300 until it breaks, if it ever actually does.
~$4,000 for a rebuilt transaxle is lot cheaper than a new Acura RDX or BMW X3.
I fully intent to keep my 2001 AWD RX300, now at 65,000 miles, until it breaks, even until 200,000 miles. At that point it will get a DIY rebuild and a PTO modification to covert it to "solid" RWD and with (only) VC coupling to the front.
Not altogether sure I'll wait much longer before doing the PTO modification, maybe before the next snow flies.
#37 of 732 Re: Another RX 300 Transmission Failure [gitmo]
Jun 05, 2007 (10:40 am)
Mine is a AWD. Please read my other email for the latest on what is going on with my RX300.