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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#307 of 732 Question on Lexus RX300 - question
Oct 12, 2009 (5:40 pm)
I see a lot of posts about RX300's and transmissions. I have a 2000 RX 300 that is paid off with 137,000 miles. The transmission just went this weekend and now I am debating if I should spend the 4200.00 to fix it or get a new car. I would like to hear what people think but most importantly if I fix it will it happen again as many people say it is a problem with the car? Thanks
#308 of 732 Re: Question on Lexus RX300 - question [michele0923]
Oct 12, 2009 (6:45 pm)
Are you otherwise happy with your car? If not and you might be looking at an opportunity to make a change.
#309 of 732 Re: Question on Lexus RX300 - question [michele0923]
Oct 12, 2009 (8:19 pm)
If ou shop around I'd bet you can get a remanufactured installed for ~$2,000. Then trade it in QUICK.
Nov 22, 2009 (5:46 pm)
Does the RX300 transmission problem affect th 2003 model year? The postings I saw refer to older RX300s.
#311 of 732 Re: hisekid [hisekid]
Nov 28, 2009 (8:40 am)
It wasn't until the RX330 was introduced using DBW, E-throttle, to "protect" the drive train" that premature transaxle failures were alleviated. Interim measures were taken, for instance no late model, after '01, RX300's were shipped without the towing package.
By the time the '01 went into production Toyota was well aware of the causative factor of the all-to-numerous '99 & '00 premature transaxle failures and made a few corrective actions. In my opinion one of those was to "beef-up" the ATF pump capacity which led to the ATF itself being overheated prematurely.
By '01 there was also a pretty RADICAL change made in the RX300's F/awd system. The mechanical rear LSD was dropped entirely and a newly designed (more FLACCID IMMHO) VC, Viscous Clutch/Coupling was used. VSC/TC also became standard and TC was then used to provide rear and center diff'l LSD virtuality, making the VC virtually useless so it was dropped entirely for all future HL's and the RX330 (and perhaps also the RX350) product run.
#312 of 732 Re: RX300 Trans / Engine Problems - Widespread or not? [bendorrx300]
Dec 16, 2009 (12:08 pm)
The Lexus RX 300 4 WD transmission is a Camry. It was not built to handle the torque of four wheel drive.
#313 of 732 Re: RX300 Transmission issue [kwh]
Dec 16, 2009 (12:15 pm)
The RX 300 has a Camry transmission and was not built to handle
four wheel drive. tremendous failure rate.
LEXUS defrauded people by selling them not a LEXUS, but rather a camry transmission.
Demand that Lexus corporate pay for parts + labor, etc.
#314 of 732 Re: Question on Lexus RX300 - question [michele0923]
Dec 16, 2009 (12:23 pm)
RX 300 with four wheel drive has a Camry transmission that cannot handle the torque of four wheeldive.
Demand Lexus replace transmission + labor + alignment. This
problem they know about.
#315 of 732 Lexus RX 300 - transmission
Dec 16, 2009 (7:38 pm)
I read some facts conceerning the transmission problems with the RX 300. - We have a "2000" RX300, and recently it started having similar problems. - However, although a local mechanic told us that it was the trasmission that needed to be replaced, it seems to me from my knowledge of other vehicles that it is some strange noise coming from the left front wheel/axle. Although the reactions seem similar to what I have recently read in these posts about an 01 Lexus, it seeems to me to be different. Does anyone out there know if this type of Lexus has axle/transaxle problems indicative to the model ? - I have had transmission problems with other vehicles in the past, and this does not seem to have anything to sdo with the transmission. It is worse when turning left, and the same backing up problems mention in the other post. However, when driving straight down the street, you can hear something scraping, clearly from the front, and seemingly from the left side. - I'm thinkng wheel bearing or axle issue, but do have experience with all-wheel drive. - I would be interested in opinions on this, and wonder if this vehicle is "known" for axle issues.
#316 of 732 RX 300 FWD transmission
Dec 16, 2009 (8:18 pm)
I own a '01 RX300 with FWD. Bought new, had transmission fluid changed every 30K miles and it now has 160K miles. Never had any issues with the transmission (so far?). Love the car and would would hope that it would reach the 200K level, without a major expense.
I'm curious if the transmission failures are limited to AWD models or have some FWD models also failed ???