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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#324 of 732 2000 Lexus RX 300 - Transmission Failures
Dec 22, 2009 (10:58 am)
The RX300 does exhibit a high incident rate of transmission failures. Our 2000 is now on its 3rd transmission. The first trouble we had was around April 2008 when the vehicle drivetrain was barely out of warranty. Reverse gear would not engage unless we accelerated the throttle, then suddenly, the vehicle would lurch into reverse gear. This was quite exciting. Over the course of a week, reverse gear continued to hang-up and eventually shifting between gears 1-2, started to shudder. Figuring the end was near, we managed to drive the RX 130 miles to Eugene, over a 4,900 ft mountain pass, to the Lexus dealer. The tech found plenty of metal fragments in the tranny pan. We paid for the labor and Lexus provided the hardware.
Noticed upon leaving the dealership that the rebuilt transmission was hesitant in shifting. Called the dealer and started a case file of further complaints over the next 11 months. With the 1-year warranty nearly expired on this second transmission, we took the RX to the dealer for thorough documentation. Tech said shifting was typical, we said NOT.
2 months out of warranty, the forward gears began failing completely in one day, and the excessive RPMs indicated the clutches were not engaging. Had to have the RX trucked by transport to the dealer. Lexus found that the tranny had completely devoured itself, leaving copious amounts of metal fragments in the pan.
Dealer provided a free RX 350 loaner and absorbed all of the expenses, including the extra transport miles exceeding 100 miles. This third transmission shifts very smoothly. We pulled a tranny oil sample and sent it out to an aircraft motor oil analysis shop to get a baseline on metal contamination. We will repeat the sampling at 9 months to assess any tin, iron, nickel, etc. value increases by this spectroscopic analysis.
You will find that Lexus Customer Satisfaction will listen and offer some help if you have documented your experiences with the failing transmission. To remove a tranny oil sample, go to the local farm supply store and purchase a long piece of vinyl tubing that will fit down the dip stick well. Use a 15 cc syringe from the same farm store to pull your sample. Be careful that the tube does not come loose from the syringe and drop into the tranny well.
#325 of 732 Loud Front End Noise Lexus RX 300 - transmission [bassie]
Dec 22, 2009 (11:38 am)
Our second transmission in the RX was at 13 months of the 12 month warranty. We had complained to dealer at 11 months of the rough shifting. The failure at 13 months began with a whistling noise that was very evident on idling and the noise seemed to come from the front of the trans-axle.
Over a week, the noise grew louder, until we began to notice random slippage of the clutches while in gear. Driving down the parkway at 50 mph and 2400 RPM, we would suddenly notice the RPMs launch to 4,000+, stay there a minute or so and then begin creeping back to 2400. RX finally lost its transmission at a stop light intersection while trying to make a left turn after stopping. Barely made our way through the intersection and then pulled into Lowe's parking lot to await the transport to the dealer 130 miles away, over the mountain pass.
Lexus paid for everything on the second transmission, figuring we had sufficiently documented the problem from day #1. We pulled an oil sample and sent it off to a Phoenix aircraft oil analysis group for spectroscopic analysis and setting baseline metal values. So far, we are happy with the RX and # 3 transmission.
#326 of 732 Re: Lexus RX 300 - Transmission [mrboston]
Dec 22, 2009 (2:34 pm)
No, the early RX300's are having premature transaxle problems BECAUSE these are NOT Camry transaxles. These are of an entire new design, granted, a new design based on the earlier Camey transaxle. Lexus inadvertently incorporated a deisgn flaw, unforeseen design flaw in these transaxle. The deisgn flaw was overcome, not fixed, by the adoption of DBW in the RX330 and later models.
As a result everyone, EVERYONE, across the Toyoya and Lexus FWD and F/awd fleet, gets to suffer the problem of a 1-2 second reacceleration downshift delay/hesitation
#327 of 732 Re: RX300 Trans / Engine Problems - Widespread or not? [gbryant]
Dec 24, 2009 (7:03 am)
Gbryant, I did get your point but maybe I wasn't so clear on my explanation, which I wanted to say that if people have problems with their car, they are much more inclined to go on a govt website to complain about it. That said, I can't beleive there are only 86 complaints, and if my hunch is correct, that there may not be a wide spread problem with these cars...maybe that is wishful thinking.
Merry Christmas to you and all on this board!
#328 of 732 Lexus RX 300 Transmission Failure
Dec 24, 2009 (9:25 am)
AAMCO pulled up their records for me and they are doing several hundred RX 300 transmissions per month. AAMCO is rebuilding the transmissions. AAMCO charges 60% less than a Lexus dealer. How
many other private firms are also repairing these faulty transmissions?
Lexus dealers will look you in the eye and say, this is not a big problem. If you make a big stink, Lexus will rebate 50% cost of the transmission, but it will still cost you $3,000 - $3,500 to repair.
#329 of 732 Re: RX300 Trans / Engine Problems - Widespread or not? [jbl85]
Dec 24, 2009 (9:32 am)
Definitely "..wishful thinking.."...!!
#330 of 732 Re: RX300 Trans / Engine Problems - Widespread or not? [wwest]
Jan 07, 2010 (4:51 pm)
how many miles did you have on your RX ? thanks
#331 of 732 Re: RX300 Trans / Engine Problems - Widespread or not? [bosox4]
Jan 07, 2010 (7:08 pm)
I had 103,000 miles. The camry transmission they install in RX 300
4WD mdels cannot handle the torque and wear out much quicker.
Now they tell me you have to change the transmission fluid every
#332 of 732 Re: LEXUS TRANSMISSION DEFECT [usdscuba]
Jan 07, 2010 (7:12 pm)
I agree someone should get a class action lawsuit going as I have been driving 45 years without a transmissio nfailure. I bought the first LS 400 in 1990 and had 300.000 miles on it, (eighteen years old), and it ran like a top.
The RX 300 from 1999 - 2003 transmissions are junk.
#333 of 732 Re: Lost Transmission on 2001 RX300 [pepps1]
Jan 07, 2010 (7:22 pm)
I was successful, ($10,000) in smalls claims court.
The correct legal argument is you bought a Lexus not a cheap
economy toyota camry. We were all defrauded! Nowhere is it
disclosed that Lexus just used a camry transmission.
Shame on Lexus for this scam.................................