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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#462 of 732 Re: Decision/ Indecision on 2000 RX 300 [kris44]
Jul 27, 2010 (9:39 am)
My 2002 Lexus RX300 transmission died at 88,000 miles. Transmission was hesitating in reverse for a while and had the transmission fluid recently changed. I had to get the car towed 50 miles back to my house. Called Lexus corporate and the dealers. Lexus customer service was not much help. After reading all the blogs about the transmission problems in the RX, I might sell the car for parts. Any suggestions?
If their is a class action law suit, count me in.
#463 of 732 Re: Decision/ Indecision on 2000 RX 300 [michaelbrose]
Jul 27, 2010 (1:40 pm)
LEXUS motto "Relentless Pursuit of Excellence" is a lie.
They are defrauding everyone. I say take them to small claims court and make them pay for their poor quality control. After driving 50 years this is the first transmission I ever had fail!
I will never buy Lexus again.
#464 of 732 Re: Decision/ Indecision on 2000 RX 300 [michaelbrose]
Jul 27, 2010 (5:13 pm)
Parts..?? Nearby Seattle...? F/awd...???
I might be interested.
#465 of 732 Re: Traded after Two Transmisson [pamragland]
Aug 02, 2010 (6:19 am)
I had to replace my transmission around 85K. Dealer stated that this problem "never" happens, and that they had never replaced one. Of course this is what they have told me at each repair that has been made on the vehicle. I would like to say be happy with the 3300 cost - mine was 4500 after had negotiations ( I should have traded it off ) but, any cost for the companies problems carried by the consumer is wrong.
I would be happy to join the class action. Let me know when and how.
#466 of 732 Transmission issue after servicing at Firestone
Aug 04, 2010 (8:32 am)
I have a 200 RX 300 with 126,000 miles. It has been serviced at Firestone since the Lexus 100,000 mile service. I recently had the ignition coil and spark plug replaced, but when I drove away the car had an obvious transmission issue. I immediatley returned to Firestone, where the manager looked it over and told me that the transmission fluid had recently been replaced and the new fluid had damaged the transmission. I didn't do it, and no one has touched this car except Firestone. There are no records of any transmission work, and no one is volunteering that they made a mistake.
Has anyone ever heard of this?
#467 of 732 Re: Transmission issue after servicing at Firestone [rmjayhawk]
Aug 04, 2010 (9:34 am)
Sorry to hear about your problems.
"...told me that the transmission fluid had recently been replaced and the new fluid had damaged the transmission."
What a line of BS. New fluid (as long as it's the correct type IV) does not damage the transmission. At 126,000 miles perhaps wear and/or lack of previous transmission maintenance (again using Type IV fluid) and heat had a negative effect on the transmission.
Was it done at Firestone? I don't trust transmission "flush" and I'd have my service done by a qualified, trusted mechanic who specializes in Asian transmissions, not a Firestone dealer.
It may be time to start shopping for a mechanic who specializes in transmissions for Asian cars, or maybe a Lexus or Toyota dealer. You may need a replacement of an updated design since some of the original transmissions may not wear too well, especially without common-sense transmission maintenance in addition to what Lexus recommended in their owners manual. Some other owners report trouble with third-party rebuilt units. My theory (opinion, not fact) is that some third-party units may have been rebuilt without all the current updates.
#468 of 732 Re: Transmission issue after servicing at Firestone [la4mead]
Aug 04, 2010 (9:48 am)
Thanks for the feedback. I have talked to Firestone again this morning, and they are involving a claims person now and are paying for Lexus to look at the car and investigate.
#469 of 732 Re: Transmission issue after servicing at Firestone [rmjayhawk]
Aug 04, 2010 (10:50 am)
That's great. Good luck... and keep us posted.
#470 of 732 Re: Traded after Two Transmisson [pamragland]
Aug 07, 2010 (5:41 am)
I just discovered yesterday that my ever-reliable Lexus RX300 needs a new transmission. Imagine my shock when I found so many reported problems that have gone unaddressed by Lexus. This will be my first and last Lexus ownership experience. After 4 Honda and Acura cars, I know what my my Lexus replacement will be.
Toyota also had a Tacoma frame rust problem that did not result in a recall. If your "heard" about the problem Toyota would inspect and buy back your vehicle. Otherwise, you were at risk of the frame rusting through.
Add me as support for a class action suit. Thanks for your post about the Lexus RX problem.
#471 of 732 Re: Transmission issue after servicing at Firestone [rmjayhawk]
Aug 09, 2010 (1:11 pm)
The RX 300 AWD transmission is junk, it has nothing to do with the trnny fluid.
Our family had two one transmission went out at 103,000 the other at 107,000.
These cars were driven like cream puffs with no teenage drivers.
Lexus lies when they say "The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection".