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You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#478 of 732 Re: Some RX300s are very reliable [lee7194]
Aug 12, 2010 (5:58 pm)
I "only" have 130,000 miles, and apart from the too-benign handling, a couple crappy door lock solenoids, and the original transmission (replaced with a new, updated trans under warrantee at no charge by Lexus) this car has been pretty trouble-free (but not perfect like most people expect because it has an "L" on the grill). And Lexus went beyond their warrantee for many updates that another make would not have.
My friend has a 2000 AWD with nearly 300,000 Southern California stop-&-go fast commute miles, his has been trouble-free on the original transmission.
Go figure... How many thousands of these did Lexus sell? Yeah, the original transmissions were of sloppy design, but that doesn't mean they are all bad or junk. Check out the other cars this competed with when designed in 1998, and the durability of those transmissions on those. I've been happy with my RX except the bland. tippy handling (I think their benchmark was to be better than Jeep Grand Cherokee, a rather low bar to hurdle). This car has been comfortable, reliable, and provides excellent utility for it's size.
If your RX is only worth $2000 to you, you'd be better off trading it in for a car that you would be happy with.
#479 of 732 Re: Add another failure to the list [edr45152]
Aug 18, 2010 (7:01 pm)
Thanks for mentioning NHTSA & including their link - I wouldn't have thought of that. I just posted my complaint:
The transmission in my 2001 Lexus RX300 failed with a little over 108K miles. No warning lights came on. I had trouble getting it in reverse 2 days before - thought it was a fluke. Then I had trouble starting it for 2 days. On 8/16 it started fine, so I drove it to the dealer. Twice on the way there, it jerked & hesitated when accelerating from a stop - I almost got rear ended.
I am the 2nd owner - I bought it in 2003 with 41,462 miles on it. It was Lexus Certified Pre-Owned. The Car Fax report noted the original owner registered it as private/personal use & no issues were noted. I have had all service done by the dealer, except the last oil change. I've only driven about 9K miles per year, drive it responsibly & have never towed with it. Very frightening that I had few symptoms, and no warning light to alert me there was a problem.
Lexus dealer wants $4,300 to replace it with a Lexus remanufactured transmission. I have not decided what to do. I'm seeing lots of information online about how bad these transmissions are, and they often need replaced multiple times. Scares me to know I could replace it, have it fail & perhaps be in an accident. I am a Realtor & frightening that I could have been in an accident with clients in my vehicle. My expectations of Lexus quality & safety have not been met.
#480 of 732 rx 300 transmission no park setting
Aug 21, 2010 (5:05 pm)
Our RX 300 was subjected to an inadvertant shift in to Park while driving along the highway...
Now the transmission does not have a park setting.
What is best course of action?
#484 of 732 Re: RX 2002 AWD MAINTENANCE SUGGESTIONS [raigah]
Sep 13, 2010 (3:33 pm)
Lexus has more than a 50% markup on parts. Thus, Lexus still made profit from selling you a replacement! The made lots of money when they sold you a car with a bad transmission.
RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE not!
#485 of 732 Dealer had Lexus "Goodwill" Half of Remanufactured Tranny
Sep 14, 2010 (4:06 pm)
Hearing that my 2001 RX300 tranny failed at 108K miles was horrible. I explored alternatives & when I called the dealer to say I'd decided to have it rebuilt (half the dealer's quote for a remanufactured tranny) they asked me to wait a few more days - they had submitted it to Lexus for 'goodwill'. Lexus did split the bill (although I didn't get a wholesale price) & I paid $2,250.. The dealer never pressured me to make a decision, and I had a free loaner for about 15 days.
I was thrilled to get it back - but that faded quickly - the next day the Check Engine light came on, because of an O2 sensor - cost $492. This is the 2nd O2 sensor I've had to replace - I understand there are 4 O2 sensors - anybody else having to replace O2 sensors?
Also - please let me know how trustworthy a Lexus reman tranny is? I have a 1 yr parts & labor warranty.
#486 of 732 rx300 2001 tranny
Sep 15, 2010 (7:26 pm)
Got my rx from a private party 6 mo ago. Perfect condition at 131K and drove smoothly for all those months. Clean title, 3 owners.
3 days ago it hesitated in reverse, and would jerk when shifting between gears, mostly at city speeds. Went to Lexus of Tacoma at Fife, WA, and told them my transmission is acting up, please check. Next day I pick it up, and the clerk says "Nothing wrong with the transmission, you need timing belt service and your water pump is leaking and you are almost out of ATF. We'll do a tran. flush as well" I told them that if indeed my transmission is problematic, it will die after a flush, do drain-refill, but the clerk insisted on a flush. So for all that I paid 1600 in one payment, and the next day the car is tripping again. In less than 48 hrs I was standing on the shoulder by my work waiting to be towed to Lexus dealership. That time they did take their time with the transmission and did tell me that I would need a new transmission! DUH! I came to the dealer asking them to check the transmission in the first place! Did I fall into a typical dealer trap? I called them back, and the manager is willing to refund me for the transmission flush, around 300 dollars and offers a 10% off on new transmission service. I'm not going to accept. Most likely will file a claim as soon as I decide the negotiations are not going anywhere tomorrow. I have the original papers where the clerk wrote up the issues I had , and the recommendations which had nothing to do with those issues. I also have a witness which was present with me at the time I explained myself to the clerk. Will see tomorrow, how to proceed with this.
At the meantime, I hear a lot of noise about a class action lawsuit. This is REAL, people, if you don't have time - MAKE TIME!! I also have a full-time job, but I'm willing to contribute my time to this. Is there a centralized site? A primary contact? If we do proceed we need to be organized and RELENTLESS! It is possible that in case of win, there will be no recalls for 99-03 vehicles with defect tranny, but they will stop selling those vehicles on the market, and anyone who is owning one and experiences problems which pertain to transmission, will have a right to appear at any Lexus dealership and request free transmission repairs/replacement. If this is a known and acknowledged flaw, it calls for class action lawsuit. Count me in!
Sep 16, 2010 (8:43 am)
I'll bet you any money within the next 30 days your transmission will
These transmissions on the 2000 and 2001 RX 300 were designed
poorly and should have been recalled.
We had two in the family and both transmissions went out at the
same mileage 108,000. Never towed anything, no teenage
drivers. Driven like a cupcake.