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You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#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.
#488 of 732 What year is safe to buy
Sep 20, 2010 (2:50 am)
I am looking at two RX300's one is 04 and the other is 05 they both have about 70.000 miles. Has the problem with Trans been sorted buy this year of manufacture If not how do I test for problem.
#489 of 732 Re: What year is safe to buy [irishjoe]
Sep 20, 2010 (8:51 am)
You may want to check the RX330 forum http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/WebX/.ef22a65/1650
'04 and '05 RX330's both saw significant changes and different (5 speed) transmission than earlier RX300's. I'd go with the '04 over the '05 because '04 was the first year for the redesign and '05 had lots of little improvements over the first model year.
Sep 20, 2010 (10:39 am)
Lexus corrected the transmission problem after '02 so you should be fine.
1999 - 2002 the transmissions on the AWD were junk!
#491 of 732 Re: LEXUS RX 300 [mrboston]
Sep 20, 2010 (4:10 pm)
The early FWD trannies weren't very stout either. Lexus replaced mine under warrantee, including a loaner. The original was problematic right from the start. The burned fluid was tell-all, and started right away when it was new.
Still, my friend still has a 2000 RX300 AWD, a So. Cal. commuter with way over 200,000 miles (he drives it hard, too) and it's held up great, only he knows to ask for the tranny to be serviced. Many people only buy the packaged "suggested" service the dealer offers, and they don't do tranny service.
#492 of 732 Re: What year is safe to buy [irishjoe]
Sep 21, 2010 (12:17 pm)
I suspect you meant to say RX330. With the RX330 Lexus adopted DBW, E-throttle, to "protect the drive train", prevent premature failures of the transaxle.
In return you get a 1-2 second re-acceleration downshift delay/hesitation due to the engine being kept at idle what a second shift is required shortly after a previous one.
#493 of 732 Re: Transmission issue after servicing at Firestone [mrboston]
Sep 21, 2010 (12:29 pm)
The RX300's FWD and F/awd transaxles were actually the same, it's just that the F/awd version has to endure more stress and HEATING, so more of those failed and/or failed earlier. In '01 the rear drive coupling factor of the VC was significantly reduced, enough to make the FWD vs F/awd transaxle failure rate basically equal.
Due to the adoption of TC across the board, FWD and F/awd '01 and after models, the VC was pretty much non-functional, so much so that it was eliminated entirely for the entire RX330 model, and quite possibly even the RX350 prior to 2010.
#494 of 732 Any Lexus tranmission is suspect
Sep 24, 2010 (11:38 am)
I recently bought a 2007 Lexus ES 350 certified pre owned with 9,500 miles on it. I now have 26,000 miles and my transmission is being replaced by the dealer this weekend.
The first time it was brought in for transmission problems, they said the transmission fluid was low (hmm--its a sealed system) and that the software needed to be reset. I picked it up the next day and drove it home. Took the car out to go to work and 12 miles into my trip the master warning light, along with several other warning lights and a VSC message. The transmission started up with the jerky acceleration and stumbling deceleration. This time they agreed it was faulty and would replace it.
Will keep you posted on the new transmission.
#495 of 732 Re: Any Lexus tranmission is suspect [mjm55]
Sep 28, 2010 (7:53 am)
More likely than otherwise your dealer inadvertently FAILED the transaxle by over-filling it with ATF. The service manual is very STRICT with regards to the proper filling of these transaxles, they want it filled within 1/8 qt of factory specs.