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You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
What is this discussion about?
Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#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.
#496 of 732 Re: rx300 2001 tranny [mvp01]
Sep 28, 2010 (8:35 am)
the EXACT same thing happened to me!!! I was in the dealership thinking there is a transmission problem, but they didn't think there was a problem. And that was about a week or so after I spent $2000 for the service and some parts. So when I went on a roadtrip with the fam, my car ended up dead on the side of the road about 400 miles from my house!!! and now I am scrambling to find a transmission to go into my car without costing me an arm and a leg!!! If there's a class action, count me in!
#497 of 732 Re: Any Lexus tranmission is suspect [wwest]
Sep 28, 2010 (8:58 am)
I have heard many opinions on this and other boards - the transmission fluid in my RX330 is way above full when the car is cool, but at operating temperature, it is just barely above full. I have found it is very difficult to determine what the exact levels are because of this.
#498 of 732 Re: Any Lexus tranmission is suspect [jbl85]
Sep 29, 2010 (12:44 pm)
You're only supposed to check the ATF level with the engine running. Otherwise the ATF drains from all the components, clutch pistons, torque converter, etc, and you find a HIGH level in the sump.
#499 of 732 Re: Any Lexus tranmission is suspect [wwest]
Sep 29, 2010 (3:45 pm)
I know that when I check mine, it takes more than one try to get an accurate reading, cool or hot. But it must be checked with the engine running and after driving at least a short distance after all components are pressurized.
#500 of 732 Re: rx300 2001 tranny [sandiliang]
Sep 30, 2010 (1:09 pm)
RX 300 Transmission is junk. They all seem to fail at 105,000 miles. Our family has had two RX 300 and both transmissions failed. These cars were driven like kittens
no towing or teenage drivers.
Lexus quality has gone way down hill.
I will never buy another Lexus and I have owned seven and bought the first LS 400