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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#517 of 732 Re: RX 300 Tranny [mrboston]
Oct 28, 2010 (9:42 pm)
You're right the original transmission design was "shitty" but they have been taking responsibility for a long time... going back to cars built in 1998. They have been extending partial cost-sharing for some owners of cars more than 8-12 years old, long out of warrantee repaired at their dealers, not likely because there is any incentive other than to help earn customer "loyalty". Most other manufacturers of cars (that age) would not likely be nearly as helpful for transmission failures this far out of warrantee. Ford laughed all the way to the bank about Windstars, Taurus's, Sables, etc. Chrysler, GM, MBZ, Audi... Many thousands of RX's keep on going... without premature transmission trouble.
But it is a bummer whenever you have to deal with an expensive repair on any car, and I don't mean to down play it. I'm just lucky I'm suspicious by nature, and had been on top of it while the car was under warrantee (which for 1999 models was 7/70 standard) and Lexus responded. But that was a long time ago.
Lesson learned: Personally take responsibility to check the trans fluid often, and have the transmission serviced often. Don't rely on dealers and especially quick-lube shops. I'd do this on any car in my garage.
#518 of 732 Re: rx300 2001 tranny [gbryant]
Nov 08, 2010 (10:44 am)
I am currently experiencing the same problem 2001 RX and it is costing me $4,800, I sure wish I knew where the $2,000 person recieved repairs........At any rate I will not be a Lexus loyal.
#519 of 732 RX 300 Transmission
Nov 08, 2010 (11:09 am)
LEXUS HAS KNOWN ABOUT THE PROBLEM BUT HAS REFUSED TO CORRECT
Go to small claims court as I did . This transmission is junk. WE had two cars
both failed and not once did we tow anything, or have a teenage driver.
LEXUS SHOULD BE ASHAMED.
#520 of 732 Re: RX 300 Transmission [mrboston]
Nov 17, 2010 (3:57 pm)
Just got off the phone with Lexus and they won't even consider it as I dont take it to the dealer to get serviced. I take it to a Lexus Specialist as he only repairs Lexus and Toyota's but apparently that isn't good enough. This is a major problem as I have read a bunch of these posts. My guy can repair it as its AWD for about $4000 with a brand new tranny from Lexus. How did small claims court do for you?
#521 of 732 Re: RX 300 Transmission [hanky576]
Nov 17, 2010 (8:26 pm)
$4,000 parts and labor would most likely be a rebuilt (by Lexus?) not a brand new transaxle. Besides the availability of a new RX300 transaxle still being on someone's shelf is pretty low.
#522 of 732 Re: RX 300 Transmission [wwest]
Nov 18, 2010 (9:18 am)
Yeah, I would ask them if it's rebuilt or new and if it is a Lexus rebuilt (or done by a 3rd party). When they ordered mine new from Kyushu it took nearly a couple weeks for the dealer to get it (after they tried two rebuilt units that were not updated back in '04, their solution was to get approval for a new (really) updated transmission on a nearly six year-old car that was still under warrantee).
#523 of 732 85,000 mile mark
Nov 18, 2010 (10:45 am)
'01 F/awd RX300.
Just as I should have expected, just as it was at 40,000 miles, my RX's ATF was dark brown and smelled burned. I have checked it at every oil and filter change, on the average twice a year, and up until now it appeared to be okay.
Drained 4.5 qts inclusive of the diff'l drain, and re-filled with 4.5 qts of factory specified ATF. As I did before at 40,000 miles I will repeat the drain and refill in a week or so.
As I drained the ATF it was not so hot dripping on my hands and fingers as to be really discomforting. I had just driven it about 25 miles and then directly into the garage to drain. I have the practice of draining engine oil this quickly so that any particulates will remain in suspension and be drained along with the oil.
The engine oil is always HOT and quite discomforting so given that the ATF is clearly showing signs of being over-heated, burned, I find this somewhat surprising.
My conclusion is now more firm in that I believe the heating, OVER-heating, of the ATF is localized, most likely ATF pump, and so the extra external cooler, tow package, my RX came with is probably useless since I don't tow.
I remain fully expectant that my transaxle will fail before reaching 120,000 miles at which point I will repair and the RX will become a R/awd vehicle. SOLID drive coupling to the rear and an early VC, '99-'00, for coupling in the front drive.
#524 of 732 YR2000,RX300,FAILED TRANSAXLE
Dec 01, 2010 (6:53 am)
I will add my recent experience which happened an 8 hour drive from home. I had 109,000 miles on the car and previously had BG flushes done at 30K, 60K and 90K at a nearby Toyota dealership. A Lexus dealership was a 1 hour drive away from home, so I conveniently used Toyota. The car slowed down and exhibited a burning smell and then travelled no further. I had the car towed to a nearby Toyota dealership since there were no Lexus dealers nearby. A reman transaxle was installed for a cost of $5233.16 with the part being $3552.23 of the total cost. I submitted a claim to BG Flush protection plan via my local Toyota dealership and received a reimbursement of $1000. I submitted a claim to Lexus and was granted a $750 Lexus service chit but I complained that a Lexus dealer was so far away, they stated they would mail me a check. I really expected more from Lexus since the reman cost so much and they obviously have a design problem with the RX300's. I wonder if the $750 even covers the profit of the reman. The paint and interior have held up well and we like the size and space for our needs but instead of driving it into the ground, we will sell it and probably not go Lexus again.
#525 of 732 RX 300 Transmission
Dec 01, 2010 (4:07 pm)
These RX 300 Transmissions are junk and poorly engineered. I have been driving
over forty years and this is the first transmission that went out. We drove our
RX 300 like a baby. The transmission went out at 107,000 miles.
I bought the very first LS 400 in 1990 and it was a GREAT car. I drove it
for over 300,000 miles and it was greatest care I ever owned. Lexus
has gone down hill and their slogan "THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF PERFECTION" is a lie and toal fraud on the buying public.
Feb 03, 2011 (8:25 pm)
I have just read all 53 pages on this blog and am plenty concerned:
I JUST bought an '02 RX 300 (AS-IS) from a luxury car dealer, and am wondering/worrying about the transmission on my 4wd car w/95K miles and towing pkg. Service history is not available; the car was transported by truck from the east coast to Denver, where I live.
Symptoms include 3 episodes so far (in 2 weeks of ownership) of what I would call a "hard miss" in the engine(?)-which I thought might be a clogged injector-leading to the immediate flashing of the check engine light (actually pulsated on/off every 1-2 seconds, and after about 2 minutes stayed on)-along with the VSC light in the upper left corner of the instrument panel. Fuel injector cleaner seemed to help initially, but this has recurred twice since then. The condition led immediately to weak/hesitant acceleration (I didn't push it, and was very easy on the gas) for a couple of minutes after the occurrence of this. Feels like an engine miss more than anything else, but I've never had an automatic transmission problem before (I usually drive a stick).
There is also a sense of mild hesitation when proceeding forward in drive (D) from a standstill, but nothing in reverse. I have not yet checked the transmission fluid, nor had the tranny inspected/serviced by a pro. I would also add that I have the extended warranty purchased from the dealer, which should pay for major repairs if needed (minus deductible, of course).
Vehicle still has the original-size 225/70 R16 tires, but there is a good bit of tread wear for the front tires, and they will need replacement soon.
A few questions I need some help with:
Has anyone experienced these symptoms prior to tranny failure?
The significance of the VSC light, and if illuminated, does that prevent the car from entering OD?
Does parking on an incline withOUT the parking brake fully engaged have any bearing on tranny failure in this-or any other-vehicle?
Is there any merit to the statement I've heard from 2 tire dealers, to the effect that a mere 3/32nd" difference in tire height (front to rear) due either to different tire manufacturer's specs, or tread wear differential)-frequently leads to tranny failure in this-or any other 4WD-vehicle? Could this be the reason so many of these trannies have failed?
One person has apparently had some success with Lucas tranny additive-anyone else tried this, with what kinds of results?
This has been a very informative site, I've learned a lot, (and will follow the various recommendations of the contributors)-and hope to avoid the travails of those who've been stuck with these repairs (of course, I wish I hadn't bought the car in the first place, after reading all this).....thanks!