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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#578 of 732 Re: RX 300 AWD 1999-2002 [119kk]
Jun 06, 2011 (4:00 pm)
The Lexus dealer did the replacement work, replacing the entire transmission, not just the TC and pump. That second transmission failed within the one year warranty period, and Lexus followed the warranty to the letter. The local Lexus shop was very professional and the experience was painless. The original transmission failed a few thousand miles out of warranty, hence the "good will" gesture of cost sharing.
The analytical lab stated on the analysis results that wear was "severe", and posted a red stop sign on the form. This analytical lab is accustomed to performing spectroscopic engine oil analysis of piston aircraft engines wherein the engine block is aluminum. Fortunately, our RX stays on the ground.
#579 of 732 Re: RX 300 AWD 1999-2002 [119kk]
Jun 06, 2011 (8:29 pm)
My transmisson went out when I was visiting out of town. I was close to a Toyota dealer who replaced the transmission. When I contacted Lexus Customer Service they wanted repairis made at my local dealer but did not want to pay $500 for towing. Afer repairs were completed I was instructed to fax the bill tp a certain person at Lexus Customer Service. It was several weeks befor they called and advised the amount they would pay.
#580 of 732 Re: RX 300 AWD 1999-2002 [flsjr55]
Jun 07, 2011 (6:26 pm)
hi, can you please inform me on how long your Lexus was running without problems after you changed its transmission at 145K point?..do you think it's worth to change a transmission in Lexus and go on with the car?...pls advise/share your experience..thanks
#581 of 732 Re: RX 300 AWD 1999-2002 [angela_d]
Jun 07, 2011 (7:13 pm)
I only have about 6000 miles on the rebuilt transmisson.
#582 of 732 Transmission RX 300
Jun 09, 2011 (8:31 pm)
My RX 300 has almost 140,000. (It's a Silversport, if that makes a difference.) I have NEVER had anything go wrong with it (except the usual wear and tear, brakes, etc.) until just recently. The driver's side door remote key would not open or close. Needed actuator (sp?) $400. I have never brought the car in for service. My husband always changed oil. We have NEVER had the tranny fluid changed. In the past, it seemed like ever time I brought a car in (not Lexus) something else would go wrong with it. I feel I should change the tranny fluid. They recommend it at 60,000 and 120,000. I'm afraid if I change it, something will go wrong with it! I just bought my 3rd Lexus. 2008 RX350. I hope I have as much lucky with this Lexus as my previous ones. I think they are GREAT vehicles!!
#583 of 732 Re: Transmission RX 300 [treelady8]
Jun 10, 2011 (5:25 pm)
The RX 300 tranny problem is certain model years - what year is yours? I've enjoyed mine too, but with such a big tranny problem & they didn't issue a recall - what a joke. My driver's side lock also won't work with the key - so I lock it manually. My passenger rear door lock also has a problem - can't open the door from the inside & must manually unlock it - real handy. I've replaced 2 O2 sensors - $500 each!!! Lexus is just too expensive to maintain.
#584 of 732 Re: RX 300 AWD 1999-2002 [flsjr55]
Jun 11, 2011 (3:29 pm)
Sounds familiar. I just had the same episode and $4100 repair on my son's 2001. The transmission repair shop found it nearly disintegrated inside with metal throughout the cooler. A total rebuild by hand with improved parts and a new larger cooler. The other cooler had an inadequate flow and thus on a long trip it gets hot and fails. I am drafting a letter to Lexus and will use this forum as proof the problem is not isolated and if not satisfied will look into reporting to federal agency in charge of recalls.
The dealer won't know to add a different cooler and may be why others' replacements have re-failed.
#585 of 732 Re: Transmission RX 300 [tickedatlexus]
Jun 12, 2011 (3:56 pm)
My Lexus was a 2001 and not AWD. Also replaced 1 02 sensor and radio. I don't believe 2000-2002 were good years for the RX
#587 of 732 Re: Transmission RX 300 [tickedatlexus]
Jun 12, 2011 (9:03 pm)
Mine is a 2001 RX300 Silversport AWD. I couldn't find any info on changing the tranny fluid in the manual. My husband was changing the tranny fluid when it said on the tranny dip stick that it never needed to be changed. I called the Lexus dealership they said it should be changed at 60,000 and 120,000. Makes you wonder if they say that to get more business. Also my husband changed tranny fluid on his Highlander. It had the EXACT same tranny! Same model number. Interesting... As I said in earlier post my 2001 RX300 has almost 140,000 miles. I have NEVER brought in for service. And have never had anything go wrong with it except usual brakes, battery etc. And the driver foot actuator needed replacing just recently. No complaints, that's pretty good for car with 140,000 miles. My husband does all maintence!