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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#626 of 732 Re: 2001 Lexus RX 300 AWD Transmission [wwest]
Jul 27, 2011 (8:23 am)
Re the cooler:
"...Lexus had already come to realize, due to the HIGH failure rate in the '99 & '00 models, that the RX300 transaxle, modified Camry transaxle, was the weak link in the RX300 design. As an interim "fix" the "optional" towing package was not really an option in '01..."
Yes, however right from the beginning in early 1998 which was the introduction of the new 1999 RX300, the "tow package" (including the auxiliary cooler in the passenger front fender) was already included on all models, at least in CA, so it goes back earlier than '01 - these were already included.
Beginning at the introduction, there weren't any on any lots that didn't have it, until a couple years later (2001 or '02, IIRC) the introduction of the models with "performance package" that had air suspension - and no tow rating - the tow package was not offered on that model, and there was no cooler available with the PP. So the vast majority of RX's sold right from the beginning in '98 had "tow package" with the aux. cooler in the fender, and it was on the window sticker as well.
After driving, feel how hot the aux. cooler in the fender becomes. There is a lot of excess heat being vented from the cooler, but lots of it is exchanged first by the "standard" cooler in the bottom of the radiator. I share WWest's suggestion of a thermostatic fan for the cooler, I also have an additional cooler right behind it, as well as enlarged exit vents in that inner fender liner. There is a big difference in the temp of the cooler even on hot days.
Good luck with yours.
#627 of 732 Re: 2001 Lexus RX 300 AWD Transmission [la4mead]
Jul 29, 2011 (9:35 pm)
Hello, thanks for the information. Is there a step-by-step instruction on how to install the additional fan or cooler on the existed cooler? Pictures are great, thanks.
#628 of 732 Re: 2001 Lexus RX 300 AWD Transmission [jiminfresno]
Jul 31, 2011 (5:35 pm)
By the Way anybody have these problems with a 2001 Lexus RX 300AWD?
1) A power window that goes up and down only sometimes. Usually a swift hit to the door may make it work
2) The Key remote locks and unlocks all doors but the passenger door
3) The fan in the dash at times makes noise like its rubbing against something and then goes away.
OMG... my 2001 RX 300 is doing the same thing. My passenger side window does not power up like it should... it's an up and down thing... then it will eventually go up. The dash noise is exactly like you describe.... I wish I knew what it was... it does eventually go away... but what the heck is that?? My transmission is having problems right now... it was towed yesterday to the mechanic... I don't know what the problem is yet. It has 165,000 miles on it and this is the only problem I've had with it. I guess I've been lucky. I enjoyed reading your post... thanks.
#629 of 732 Re: 2001 Lexus RX 300 AWD Transmission [lserlohn]
Jul 31, 2011 (6:27 pm)
I posted some pics a few years ago (are the searchable messages archived on this forum?). I'll look around or take some new ones. It was pretty straightforward, however I did have to improvise a little.
I'll get something together and post it.
#630 of 732 Re: 2001 Lexus RX 300 AWD Transmission [la4mead]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 31, 2011 (7:26 pm)
I don't see the pics and if you are thinking about your CarSpace photo album, well, all that stuff is gone.
There's this post but the link to the instructions is "temporarily unavailable".
You can use the "Advanced Search" on the right sidebar. Plus, a search like "la4mead external cooler site:edmunds.com" will work on Bing or Google.
#631 of 732 Re: 2001 Lexus RX 300 AWD Transmission [denni1960]
Aug 01, 2011 (3:49 pm)
I have a 2001 RX. 1) When I lower my front passenger window a little at train crossings, then try to close it, it will go down more before I can make it go up. Once it went down all the way & wouldn't go up for about 10 minutes - of course it was pouring rain. Haven't tried to use it since
2) My key will sometimes unlock/lock the driver's door (dealer quoted an exhorbitant amount to fix - I think $300 part + labor). Right rear door does not unlock/lock with the key.
3) No noise in my dash fan.
Ever since dealer replaced the lights at the top of the tailgate window, if it rains just right, water comes inside on the driver's side - often on my left foot - sometimes a very wet floormat. They fixed it once, but still happens.
Not what I expected of a Lexus.
#632 of 732 Passenger window
Aug 01, 2011 (5:23 pm)
My passenger window is doing the same when you want it to go back up, it will go down first... and I just keep pushing the button to go back up and it eventually will... and when it's raining...well you know....
I've had my 01 for 5 yrs and have been really happy with it... a few things I thought were off for a lexus were the cheap cup holders... flimsy and broke within a year after getting the car. The cheap plated plastic on the inside door handles... they are starting to show wear. Just little things like that. I have 165,000 on my 01 and all I've ever done to it is scheduled oil/filter etc changes every 3,000 miles. Up until last weekend (transmission) I've never had any mechanical problems with it. I will definately buy another one. I read somewhere today that the RX 300 is practical luxury and for me I think that's true. It doesn't have all the frills... ie heated seats, navi, dual A/C control... those are extras that I really don't mind not having. I just want a car that I can rely on and with what I've experienced... it is.
I just hope that the transmission is an easy fix and not a complete overhaul. Wish me luck!
#633 of 732 Re: 1999 Lexus RX300 Transmission [seastburn]
Aug 07, 2011 (10:22 am)
Be Bozo! You bought a used car (not from the original owner) and you state that the transmission failure at 127K miles could be a result of the car being a lemon???
My Lincoln Aviator's engine was a lemon and went at 52K miles ..2K over the warranty. After fighting with Ford, they picked up 2/3rd the tab.. not 100% and I not only walked from Ford and bought a Lexus.. but I tell everyone I know about Ford dumping a long standing customer.
But buying a used car at 127K miles and calling it a lemon! Come on! Buying a used car without a warranty means you self-insure!
#634 of 732 Re: Rx 300 Tranny issue [slsrme]
Aug 12, 2011 (12:59 pm)
Please let me know what happens. I have the same issue, and cannot afford the repair... I've been without my SUV for nearly a year (about a week after getting married!). I've heard rumors of a class action, but I'm worrying they may just BE rumors.
#635 of 732 Re: Rx 300 Tranny issue [drek7]
Aug 14, 2011 (9:03 pm)
If you have not reported your transmisson problem to Lexus then do so ASAP. They may be able to help. No word on any class action.