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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#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.
#636 of 732 Re: Rx 300 Tranny issue [flsjr55]
Aug 16, 2011 (11:39 am)
Let's see... I'm between a rock and a hard place. My vehicle is currently on a lift at a local (trusted!) mechanic who has been repairing tranny's 50+ yrs. Lexus Corp. told me they may or may not help with any "goodwill assistance." The first person I spoke with tried to get a "goodwill towing" approval, but that was denied.
*By the way, my mechanic said the planetary gears exploded making it impossible to open the transmission. I will definately need either a used or rebuilt one.
So now, I can go ahead and have my local mechanic put in a rebuilt transmission with a 3yr warranty for a Grand total of ~$5,000.
*Lexus said IF there is a recall, they'll "most likely" reimburse my expense.
I can pay my mechanic for what he's done already (basically removing and re-inserting my transmission), then tow it 20 miles away where I may or may not have to pay for the diagnostics and/or repair ALL depending on IF Lexus deems it is their responsibility due to a defect.
BAsically, pay an extra ~$400 for a slim CHANCE at saving a few thousand.
#637 of 732 I'm between a rock and a hard place
Aug 16, 2011 (11:59 am)
I had the same situation. I called Lexus and asked them for the price for a rebuilt transmission. They really did not want to quote me until they looked at the car and did a diagnostic. Unfortunately I had already had it towed to a trusted transmission mechanic. Lexus PR told me to take it to the Lexus dealer and based on my experience they may help me out financially but made sure I understood that I should not count on it.
So what did that mean ? Did they just want me to take it to the Lexus Dealer for the transmission service. Lexus finally told me it could cost between $4500-5300. I figured at best ,Lexus may comp 25% as it is a 10 year old car. If that was the case I assumed it would be $5300 and they may take it down to $4000. I had it done for $4300. If I had my car regularly serviced at the Lexus Dealership I think I would have gone to Lexus and as a regular customer my chances of a goodwill gesture would have increased. Instead I had it service at a Toyota dealership near where I work.
#638 of 732 Re: Rx 300 Tranny issue [drek7]
Aug 17, 2011 (8:11 am)
"..impossible to open the transmission.."
BS, blowing SMOKE...!!
Rebuilts run $2500 to $3000 out the door.
#639 of 732 Re: Rx 300 Tranny issue [slsrme]
Aug 18, 2011 (7:25 pm)
Well, I too am one of the 'lucky ones'. The transmission in our 2002 RX300 went out today, without any warning. We called our local Lexus dealer in the Sacramento area and they were sympathetic to our problem and even shared the fact that this has been an ongoing problem with 1999-2002 models. Apparently, Lexus has known of the problem and even corrected the transmission problem in the 2003 and later models. But, our dealer said that it would still cost us $4,700. in order to replace the transmission with a "re-structure...2003 version".
I inquired as to whether Lexus, knowing they had a transmission problem with these years, if they would discount or assist? The answer was "No".
Frustrating to buy a vehicle you think will last and knowing that the company knows is has a mechanical problem with a particular part, and they are not willing to cut some kind of deal. What a bummer!!!
#640 of 732 Re: Rx 300 Tranny issue [ed95682]
Aug 18, 2011 (7:39 pm)
Call Lexus Customer Satisfaction and you may get some help. 800-255-3987.
I spent $750 yesterday to repair the A/C. In the past six months I have spent more to repair than the car is worth.