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#676 of 732 Transmission Failure 2001 Lexus RX300
Dec 30, 2011 (9:22 am)
The transmission on our 2001 Lexus RX300 with only 83,000 and fully serviced at Lexus just failed. I spoke with a service technicians at the Lexus dealer, and off the record, he informed me that the problem is rampant and its quite rare for a transmission not to fail on this model year and the 1999 and 2000 RX 300, even if the mileage is very low and fully serviced at Lexus. My understanding is that the problem rarely gets reported because most Lexus owners trade in their RX300 with the damaged transmission for a new RX350 at a generous trade in value, and do not follow-up with complaints. What concerns me is that this technician informed me that most owners that do replace the transmission have transmission problems within the year. Has anyone recently replaced the transmission and have there been problems? Also, what did Lexus offer you in terms of a price reduction as my understanding is that they typically pay half the cost of installing a new transmission.
#677 of 732 Re: Transmission Failure 2001 Lexus RX300 [avarady]
Dec 30, 2011 (9:36 am)
Our 1999 RX 300 failed with 93,000 miles on it in May 2010. We have 107000 on it and it is still going. We received $1800 check to cover parts from Lexus which went against our total bill of $5500. Good Luck to you.
#678 of 732 Re: Transmission Failure 2001 Lexus RX300 [avarady]
Dec 30, 2011 (10:34 am)
I replaced mine about 9 months ago. Vehicle had acout 145K. Call Lexus customer satisfaction as they may help on the cost of replacing/repairing.
#679 of 732 Re: NHTSA Complaint List [jbl85]
Dec 30, 2011 (1:17 pm)
My 2001 Lexus RX300 with only 83,000, and Lexus serviced, recently needed a transmission replacement. I have since done a significant amount of research on this and have started to make numerous inquiries to local Lexus dealers. What I'm discovering is that the transmission problem is quite pervasive and its rare for the 1999 to 2001 RX models not to have any transmission problems. Based on my research and inquiries it seems that the overwhelming majority of 1999-2001 Lexus RX owners with faulty transmission have traded their cars in with Lexus for a new or certified Lexus and have received generous trade-in settlements. Very few of these new owners have bothered to file complaints which is what Lexus obviously prefers.
#680 of 732 Re: Transmission Failure 2001 Lexus RX300 [avarady]
Dec 30, 2011 (7:09 pm)
The transmission on my 1999 RX300 2WD had problems from the start, original owner. Lexus service does not include transmission service. I could tell the fluid was getting burned and contaminated, so I proactively had the transmission serviced, even though it was not part of the service schedule or on the Lexus service menu. I had the car in for warrantee items, and they always claimed "no problem found" with the transmission. I never experienced failure.
But in 2004, just before the original powertrain warrantee was to expire at 70,000 miles I took it in again (different Lexus dealer) and explained I had documented "no problem found" previously, and wanted to have the transmission serviced and asked them to report their findings. They volunteered to have the transmission replaced under warrantee, and since then I have not experienced any of the problems the original transmission had. I now have more than double that mileage, and if the fluid condition can be any indicator (in this case I think it is) I expect this transmission will last a long time. So to answer your question, yes I feel my new transmission is reliable in the long run. I don't know if you can say the same for some third-party rebuilds. As a precaution, I change the fluid every year, even when I'm only driving low mileage.
"Lexus Service" by itself absolutely does not mean they were servicing the transmission at all. And although the design of this transmission is not rugged, it is common that Lexus would rather wait for transmission failure rather than offer effective preventative maintenence which is easily done at home or a reputable transmission shop. This may account for a seemingly high number of failure complaints you see on websites, although statistically not relevant because these are only the complaints and not reports from owners who drove the RX many hundreds of thousands of miles without transmission trouble (yes, they do also exist). My advice: If you like the car and are otherwise happy with it, and it is in good shape, it's easily worth the cost of the transmission. If you have other troubles and/or don't like the car, well you know where I'm going from here. Good luck, and please share your experience bad or good.
#681 of 732 Re: Transmission Failure 2001 Lexus RX300 [naperleigh]
Dec 31, 2011 (11:40 am)
The transaxle design flaw introduced with the '99 RX300 was not successfuly fixed until the arrival of the RX330 using DBW "to protect the drive train.
MAJOR changes were made in the overall drive train with the introduction of the '01 RX300.
1) mechanical LSD option was dropped.
2) VC, Viscous Clutch, fluid formulation was changed in a way to make the functionality virtually ZERO.
3) Towing package, inclusive of external ATF cooler, became a standard factory installed "option" on the F/awd versions.
4) In leu of VC F/awd functionality the MB320 braking system was adopted/used to apportion torque to the rear but ONLY after/upon/after the fact, detection of front wheelspin/slip.
5) The minimum level of "real-time" ATF line pressure was raised. This one may go back to the '00 RX300 model year as it is clear that the '00 model did not have a transaxle failure rate as high as the '99.
Number 5 is undoubtedly the reason the '01 requires ATF service at least every 35-40,000 miles. The owners manual for my '01 does not call for ATF service for the life of the vehicle. When I discovered that my ATF was dark brown and smelled burned at only ~40,000 miles I enquired of the dealer and then the factory. The dealer response was that the ATF in my '01 required service each 15,000. In disbelief I pursued this issue with the factory rep who confirmed the dealer statement.
Some years later I became aware that the ATF service directive had been changed to "inspect the ATF condition during each engine oil/filter change and react accrdingly".
#682 of 732 Re: NHTSA Complaint List [jbl85]
Jan 13, 2012 (9:10 am)
hay what are you doing with this car?
#683 of 732 Re: NHTSA Complaint List [padanny]
Jan 13, 2012 (9:20 am)
Your message makes no sense. Try again.
#684 of 732 transmission failure 2000 rx300
Jan 28, 2012 (10:31 am)
the transmission failed at 230,000 miles. lexus agreed to split the difference with us, as we are good customers with another lexus and have always serviced our cars at the dealership. we want to sell the car privately. how do i word the ad? say it has all those miles or that it has a new transmission or both? the car is in great condition with only a little wear on the side of the front passenger seat.
also when pricing it, the sites price it around $5800, but that's with a transmission with 230,000 miles on it, not a new transmission. should i price it higher because it will now have a new transmission?
or should i just try to sell it as is without a transmission? or donate it??????
#685 of 732 Re: transmission failure 2000 rx300 [poodleman]
Jan 28, 2012 (11:00 am)
You managed to drive a 2000 RX300 for 230,000 miles before the transaxle failed..?
Even if only FWD something just short of miraculous, that.
99-00 have such a bad reputation in this regard I doubt if any wording will make much difference.