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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#704 of 732 3rd transmission needed on RX330
Aug 16, 2012 (5:27 pm)
I have a 2005 RX 330 and at 30,000 miles the transmission failed and had to be replaced. The service dept at the time told me they had heard of some problems with the transmissions but they had been resolved and I shouldn't have any other issues. Now the car has just under 70,000 the transmission failed again and needs another transmission!!! The car has been at the dealer's service dept for over 2 weeks now while I've been trying to get Lexus to cover the cost of the new transmission. After 2 weeks of no response their customer no-satisfaction finally called me back yesterday and said they will only cover part of the repair but only because no one had responded to my calls. Not that they think anything is wrong with the transmissions. I left a message with Toyota USA exec offices two days ago, and although someone was supposed to respond within 1 day, no one has called me back. I told the customer no-satisfaction that I had seen complaints online about problems with the transmission in these vehicles and they claim they don't know anything about them. I've filed a complaint with the BBB but I'm sure i won't get a response for a few weeks. Any suggestions on how to get Toyota/Lexus to cover this repair? There is no vehicle that should require 3 transmissions with less than 70,000 miles on the car, especiallly a Lexus. I think the way they are handling this is really poor and aren't taking responsibility for a problem with their transmissions. I want my car back but I want them to pay for the repair. You can bet that I will never buy another Toyota/Lexus product ever again after this experience. Thank you for any good suggestions.
#705 of 732 Re: Transmission Failure 2001 Lexus RX300 [lousyrx300]
Aug 17, 2012 (7:26 am)
"99 RX300 was a "prototype". It was 2001 before the early bugs were ironed out, and the RX330 before the DBW "fix" was adopted.
#706 of 732 Lexus RX Transmission Problems
Aug 22, 2012 (4:12 am)
I and other people also didn't expect that lexus Will get some problem like transmission. as my information Lexus is brand one of that their cars get in problems after releasing in market. If they will recall all models and gives free replacement then it can good for them other wise it will damages company's reputation.
#707 of 732 Re: Transmission Failure 2001 Lexus RX300 [wwest]
Sep 29, 2012 (8:32 am)
? for wwest:
What model year RX's would be ok to buy that would not have the transmission problems. My 2000 RX now has 190,000 miles. Although I have never had a transmission problem I am still concerned because at this point I couldn't see that the car would be worth a $4000 repair. I was thinking of trading the car for a RX 330 but wanted to know when the transmission problem was fixed.
#708 of 732 Re: Transmission Failure 2001 Lexus RX300 [kwh]
Sep 30, 2012 (8:13 am)
First, I am really not a fan of FWD nor even F/awd other than the Acura SH-AWD.
Overall I wouldn't buy anything earlier than a 2010 and I would even recommend several DIY modes for it. I would add an off/auto/ON switch for the rear drive clutch circuit. There is NO need for rear drive torque except on known or expected slippery driving surfaces, it only serves to decrease, possibly severey so, the duty life of the drive components.
Insofar as I am concerned the automatic climate control system is the "pits" as shipped from the factory. Lexus has added a few C-BEST aspects that help but still needs a few engineering fixes.
#709 of 732 Re: Transmission Failure 2001 Lexus RX300 [kwh]
Sep 30, 2012 (8:34 am)
"..not have the transmission problems.."
2001 MY: the VC was made non-functional and TC was added to simulate both a locked center diff'l and/or a rear LSD, reactively, after the fact.
RX330: VC was dropped entirely and DBW was (is now) used to "protect the drive train". Prevent the engine torque from rising upon accelerator pedal depression at timeswhen the transaxle could not quickly engage the proper gear for the circumstance. Random 1-2 second quick sequential downshift delay/hesitation become standard.
RX350: Transaxle shift pattern was revised to respond to the probability of driver intention based on accelerator pedal use.
2010 RX350: Adoption of Venza (Ford Escape) style rear drive engagement clutch. Rear drive automatically, pre-emptively, engaged during low speed acceleration regardless of roadbed tractive conditions. Tractive roadbed = SEVERE driveline component STRESS, tire SCRUBBING.
#710 of 732 Re: 2002 RX300 Severe Oil Burn [verygreedy]
Oct 18, 2012 (3:16 pm)
Hey, what did you ever do with the Lexus 300? Guess what? Mine 2002 just broker down. Dealer wants $7,000 plus $1000 for coil packs, plugs etc.
Did you get any satisfaction from Lexus or the class action lawsuit?
#711 of 732 Re: 3rd transmission needed on RX330 [kkinvarx330]
Oct 30, 2012 (8:56 am)
Our RX300 with 48,000 just had the transmission self destruct. Lexus/Toyota refused to acknowledge any problem with their transmissions. They said that since the U.S. government didn't issue a mandatory recall, they are not responsible for anything. They heavily advertise Lexus as their luxury brand. Maybe it is if you are just sitting in it in your driveway.
#712 of 732 Re: 3rd transmission needed on RX330 [codym1]
Oct 31, 2012 (8:24 am)
'99-'00 consider yourself lucky, F/awd, even moreso.
'01-til RX330, you should have gotten at least 80-100,000 miles, greater if only FWD.
RX330-on, DBW was adopted and used to "protect the drive train" prevent the engine torque from rising, ~2 seconds, until downshift could be fully completed.
#713 of 732 Re: RX300 that still only has 48,000 miles [codym1]
Oct 31, 2012 (11:30 am)
Transmission failure is never pretty, regardless of the age of the car. I didn't like it any time it's happened to me, either. However on a car of this age, I've never heard of it being a recall, either. Lexus has never said they are responsible for failure except during warrantee, but they have offered assistance to some regular customers who show maintenence at their shops in order to earn continued "loyalty".
It's possible you can get a "deal" elsewhere and come out just as well cost-wise. However, it's important that your transmission rebuild includes all updates appropriate to your model so that you don't have continued problems like some on this forum report.
I got a really good one - a durable transmission that has endured and I am confident will continue to last based on a variety of factors. I am an original owner and my trans was replaced under warrantee. Others have had rebuilds that were problematic from the start, so apparently there is a difference between "fixing" a problem transmission and rebuilding or replacing with updated components appropriate to your exact model. A good trans shop should definately know the difference. Also, regardless of what the owners manual or the Lexus/Toyota dealer says, service the TRANSMISSION (specifically, because the dealer ripoff "packages" don't address the issue until failure) at least every two years, especially considering the type of mileage use your car gets.
Please keep us posted how it goes for you to help others.
BTW, I'm assuming this has nothing to do with the actual title so I changed it for the reply.