Last post on Nov 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM
You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, SUV
#725 of 732 Re: Trans Fluid Maintenance [la4mead]
Jan 12, 2013 (9:22 am)
Thank you for your insight.
#726 of 732 REPORT YOUR PROBLEMS NOT ONLY ON FORUM
Jan 13, 2013 (6:22 am)
I was looking to buy 2001 RX or Acura MDX. After research I found that MDX have problems with transmission, but no complains about RX. But only after sometime spent I found this forum and see that RX has same issues as MDX.
The bad thing that this problem not show up in Edmunds reliability report (http://www.edmunds.com/lexus/rx-300/2001/reliability.html?style=&sub=)
nor on carcomplaints.com (http://www.carcomplaints.com/Lexus/RX300/2001/)
Help others to avoid problems, reports will force companies to fix there mistakes.
#727 of 732 Re: REPORT YOUR PROBLEMS NOT ONLY ON FORUM [asssets]
Jan 13, 2013 (10:26 am)
Could be maybe because that reliability report is sourced from information supplied mostly by owners who purchased new (just speculating)?
Or maybe there was a high percentage of Lexus owners who were satisfied with warrantee repairs - (also Lexus made many "loyalty" extensions)...
Or from owners who did not find it unusual for transmission repairs after many years of stop 'n go use?
Or they leased the car and turned it in before it was an issue?
The problem with assuming that any "problem" is widespread based on forum complaints is that most posts represent complaints, and statistically are not a significant quantity compared to the number of actual units.
Forums are a good way to find out information to help fix issues but some owners simply use them as a way to vent.
Not that the original RX tranny wasn't a weak design which opened the door to lead to many failures, but Lexus made good by treating many customers well when these cars were newer. Now they are over a decade old... so it's not uncommon for any car/crossover/suv to need transmission work, especially if they followed the originally advice from Lexus marketing that the fluid doesn't need to be changed (until failure).
Used car buyers of any car should simply look for a car in good working order, or already have had the tranny rebuilt with the modernized parts.
I just picked up a car of another make also famous for needing the tranny rebuilt. It was recently redone. This is not something unique to RX300's and doesn't affect all of them. RX's with original tranny problems usually beat the fluid long before trouble, so that's a good indicator to look for.
Nov 08, 2013 (10:46 pm)
I hav a RX300 yr2000AWD win the truck is cold it,s OK but after a few blocks it wont go into 3or4 gear.The fluid level is OK.Win im goin about 40mph the RPM needle goes to 3000, the faster i go the higher the RPM needle goes.I brought the truck in 3/14/13 i notice the problem about 7/12/13 what can it be.Anyone with knowledge of this problem i would appreciate any help Thank you in advance.
#729 of 732 Re: transmission [faithlove]
Nov 09, 2013 (1:15 pm)
Faith, Sorry to hear you are having trouble. First, is your "Check Engine" light on; if so you need to find out what codes are being stored, and include your findings on this post regarding advice. It is possible diagnostic trouble codes stored in the onboard engine management system may show a problem unrelated to the transmission, however many people mistakenly are sold rebuilt transmissions when the fix is unrelated.
Next, what is the history of transmission (not other) service? When was the last time the transmission pan was dropped, the fluid changed, condition of fluid, sediments in the filter and pan inspected? What is the condition of the fluid?
These will be the indicators of how you should proceed.
What is the condition of the vehicle in general?
Let's hear back from you soon.
#730 of 732 Re: NHTSA Complaint List [avarady]
Nov 25, 2013 (3:32 pm)
Same thing happened to my RX300 at 100,000 miles. Total transmission failure.
The dealer estimates $8000 to fix it. I am seeing that this is a common problem. based on your research, what can be negotiated or is a common recourse from Lexus? The car has been serviced for its lifetime at the dealership. What might Lexus offer be willing to contribute toward repair of the transmission? What have other owners found to be customary offers that you reported as "generous trade-in settlements?" Have liked the car but private resale value is estimated at $8-10k when working and I'm worried other issues will begin to crop up if I put full value into the replacement of a transmission. Please anyone with info reply as I need to make a decision what to do with the car as soon as possible as it sits at the dealership awaiting either repair, a trade-in, or a tow to an independent mechanic
#731 of 732 Re: NHTSA Complaint List [seventh_dream]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 25, 2013 (6:22 pm)
This article may help, especially since you've been a "loyal" customer although it sounds like the dealer may be more interested in selling you a new Lexus:
The Secret Warranty
You don't mention the year, but you are pretty far along in miles. But it doesn't hurt to ask Lexus if they'll assist with the replacement.
#732 of 732 Re: NHTSA Complaint List [seventh_dream]
Nov 26, 2013 (10:48 pm)
That dealer has not been doing you any favors, but they are glad to take as much of your money as they can drain from you. $8000 to repair the transmission is a complete joke... I doubt you are laughing the same as they are. Whoever told you that deserves a reprimand. First, dealers don't usually include transmission service as part of their dealer service until failure, the owner must specifically ask for it. Check your records.
Being a firm believer in preventive transmission maintenance because I keep my cars "like new" a long time, I've had more than one dealer refuse to do any more than "power flush" the transmission fluid mechanically, a high-profit but questionable maintenance practice. I've had to go elsewhere for transmission service. By "the book" is none until failure, then after failure, they are quoting you a figure that is irrationally high to encourage you to trade-in. The game they are playing is totally bogus.
The next step is for the dealer to bargain down the cost of a quality rebuilt transmission *which must include all updates* to more normal amount in the range of about $3500 (perhaps less) based on what others have been paying. You can check on Club Lexus or Lexus Owners Club forums to see the costs and how other owners found quality rebuilt transmission repairs. Lastly, regardless of dealer's recommendations, have the transmission serviced annually.
Take a look at this forum thread (use the "search" function) to find how other owners successfully negotiated with Lexus for help on the cost. Keep in mind these thread postings are generally complaints, which represent a tiny percentage of all RX300 ownership experience.
I wish you good luck, and I hope you will share what happens when you speak with the dealer, Lexus, and what happens thereafter.