I bought my Lexus RX300 in December of 1998 and of course I was very excited. Right now I am far from it because of my predicament the past four months. I live in California and we have to pass the smog test every other year of registering your car. Last year my RX300 did not pass smog, at which time I took it to a Lexus dealership to find out what was going on. First of all I got a miss diagnosis on what was wrong with the car, but I just did some basic service work plus smog test to the tune of $500+ so I could get a waiver for the year on my smog. The diagnosed amount was for $800+. When I took the car in to fix the smog problem the diagnosis was wrong and I had to get another engine which cost me $5,500.
I was having some problems with my transmission then to and I asked the dealership to check what was wrong. I also found out that I needed another transmission. Now this is another $3,900 to the previous $5,500.
I agree about letting Lexus know about these issues and possible recall. I plan to call Lexus corporate about these issues. My car has 144,00 miles, but was maintained. Right now I am not a very happy camper at all.