1999 Lexus RX 300 AWD 3.0 from North America

Summary:

Got a good deal on this car

Faults:

My transmission was lagging, and I had a friend look at it. Thought my transmission was going out, but he told me it was the transmission speed sensor. Replaced the sensor, and car runs great.

Hope it helps someone!

General Comments:

Hate the turning radius.

However lots of space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th December, 2010

1999 Lexus RX 300 from North America

Summary:

Excellent, designed to last

Faults:

About people complaining with transmission problems. For God's sake, change the transmission fluid with flush.

When I got car, it was 10 years old with 120 000 miles on it. In 2 months, one morning the car refused to move; the engine was working fine.

I thought, that's it, time for new transmission.

Brought it to friend of mine's transmission shop; he flashed the transmission with a special machine, replacing all the old fluid, put in new tranny filter, and the car was driving like new.

His comment was that no one ever changed tranny fluid on this car.

Since then I've put 44000 miles on it, and love this car.

General Comments:

Love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2010

11th Jan 2015, 18:47

* Sometimes changing the transmission fluid will RUIN a working, older transmission. Be careful.

1999 Lexus RX 300 from North America

Summary:

I like the car, but would love it if Lexus would correct the transmission

Faults:

At 85,000 miles my transmission went out. The dealer quoted me 6,000.00 to replace it. I ended up paying 2,000.00 to have it rebuilt. At 145,000 my Lexus transmission is gone out again.

My automatic locks have started to lock and unlock.

The oxygen sensors needed to be replaced. I purchased this SUV used as a returned lease; it was in excellent condition.

General Comments:

The SUV is well built. I have no problems with blind spots. And when it is driving, it drives well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th November, 2010

1999 Lexus RX 300 from North America

Summary:

Reliable, comfy and good car for small family

Faults:

Starter went out at around 110k miles.

Knock sensor replaced at 123k miles.

General Comments:

I've been very happy with my RX300. It's comfortable and safe. Any repairs I've done are normal wear and tear issues, no chronic mechanical issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st June, 2010

1999 Lexus RX 300 from North America

Summary:

Best car I have ever owned

General Comments:

I have 137000 miles, both city and highway, and virtually no problems other than coil packs at 120,000 (expected) and normal maintenance.

I have maintained the transmission at 25000 intervals, and have used synthetic oil since 50,000.

I suspect a lot of the transmission complaints are based on lack of service by prior owners (e.g. lease owners) etc.

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Review Date: 12th June, 2010

1999 Lexus RX 300 V6 AWD from North America

Summary:

Love it overall, but not as reliable as I expected from Lexus

Faults:

1) Most recently as of now, having to replace my transmission at 91K miles. I cannot believe it, this is why I purchased a Lexus -- not to spend $5K on a $40K car in this short amount of time. I am reading all the reports of the same issue in 1999/2000 RX 300. Most disturbing is the replacement transmissions are also failing, it is clearly a bad design. I reported this to NHTSA & would recommend everyone do so. http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/

Lexus Customer Service is 800-255-3987 -- be prepared to wait a long time.

They will tell you the dealer must inspect it. They also told me they have had complaints about this particular vehicle.

My friend also told me a Lexus mechanic told him the Lexus cars have known transmission issues, and to be sure to get the major services done. The mechanic said "these are not a Toyota, we work a lot on these engines". He chose to buy an Acura instead.

2) The "blower module" went out at about 80K miles. This part blows the hot or cold air for AC or heat. Replacement part is $500.

3) The seat belts quit retracting properly. Fixed once under warranty, happening again.

4) The "light assembly module" went out. Causes either side lights or tail lights to go out -- not all of them, but the same light stays out. You can tell it's not a fuse or a light bulb because it is not in the same line, & when you change these items, it doesn't help. Common issue I'm told. $500 part + labor.

Pam

p.s. I am going to have my Lexus inspected at the dealer. If they don't do anything, I am contacting the media & starting a class action lawsuit. Very bothersome that the follow up tranny's also fail at low miles. Very poor business practice on the part of Lexus/Toyota; this should have absolutely been made right when they discovered the issue.

Email: Info@AimingHigher.com

General Comments:

Overall, besides the transmission issue, and Lexus's failure to properly address this issue, I love the car. It drives well, is comfortable, and is very safe with the side air bags. I love the flexibility of the back seats folding, love the heated seats, love how it drives, love how solid it is overall.

I hope Lexus will stand behind their product, or I'll never be able to buy one again. That is a bummer; really have loved Lexus.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th June, 2010