2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0 Liter V6 from North America
Best SUV ever.
For my taste, the RX300 is the ideal. The ride is as smooth as any car made, yet you have the sense that in an emergency you could use it to climb a tree. Sits higher than a car, but doesn't feel like a truck. Doesn't feel like it will flip over on a sharp turn (not quite a race car though). Gas mileage isn't economy, but it's an SUV folks. At a respectable 220 HP, I don't wonder if I can get around a slowpoke in time.
I did my homework. I knew I wanted an RX300 after the RX330s came out (uglier). After scouring the Internet for months, I found a used one with low miles that had been a lease car in Miami. It was dinged over the right front tire, and the company that brought it up from Miami fixed that for me. I drove from Greensboro, NC to Durham to pick it up. As far as I can tell, I haven't even started to break the car in yet. I love it and have every intention of putting 250,000 miles on it so I can brag.
I treat it right. When I need to replace the tires, it'll be Michelin X-10s or better. I buy top of the line oil filters and change the oil on a regular schedule. Etc.
If anything does go wrong: No dealer is gonna mess up my car. If you don't have total trust in your dealer, DON'T take your car to them. There are plenty of good mechanics out there who are fair and honest. Find one and pay them fairly. If your key explodes (my key is fine) do what the other guy said and use the Internet to research and solve the issue. Only go to a dealer if you are armed with the facts.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th October, 2005