2000 Lexus RX 300 from North America
Do not buy one
The first problem I experienced was an oil leak that cost over $2300 in 2007.
I recently was driving the car, and with no warning light or anything, the car lost power and the transmission completely went out.
My car only has 109,000 miles, and has been driven mildly, averaging 10,000 a year. I regularly maintain the vehicle with oil changes every 3000 miles, and in November (4 months prior) had the transmission fluids flushed.
I had to have my car towed to the nearest Lexus dealership, to also find out that it need a new engine due to an "engine gelling problem". Lexus had a lawsuit filed against them due to the engine gelling problem, and they were to notify customers that owned a Lexus back in June 2006 of this problem. They did not have me in their records as the owner, and therefore did not notify me of this problem, or any other, even though I have been registered through the department of motor vehicles since 2006, so they will not fix the engine in its entirety, as I feel they should, because the lawsuit's timeline had lapsed.
I think this is really poor on their part, as they knew they had not notified me, and they knew that this year of vehicle had this problem.
I have also had the car accelerate on its own prior to the acceleration lawsuit filed against Toyota. That in itself is really a hazard, and luckily caught it early and had the problem fixed.
I would NEVER own another Lexus, and would recommend selling one if you own it, or you may have the ridiculous bill I am ending up with overnight with no warning whatsoever.
The car is very, very poorly made, and I would NEVER, NEVER buy another. I am disappointed with Lexus, as it is supposed to be a luxury car. They state on their website that they will win the race, because they will do it right the first time. That is a complete joke, and they do not stand behind their product.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th April, 2010
I understand your frustration, however Lexuses are not "junk", and the RX300 is actually a wonderful SUV.
We too faced the dreaded engine "gelling" problem at 108,000 miles. We too had changed the oil every 3,000 miles.
We kept the Lexus until it reached 135,000 miles and then traded it in.
Yes, the RX300 do seem have their share of problems when they reach around 100,000 miles, but they still are a very good vehicle.