2000 Lexus RX 300 from North America

Summary:

Do not buy one

Faults:

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

6th Apr 2010, 13:07

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.

2000 Lexus RX 300 AWD 3.5 V6 from North America

Summary:

Would never buy another Lexus

Faults:

2000 Lexus RX300 AWD. 110,000 miles. Purchased new.

While driving on the highway, the transmission failed and the car coasted to a stop. No forward or reverse drive to wheels. Diagnosis: Needs new transmission, $5000. This is the infamous U140F transmission that has experienced so many problems.

The only other problem I've had is a leaking rear main seal (another common RX300 problem), for which the transmission had to be pulled by the dealer. Part = $15, Labor = $1100.

General Comments:

Do NOT purchase a Lexus RX300, no matter what the salesmen tell you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st April, 2010

1st Apr 2010, 15:42

That's a VERY expensive transmission!

1st Apr 2010, 18:08

We were sort of lucky that at 135,000 miles, we never had the RX300 transmission failure. We were unlucky that despite oil changes every 3000 miles, we did have the dreaded engine sludge issue.

Nice car, but expensive problems once you get around 100,000 miles. Miss the RX300 a little, but not the problems.

2000 Lexus RX 300 AWD 3.0 V6 from North America

Summary:

Great SUV in snow. Not too easy on gas though

Faults:

Transmission started slipping at 117,000. Lexus said time for a rebuild, I took it and had a tranny flush somewhere else, and it shift like new again; saved over $2300 bucks, never had a problem again.

General Comments:

Not that great on gas in city or highway, gas mileage really drops when cold outside.

Handles snow and slick roads better than any 4wd I have ever owned. I have even took it to a local junkyard looking for some small things, and drove it in 10-12 inch mud bogs and crawled right through it, and my Dodge 4wd never got through it that well.

Wish it had adjustable heat for the seats.

Great sounding stereo with CD changer, and subwoofer.

I love the easy to read LCD screen, heater controls are very easy to use.

It has been very comfortable for me to drive, even on long trips. Highway noise is a little more than I wanted, but the radio makes up for it.

Maintenance costs are low as long as you have it serviced at a Toyota garage.

The V6 seems to have plenty of power all the time.

Would love to own another again, don't pass it up if you don't mind paying for gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2010