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2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0L V6 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Silky smooth ride and dependable - we loved it

Faults:

Rear main seal replaced.

Several oxygen sensors replaced.

Power steering hose leak.

Catalytic converter needs replacing.

General Comments:

Leased this car in January 2000 for $38.5K. Couldn't bear to give it back after the 39 months was up, so bought it out for $23K (sounds high, but original residual was rated at 67%!)

Most luxurious and well-mannered car I've ever driven. No real problems encountered until recently (still got original transmission, no oil gel, etc.)

Now, it's leaking from the power steering hose & the catalytic converter may need to be replaced. Of course, Lexus dealers charge an arm & leg for this stuff yet the parts are hard to come by except through the dealer.

So, time to trade it in soon for something a little more modern (2000 RX had no options for ESC or side-curtain airbags, for example)

It seems others had many more problems than we did at much lower miles, hard to tell if we're the lucky ones or they're the unlucky ones...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2009

12th Jul 2012, 23:20

Parts are cheap and easy to find. There is no reason to rid oneself of this vehicle.

All medium and big cities have at least one wrecking yard devoted to Lexus. Good quality factory original parts are always available at a very fair price from wrecks, regardless of where you live. As long as a vehicle is at least 8 to 12 years old, there will always be low cost high quality parts available. UPS & FedEx deliver everywhere. "Costly parts" is certainly not a real or logical reason to get rid of this truly fine vehicle.

2000 Lexus RX 300 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Nice car, but don't buy unless the trans has been replaced and the fluid has been changed every 12K

Faults:

I bought this car for my wife brand new in July 2000. The trans on my RX started jolting in reverse at 77000 miles (in April 2008) which was out of the warranty period for me. The trans on this car is defective - you can find countless examples all over the Internet. Luckily while the transmission was on its way out, the car still ran and drove OK, so I had time to see what my options and costs were to replace the transmission.

I took it to Toyota and they could not replicate the problem and just replaced the trans fluid. Then I took the car to Lexus and they recommended to replace the trans. I then called Lexus and nicely expressed my disappointment and told them that I had changed the transmission fluid and found it disappointing that the transmission needed to be replaced, especially since every car that I ever owned never needed a trans service and went 200K miles without issues. Luckily on this car I had done a trans service at 25K miles for good measure although it didn't really help the trans from going. Talk about irony. Lexus agreed to give me a free trans but I had to pay for labor which cost about $1600. The trans would cost over $3200 but was supplied free of charge so overall I though it was a fair deal for a car out of warranty.

Other items:

The rear hatch door latch went but was covered under warranty.

The cargo cover tore but was covered under warranty.

The Mass Air Flow sensor needs to be constatntly.

Cleaned but the dealer will happily replace it for you rather than clean it for about $400.

The rear head gasket needs to be replaced but I have just left it so far since it is not an immediate problem that needs to be addressed. A little oil leaks but not much.

General Comments:

I wouldn't buy another one but I do like the car. I will try to keep this one as long as possible but in the future I would probably avoid Lexus/Toyota because they are way over rated in quality. They do have great customer service but I doubt that you will get as good service if you buy the Toyotas. Maybe the Camry is a good car but I don't think the rest are anything special.

A 40K car should have been much more reliable and although they do drive nice I prefer reliability. If you do have your heart set on this car get a good warranty.

I own a 2004 Nissan Maxima which I bought 2 years old with low mileage. My last car was a 1995 Nissan Maxima that was still in great shape after 220K miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th November, 2008

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 47 reviews