2000 Lexus RX 300 from North America

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

2000 Lexus RX 300 from North America

Summary:

Very disappointed -- won't buy another Lexus

Faults:

This 2000 RX300 looks brand new inside and out. Bought it Lexus certified with 58700 miles, and it now has 67250.

Had the battery issue, and now have noticed a small oil leak in the driveway, and they say that it's the rear engine seal -- 14 hours labor and a $35 part -- as described by many others. So I'm guessing this is the beginning of the long saga for me.

Of course, I still owe more than it's worth as it has dropped in value to half what I paid in one years time. Dealership says 'too bad' and the customer service rep hasn't called me back. So guess they don't care, so I will just tell everyone I know all over the world.

General Comments:

I love the car's look and feel, but now have no confidence... so much for the 200,000 miles that the dealer talked about when I bought it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th September, 2008

12th Jul 2012, 23:36

Just try some sort of stop leak for a few months. Try having someone clean the PVC valve. Or better yet, just do it yourself. Just by doing this, you will probably get rid of the leak.

If not, find a neighborhood transmission shop, and have them replace the rear engine oil seal. They remove transmissions all the time. It never takes over a half hour to remove a modern transmission. It may take one and one half hours to replace everything. These shops are experts in splitting engines from their transmissions. They know how to do it very quickly. Once removed, the new rear seal is easily replaced. Immediately the transmission is reconnected. The entire job never takes more than 3 hours. 3 hours is a lot more realistic number than 14. Just do these two things. You might only have to do the first.