18th Jan 2005, 17:35

I purchased a used 1999 Lexus rx300 in September 2004,we love the car, but have noticed the smell of gas fumes in the passenger cabin when starting the car or when it is idling. I would like to know if anyone else that uses this website has experienced the same or similar problem with this model of Lexus.

18th Feb 2005, 22:21


I bought my 1999 Lexus RX300 new and for the first time changed brake pads at 120,000 miles (all freeway) with pads purchased from Lexus dealership. Surprisingly per my mechanic, the pads are still in pretty good shape. Anyway after changing the pads for a short time, I can hear noise when braking. It is not a squeaking noise, but rather more like a clicking noise. It brakes fine and my mechanic recheck the brake job and couldn't find anything wrong. Has anyone experienced this problem? Any feedback is appreciated.


25th Mar 2009, 13:16

I have owned 5 new Lexus vehicles, currently a RX350, and two 2001 RX300 models, and all were well maintained at the local Lexus dealership. However, the RX300 seems to be problem prone. This was purchased new with an extended 100,000 warranty, and right after the 85,000 mile service at the Lexus dealer a serious transmission problem developed, making the vehicle unusable. While these type of problems might be expected with a KIA or Chevy, I would assume that a serious drive train problem would be extremely rare for a Toyota product that has always been professionally cared for with expensive dealer service. This is the 2nd time the transmission has been an issue. The first defect being caused by a defect in a critical motor / transmission gasket seal.

I am extremely unhappy with the fact this was not discovered during the road test, and that Lexus will not warranty or support the defective transmission product. Are chronic transmission problems typical or represent the weak link with Lexus vehicles? I am now losing faith and piece of mind in both the product and Lexus customer support structure.