Thank you!! I feel that Lexus is by far the best luxury vehicle for the money. My brother is a mechanic for Mercedes, and he swears they are the worst car on the road. My partner owns an Acura TL, as well as a BMW X5. The Acura is an awesome car, even if the wood grain is plastic. The X5 has great options, but isn't as reliable as my RX330. My RX330 is a 2006, and its 2 months old. I have already, but over 8500 miles on this car, and no problems. I had a 99 Lexus RX300, and got close to 200,000 miles out of it before I traded it in. When I did trade it, I couldnt believe that I got $7500 for that many miles! Lexus treats their customers like first class, and I am sold for life. All cars have problems, and Lexus is no exception, however, they are more reliable than any other car on the road I feel. If you want a smooth ride that's reliable and has all the bells and whistels, go for the RX!!
The comment above is just the way I feel. After owning 6 Lexus and now on my 7th and 8th I still have faith in Lexus. I got my first Lexus in 1989, which was the LS400. I had bought my first luxury car in 1987 which was a Mercedes 420sel. Loved the car, but the Lexus looked more modern for the time and I liked it better. I drove the LS400 for 235,000miles when in 1995 I traded it for the newer body LS400. I drove the 95 for 175,000miles during that time buying the wife a 1997 SC400. The wife had always driven Mercedes until her S500 motor blew at 13,000miles. In 1999 the wife wanted the RX300 so I took the SC400 which only had 34,000miles at the time. My wife drove the RX300 for 160,000 until she got her RX330 in 2004. The SC400 was driven only 95,000miles before being traded on a 2001 LS430. I still drive my 2001 LS430 which has 135,000miles. We also have the SC430 for a weekend car. My daughter got a 2005 IS300 for her sweet 16. I have always loved Lexus and always will. Have the oil changes and timing belt done on time and they will last forever. I still wish I would have kept my first Lexus just to have seen what the mileage was when it died.
I never owned a Lexus, so my comments may not be as relevant as comments from someone who owned few of those status symbols. However, I've owned 6 or 7 Toyotas and I can tell that those cars are best to none. My 1986 Tercel 4x4 was the most dependable car I've ever owned, I purchased it for $50 and it ran for 2 years without any major problems, before transmission fell apart (at 250,000 miles). My 1992 Toyota Camry has about 150,000 miles and it still runs like a clock. I've purchased it from the original owner who took a good care of it and car felt brand new even though it was 12 years old at the time. My 1992 Toyota Previa has little issues with electrical components, power door locks, CD player and Air Conditioning, however motor runs strong at 170,000 miles and I'm planning on keeping it for a long time.
My 2003 Corolla Matrix has been reliable and very useful hauling three people and a trunk full of IKEA goodies including full size bed for 550 miles.
Every one of those Toyotas been reliable, dependable and easy to service. Despite being 4x4, rear wheel drive minivan, mid size car and compact hatchback they all have one thing in common - four cylinder engine. After reading how troublesome are Toyota V6 and 5 speed automatic transmissions, I wonder why people keep buying cars with that flawed engine/transmission combo? Sure it's more powerful, but you can only go as fast as Geo Metro in front of you in rush hour traffic. If you want reliability and dependability go with 4 cylinder (Highlander vs RX 330, Camry vs. ES 330), if you want power and status symbol go with V6, but don't expect it to be as trouble-free as Corollas and Camrys.
To lock cargo cover in place you need to use small butons on the side walls, atleast this is how its done in my car.
With regards to the reliability issues... is it because the 2nd generation RX is built in North America?
I purchased used 2004 Lexus RX 330 with 42,000 miles, and now it has 112,000. Only problem was the CD player stopped working at 60,000 miles, otherwise I have done nothing to the truck but change the brakes one time.
Lexus/Toyota products are the best money can buy!! And the resale value is amazing.