18th Jan 2013, 16:18
I bought a 2000 Lexus RX 300 in 2003 with 39,000 miles on it. My wife drove it for 6 years, and it then had a little over 90,000 miles on it with no problems to speak of, just your normal stuff; an oxygen sensor and one coil pack. I took the car in 2009, and I am a traveling salesman, so I put it on the road. Today it has 211,000 miles on it, and I have had nothing major go wrong with the car at all. A few more coil packs, so I just replaced them all. No transmission trouble at all, just service it every 50,000 miles. I do have the master window switch on the drivers door acting up now, so I am ordering a new one. Nothing but good things to say about this SUV.
18th Aug 2014, 00:22
I have a 2000 RX 300. I have had to replace the motor and transmission. Lexus stated that it was a problem with the motor in this vehicle type. I paid $3500 instead of $6500. And $2400 for the transmission.
All of the doors' locks are broken. To be blamed on electrical problems. Which if you get all the door repairs, then it would be greater than $2400.
Also there have been problems with struts and springs that will cost $1300.
I had to replace new keys to get car started. The key would not come out. This was over $400 at a dealer.
I have had lots of things that stopped working. Yet this car rides good. It drives good. There are several other malfunctions that I have had.
I have a 2008 RX 350 and I need struts for $1300. And other small things that are going wrong. Lexus need to pay us.
I am in Memphis, TN.
18th Aug 2014, 16:23
The engine, tranny, and struts cost $7200 total? Is a vehicle that old worth putting that much money into?
22nd Oct 2015, 23:49
We bought a 1999 RX300 in 2002 with a little over 30,000 on it. It still runs great now with 170,000 miles and no transmission problem.
Last year (2014) we purchased a used 1999 RX300 with 116,000 miles on it; a beautiful car in great condition for my daughter to use for work and college. One year later (2015) the transmission went out with 126,000 miles on it. Just had it repaired with a rebuilt transmission for $2,425.00 with a one year 12,000 mile warranty?
Have loved my Lexus, and will be getting a newer RX350 soon.
23rd Oct 2015, 15:01
I was raised on Japanese products. In the 70s and 80s they were pretty much bullet proof. Lasted forever and maintenance was an after thought, at least in my family. Then something changed in the late 90s and early 2000s. The attack of the dreaded sludge or gelling in the engine and transmissions on some of their models. Engine/transmission filters were clogging up. And engines and transmission were being starved to death internally. Some of the Japanese car companies had miscalculated on their maintenance interval fluid changes. And many engines and transmissions suffered for it. We now know that those RX transmissions need overkill maintenance on them. First fluid change at 60,000 miles and every 30,000 miles after that. Also our old mechanic's way of draining the transmission and putting a new filter in is now out. Special powerful flush machines with solvents have to be used now. This is the price of progress, and this is not your father's Toyota anymore.