Have 1999 RX300. 125000 miles on it, just bought it. No problems in the first 2 thousand miles.
Runs strong overall, except I hear 2 new noises; one is coming from/around CD changer, like a CD is changing even though the CD player is off.
Second noise is in front driver side; a knocking noise. I believe strut mount is probably gone/going.
Third problem when the switch for the windows is unlocked, the rear right window rolls down, and then you literally have to park the car in Drive shift and then it will roll up, otherwise it wouldn't. Anyone out there with same problem or I'm the lucky one...??
Not to mention engine check light came on and after resetting the battery wire, it went away.
Nice vehicle, except it seems very costly to maintain.
I'm glad you mentioned the noise coming from the CD changer. I just bought a 2001 RX300 and concerned about that sound. I didn't want to make a big deal out of nothing... I'm going to figure out what it is. Thanks
I really think you must have either bought a lemon or the previous owner hasn't taken care of their Lexus. I bought mine slightly used with 40,000 miles on it, now at 110,000 and have had no problems with it. The major repair was replacing the rear main seal but other than that no problems. In its class its probably the most dependable luxury SUV on the market.
My 2001 RX 300 (85,000 miles) has all the problems others have mentioned:
Broken keys; clicking sound on passenger side dash; check engine light can't be turned off; hard "shift" from 0 - 15 mph; very high RPMs at 60 mph; glove compartment doesn't close easily; and clasp on cup holder broke off.
Had no problems with my GEO Prizm when I sold it with over 120,000 miles! Why did I think I was moving up by buying a Lexus! The third broken key this morning was the straw -- I'm going to check out comments on the Saturn Vue.