Question about 1999 Lexus RX 300

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Am looking to buy a '99 through '01 Lexus Rx 300, and was told by a broker that so many have transmission failures at 50k-100k that he doesn't sell them any longer. This seems contrary to my research, so want to look further to see if this is true. Thanks for any help.

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  • carvstree Aug 28, 2010

    Thank You so much! Your feedback supports what the broker told me. I'm buying used this time around, and am so paranoid about buying a problem model car. So this was extremely helpful. This broker has an impeccable reputation, but I still like to confirm through different resourses. I guess I can trust him now.. wink, wink,

  • carvstree Aug 28, 2010

    Thanks, I really appreciate your help. Since you asked... : ) .Do you know anything about the Toyota Highlander 02-03 years? Or is that another post?

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Well from doing a quick search i see the dealer was right. Read here for 1999 there are lots of people that say transmission failure. the RX 300 was built with a camry transmission that could not handle the torque. They used the same transmission till mid 2000 and most 2001's seem to have a transaxle defect. Also these years have reports of significant problems with the engine. Your best bet is to look into a different generation of the RX. Here are more reviews covering 1999-2003 with the same problem. Click here to see collected reviews. If i were you save yourself the headache and the money in your pocket with the repair bills. Unless that is you like to repair your own vehicle and not drive it for days at a time every few years. Then its the car for you. Wasnt till i saw this problem that i thought about how when i worked in a Auto repair shop how many of these rx 300's we worked on. If you need further assistance or would like more reviews please let me know and i will be glad to assist you further. Thanks, Midwest-tek

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  • carvstree Aug 28, 2010

    I dont know what happened to my first reply?! If it posts 2x...oh, well! haha
    Thank You for your helpful information!! This confirms what the broker told me. I'm buying used after I totalled my car, and right when I think I find the car I want, I find out stuff like this. But it also seems like all used cars have some problems, especially when people are seeking fixes. How can one know if that particular model has abnormally high problems, because when I look at JD Powers and Consumer Reports, they seem to conflict. And JD Powers gave the Rx 300 high marks. Are these reports even trust-worthy?

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    Nathan Ayers Aug 28, 2010

    ya i was going to add that. But the difference between this lexus and other vehicles in the same class and year is this lexus costs roughly 30% more for repairs (based off consumer reports). I consider consumer reports to be the most trust worthy. As these are people who bought the vehicles then tell people what happened. If this wasnt a problem every consumer report would say i loved the car. Now with everything there are exceptions. Such as the people who say they didnt have a problem. But when you go through and see more people have the same problems then ones that dont. This generally lets you know they just got lucky or unlucky. I always review consumer reports with vehicles to ensure what im buying and to know what problems im going to have when im buying. This does seem to be a major defect with that generation of rx 300's. I even posted on the lexus forum last night and people told me to stay away its just a headache. The comparable toyota that uses the same transmission has almost none of the problems that the lexus has. So its more of a it was designed for a toyota not a lexus kind of deal. An as said if you do end up with this problem and the used vehicles transmission wasnt taken care of with high concern. You could end up spending $4,500 after buying the vehicle. An Jd powers reports are based off when a vehicle is new, not what problems it will have in later years or what may be defective. Jd powers rates them based off option, price and performance for its class. So thats not really a review of the vehicle, just if buying new how well does it rate to its competitors.

    If you need further assistance please let me know. Thanks, Midwest-tek.

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    Nathan Ayers Aug 28, 2010

    give me a little while and i will find out any infro on it for you. thanks midwest-tek

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    Nathan Ayers Aug 30, 2010

    sorry it took so long to get back to you. But these are great vehicles the only thing you have to worry about is engine oil sludge effecting the oil pump. If this gets to gelled or sludged it can cause damage. But this shouldnt be much of a problem if you follow all the scheduled oil changes. But i have read many consumer reviews saying they have gone from owning it at 15k miles to driving it to 145k miles without any major work needing to be done. So just keep an eye on your oil and dont over drive the oil when it needs a oil change it shouldnt be a problem. here is a link to the consumer reviewshttp://www.edmunds.com/toyota/highlander...

    if you found this helpful please feel free to rate the solution, Thanks- Midwest-tek

  • carvstree Sep 04, 2010

    Thank YOu again for showing me links with reputable information! I was so burnt out and confused. This helped me so much. Also, I'm really learning the importance of timely fluid changes on cars also. I've decided to go with an 02 or 03 Highlander.

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In a good, old fashioned, english word,****.ITS BECAUSE HE CANNOT GET THEM TO RESELL THAT HE DISSED THEM. did he try to sell you something else?????a nissan perhaps??

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  • carvstree Aug 28, 2010

    Hahaha. No, and I was still left questioning, for I'm very suspicious as I'm looking for a used car. Hence me ask asking on this site if there is a known problem with the Rx 300. Even though this broker has an outstanding rep, I still had to check it out. He actually finds whatever car someone wants, or he will help you choose one that fits you, all at no cost. It seems old fashioned customer service with 100% satisfaction, reputation and repeat customers is his motivation. Oh, and I guess maintaining his "Diamond Rating" in the SF Bay Area. Thank you for your feedback.

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