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Lexus RX 300 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 220 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1999 Lexus RX 300

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Relatively inexpensive (as Lexus vehicles go, anyway).

  • Cons

    Don't kid yourself, it's not a real SUV.

  • What's New for 1999

    The RX 300 is an all-new car-based SUV from Lexus designed to compete in the luxury SUV segment.

Full 1999 Lexus RX 300 Review

What's New for 1999

The RX 300 is an all-new car-based SUV from Lexus designed to compete in the luxury SUV segment.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

The rx-300 is a beast!

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Vehicle: 1999 Lexus RX 300 4dr SUV AWD

Have the 1999 Lexus RX-300 AWD with 260,000 miles running strong. The reliability and safety are ahead of its time! Maintenance is cheaper than any other luxury brand. The car took a massive hit from an escalade, but held up strong and protected us. Don't be fooled, the RX is a good 4 X 4. Held up through the tough winters in NC! Comfortable and will continue to buy Lexus/Toyota. Wouldn't be surprised if this car made it to 400,000 miles. Mechanic expects it to at least drive for a 100,000 more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Good older suv

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Vehicle: 1999 Lexus RX 300 4dr SUV AWD

I bought this with 167k on it as a "winter beater" three years ago, never thinking that with that many miles it would be as great a vehicle as it is. The only thing that's ever gone wrong is that the ignition coils needed to be replaced. Still gets 20-25mpg, passes California smog with flying colors, looks pretty good for a 14 year old Lexus. It did have the advantage of being a one owner vehicle serviced exclusively by a Lexus dealer (it even has a Lexus brand battery). I change fluids religiously and expect it to go another 100k.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Lexus saved our lives!!

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Vehicle: 1999 Lexus RX 300 4dr SUV AWD

Owned a 1999 Lexus Rx 300 for five years. Three weeks ago my husband and I was hit from behind by a full sized pick up while sitting at a stop light,then pushed into another SUV in front of us. The police report said that the driver of the pick up never even noticed us and never slowed down and hit us doing 45mph. Although we received back/neck injuries, we feel that because we were driving our Lexus, it saved our lives. A police officer and a fireman both called our Lexus a "little tank" and told me that we were lucky to be driving it. we were told it could have more serious. We are definitely purchasing another Lexus as soon as we settle with insurance co. Miss our Lexy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Have owned mine since it

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Vehicle: 1999 Lexus RX 300 4dr SUV AWD

I had owned my 1999 rx 300 since it was new. I currently have 78000 miles on it. No problems until I hit 65000 miles and my transmission went out. My dealer here in the SF bay area wanted 6500.00, so I shopped around and found an independent tranny shop who did it for 3500.00. Other than that, I love this car! I have never held on to a car for more than 6 years, but I still adore my Lexus. I just repaired the leather on the drivers side that ripped from 13 years of in and out. Otherwise both the interior and the exterior look great. I am hoping to keep her for 2 more years, and when ready to replace her, I would buy another Lexus in a heartbeat.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Very disappointed

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Vehicle: 1999 Lexus RX 300 4dr SUV AWD

Bought the Lexus Rx 300 because of Lexus' reputation of being a reliable vehicle, sadly disappointed with our experience. We bought this car 5 years ago with 48K miles on it and hoped to drive it over 200K miles. Unforunately at 100K miles the car had a steering column failure, the worst the dealer had ever seen. Car was unsafe to drive. Cost of repairs $1,700. Less than 12 months later at 112K miles the engine went. Expected cost to replace $5,000 for a used engine, significantly more for a new one. Never expected this from Lexus! at 112K miles... are you kidding me. Should have read reviews before buying it.

2 of 14 people found this review helpful

My favorite vehicle...until

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Vehicle: 1999 Lexus RX 300 4dr SUV AWD

I have loved this vehicle since the first test drive. It exceeded my expectations for years until today. This SUV is notorious for costly transmission failures - today I join this club. It would have been the perfect vehicle if the tran would have held up. The repair cost is anticipated to be the blue book on the vehicle - tough call.

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Gas Mileage


  • 17
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  • 22
  • highway
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