I was looking for a mid-size SUV with power, luxury comfort, good handling, solid engineering, minimal maintenance and a quiet ride. I did a lot of research and test drove 7 different brands. The Lexus was clearly superior to all of the others. The RX350 checked all of the boxes and then some. It is as solid as a tank but it drives like a sport sedan. I knew I'd be sacrificing some MPG to get the power & responsiveness I wanted but I have been very pleased with the mileage considering I drive about 75% city and 25% highway. If I ever get tired of this car I know my next one will be a Lexus too.
I love the way this car drives and the comfort at this car. The breaking of the car is excellent. However the alternator was replaced at 75,000 miles and today at just less than 90,000 miles I have had to replace the power steering train which is 2000+ dollars and the back right strut which is another $750. I don't consider this a good buy when at 90,000 miles a powertrain starts leaking. I've had BMWs before and never had the issues that I have had with this car now. Today I have a new model SUV that's on loan to me and I was considering a purchase possibly have a newer car since my car is 2008 however after seeing the repairs today I don't trust Lexus to be that good a car. I kept my BMWs 13 and 15 years and never had the major repairs that this car has had. So much for all of the reviews that say this car is so incredibly reliable.
I have a 2008 Lexus RX 350. The dashboard is falling apart because it is junk. This is happening to Lexus vehicles across the country. Lexus has admitted the problem and issued a "warranty enhancement" saying they will replace the faulty dashboards at no cost. The problem is they have no intention of fixing these dashboards. I have been on their repair list for well over one year, each time I call they give excuses that they are waiting on parts. When I ask when the parts might be in? Their response "sometime maybe this year or next year". Buy at your own risk, if anything is faulty they do not stand by their product.
I have owned 4 Lexus's(Lexi?) before buying my wife a 2008 RX350. Loved a 2000 Rx350, 2005 GX was blah, the 2008 RX350 was the worst of the bunch. Boring driving, not refined at all. Nothing special about it. It had a soft supension and steering that rolled in the corners. The major problem I had was with the shifting, when you would turn to the right from a stop, it would take 2-3 seconds to engage after you turned, besides annoying it was dangerous. When taken to the dealer, they said it was normal. I traded that off for an Escalade the next day. After owning a Cadillac SRX, my wife wants to buy another Lexus, so we have been looking at them again , and it seems there have been a few complaints about tranny issues with the older Lexus. I have owned five Lexi, and after owning several Cadillacs lately, I am ready to get back to a more reliable vehicle, although the problem with the 2008 kept me away from Lexus for 5 years.