The Lexus brand is by far the greatest rip off in American history. The transmission failed at 100K, and the car has more sensors than any car I know. We have spent over $7,00o in repair fees on this car. I can not believe the reputation gets in the media. They give the Japanese car companies a bad name. Beware.
I bought this car for reliability and have put so much money into repairs on this car that I've exceeded the value of the car. At 110,000 miles the transmission went out! (I thought Lexus built quality) I have had to replace 4 oxygen censors at the tune of $450 each. The engine now leaks oil. Just got new oxygen sensor last week & various other repairs ($800) today the check engine light came on again!! I am so disappointed in Lexus. I contacted them about the transmission problem which 1000's of people are having and received nothing! I thought when I bought Lexus I was buying a great car that would last forever!! NOT!! U need to trade this car at 80000.
I like the look of the car, the interior, but just don't like all the problems I've had with it!!
A transmission that lasts, a motor that doesn't leak & oxygen sensors that work for a while!!
Purchased it pre-owned for an individual and it has been excellent with only a couple of small problems. I am at almost 200 thousand miles and it still drives great. Aside from regular service, I've only had to replace a rear wheel bearing and washer fluid pump. Both together were less than $600 which is not bad for a nine year old car. I did make the mistake of trying to upgrade the spark plugs to Bosh IR's which burned 3 coil packs before I went back to the original Toyota plugs. So I would suggest to stay "factory" when it comes to tune-ups.
Love the premium Nakamichi sound system - adjustable back seat for taller passengers and highway ride - it is an excellent driving car.
Gas mileage is not the greatest - I'm averaging 18 city and 21 on the highway. It's more luxury than performance and I would like to have both.
I purchased my 2000 RX in 2003 used with 40K miles, have driven it another 100K without issue. I have not been able to find something that I like as much to replace it. Gas mileage averages 19 normal with up to 23 on the highway. Best car I have ever had!
Everything, from the fold in mirrors to the cargo cover, leather, tinted windows, AWD with snow capability. Exceptionally good personal car. We have used it for a dozen cross country trips, its quiet and exceptionally good to drive.
CD changer in glove compartment is difficult. I added a Garmin, would have liked a navigation system. Rear seating is certainly not premium, more like a covered board.
In past 18 months have put over 50k miles on car, now at 135k and going strong. Only normal maintenance, nothing more. Still rides, runs and stops as well as it did new. I've heard about transmission probs, but none for me (hoping the towing package helps w/ that). Strong metal used, just picked up first door dings this year - and took a good wallop at that. I keep looking at new cars, but just can't justify it when this one runs so well and looks so good.
Standard stereo still one of the best I ever heard in a car. Car rides exceedingly smooth, especially after upgrading tires to Michelin Cross Terrains.
Built for smaller people - distance from steering wheel to pedals a little too short. They fixed this in later years with telescoping steering column. Also passenger seat tilts a little to forward, but nothing major.