Purchased 2000 RX 300 on 08/04. This vehicle is everything you could want in a entry level luxury SUV. I agree that the RPMs seem high (3000 @ 70 mph), hopefully this will be addressed in future. Nice styling and Toyota's famous reliability make this a great choice. If they make enough RX 400hs in the next few years, I definitely would buy another Lexus.
Excellent quality and drivability. 5 years old and still looks current. Bought the car new and loved it. Over the years, the small annoyances start to wear on you, like having to stop for gas every 300 miles and having to back up when making u-turns and when parking due to large turning radius.
The smooth ride and AWD. Excellent in the snow.
Improved turning radius, compass in the rear-view mirror, variable controlled heating of the leather seats, larger fuel tank.
This car had a transmission problem at 94,000 miles that caused me over $3,500. Other than that I guess it is reliable. The brake pads are incredible; I am still on the original ones after more than 110,000 miles. Has not changed the timing belt yet, mechanic recommended at 120,000 vs. Lexus 90,000. My biggest complain is fuel economy, a full tank of gas gets only 230 miles. Pick up from get go is good however it lacks power at medium speed. The suspension is a bit soft and the turning radius is too large. I would want to have a little bit tighter body. I also want to replace this one with the hybrid.
1. Overall built quality. 2. Brakes
1. a larger gas tank. 2. a better fuel economy 3. a little bit tighter suspension.
we just purchased a used 2000 rx300,
and loved it so much, purchased another
1999. i was a die-hard nissan fan, but
i have to say this is a great ride for
the money. drive one, and you will
want to own one. one thing i noticed
later, lexus has 2 sound systems.
nakamichi and i believe pioneer. if
you can, get the nakamichi - it sounds
better, and has more of a "punch".
either way, the vehicle is a dream to
quality, attention to detail.
minor stuff- rear door latch has known
problems, about a $150 fix.