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2001 Lexus RX 300

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Sludge engine car- do not own
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By bob305
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2001 Lexus RX 300 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Forget what you think about Lexus and Toyotas quality, the 3.0 L engine in this vehicle has a KNOWN defect that Toyota/Lexus has been ducking for years. My car blew an engine despite proper oil changes and care. Problems generally occurs after 100,000 miles after warranty. Toyota settled a class action lawsuit on this and essentially paid lawyers millions so they can duck the problem. Google "Sludge Engine" but be aware you have a time bomb on your hands.


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bad bad car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By plipps
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2001 Lexus RX 300 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I purchased my car drove it for less then two years, I replaced the transmission in it 3 times and right now it this very moment I need another transmission I paid out more for transmissions than the car cost me. I loved the car that is why I tried to keep it but it put me in the poor house, shame on Lexus


Best Features

beautiful body


Worst Features

what is wrong with the transmissions why do they keep breaking down, let someone know how to fix the problem


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Not sure but hopeful
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By Genia
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2001 Lexus RX 300 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought the car around 60K miles; very nice looking interior and exterior. Very comfortable ride and heated seats still get hot at 179,000 miles. However, transmission had to be replaced last year since it would not go in rear drive. Lexus assisted a bit, perhaps because this is our third Lex. Still had a $3000 bill. Recent repairs $800 and now ABS axle broke so looking at another $1000 repair. Must say our 97 Lex Es300 has 300,000 miles and rides very nice still with only minor repairs. Our 05 Lex Es 330 is roomier but still ride was better in 97. Paint superior on all three cars. In the market for a newer car, just not sure if I should get another RX. A bit formal style vs. casual.


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seat support, paint shine, little rust, easy rear fold down, stability at high speeds around interstate curves, steering wheel materials; very easy to get in and out of driver/passenger seats, cushy ride


Worst Features

gas cap attachment cord comes off track, relocate gas refill release, fixed in later models I believe, wider rear view mirror, materials near radio attract finger oils, improve wiper/defrost for snow days


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2001 Lexus RX 300
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By Art
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2001 Lexus RX 300 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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It is the most reliable car that I've ever owned. It has handsome styling (which is why Lexus has not changed it much over the past 10 years) and gets great gas mileage. I get 20 in town and 25 on the highway. It's reliability is unsurpassed. It handles well and has all the space one would need for hobbies, kids, etc. We purchased it new and still enjoy driving it. We will buy another new one soon - but we are keeping the 2001. We will probably hand it down to our grandchildren.


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Looks and luxury.


Worst Features

NONE


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Unmatched Quality and Reliabililty
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Bison72
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2001 Lexus RX 300 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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This by far is the most reliable car I have ever owned. Oil changes, tires and brakes only. The style, quiet ride and care-free maintenance has converted me to a Lexus fan for life! I keep wanting to buy a newer Lexus model but cannot justify getting rid of this SUV when it still runs and looks like new. My friends are shocked when they learn it is 8 years old and approaching 90k miles.


Best Features

Unbelievable reliability, outstanding design inside and out, very quiet ride for a SUV.


Worst Features

Turning radius is very poor and was fixed on subsequent models, cup-holders are horrible, center console gets in the way of driver's right knee.


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