2001 Lexus RX 300 Consumer Review: Nice machine with some funny q

2001 Lexus RX 300 - Consumer Review

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Nice machine with some funny quirks
By Larry Pope on


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


We started looking at ML320s but liked
the styling and ride of the RX better.
The RX is built on a Camry frame while
the ML is a truck and it feels like it.
Besides, an MB built in Alabama?
Please. I only have one complaint with
this car. The brakes sound like a
locomotive trying to stop. I started
complaining about them at 10,000 miles.
The dealership "adjusted" them and
supposedly changes some parts. Finally
at 36,000 miles, they put on a kit that
quieted them down. The new kit only has
a few hundred miles on it and so far so
good. A $40,000 car shouldn't have that
kind of flaw. (In their defense, all the
brake work was done under warranty.)

Best Features

Styling and finish work is superb. We love the road feel of the car. Lots of interior convenience.

Worst Features

We bought a front wheel drive. It's terrible on ice probably because of the high CG. Not sure how to fix it, I just offer that as a warning.
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