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2000 Lexus Rx 300

2000 Lexus RX 300

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3.9
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love my Lexus

by from Dallas, TX on November 5, 2008

I have owned several and my wife drives one as well. I see people complaining about transmission issues and I am amazed, as I have never had a transmission issue. With that said, I do know there are s...
I have owned several and my wife drives one as well. I see people complaining about transmission issues and I am amazed, as I have never had a transmission issue. With that said, I do know there are some sensors that have to be changed that will act like the over drive is out, but this is the computer causing it not to shift into over drive. This is a maintainance item that does not get done because of expense. Lexus told me the transmission was going out, but I researched that it was the knock sensors. I did the service myself. It took 7 hours on a weekend, but the parts were less than $300. I have not had an issue since.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Very satisfied

by from Ohio on February 22, 2011

After researching this vehicle thoroughly, i bought a 2000. I was aware of the transmission problems some RX300's are plagued with. I did test drive a 2001 and could tell the transmission was going to...
After researching this vehicle thoroughly, i bought a 2000. I was aware of the transmission problems some RX300's are plagued with. I did test drive a 2001 and could tell the transmission was going to go on it. After test driving the RX that i later purchased, i could tell the transmission was healthy and decided to buy it. I did buy a warranty for peace of mind, but havent needed it (knock on wood). I am very satisfied with my purchase. I now have 112,000 miles on it and have owned it for 9 months. I can not believe how well this vehicle has held up for being 11 years old. It drives like it is new, and looks like it is new. I like the step in height, easy to get into. I also like the layout of the dash and radio/climate controls, it is very organized. I wish it had audio controls on the steering wheel, but i guess i'm just nit-picking. Very satisfied with reliability, quality, cargo room etc. Also, i live in ohio which is one of the reasons i opted for an RX with AWD. The snow drifts, unplowed roads, parking lots, and driveways doesn't even phase my RX300, I do not miss getting stuck!. This vehicle is EXCELLENT in the snow. Although i am satisfied with the performance, i do miss the cornering limits of a car. I also anticipated better gas mileage, but i do have a lead foot and like to exercise the V6 ;-) would definitely recommend.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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Amazed and Overjoyed.

by from Central Mississippe on August 24, 2009

I bought my car three years ago with 186K miles on it. Now it has 258K and is still ticking great. Friends who drive it cannot believe it is 10 years old with 250K plus miles on it. I've been to Kenya...
I bought my car three years ago with 186K miles on it. Now it has 258K and is still ticking great. Friends who drive it cannot believe it is 10 years old with 250K plus miles on it. I've been to Kenya twice. The car of choice for those who can afford it is this same car, though it is called a Toyota Harrier over there. If it can survive on Kenyan roads, nothing we have will be a problem! I would not hesitate to start out today on a long trip, no matter the weather conditions. It is, without reservation, the best over-all car I have ever owned... and I have owned LOTS over that 50 years.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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A Great Car for Us!

by from Long Beach CA on August 9, 2009

Bought new in 2000 - after 120,000 miles I have to say this car has been GREAT. I am not a big fan of my local Lexus Dealer but w minimal maintenance the car has been solid for 9 years now. I am most ...
Bought new in 2000 - after 120,000 miles I have to say this car has been GREAT. I am not a big fan of my local Lexus Dealer but w minimal maintenance the car has been solid for 9 years now. I am most impressed w the fact that the little annoying things that happen to most older vehicles (noisier knocks and imperfections) just have not happened - it still it a sound, quiet well crafted vehicle. I'm a happy owner.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Luv this car

by from Fresno, CA on June 12, 2009

Bought ours new and have 147K on it and it still drives great. No problems with the transmission or engine. We bought a '06 RX 330, so our daughter is driving our '00. We were thinking about buying he...
Bought ours new and have 147K on it and it still drives great. No problems with the transmission or engine. We bought a '06 RX 330, so our daughter is driving our '00. We were thinking about buying her a new car, but she does not want to give up the Rx 300.
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Bad Transmissions

by from Dallas, TX on June 18, 2008

At 110,000 miles, transmission is shot. Remanufactured transmission would have been $4880. Had it rebuilt for $2650 but shifting is not as smooth as before. Rebuild should have only been about $1500, ...
At 110,000 miles, transmission is shot. Remanufactured transmission would have been $4880. Had it rebuilt for $2650 but shifting is not as smooth as before. Rebuild should have only been about $1500, but planetary gears and other hard parts were broken, with large half inch chunks of steel snapped off, deep grooves in the steel from clutch packs seizing up, and many of the parts were burnt up and discolored. Look on the net and you will find MANY owners reporting transmission problems for 99-03 RX300's. What's nice about this is that Toyota had the class to admit the problem and pay for the problem. Oh. Wait, that was in my dreams.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Worst car I have ever owned!

by from Nashville TN on August 21, 2008

After 90,000 miles the transmission went out on the car. I replaced with a Lexus transmission costing me $5000....now 10 months later rebuilt transmission going out too!! For all of you bragging about...
After 90,000 miles the transmission went out on the car. I replaced with a Lexus transmission costing me $5000....now 10 months later rebuilt transmission going out too!! For all of you bragging about what a great car this is you must have less than 90000 miles on it....trade it while you can!!
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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bad transmission problem

by from kansas city, mo on August 19, 2006

If Lexus knew how to design a transmission on this vehicle that was equivolent in quality to all other components, they would be selling the finest vehicle on the planet. Unfortunately, everyone I kn...
If Lexus knew how to design a transmission on this vehicle that was equivolent in quality to all other components, they would be selling the finest vehicle on the planet. Unfortunately, everyone I know with this model has had to have a new transmission, my neighbor, my brother-in-law, a co-worker. There are even web sites alerting owners to this problem. It typically occurs after the transmission is out of warranty.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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2000 RX 300 - 175,000 and still going!

by from Chantilly, VA on March 20, 2012

I've owned my 2000 RX 300 since 2007 and I now have 175,000 miles on it. This model is plagued with transmission replacement within 90k - 120k miles. I replaced my transmission at 140k. Other than thi...
I've owned my 2000 RX 300 since 2007 and I now have 175,000 miles on it. This model is plagued with transmission replacement within 90k - 120k miles. I replaced my transmission at 140k. Other than this - i plan to run it to 240k. Been a great car for me and my family. Plenty of horsepower and very comfortable ride.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Like a hot knife through butter!

by from Hardwick, VT on September 10, 2012

This SUV drives and rides smoother than the cadillac I used to own. Even though it's a 2000 you would never know the difference. It's so smooth on the road and very comfortable. I love the arm rests o...
This SUV drives and rides smoother than the cadillac I used to own. Even though it's a 2000 you would never know the difference. It's so smooth on the road and very comfortable. I love the arm rests on the front seats. It's the little things like those that make this vehicle awesome. Also, the tires are a very common size, which is nice because since they are common they are not as expensive as they could be. Love this ride!!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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