2001 Lexus Rx 300
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Best Car I've ever driven

by from Cary NC on December 17, 2010

from BMW to Saab/Volvo & Mercedes... this is the one I would POUR money towards to keep on the road... but after slamming more than 120Kmiles onto this SUV - I've put minimal $ into it, surprises me e...
from BMW to Saab/Volvo & Mercedes... this is the one I would POUR money towards to keep on the road... but after slamming more than 120Kmiles onto this SUV - I've put minimal $ into it, surprises me every year! I bought it for the ample rear leg room for growing children - but the car continues to accomodate changing needs from family trips to single passenger transport... this is a great choice for the look, the cost and the feel on the road. I just hope my heart will survive if I ever need to replace it.
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Still looks great

by from Illinois on September 2, 2012

My wife's car Owned the car for 9 years. Very comfortable, fit and finish first class, still looks very good. Not as reliable as I expected from a Lexus. Replaced wheel bearings, door locks. Replaced ...
My wife's car Owned the car for 9 years. Very comfortable, fit and finish first class, still looks very good. Not as reliable as I expected from a Lexus. Replaced wheel bearings, door locks. Replaced the engine at 92,000 miles (free by Lexus). Replaced the transmission at 145,000 miles. We're about to replace it with a RX350
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Great Ride

by from MN on November 26, 2012

Purchased 2001 with 48K. Extremely comfortable ride. Stylish interior. Leather seats and higher profile(SUV) makes it very easy to slide in and exit easily. The interior is stylish and the exterior de...
Purchased 2001 with 48K. Extremely comfortable ride. Stylish interior. Leather seats and higher profile(SUV) makes it very easy to slide in and exit easily. The interior is stylish and the exterior design looks very up to date for being 12 yrs old! The 3.0 engine has plenty of pep if you need to excellerate for merging in traffic. The back seat has plenty of leg room for passengers. Lots of room in rear storage area. Cons... Nav system is dated and not very intuitive. The mileage is rubbish. It doesn't get near the Hwy MPG stated in specs. I drive almost entirely highway miles and avg is 18-19 , doesn't seem to vary at all city to hwy. Comfort, room and styling...this is a great car. If you don't mind the poor gas mileage.
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Love my RX but...

by from Mt. Laurel, NJ on December 6, 2006

I traded in my 2003 Infiniti G35 (rwd) for the 2001 RX300 because I was looking for something a little sturdier in the snow and rain with a luxury car-like feel and found it. It was between that and ...
I traded in my 2003 Infiniti G35 (rwd) for the 2001 RX300 because I was looking for something a little sturdier in the snow and rain with a luxury car-like feel and found it. It was between that and a Murano. Although I gave up horsepower I chose the Lexus and fell in love with it because of the smooth look and feel. It was like driving on air....until the transmission went at 68k. I only had it 8 mos. I asked the dealer if this year model was prone to this and he basically said yes. Out of all my research I did on a 2001 RX300, I did not find anything about the RX's transmission for that year model. Luckily it was still covered under warranty.
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Excellent except for transmission

by from Pennsylvania on January 9, 2010

Owned this car for 6 years after purchasing it used. At 96K miles the transmission needed to be replaced. I read online that this is not uncommon in 1991 model even though dealer said it was not. Save...
Owned this car for 6 years after purchasing it used. At 96K miles the transmission needed to be replaced. I read online that this is not uncommon in 1991 model even though dealer said it was not. Saved $2000 by having the replacement done by Toyota instead of Lexus. Everything inside and out, other than transmission, is holding up great. The ride is wonderful except it is slow when merging onto the highway. I will be passing the car onto my 16yr old daughter and feel confident she will be safe in it. Hope to break 200k miles!
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Best vehicle I have ever owned.

by from Gastonia, NC on January 17, 2011

This is a true luxury vehicle.. bought in Oct 2010 it had 99k miles on it. have put on 4 k miles and no problems. Ride is fantastic. smooth and comfortable change trans fluid and oil.. purchase a ext....
This is a true luxury vehicle.. bought in Oct 2010 it had 99k miles on it. have put on 4 k miles and no problems. Ride is fantastic. smooth and comfortable change trans fluid and oil.. purchase a ext. warranty just in case.. drink holder is the only bad part of this car. drinks are not secured.. design flaw, but everything else is ok.. on screen computer give mpg, but it should tell how many miles you have left to drive until tank is empty.. visibility is great 25 mpg on highway.. must use prem. gas that sucks
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Best all-around car I've ever owned

by from Northwest Arkansas on September 21, 2012

I've had my 2001 RX300 for 10 years and have loved this vehicle the entire time. It has seen me through 2 kids (now 9 & 7) and has grown along with us. Very reliable and safe (AWD version). Will be tr...
I've had my 2001 RX300 for 10 years and have loved this vehicle the entire time. It has seen me through 2 kids (now 9 & 7) and has grown along with us. Very reliable and safe (AWD version). Will be trading it in for GX470, but I'm a little nervous about getting such a big SUV. The RX is really the perfect size for hauling kids, groceries, sports stuff, etc. Had regular maintenance performed at Toyota dealer and feel like it would run forever. No problems with transmission as others have reported, but I admit I drive like a "little old lady". Seats are very comfortable, even on regular trips of 4+ hours. Love that it has lots of pockets and holders for purse, phone, sunglasses, etc. Sorry guys, but it's a well-designed woman's car. Kids, dog and Mom still love this ol' car. The GX is more manly and not designed for a woman driver, but I hope it's as reliable and comfortable as the RX.
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Seems great so far.

by from Overland Park on September 4, 2012

I'm pretty happy with my recent purchase. Has 109K miles and had the power locking mechanizm replaced on the drivers door. Not a big deal.
I'm pretty happy with my recent purchase. Has 109K miles and had the power locking mechanizm replaced on the drivers door. Not a big deal.
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Nice SUV

by from kenner, LA on July 15, 2011

I just bought this suv and love it, it runs so great. This is first lexus and i really enjoying it. I will do the next one again lexus.
I just bought this suv and love it, it runs so great. This is first lexus and i really enjoying it. I will do the next one again lexus.
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Worth every Penny

by from Chicago, IL on October 5, 2007

I love my RX 300. Handles great in the snow and is very reliable. I traveled across the US with no problems. Seats could be a little more comfortable and the stereo could have been made easier to reac...
I love my RX 300. Handles great in the snow and is very reliable. I traveled across the US with no problems. Seats could be a little more comfortable and the stereo could have been made easier to reach.
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