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1999 Lexus RX 300 Overview
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Based on 18 reviews
Introduced in 1999, the Lexus RX 300 was the Japanese automaker's second effort in the sport utility market...but it's more complicated than that. Built up from the Toyota Camry chassis, the RX was intended as more of a large all-condition station wagon than a real 4x4. Vehicles like the RX (it was designed to compete with the Mercedes ML320) were the original automotive definition of 'hybrids,' as they were really a link between cars and sport utilities. Lexus referred to the RX as a 'crossover' vehicle, and it quickly became their top seller. It was a viable option for parents who weren't yet ready to surrender to minivans.
The RX 300 was no departure from what you'd expect from Lexus. The standard power plant was a 220-horsepower 3.0 Liter V-6, which propelled drivers from 0-60 in eight seconds. Fuel economy was observed between 22 and 24 mpg on the highway, depending on FWD or 4WD. In 1999, these were odd sounding numbers for a sport utility. Drivers reported on the driving experience as quiet, comfortable, responsive, and maneuverable-very car-like.
On the other hand, the RX may not be all you'd expect from an SUV. Off-road travel is a delicate matter with just 7.5 inches of ground clearance. Lexus marketed the RX more towards hauling kids and groceries, leaving the larger LX 470 as the true off-roader. Transmission problems are the most common customer complaint, while others include the lack of interior room, and the high cost of building the luxury options up from the base model.
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Lexus RX 300 Questions
When Engine Light On
Just drove up to the bay area and back today. Engine light on when I drove 750 miles, did not feel anything different. So I called Lexus dealer and consulted service department. Her answer was：if yo...
On A 1999 Lexus Rx With 207k Miles What Does It Mean When The Check Engine ...
Hola My Nombre E Sguillermo Aguilar Y Estoy Tratando De Vender Una Lexus En...
trato de contactar a compradores pero no puedo por q no me deja entrar en la informasion delos compradores
Should The Wheels On My 1999 Rx 300 Awd Lock When I Put It In Park With No ...
I put a new transfer case in my trans and installed the trans again and shifted the shifter in park with no wiring or battery hooked up to my car and the front tires still turn like they are in a g...
I Have A Lexus Rx300 Love The Car But The Beeper Won't Go Off....
I took it in to have it checked out & they thought they fixed it but it is still beeping. Can they disconnect it? Help it is so irritating!