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1999 Lexus RX 300 Overview
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Based on 16 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
Check Engine Light Came On And Has The Code P0446 For A 1999 Lexus Rx300. W...
I just bought a 1999 Lexus rx300 2 days ago and I took my sister for a ride in it the night I bought itand I drove over a speed bump going very slow and next thing I know the check engine light is...
only hot air when AC is on also any temp set comes out at max heat.
I Would Like To Change My Rx300 Engine For A Diesel As I Love The Car But 1...
Scan Code P0171 For 1999 Lexus Rx 300
My wife drives the 1999 Lexus RX 300. The check engine light came on recently. We diagnosed with code P0171 for too lean bank 1. We did clean the MAF sensor but the problem is still there. We also s...
Why Would A Check Engine Light Come On After Going Over A Speed Bump?
I just bought a 1999 Lexus rx300 yesterday and I took my sister for a ride in it and I drove over a speed bump going very slow and next thing I know the check engine light is on. I am taking it t...