1999 Lexus RX 300 Overview

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Base
Avg. Price: $6,450
Base AWD
Avg. Price: $6,305

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4.15 stars

Based on 18 reviews

This Was The Small Suv That Made Small Suvs Really Popular! by Harrison
 — This is the first SUV to win Motor Trend's Sports Utility of the Year. This was the birth of a new icon, and Lexus made sure everything was perfect. The interior is just like a Mercedes, the leather... Read More
Almost Trouble Free Car by mrshimalaya
 — RX300 is almost a trouble free car since day one when I drove it out of the dealership in 1999. Great warranty and services at Peachtree street in Atlanta Georgia. I took it with me when I relocated t... Read More
Suv For The Professional Or Family Oriented by mbmb1000
 — Love this car! It feels safe - it is quiet and very comfortable! I never have any issues with anyone riding it as tall people fit in the car well. Our children also like the car as they can see out th... Read More

1999 Lexus RX 300 Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 18 reviews

1999 Lexus RX 300

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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Jlanning13
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Blower Motor Air Flow Control

I replaced my blower motor controller today. The air conditioner and heat is now blowing, but only from below where the feet vents are, there is no air flowing to the dash or vents by the windshield....

995 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)
jazzkitty77
25

Where Are The Spark Plugs Located On A 1999 Lexus Rx 300?

I'm trying to change the sprak plugs, but I don't see them. Where are they?

8 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)
Nagle423
5

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...

3,098 views with 6 answers (last answer about a month ago)
bfvelasquez
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Problems With Starting 1999 Rx 300

Having problems started up my Lexus, someone told me to "floor" the gas pedal while turning the ignition on in order to get my Lexus to start and it worked. Why is it doing this?

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mrshimalaya
25

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...

59 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)