1999 Lexus RX 300 Overview

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1999 Lexus RX 300 Overview

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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I replaced my lamp module and it caused my car to shut off. I got a jump and it started up but died instantly after taking the cables off what can be the problem?

Brake Light "out" Alert On Instrument Panel

my "brake light bulb out" comes on as soon as I apply brake pressure to shift into a gear after starting. The manual says that such action means that one of the brake light bulbs has expired. That...

I Have A 1999 Lexus RX300. The Plain Ignition Key Will Work. My Dupe Won'...

I have a 1999 Lexus RX300. I order a key blank off the internet. My Lexus dealer cut the key for me. It will lock and unlock. It will crank the starter over and over. It will not start. My ord...

Headlights Won't Turn On

Yesterday my alternator quit working so I replaced the alternator and a battery and put a new belt on today I got in my car tonight to go in the headlights would not come on any ideas what's causin...

Transmision

Transmission stay in park wen i put in to reverse or neutral in drive it shifts but goes back in park wen shift from second to third gear