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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Engine Light On

I own 1999 Toyota hurrier 3.0 Lexus rx 300, the check engine light comes on when i start it and drive forward. The same don't happen when i start it and reverse.

Loud Tapping

Loud metal to metal tapping from valve train area cylinder number 2-4. This started suddenly at idle and increases at RPM. This is not the common light lifter tapping Lexus and Toyota are known for...

Vacuum Switching Valve

I have notice a switching valve at the back of my air filter but I have no idea where the connector goes, cannot find the other end, pls help I having check engine issues and I think this is the p...

Can A Transmission Get Stuck?

Having Trouble With Misfiring Cylinder 1,3 And 5

When the car is idling or going at a slower speed the check engine light flashes and scanned the codes and got 301,303 and 305. Have changed O2 sensors, plugs, coil packs on those 3 cylinders only, M...