Is there anyone out there without a problem with the Lexus RX 300?

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Asked by Aug 26, 2015 at 05:43 PM about the 2001 Lexus RX 300 Base AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Is there anyone out there without a problem with the Lexus Rx300? I bought mine from an Independent. I'm a Disabled Veteran and had a doctor appointment the very next day in Lexington, KY which is about a 45 minute drive from where I live. Before I could get there, the car was putting out some heat - badly, the VSC light came on and the check engine light came on. Had a person drive it home from Lexington the day I bought it from OMID OMIDI in Lexington, KY. BEWARE OF THIS GUY!!! Paid what the car booked for, never had a Lexus but ALWAYS owned Toyotas which I LOVE and thought it was the same and comparable car. Before friend could get it home from Lexington, the car was at 4,000 rpms while driving about 50 mph. Replaced back brakes & rotors, need to constantly put air in tires and the transmission fluid was brown and almost completely empty. Replaced the Transmission filter and all fluids. Also cleaned it and it only got the top layer of dirt off. Also replaced fluids. Had to cancel my doctor appointment and take it to Advance Auto where they told me I needed to replace the Knock Sensor, Master Cylinder for brakes, bulbs, fuses, etc. Haven't had the car for even two weeks and want rid of it. I am broke. Thanks Omid Omidi if that's you're real name!

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It sounds like you got one of those that just wasn't taken care of properly, that is why we recommend taking any used vehicle to a shop that does used car checks, it is money well spent and no doubt they would have found the problems you have so far stated you have had. I had very good service from our 300, but I followed the maintenance schedule and never had any major failures.

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I bought my 1999 RX 300 with 78000 miles. Right off the bat I had a few items to repair, timing belt, plugs and wires. I now have 179000. I always change the transmission fluid regularly and do the usual standard maintenance. I had to repair the cruise control at 150000, but other than that, its been a very solid SUV. I drive an hour to work one way everyday so put on a fair amount of highway miles. I just put on a brand new set of tires and brakes so I expect to get many more miles out of my Lexus. Sorry you're having the problems you're having.

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Thanks for responding. Greatly appreciate the info! Have done al repairs & currently not having any problems but still miss my Toyotas. If anyone is looking for a Lexus, I'll take a loss just to get back in a Toyota. Tha

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same here! bought a "beauty" 160 K, 1000 miles into it, completely stoppped on highway at 10pm. Replaced trans $3500, drove it 6000 more miles... knock sensors and transmission replacement again. $ 1750 .... feeling broke, very disappointed with Lexus, had a Camry 397K, my not daugher inlaw wrecked it, cold air, regular maintenance ... ran like a top!

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