lexus repair rx300 : Good Luck to all of you and make damn sure you get the oil changed permaintenance schedule and keep excellent records.I have always thought cars designated as "Utility" would be sturdy,durable, tough and reliable. IOW, take some abuse. Not this one. Thisis one of the most fragile cars I've ever owned.The market will catch up to this type of poor customer service, poorengineering, and poor quality. Lexus pre-owned prices should plummet. Ifthe pre-owned market price erodes then the new car prices will be forceddown too. Why would anybody take a chance on paying premium price for a60,000 or more mile V6 Lexus when there is a good chance that it won't makeit much further. So much for the Lexus legend of longevity and quality.Lexus, welcome to Ford, GM, and Chrysler market space! Flirting with amarket death spiral.I agree that Lexus needs to adjust their attitude here. I can just see thisbeing picked up by 60 Minutes or some such and then they'll REALLY regrettheir stupidity. Or we'll start seeing black dots for Lexus in the Consumerreports reliability ratings. What goof balls!
lexus repair rx300 : On the other hand, this seems to be caused by unanticipated wear in thevariable valve timing train clashing with the long oil-change intervalspeople are getting used to and Toyota feels obliged to specify. Me, I use asynthetic and change every 3,000 to 4,000 miles and I sleep well each night.Keep good records, too.- Steve Barr (philosopher, poet, graphic artist, Visual Basic programmer)"M" wrote in message...I agree with the poster who said to get an attorney - At the very least youshould recoup a few thousand dollars, and there's a good chance you'd get thefull $8000 back if it actually went to court.Just wanted to get some clarifications here before I make some privateconclusions.The scheduled oil change is 7,500 miles for normal driving. Did you havedocumentation to show that you had the oil changed at 5-6,000? Did youfollow your own 5-6K oil change interval for the entire duration of yourlease? I'm asking this because it falls within the factory recommendedparameters, and it would be hard for the dealer to prove that you driveunder "severe" conditions (you're not a taxicab, right?).And also, what region do you live in? I came to the understanding that thissludge (gelling) problem occured primarily in the East coast with thisengine type when the oil has been neglected for 10k miles or more. Anyadditonal info would be appreciated.
lexus repair rx300 : You know what car manufacturers call "normal"? Suburban/highway driving withno idling, no hot or cold temperatures, no stop and go, no short trips, novery long highway trips, no dust in the air, and so on. In other words, thekind of driving essentially no one does regularly.- Steve Barr (philosopher, poet, graphic artist, Visual Basic programmer)"PJF" wrote in message...Seems to be several things going on with Lexus.1) Lexus is failing to admit there is a problem with the RX300 engines.2) Seems that if more frequent oil changes are warranted then Lexus shouldissue a TSB and offer to change current customers oil at a substantialdiscount for engines that are still good.3) Lexus oil filter placement is an exercise in consumer hostility. Hereyou have a vehicle that probably requires frequent oil changes and an oilfilter that is incredibly hard to get to. Is this stupid or what?4) For those people that have problems with their RX300 engines, Lexus needsto pull their heads out, save their reputation, and fix those vehicles in ahassle-free manner with an apology for the inconvenience.OK, that probably won't happen, so back to reality. I was in the market foran SUV this spring and simply bought a different vehicle [with an oil andfilter change design that makes it easy!].
lexus repair rx300 : lets say 6 years, that's about 550 complaints a year. If we take into acount that about 40,000 toyaotas where sold eachyear. NOw lets take into account all te clueless people who never opentheir hoods...oops. Most of the people, women especialy dont even knowthey need an oil chenge. Show me a company that has less than 550engine comlaints a year. You sound like a BMW apologist. The odds of a newer Lexus owner not doingoil changes as per manual are extremely remote. These things are expensive.- Steve Barr (philosopher, poet, Visual Basic programmer)"Borman" wrote in message...Sorry Guys - don't know what the problem is. (And I'm not a Toyotaapologist!!)I have had a UK sourced RX300 (3.0 litre V6) since December 2000, and havehad the oil changed as the service manual, 10,000 mile intervals. Seeingthe post, I checked the engine - no sludge!! Perhaps the problem is thetype of driving/speeds you do Greg - I do 40,000 miles a year, a lot of iton motorways at speeds in excess of 70 mph. It is accepted over here thatshort runs are no good for the long term life of the engine, as they do notallow it to get to full operating temp.
lexus repair rx300 : Anyway - I am sure Lexus will want to solve the problem, as from what I sawin the US last year the RX is a popular model, and if they want to continuesales and/or grow them they will have to deal with this.(PS - Isn't Carl Haas the guy that runs the Pennzoil Nascar team?)According to the following article in the LA Times over 3300 complaints werereceived by Toyota over the past three years. I read about the problem in alocal newspaper --- searched the net and found a few stories that suggestedthat Toyota and Lexus played hardball with its customers when they could notproduce all their receipts and if the oil changes were not done by Toyota --no warranty. At one case I read involved a Sienna van with less than 20kmiles -- for a repair cost of over $5000."Duane" wrote in message...It is absolutely illegal for a car manufacturer to require that you go totheir dealership for oil changes unless the manufacturer pays for the oilchanges.- Steve Barr (philosopher, poet, Visual Basic programmer)"twaugh5" wrote in message...
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