2000 Lexus RX300 Reviews and Owner Comments

2000 Lexus RX300 owners review and rate their 2000 Lexus RX300.

2000 Lexus RX300 (6 Reviews)
Body, Interior & Misc.
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Electrical & Lights
Exhaust & Emissions
Heating & Air Conditioning
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I had 2 Lexus RX300. Bought the first one in 1998. It caught fire in 2000, as I was driving to work (10-mile leisurely drive). Total loss. It had about 15,000 miles. Horrible experience with Lexus as we sorted through that. They eventually gave me a slightly used RX300 demo car which I still have. It has 111,000 miles. Muffler gave up at 70,000; the radio at about 80,000; transmission at 100,000. The hatchback is nearly jammed and very difficult to open. Was told it cannot be lubricated, only replaced. Very disenchanted with Lexus. Mine have been lemons, poorly designed, with overly complicated engineering for very simple parts such as a door closure system. Never had such problems with my other cars (Toyota, Honda, BMW, Mazda), except for a Fiat I owned long ago. Not a flattering comparison, but appropriate when it comes to quality.
would the shift shaft seal keep the car from shifting rears.. mine if stuck in reverse and the shifter hand moves
I had purchased the 2000 RX300 model and only at 65K miles started giving me more issues compared to any other cars that i have driven. Never had any issues on my other cars for at least 98K miles. But this was a big headache for me one problem after the other. 1st of all never in my life will i purchase a Toyota Branded upscaled car like Lexus nor any Toyota branded vehicles.
At 65k - Rear Main Seal Leak
At 69K - O2 Sensors Bad
AT 73K - Knock Sensor Bad
At 86K - Water leak from windshield
At 96K - Charcal Canister bad
At 98K - Check oil light.

Toyota did deploy inferior quality parts on this vehicle since it was a 1st Gen Car and most of the parts came from either made for Camry or Avalon in the same year. Other than interior nothing is facny in these cars, except a upper scalled version of a Highlander. If they had used good components and had a Quality control on the vehicles they make, we would not see so many recalls in these past 2 years right from Toyota to Lexus.
I bought my Lexus from Lexus of Orlando and aside from some oil changes services I have always serviced at L of O. I have received very good service from them though, however, they are very expensive and now that the unit is rather old I would like to have it serviced at shops I can save some money on repairs but who are rliable and knwo how to repair this type of vehicle. Is there a realiable shop in Kissimmee, Fl I can use.
My 2000 RX3000 has almost 170,000 miles and the only items I've replaced have been the fuel sensors and the electronic window panel (which I bought off a wrecked car from Craig's list for $175 which was almost $1000 less than Lexus wanted). Love this car - drive it everyday! I do have every recommended service from the dealer and on schedule.
Amazing vehicle. Purchased new in 2000 and have driven it for 11 years. I have 275,000 miles on it. Only major issue was a transmission at 218,000 miles. Cost me about $3800 because I had it done at the dealer. They quoted me $4600, but when I threatened to go to an independent, they came down to $3800. Did check with an independent and they would have done it for around $2000-$2500. Went with the dealer because I didn't know how reputable the independent was. Now use Angie's list. In any case, outside of normal wear and tear (brakes, tires, etc)I've not had any issues. By the way, goes great in snow with AWD. Never been stuck in the 11 years and we get a lot of snow in the mountains. Just keeps going.