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Just took delivery of new RX 330 all wheel drive and am disappointed with gas mileage. Getting about 16.5 mpg with about 50% highway driving. Is that because of new engine or can I expect more of the same after break in. What are other drivers of this vehicle getting for fuel economy? :unsure:

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Not to good here, I did about 230 miles, got 18.6 , that was 60% highway.

Around town the stop and go kills the mileage. I have about 500 miles, it got a liitle better but not close to my 02 es300. I really am very gentle on the pedal, seems the gas gauge moves fast after the 3/4 mark.

What does this thing weigh?

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Bought my AWD RX330 back in July 03 and get around 21.8 MPG average with around 50% to 75% highway/expressway driving. On highway only driving (I just got back from Reno this last weekend) I almost averaged 24 MPG. I noticed that the fuel efficiency drops drastically when you drive above 75 mph.

I also applied the ECM TSB upgrade a few months back and noticed that the fuel efficiency dropped by around 2 MPG. Since then it has come back to what it was before the upgrade. I have a feeling that the mileage will improve over time, since they claim that the ECM software will "learn" over 5k miles. Don't know about the accuracy of that statement. ;)

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The TSB I applied is to improve the shifting (especially in low gears). There used to be this annoying lag between first and second gear. Lexus came out with a fix that is supposed to improve the transmission shift. I'm generally satisfied with the results but noticed that the fuel efficiency dropped by a couple of miles for the first 2k miles after applying the new codes. It is now back to normal.

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We are getting about 21 in our RX330 AWD as with some of you, are a bit disappointed also. Speed limit in Colorado is 75 and my wife drives 30 miles each way almost all Interstate, so that might explain it, I don't know.

Perhaps Lexus is doing this on purpose to push us all to get the hybrid RX400 (thought I saw that is what the RX330 hybrid would be called) when it hits the stores in 2004/05 :D

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jerryray

sharp looking car, where did you get the tube steps and arew they chrome ?

Dealer, also they are made by WAAG

Jerryray...nice car...BTW where did you get those bumper protectors ..we have the same color - Breakwater Blue and have been looking for the same bumper protectors...please let me know asap.

Thanks,

Flipside

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jerryray

sharp looking car, where did you get the tube steps and arew they chrome ?

Dealer, also they are made by WAAG

Jerryray...nice car...BTW where did you get those bumper protectors ..we have the same color - Breakwater Blue and have been looking for the same bumper protectors...please let me know asap.

Thanks,

Flipside

The protectors came from the dealer. Rallye i Glen Cove NY

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jerryray

sharp looking car, where did you get the tube steps and arew they chrome ?

Dealer, also they are made by WAAG

Jerryray...nice car...BTW where did you get those bumper protectors ..we have the same color - Breakwater Blue and have been looking for the same bumper protectors...please let me know asap.

Thanks,

Flipside

The protectors came from the dealer. Rallye i Glen Cove NY

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