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  1. Thanks for the Costco link. I checked and the two dealers nearest to me do not participate in the program.
  2. Thanks for your response to the 12 volt battery discussion. You raise an interesting point; I honestly do not know if the RX450h twelve volt battery works on the same as in the Prius, but I will find out. Since both vehicles are Toyotas, it seems likely they work on the same principle. I'll also check if my dealership participates in the Costco Auto Program. Again, appreciate your response. Thanks!
  3. Appreciate your reply. When I have the battery replaced, I'll most likely go to a Lexus dealership. I have dealership coupons to lessen the cost a little. I live in an area with multiple dealerships nearby; there is more than a $100.00 cost variance between dealerships, so check around. I did check with a very reliable independent auto repair shop in my area. His pricing was about the same as my Lexus dealer. So far, I have experienced none of the symptoms you describe with your headlights and radio.
  4. My 2011 RX450h has 40,000 miles on it. The auxiliary (battery that starts the car) battery is original. Lexus service tests the battery at each service interval and the battery tests good. Eight years is a long time for a battery to last. As I understand it, the original battery is a glass based battery; not lead. This type of battery usually last longer, but I do not want to wait for the battery to die and be left stranded. Any of you with Lexus hybrids have any input regarding at what point you replaced the auxiliary (the one that starts the car) battery? Thanks!
  5. Considering purchasing an LC 500. Have read several reviews indicating the controls in the car are very unintuitive; many controls can only be accessed through the navigation screen. Would appreciate any LC 500 owner feedback regarding controls. Also, generally, how do you like your LC 500?
  6. When I visited my Lexus dealership to discuss the brake repairs which were made earlier, the service manager and a technician told me the devices controlling the brake pressure distribution were all acting as they should. The problem was the freezing calipers on the passenger side. There was no real explanation given as to why the issue with the calipers had occurred. It was mentioned the agency has been experimenting with different lubricants to solve this caliper problem. In response to a letter I mailed to Lexus Customer Experience requesting Lexus reimburse at least some of my cost to repair the brakes, I was told Lexus would not cover any of my repair cost since brakes are a wear item; this in spite of the one axle only going about 12,000 miles before brake replacement was required and the other axle 17,000 miles. Very few miles, in my opinion, to necessitate brake pad replacement. Lexus did offer a $200.00 service voucher which may be applied to future service work on my 2005 RX at a Lexus dealership. I mailed a second letter asking Lexus to reconsider, and reimburse some of my brake repair cost or at least allow me to use the $200.00 service voucher on either of my Lexus vehicles. They said no.
  7. After reading your post, I did some research on the devices controlling brake pressure distribution. I will contact the service manager at the Lexus dealership and ask if this system was tested as part of the repair.
  8. Thank you for taking the time to reply to my post. I agree something is wrong with this picture. I too have never experienced one side seizing up. I did see the wear on the passenger side brake pads compared to the driver's side pads. The question is what caused the caliper slides on one side to seize. Do not believe it was low mileage driving since the vehicle has always been a low mileage vehicle since new. I agreed to replace the brakes at the dealership and that work is done. Too late for a second opinion. I have written a letter to Lexus Customer Experience regarding this situation and am waiting for a reply. I'll post the response from Lexus.
  9. I appreciate your reply and thoughts regarding my post; you raise an intriguing possibility. I understand why the brakes on both sides would need to be worked on in this situation. Since there is no difference in how the car has been driven since it was new, I am still puzzled why the original brakes/caliper slides went so many more miles than the calipers on both brake replacements. Again, thanks for your thoughts.
  10. My 2005 RX330 with 63,000 miles, front and rear brakes replaced at 45,285 and 50,972 miles respectively, required brake pad replacement and caliper slides cleaning because of excessive brake pad wear on the front and rear brakes on the passenger side only. Dealership says this is common on vehicles with low mileage. At the dealerships recommendation, both driver and passenger side pads and calipers were worked on rather than just the passenger side. Makes no sense to me. Any experience or thoughts about this situation?
  11. I would appreciate any feedback concerning a problem with the CD player in my 2005 RX330. "ERROR 4" appears on the display. The owner's manual states this message indicates trouble inside the system and instructs me to eject the CD. The CD's will not eject. Next instruction in the manual is to take the vehicle to a Lexus dealer if the problem is not rectified. Your suggestions?
  12. ??? I found this, but you may have already looked at it. Paul Thanks Paul. I found that site too. This design requires drilling two holes on the bottom lip of the bumper which I was hoping to avoid. Also, do not believe there is the minimum space required to attach the bracket. Did find a site which shows a picture of a non drill bracket on an RX350 that fits in the tow bolt hole and mounts the plate off center. An interesting look. Cost is $85.00 plus shipping which is more than I hoped to spend to put a front plate on the vehicle.
  13. Is anyone aware of after market no-drill front license plate holders for a 2011 RX 450h? I have seen excellent holders designed for Mustangs from Craig's custom Mustang brackets at and at a You tube video at; the holders are made of stainless steel and attach with stainless steel wing nuts with the plastic bumper fascia of the vehicle sandwiched between two pieces of metal. I did locate one holder requiring drilling holes in the underneath part of the front bumper fascia rather than the front, but would prefer not to drill any holes. Any suggestions are appreciated.
  14. SRX

    Water Pump

    Thanks for sharing you thoughts. Lexus Customer Satisfaction has agreed to replace the water pump as a warranty item even though the vehicle is beyond the warranty period.
  15. SRX

    Water Pump

    Thanks for the additional input. Lexus Customer Satisfaction has agreed to replace the water pump as a warranty item even though the vehicle is beyond the warranty period.
  16. SRX

    Water Pump

    Thanks, lenore. No coolant on the ground or anywhere on the car. I'll keep an eye on the "leak" and use an independent shop if the water pump needs replacing. Please look at my response to code58 for more detail.
  17. SRX

    Water Pump

    Guy must have checked you bank account to see how much money you had in there. What I want to know is how did he see your water pump to see that it was leaking? It is completely covered! How did he see it when doing the brakes??? X-ray eyes maybe??? To top it off, I have changed those pumps and they are the finest engineered and built WP I have ever seen in my life. When I changed the WP on my DIL's RX at 120+K mi. while trying to determine what was causing a minor "squeal" at start up. The water pump was definitely the original and looked absolutely new! I even cut it apart with a die grinder and thin cut-off blade and the bearings, seals and all were absolutely new! It has the most secure and elaborate seal system I've ever seen in a WP. I can't even imagine how one of those could ever leak. I THINK (been a while since I did it) that it had 3 different type of seals in there. You can purchase the OEM AISIN WP online for about $80., possibly less. That's what you call more than a little pricey at over $850. I WOULD NOT USE ANYTHING BUT OEM AISIN WP though! Thanks for your reply, code58. I also wondered how he just happened to spot the water pump since it is not visible while working on front brakes. He used a light to show me some pinkish looking residue at the end of the water pump (it appeared like dry powder to me) and said that indicated a leak. No coolant was in sight. I'll keep an eye on the supposed leak and use an independent shop if it is indeed leaking. I am also a fan of OEM parts. Thanks again.
  18. Since my last post on this topic regarding a cracked reluctor ring some time ago, a new repair option has come up. Lexus wanted to replace the left 1/2 axle which includes a new reluctor ring and the speed sensor to rectify the ABS lamp staying on at a cost of $1,632.00. Car is a 2000 RX300 with 90,000 miles. Found an independent shop where this repair has been done before by removing the 1/2 axle and welding the cracked reluctor ring. As an earlier reply to my initial post indicated, the speed sensor replacement will not be necessary according to the mechanic proposing this repair since the problem is the cracked reluctor ring. He has successfully done this repair before on other RX300's. About $300.00. Read the post about the person who made this repair with epoxy and the repair failed. Sorry the epoxy failed after all your work, but I am not surprised it did. I'm interested hearing your opinions about whether a weld should do the trick?
  19. Just replaced the front brakes on my 2005 RX330 with 45,000 miles at a Lexus dealership. While doing this repair, the technician noticed some pink residue around the water pump and diagnosed it as a leak. His recommendation is to replace the water pump. Since it was delivered in March of 2005, the car is out of warranty . Cost: $862.00. Price at other repair shops is between $350.00 and $700.00. Have any of you experienced what I consider an early water pump failure?
  20. Recently, the ABS warning light came on and stayed on in my 2000 RX300. The Lexus dealership diagnosed the problem as a faulty left rear axle sensor. Also said the left rear refluctor ring (whatever that is) was cracked and rusty (in Illinois salt is used on the roads in the winter), so they said it was necessary to change the left rear axle shaft assembly along with the sensor. Cost: $1632.60. The brakes work just fine; but no ABS. Any experiences with this repair and the cost? Have not yet checked the price at a brake shop like Midas or a tire store like NTB. Tentative plan is to replace the car rather than repair it. Thanks for your input.
  21. The RX's V6 will soon have to adopt DFI, and thereby a significant gain in FE and HP/torque. If not 2012 then....soon. Or we may soon see an RX250. With adoption of DFI the new 187HP I4 in the Venza may be deemed powerful enough for use in a Lexus, maybe even an AWD Lexus. I would love to see a hybrid AWD Venza using a new 200HP DFI Atkinson cycle I4. AWD implemented with the new electromechanical clutch, not an extra electric motor.
  22. The RX's V6 will soon have to adopt DFI, and thereby a significant gain in FE and HP/torque. If not 2012 then....soon. Or we may soon see an RX250. With adoption of DFI the new 187HP I4 in the Venza may be deemed powerful enough for use in a Lexus, maybe even an AWD Lexus. I would love to see a hybrid AWD Venza using a new 200HP DFI Atkinson cycle I4. AWD implemented with the new electromechanical clutch, not an extra electric motor.
  23. Have any of you seen or heard anything about potential changes to the 2012 RX 350? Debating whether to buy a 2011 or wait for the 2012 model.
  24. SRX

    99 Rx300

    I replaced the rear hatch handle in my 2000 RX and listed a detailed "how to" post September 12, 2009 titled "How to Replace a Rear Hatch Handle In a 2000 RX300". Search for this post by title. I'll also place a copy of my instruction in this reply. I recently posted a question asking advice on replacing the rear hatch handle on my 2000 RX300. To those of you who responded or read the post, I thank you. I finished replacing the broken handle this morning. Here are the directions in case you have this problem. Since the rear hatch would not open, the repairs were initiated from inside the vehicle. Remove the privacy shield over the rear luggage area and fold down the seats. Pull the carpeted panel off the lower hatch (held in place by 5 nylon fasteners). Working from the lower corners of the carpeted panel worked well. Pull the top plastic panel off the hatch (held in place by 12 nylon fasteners). Again, working from the lower corners worked well. Put both panels out of the vehicle to give you more room to work I continued to work from inside the vehicle, but if you prefer, you could pull the hatch release mechanism at this point to open the hatch and work on the replacement while standing. Next, remove the two bolts (10 mm) holding the rear hatch key lock in place using care not to drop the bolts inside the hatch. No need to release any of the wiring for the lock. Dealerships refer to the painted panel above the license plate which the lock fits into on the outside of the hatch door as a garnish. I was told the garnish is frequently broken in the process of removing it and the part costs $218.00 to replace. In my experience, it is difficult to imagine this garnish would ever be broken unless the person doing the repair is extremely rough and impatient. Next, remove the three (10 mm) nuts holding the garnish in place. One of these nuts in partially hidden behind the rear wiper assembly, but can be removed using an open end wrench without removing the windshield wiper mechanism. You will notice two white nylon clips which also hold the garnish in place. By compressing the "wings" of these clips with a flat blade screwdriver and pushing the clops out, the garnish will come free. You might consider asking a person to hold the garnish from outside the vehicle as it falls free. There is a license plate lamp wire attached to the garnish, so it will not fall to the ground, but rather dangle by this wire. Now that the garnish is free, turn it over and remove the two rubber washers holding the door lock to the garnish. The replacement part is #69023-48010 and cost me $84.50 with tax. Check a couple dealerships ... another wanted $101.20 for the same part. Put the new door handle in place and begin to reverse your process to complete your job. Took me about an hour and a half to complete the repair, including running to pick up the new part. Hope this is helpful to some of you in the future. I am certain the repair is similar on all older model RX's and maybe even the newer ones. Didn't tear apart my 2005 RX to compare. 0