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  1. My guess would be either the first gen rx300 or the most recent gen rx350 because they have the most ground clearance. Not sure how they all compare with locking diffs, gearing, wheel articulation, low end torque, etc since I only own the first gen. Second question: is the RX a lot worse off road than the LX and GX or are they close?
  2. Hi, I am new to the forum and have a question on my 2009 RX350: Can I use a weight distribution hitch on this vehicle to pull a 2000 lbs (dry weight) camper trailer from southern Ontario to the Rockies and back? Or would the torsion from this type of hitch bend the frame or snap the bolts? The purpose of the slightly stronger weight distrib hitch (4000 lbs vs 3500 for my existing hitch) would be to level the Lexus, reduce trailer bounce on bumps, and reduce trailer sway. Has anyone used a weight distribution hitch on their 2009 or older RX without problems? The available Curt #13530 weight distrib hitch (rated to tow up to 4000 lbs with weight distribution) is explicitly stated by Curt to fit the 2009 RX350 (among other models and years), but I can't find a statement anywhere that it can be used as a weight distribution hitch on the 2009 or older RX350 instead of just as a regular hitch. My situation is this: - The trailer GVWR is 3500 lbs (unloaded weight is only 2000 lbs). - The trailer's dry tongue weight (hitch weight) is about 220 lbs. - The current hitch receiver installed on the vehicle is a factory model typically installed by a Lexus or Toyota dealer. - The installed factory hitch as far as I know is NOT rated for use with weight distribution bars (torsion bars). The sticker on the hitch only mentions the regular towing limit of 3500 pounds and does not mention a weight distribution towing limit. - A local hitch installation expert believes the frame of the RX350 probably was not designed to accommodate a weight distribution hitch until 2010. Our RX350 is a 2009. The local expert, who looked at our existing hitch on a hoist, believes we won't gain enough by replacing the hitch. - The vehicle as it is now is rated to tow 3500 lbs with the factory tow package which I have, and rated for a max tongue weight of 350 lbs. - But the trailer currently does sway and bounce some when we tow it. And the Lexus sags several inches in the back. I know the sway can be corrected by an antisway bar and probably be improved by raising the ball mount on the vehicle, which is currently about 2 inches too low for the trailer. - The after-market Curt #13530 weight distrib hitch mentioned above (rated to tow up to 4000 lbs with weight distribution) is attached to the frame by 6 bolts rather than the 4 bolts that I think are used for the current factory hitch. The threads on the frame are cage nuts (captured nuts or maybe they are welded on, not sure) So to sum up, I would like to know: - Can a weight distribution hitch be used on the 2009 RX350 without bending the frame or breaking the bolts holding the hitch to the frame - Does the fact that Curt designates its weight distribution hitch as fitting my vehicle mean that it is intended to be used as a weight distribution hitch on my vehicle, or just as a regular hitch? - For a trailer that may weigh 2,800 lbs loaded, is it overkill to replace my perfectly functional non-weight distribution hitch with a weight distribution hitch that adds 500 lbs of towing capacity and 50 lbs of tongue weight capacity. The cost of the new Curt hitch would be about $ 240 Canadian to me, plus maybe $30 for a torque wrench to install the hitch myself. Thank you in advance for some expert advice on these questions.
  3. Does any one know what on earth this button is for?
  4. I have had the CEL and VSC lights come up a few times on my Wife's RX350 a few times. The first time I took it to the stealer, and they charged me $80 to clear it and tell me that it wasn't covered under engine warranty, and sometimes they just pop up for no reason. So this time I used a reader ( available for $80 ) and read code P0354, Ign coil D. With a little googling, I found that D is the front center coil. Ordered coil online for $45. Now the best part, the how to: 1) Pop hood and remove engine cover. You simply grab on to it and pull it up. It just pops off. 2) Remove new part from box, so you know what you're looking for. 3) Locate problem coil. 4) Use 10mm socket to remove the only bolt on the coil. 5) remove wiring connection. 6) replace with new part.
  5. Hi everyone, my car is RX 350 2013, it has some dents and scratches that I would like to fix them. Should I go for dealer or should I go around to shop for the price at the local body shop ? Normally how much to repaint the car? Thanks all :)
  6. I bought used 2012 RX350. I'm experiencing vibration problems when I braking/slow down at a high rate of speed such as on the highway; this is normal braking not emergency braking. Majority of the time I feel the brake pedal shaking and vibration from the steering wheel. The car does not pull to the left or the right. I took my car to the Lexus dealership to have it checked out and they said nothing was wrong. But I've never felt or experienced anything like this on any other cars I've owned. Has anyone else experienced this issue with their brakes?
  7. Hello all, A new RX350 driver here! Loving my lexus so far. Question on how to update the navigation maps on the car. I understand that from 2010 onwards lexus introduced hard drive based navigation system (generation 6, i believe). How do i update these maps? I know i can just take it to the dealer, but I am looking to save a couple of hundred bucks here. Has anyone done an update on the maps themselves? Where do we buy the upgrade dvd/usb? What do you recommend? Thanks!
  8. So my wife started complaining about a damp smell in her car. In checking it out I discovered that it was all wet under the driver's seat. Took it to our Lexus dealer and they said the station tubes that drain the sunroof were blocked and water was backing up into the car. And that there was mold all in the interior of the car and it would have to be removed and replaced. Thankfully our auto insurance policy covered it, who knew? Not sure this is a common problem or not but the service department asked where we get the car serviced? Our Lexus dealer is 100 miles away and there is a Toyota dealer about 6 miles away who advertises they service Lexus cars. The Lexus dealer claimed that this was the problem because when Lexus services their cars they know to clean out these tubes. I had never heard of these tubes blocking and God knows how many autos have sunroofs. Just sharing! And the repair was over $8,000!
  9. So my wife started complaining about a damp smell in her car. In checking it out I discovered that it was all wet under the driver's seat. Took it to our Lexus dealer and they said the station tubes that drain the sunroof were blocked and water was backing up into the car. And that there was mold all in the interior of the car and it would have to be removed and replaced. Thankfully our auto insurance policy covered it, who knew? Not sure this is a common problem or not but the service department asked where we get the car serviced? Our Lexus dealer is 100 miles away and there is a Toyota dealer about 6 miles away who advertises they service Lexus cars. The Lexus dealer claimed that this was the problem because when Lexus services their cars they know to clean out these tubes. I had never heard of these tubes blocking and God knows how many autos have sunroofs. Just sharing! And the repair was over $8,000!
  10. Hi Guys, This is my first post in this awesome forum. #excited Anyway, I purchased a certified pre-owned 2012 Lexus RX 350 and I have two annoying issues. One is a weird sort of mechanical noise that comes out as soon as I release the brake pedal after I press it (similar to the noise that I found in this video http://youtu.be/gHzeH1Y6CxA for a 2006 Toyota Prius from second 0:04 to 0:06 and this one also http://youtu.be/2722U1d4zq0 from second 0:03 to 0:04, 0:07 - 0:08, and 0:17 - 0:19). Could it be the actuator or booster? I let the dealer hear the noise and they said that it is actually the actuator and this noise is normal! The other issue is a cabin fan screeching/squeaking noise (A/C fan). I can hear this noise as soon as I turn it on (especially on low speeds and it doesn't matter if A/C is on or off). Should I be concerned? Thanks! Sam
  11. Help!!! My wife bought a 2014 Lexus RX 350 a few months ago from Watertown Lexus here in MA. A couple of weeks ago, we noticed paint peeling off the very top edge of the rear bumper cover (the black plastic part that is painted the color of the car). The dealer inspected the car carefully, and said that Lexus Corp would only pay to strip the paint off the plastic part and re-paint it. We're furious that first of all this could pass through quality control, but that Lexus would not replace the bumper cover. It can't be cheaper to strip the paint off than just replace the plastic, as far as man hours go. And we're scared that the paint just won't hold in the long run. Has anyone else had problem like this? We've never heard of this before on a brand new car, much less a Lexus. We thought they had very good quality. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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    Paint peeling from top of bumper cover from Lexus RX350, new car.
  13. Hi All, Help!!! My wife bought a 2014 Lexus RX 350 a few months ago from Watertown Lexus here in MA. A couple of weeks ago, we noticed paint peeling off the very top edge of the rear bumper cover (the black plastic part that is painted the color of the car). The dealer inspected the car carefully, and said that Lexus Corp would only pay to strip the paint off the plastic part and re-paint it. We're furious that first of all this could pass through quality control, but that Lexus would not replace the bumper cover. It can't be cheaper to strip the paint off than just replace the plastic, as far as man hours go. And we're scared that the paint just won't hold in the long run. Has anyone else had problem like this? We've never heard of this before on a brand new car, much less a Lexus. We thought they had very good quality. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
  14. I need to replace my engine and cabin filters and can't locate where and how to do so. I'm hoping that someone can post clear diagrams / video / instructions so I can do this job myself. I was told by tech that it (intake) was checked and I didn't need to change it but I have 17 K miles on these filters and want to be sure. Recently when having tires R&B the clerk showed me the engine filter location and said it would take 30 mins. because of the electronics hooked up. Sorry, I don't believe everything I'm told and need the truth from an outsider. Looking forward to some expertise advise on my 2009 RX350. Thanks,
  15. My CEL & VSC came on & I determined it wasn't an issue with the gas cap. Went to AutoZone & diagnostic threw 7 codes. Need to replace all 6 spark plugs & 1 ignition coil. I've only had this car since July, so I haven't gotten my hands dirty with it yet or even looked under the hood for that matter. Too busy to be crazy into my cars now. Anyway, my question is will I be able to change all the spark plugs myself, or will I need to take out the intake to get to some of them? Also, will I be able to easily replace the ignition coil myself? Thanks!
  16. Hi! I am having a problem with my 2007 RX350 from yesterday. I have only one key and one after market remote starter. When I try to start the car with the key, the car's security alarm/ panic alarm goes on and it does not start. The key still closes and opens the doors. On the other hand, I can still start the car with my after market remote starter, and after that when I put key into ignition, and turn in into on position, the car starts panicing again but I can still drive it with panic alarm. I talked with lexus roadside assistance guys, their suggestions are working. Can anyone please help? Thanks in advance!
  17. I have a 2008 Lexus RX350. I took it to the dealer last week and they told me about leaking rear main seal. My vehicle is just running 73K miles. I have not seen this kind of issue with my other new vehicles like Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The dealer estimate the cost of repair would be $1640. I live in a moderate climate and there is no big fluctuation in temperatures. I am not sure if it is a poor quality design by Lexus or inferior part. I was told that they have to dismount the transmission to change the seal. I request any advice and experience from other owners. Also I like to know if I can postpone the repair and top the oil frequently to maintain the level...any impact to transmission if left unrepaired..
  18. Hi Guys, I am considering for buying a new lexus RX 350 my questions are following. 1. Lexus Warranty- I am buying a new car so it is covered for 3 years I can buy this thing after 3 years. my dealer told that it will be costly but I think you could by it from Toyota dealership as well an it comes for ~ 1000 $$ ? any suggestion ? 2. maintenance plan not sure any review on this or dent proof plan ? Thanks for your help in advance
  19. Hello, I have a 2009 Lexus RX350 without nav. I am interested in installing a nav other than my portable garmin nuvi. Would appreciate any advice on oem vs third party navigation systems. Also, please let me know if it is possible to install a 2012/2013 oem nav, or if it has to be a 2009 model year nav. I am interested in getting things such as bluetooth, streaming audio, etc. Please also advise me on costs. Thanks so much.
  20. My wife and I purchased a 2009 RX350 with 15,000 miles in Feb 2010. The car was advertised as being CPO. I just had the oil change and the Service Dept informed me that the rack and pinion was starting to go out. I told them the vehicle was CPO and it should be covered by the 3yr/100k warranty. I was contacted the next day and told there was no record of this warranty. I pulled up the listed internet ad for our vehicle and it clearly states it was CPO. The Finance Mgr contacted me and stated that when we purchased the vehicle we had not included the purchase of the $1000 CPO warranty. The problem is that the only warranty that was offered at financing were the extended warranty packages. We declined them since we had been told by the salesman that we already had the CPO warranty. The Finance Mgr then clarified that the $1000 CPO price had actually been deducted from the purchase price. Once again, I reviewed the sales contract and it doesnt show a $1000 deduction, only our down payment. I haven't called dealership back yet, however, it appears that the Finance Mgr's argument is that what I presumed was a negotiated reduction of $1200 from the purchase price was actually a removal of the CPO warranty(which we were never told). Has anyone had any similar issues like this? It appears to be a very deceptive sales practice if this is indeed what has occured.
  21. Help! I am looking for an 2013 RX350 for my wife, just a standard no frills, no navigation needed RX350, since I am paying for it. Lucky her, right? It's a surprise for her job promotion. Where shall I get it? Names? Dealerships? I went to Cerritos delership last night, and they are overpriced, in my opinion. I am headed to Longo Lexus next. Is it true for the 2013 RX350, to use 87 octane? Is that recommended? Thank you, Lee
  22. When I press a button on the hatch to close the hatch, it closes pretty slow... Then I have to verify that it is closed then lock on my remote control. I would like to auto lock when the hatch is closed. Is it possible? I decided to press the button for long time (2-3 seconds) then the light blinks then hatch closes, but it does not lock or do anything special. Is it doing something? Does it suppose to auto lock but mine is broken?
  23. Just bought a 2013 RX350 with XM radio. I know XM and Sirius are now the same company but they don't use the same broadcast satellite. The XM satellite is lower in the sky and drops out frequently on my new RX due to trees. I have two other cars with Sirius satellite radio with no drop outs. My question is, on my other cars the satellite portion of the radio is a removable head unit, I can purchase an XM or Sirius head unit. Does the Lexus have this capability? I can't get an answer from my Lexus dealer. Does anyone have any information on the RX CD/DVD XM indash radio? I've owned the 2010 IS350c with XM and the same drop out problems. FYI, if you don't know which satellite receiver you have, you can tell by the ID code. XM is alpha-numeric for example; ABC123DE and Sirius is all numeric; 123456789.
  24. My wife and I are planning a little road trip. The last one we went on, it was just us and we had plenty of room for our luggage. This time we are bringing some friends along and need the extra cargo space. I am looking for a cargo box to clip onto my cargo rails that came factory installed. The local dealership didn't have any and spending $500 online without knowing that it will fit is hard to do. Does anyone have a cargo box or recommend one that fits snuggly?