That vehicle's floor was soaked every time it rained heavily. Complaint Number: 10277424 Incident Date: July 18, 2009 Date Added to File: July 20, 2009 Description of the Complaint: Was driving to work, noticed the engine was revving but speed was dropping. The transmission just quit and left my children and me stranded in rush hour traffic. Transmission failure at 120,000 miles. I have been on several websites that have many, many complaints of transmission failure on lexus rx300 models from 1999 to 2003. Some guys from the apartment complex got out and helped her and managed to get it to a parking lot at the bottom of the hill.
It has occurred several times and many many reports on owner sites re: transmission failure. I don't have the old parts. The current mileage was 95780. Well maintained by Lexus: we got it 20K miles ago, five years ago, and the 60,000 miles maintenance on which I got 'hosed' by the Lexus dealer included a transmission oil change. I have been reading on several forums and know I'm not the only one with overdrive problems.
Prior to this failure, while driving 30 mph, the vehicle began to jerk and the gears would not switch properly. Do people have to die first? If you treat it nicely and care for it, it should treat you nicely and be good to you. If you are a lexus person reading this, hint. Very frightening that I had few symptoms, and no warning light to alert me there was a problem. I was able to pull over just before entering a tunnel. I then came to a stop and put the car back into drive and the car began to buck again and I heard a grinding sound and then nothing.
Manufacturer corrected the problem in 2003 or 2004 transmissions but for the people that purchased before we have to pay the consequence. Fortunately we were able to pull over to the side of the road and out of traffic. While the contact was backing out of his driveway, the vehicle suddenly stopped moving. Thanks much for your opinion. Get the car to a transmission specialist and plan to rebuild or replace.
Complaint Number: 10325682 Incident Date: April 1, 2010 Date Added to File: April 14, 2010 Description of the Complaint: The contact owns a 2001 lexus rx300. To troubleshoot these types of issues, check the actual solved problems with these types of issues. The service technician advised me that the transmission fluid was very clean and he could not understand why the transmission failed like this. I was scared that I was going to get hit in the back by another car. Vehicle was always dealer serviced and just completed the 85,000 miles service. Could this problem be in any way related to the transmission power train problems that many other owners of this model Lexus have reported? Or is the % real small but, understandably, vocal about the failure? These transmissions seem to fail pretty consistently after 85K miles. It also helps to adhere to the required maintenance schedules that will prevent any issues from occurring to your transmission.
Complaint Number: 10196252 Incident Date: June 22, 2007 Date Added to File: July 13, 2007 Description of the Complaint: 2001 lexus rx300. I was moving about 40 mph at the time of the incident. Last night driving back from late night, I kept hearing high pitch sound. With that said, it could be only 1% failure rate, but that's still 3700 vehicles. I wanted to know if they would it that way if I requested and his answer was yes, for an extra charge.
This presents a dangerous condition as the transmission went out virtually immediately, leaving the vehicle essentially disabled and almost as if in neutral. Also replace your air filter anyway - cheap guarantee - and vacuum the dirt inside your air filter box. Just check the model code found on the driver's side door, at the bottom under the barcode. The contact applied pressure to the accelerator pedal and the engine would exhibit an increase in rpms but the vehicle still would not accelerate. Could this problem be related to the knock sensors? Most recently the transmission was serviced at 135,000 miles and all was fine. We purchased this cpo rx300 approx 20k miles on it in early 2004 and serviced it regularly, per the lexus manual, at a local lexus dealership. Complaint Number: 10192312 Incident Date: May 25, 2007 Date Added to File: June 2, 2007 Description of the Complaint: My 2001 lexus rx300's transmission failed.
I went to lexus dealer and ask for a replacement lexus does not rebuild transmission. When lexus finally acknowledged it was the transmission all along, I was shocked to learn how widespread, pervasive and well documented this problem is and how unsafe this car is to drive given the dangerous effects of transmission failure while driving. Provide the driver with a manual over-ride switch to disable this function if the roadbed traction is questionable. Since I didn't want to block a driveway, I attempted to put the car in reverse, but it didn't move. Let it dry 5-10 minutes then install back. Complaint Number: 10236840 Incident Date: August 1, 2008 Date Added to File: August 4, 2008 Description of the Complaint: Complete transmission failure.
Lexus of course refused to do anything since it was out of warranty. We drive only about 4-5K miles per year on it. Help your customers, don't drag your lexus name through the mud. If it's low, then such problems occurs. When I told the representative at the dealership what the mechanic said, I didn't even have to tell him the year of my car. Then I had trouble starting it for 2 days.
Vehicle made a whining sound and later that day would struggle to change gears, and would not go into reverse. It will not shift right or drive correctly and lexus will not fix it. When engine warm could not duplicate problem. Pulled over to the side and shut engine off. Will have to get a new transmission or rebuild old one. Reading all the other complaints, and the remarks from the lexus customer satisfaction guy, lexus knows about this problem but they fail to help their loyal customers by repairing a known issue with the transmission. The question is what this means.