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Lexus Rx300 Parts and Lexus Rx300 Accessories

Six Interesting Facts about the Lexus RX300

  • Shortly after its launch, the RX 300 became Lexus' best-selling vehicle, selling over 370,000 units in its first five years of stay in the market. Its tremendous popularity contributed a lot to the development of the premium crossover SUV market.
  • Before the Lexus RX series was introduced into the market, it was previewed at the Chicago Auto Show on February 9, 1997 as a concept sport utility vehicle with the SLV name, which stood for Sport Luxury Vehicle. This concept sported a combination of the traits of a wagon, an SUV, and a sedan. It also featured high-ground clearance, which helps make way for an elevated seating position. The design of such concept was intended for suburban driving.
  • The Lexus RX300 is part of the RX series that has experienced strong sales in the US. In fact, since its introduction, it's been recognized as the best-selling luxury SUV. It is also among the earliest luxury crossovers in the market, so it served as an inspiration for rival brands. Also, the Lexus RX is recognized as the marque's top-selling hybrid, enjoying global sales of 259 thousand units out of half a million Lexus hybrids sold from November 2012.
  • Have you heard about Toyota Harrier before? That's the name of the Lexus RX when it was launched in its home market in Japan way back in late 1997. It was in late 1998 when this crossover sport utility vehicle was exported under the Lexus RX name, which stands for Radiant Crossover. In some automotive market, this vehicle has also been labeled as “Recreation Cross Country.” The RX remains to be Lexus' only crossover vehicle.
  • The Lexus RX 300, along with other models in the RX series, was the only Lexus manufactured outside Japan. The hybrid versions sold in the North American market have been built at the manufacturing plant of the Toyota Motors in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada since 2003.
  • Did you know that from March 1998 to 2003, the RX300 V6-powered version, which was offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, comprised all of the model's sales in export markets? This version also comprised Japan's Harrier V6 sales from 1997 to 2003. The 3.0 L 1MZ-FE was loved by enthusiasts because it can crank out 220 hp and 222 lb. ft of torque.

Lexus Rx300 Articles

  • Lexus RX300 Common Problems 25-Mar-14

    The Lexus RX300 is one of the first vehicles to enter the crossover luxury SUV market. It exemplifies solid competence and offers high seating position, all-wheel drive, as well as ample cargo space, minus the usual truck-based SUV characteristics of having poor fuel economy and, sometimes, a stiff ride. No wonder, it has been the best-selling luxury SUV since it was introduced. Its RX name means “Radiant Crossover”, and it's also been dubbed as Recreational Cross Country vehicle. But no matter how radiant it is, natural wear and tear will surely take a toll on it. Here are the common problems Lexus RX300 owners are more likely to encounter:

    Engine problems

    There are complaints about engine stalling or low idling due to dirt and debris that get into the idle air control valve and restrict the flow of air into the engine. This problem can be remedied by cleaning or replacing the valve.

    Lighting problems

    Lexus also issued a recall for 23,441 units with defective headlight and tail light switch. The headlights and taillights of these units may not light up automatically in low ambient light if the switch is in the “Auto” setting. This will increase the risk of crash because the driver of other vehicles may not be able to see the Lexus in dark driving conditions. The solution to this problem is to install modified body electronic control unit.

    Braking problems

    Some Lexus RX300s equipped with optional traction control system may also have problems with their service brakes due to improper design of the rear brake tube distribution. If one of the brake lines malfunctions when the driver hits the brakes, the vehicle will feel unstable, therefore increasing the risk of a crash. This is the reason for the recall of the 6503 affected units.

    Other issues

    Some vehicle owners also complain about the ignition coil that fails prematurely on higher-mileage vehicles. This problem causes the engine to misfire and/or the Check Engine Light to come on. Other common problems include faulty purge solenoid that may also cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate, failed O2 sensor, and automatic transmission noise or failure problems.