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Old 01-02-13, 02:33 PM   #1
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I have an '04 RX330 with only 70k miles and i recently took it in for scheduled service at my lexus dealership(Lexus of Woodland Hills in Los Angeles). I was shocked to hear all the things that require immediate attention; Rack & Pinion steering, left Front lower control arm brushings and CV Boots are cracked, and a power steering leakage. The repair for all this, $5000 The car is barely driven and garage kept. Anyone else have similiar issues, i heard of a common issue in Power steering leaks and Rack and pinion issues.
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Old 01-02-13, 02:49 PM   #2
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I have an '04 RX330 with only 70k miles and i recently took it in for scheduled service at my lexus dealership(Lexus of Woodland Hills in Los Angeles). I was shocked to hear all the things that require immediate attention; Rack & Pinion steering, left Front lower control arm brushings and CV Boots are cracked, and a power steering leakage. The repair for all this, $5000 The car is barely driven and garage kept. Anyone else have similiar issues, i heard of a common issue in Power steering leaks and Rack and pinion issues.
I just bought my 2004 RX330 2 weeks ago, with 73k miles on it. I put 1000 miles on it since buying it and now have 74k on it. This morning I took it in to my local Toyota dealer to have a "vehicle eval" done. They check EVERYTHING and provide a report on what the battery voltage is (and under load), brake pad thickness, tire tread depth, check CV joints, power steering one and on... I was VERY happy to hear them say "It is in excellent condition and we can't find anything it needs!". So I would say you have what, some might say, is an unusual situation. Maybe take it to a Toyota dealer for a second opinion?
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Old 01-02-13, 02:49 PM   #3
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look up steering leak...there are probably 3 threads on this on the front page. It is an issue but it may not need attention if the leak isnt bad. Dont let the stealership scare you...
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in fact mine has been leaking for 20k miles.
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Old 01-02-13, 04:30 PM   #5
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Get a second opinion!
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Old 01-02-13, 04:38 PM   #6
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Or try the local Toyota place.

Please do not get offended, do really know you car? Can you give us a background?

Or did the lousy service guy make a fatal judgement that you will shell out this kind of repair?

I really do not think your RX is in that bad condition.

Do you have a puddle of oil in your garage?
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Sounds like the dealer has a boat payment due. Check around and find a reputable independent mech immediately. None of those things are going to cause you to have to leap from your flaming vehicle just before it crashes into a Cadillac filled with grandmas so get a second opinion before spending a dime.
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I agree take it somewhere else
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Old 01-02-13, 06:46 PM   #9
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Thanks everybody. We are thinking of taking it to another lexus dealership or an independent mechanic here in the area. Side story: I took my wifes CT200h into her lexus dealership(Keyes in Van Nuys, Ca if anyone knows them) for a rattling hybrid batter fan and i was really disappointed in their service. So rude and the service advisor was a real jerk.
Anyways I have noticed the power steering leakage so that isn't bs. But will be interested in getting a second opinion or just selling the car and getting a new one.
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Old 01-02-13, 07:12 PM   #10
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Good strategy, take it to another Lexus dealer.

And you are on the right track, sell and get the new 2013 RX F Sport!
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Good strategy, take it to another Lexus dealer.

And you are on the right track, sell and get the new 2013 RX F Sport!
would love to get a new f-sport but the price seems steep
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Thanks everybody. We are thinking of taking it to another lexus dealership or an independent mechanic here in the area. Side story: I took my wifes CT200h into her lexus dealership(Keyes in Van Nuys, Ca if anyone knows them) for a rattling hybrid batter fan and i was really disappointed in their service. So rude and the service advisor was a real jerk.
Anyways I have noticed the power steering leakage so that isn't bs. But will be interested in getting a second opinion or just selling the car and getting a new one.
Heck for that price you could get a rebuilt steering rack with tie rod ends and be way under $1200....
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would love to get a new f-sport but the price seems steep
Reviews I have seen say the F-Sport actually performs worse than the regular trim RX 350. It is all smoke and mirrors and a premium price.
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Old 01-03-13, 10:38 AM   #14
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Another Lexus dealership could be not that great idea. They probably have in their database all notes from the first one. Could also cheat on you.
Better find independent mechanic.
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