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Old 08-04-11, 09:09 AM   #1
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I have an 2004 RX 330 and the driver side headlight has had condensation problems. My HID bulb has gone bad and now I am told by Lexus that I need to replace the entire headlight assembly for $1472 (parts + labor).

I see that this problem is VERY COMMON...so does anyone know if Lexus is taking any responsibility for this problem?? I think they should. My car is no longer under warranty but this is ludicrous that we all experience this problem through no fault of our own.

So does anyone have any light to shed on this issue???
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Old 08-04-11, 09:44 AM   #2
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You can save $$ by getting some spare OEM parts or new HID bulbs on website like ebay. Then read this thread http://www.clublexus.com/forums/rx-s...e-fix-diy.html . If Do-It-Yourself is not your forte, then print this out and show it to an indie imported car shop. Bring your bulbs in along with this instructions; they will gladly do the work for you for a difference of labor cost. $60-75 per hour?
P.S Search under this forum for more easy fix headlamp condensations.
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Old 08-04-11, 09:49 AM   #3
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Thanks Nick...appreciate that...
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It's a known problem for sure but if you're out of warranty good luck on gettin lexus to cover the bill. We had ours replaced with about 5000kms left on warranty.
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Good luck with getting Lexus to cover it after warranty expires. Been there done that, I lost. Was just 2 months after warranty expired, with plenty on mile limit. Went to Lexus Corporate...nada.
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Good luck with getting Lexus to cover it after warranty expires. Been there done that, I lost. Was just 2 months after warranty expired, with plenty on mile limit. Went to Lexus Corporate...nada.

That's brutal. We had to wait for some parts on our mirror assembly and our SA mentioned that we gotta make sure we don't pass 80,000kms before the part arrives or else they wont cover, I told him that the problem has been diagnosed now and were just waiting for parts and he said it doesn't matter.
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That's brutal. We had to wait for some parts on our mirror assembly and our SA mentioned that we gotta make sure we don't pass 80,000kms before the part arrives or else they wont cover, I told him that the problem has been diagnosed now and were just waiting for parts and he said it doesn't matter.
This situation surely sucks.
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i have an 05 RX330 and mine just started doing it last week....yuck.
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i have an 05 RX330 and mine just started doing it last week....yuck.
And you are out of warranty right? Sorry.

However if you spend a lot of money with your local Lexus dealer, you might get some goodwill out of it.

Try the repair that I suggested.
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If a 500 point drop in the DOW has you thinking economy don't forget you can buy a pair of aftermarket halogen headlights for under 300 bucks on eBay.
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If a 500 point drop in the DOW has you thinking economy don't forget you can buy a pair of aftermarket halogen headlights for under 300 bucks on eBay.
Last week's 500 point drop or today's 500 point drop?

Noticed the driver side of my 2004 was watered up yesterday. Had to be from rain and not a car wash. Debating on whether to just clean them up with the DIY fix or to replace.
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Try the fix and if it does not work, replace.
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Noticed the driver side of my 2004 was watered up yesterday. Had to be from rain and not a car wash. Debating on whether to just clean them up with the DIY fix or to replace.


Here is what my driver's side headlight looks like at the moment. Am going to wait until the dryer and cooler weather kicks in before I attempt to address this as it looks like it might take awhile to clean up before I try to fix.
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I've been in saunas with less condensation build up than that. My mother in law just picked up a brand new MKX and the driver side rear tail light looks like a fish tank, the thing has a good 1/4 of it filled with water.
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Here is what my driver's side headlight looks like at the moment. Am going to wait until the dryer and cooler weather kicks in before I attempt to address this as it looks like it might take awhile to clean up before I try to fix.
Here's my recommendation:

1. No need to wait to dry it up.
2. Seal the top portion ASAP, see my post.
3. The moisture will clear up eventually, a good baking in the sun will do it.

Then observe if it comes back. If it does, there more sealing work to do.

The sealing of the top might do it!

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