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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,071 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Lexus RX 300 engine problems

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2001 Lexus RX 300 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 102011

RX 300 4-cyl

  • 100,789 miles


I purchased a 2001 Lexus rx 300 from a private party in February of this year. Within days of the purchase the transmission failed and that was replaced, but I had also noticed some blue smoke when I started it. I took it into my auto mechanic and he told me that the car was burning oil, and actually there was a class action suit filed against Toyota related to the problems, I have been advised that this condition will lead to engine failure if the engine is not replaced. I have been advised to file a complaint in regards to this issue to see if I qualify to be part of the lawsuit and file a claim.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #6

Mar 262010

RX 300

  • miles
2001 Lexus 300rx with the possibility of sludge in the motor from oil. Also consumer states that the battery will die if the vehicle is not used for a week or more.

- Mogadore, OH, USA

problem #5

May 232008

RX 300

  • miles
Lexus 2001 LX300 sensors are defective.

- Hebron, KY, USA

problem #4

Jun 012009

RX 300

  • 96,000 miles


Engine stalled suddenly while driving on roads. Engine would not restart under any conditions and had to be replaced. Mechanics looking at car indicated no engine oil was found in engine despite recent oil change. Mechanics also found no points of any leakage of oil by the engine. Oil was put properly and was burning inappropriately and gelling in engine. Lexus refuse to cover repair under guise of its own inspection.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012010

RX 300

  • 97,144 miles
Oil sludge cause engine failure in Lexus RX300. Need to replace short block, overhead gasket set, valve covers, heads and cams for an estimated value of $14K. Car only has 95K miles on it and I changed the oil every 4-5K miles by a Toyota/Lexus auto-mechanic.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 042007

RX 300

  • 98,564 miles
I own a 2001 Lexus RX300 and the transmission went out but Lexus refused to cover it with my 100.000 warranty.they were very racist and wrong. They also refused to take care of the engine repairs. I will never buy another one in my life from such racist pigs!!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 292005

(reported on)

RX 300

  • miles
Consumer complaint referencing 2001 Lexus rx 300. The consumer's vehicle had developed sludge in the engine. According to the dealer she will have to pay $13000 to have a new engine installed. The consumer has found several complaints on various website in reference to this problem.

- Fishers, IN, USA

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