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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,059 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

engine problem

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2001 Lexus RX 300 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 182011

RX 300

  • 147,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Lexus RX300. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for routine maintenance and was advised that there was a sludge buildup in the engine. The mechanic replaced a valve cover and stated that the failure was a common issue with the year, make and model. The mechanic made the replacement because the vehicle was loosing oil excessively. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer. The failure and current mileage was 147,000.

- Pelham, AL, USA

problem #3

Jun 162008

RX 300

  • 84,250 miles
My 2001 Lexus RX300 died on the freeway. I am told my transmission is ruined and needs to be replaced. I regularly serviced my car and there is no way it should have a blown transmission with only 84,000 miles. After seeing all the similar complaints on the internet, I think there should be a class action suit against Lexus.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012004

RX 300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine oil sludge.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152003

RX 300

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,987 miles
Oil sludge in 3.0L engine causing engine failure.

- Naperville, IL, USA

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