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1.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,600 miles

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2005 Lexus RX 330 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Lexus RX 330 Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 052015

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I started the car as usual, let it idle for 10-15 seconds, put it in drive and left the driveway. Seconds later or 150-200 feet later, I applied the brakes, felt the brakes getting mushy followed by a huge billow of white smoke blowing out of the exhaust. I used the emergency brake to stop the car (was only traveling at 5-8 mph) and turned the ignition off. When I inspected the master cylinder, I noticed it was empty - absolutely no fluid in it. Surmised the white smoke coming out of my exhaust was the brake fluid being drawn into it but I didn't know how or why. I left the car sit in my drive way until I had the energy and time to deal with it. Later on, I looked up how to remove the master cylinder off the internet when I notice recalls for 2004-2005 RX330's, in particular master cylinder seals and vacuum boosters. Both issues reflected exactly what has happened to my car. I had the car towed to Lexus of westminster who promptly said a recall seal was replaced (although I don't recall this happening) and it will cost me $200 to diagnose the problem. I had the auto towed to an independent Lexus mechanic where I found out the brake booster failed. Additional research found recall notices on both of these items with the descriptions describing what occurred on other RX330's was exactly what occurred with this Lexus, yet Lexus of westminster refuses to acknowledge any problem or liability associated with these two issues. All they said was the seal (master cylinder) was replaced some time ago and any further repairs are on me.

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012014

RX 330

  • 109,594 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Lexus RX330. While the vehicle was in park, the steering wheel felt loose and a noise was coming from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. In addition, while in park, there was a noise when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated that the steering shaft and the rack and pinion nut needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,594.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 202014

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 45,500 miles
Periodically the brake, ABS, vsc, and low pressure light blinks while driving, as soon as the key is turned off then back on the warning lights disappear.

- Fresh Meadows, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 012013

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 107,304 miles
On September the 1st we had just had extreme thunder and lightning, torrential downpours. I had just dropped my girlfriend off at work and at this time it was only raining moderately, and the time was 1:20 pm, and then I started the 15 minute trip back home. I was 1/3 of the way back home and noticed as I was driving, a pedestrian wanting to cross the street so at this time I stopped and the vehicles braking system seemed to work just fine at that time. I then started driving the final 2/3 of the way home, I was about one and a half to 1-3/4 of a mile to home and thank goodness no pedestrian or vehicle was in front of me because for approximately 1400 to 1600 feet the Lexus SUV would not stop or slow down and thankfully I was only going 30 to 35 mph and the vehicle fortunately had enough distance to slow itself down before the hairpin left curve in the next part of the road. And then strangely enough the brakes seemed to be operating properly again. Please note that I am mechanically inclined, and can name all of the parts in the vehicle's braking system.

- Westwood, MA, USA

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