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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,220 miles

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2005 Lexus RX 330 Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 222015

RX 330

  • 109,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Lexus RX330. The contact stated that the headlights seized without warning. The failure was persisent. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the entire headlight assembly failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 109,000.

- Medfield, MA, USA

problem #9

Jan 132015

RX 330

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Lexus RX330. While driving approximately 30 mph, the headlight dimmer created poor visibility. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The dealer stated that the headlight assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 03/24/15

- Eustis, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 152010

RX 330

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Lexus RX330. The contact stated that in the past six months that the front headlights have burned out because the rubber seal used was not of good quality. The dealer stated that was the trim and it was not covered under warranty. Each head lamp had a computer and the lack of seal allowed water into the head lamps and short circuit the computer. The passenger side head light was replaced and the driver side has condensation inside of it. The failure mileage was 88000 and current mileage was 96000.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #7

May 272009

RX 330

  • 46,203 miles


We own a 2005 Lexus RX330. Moisture accumulated in one of our headlights causing it to fail. Cost of replacement was $1800,00 which after much ado was paid for by Lexus. Now our other headlight is doing the same and Lexus will only pay for half, which would be very generous except that this a manufacturing defect and should not be my responsibility. Please help us get this replaced at no expense to us. Thank you.

- Hobe Sound, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 072009

RX 330

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Lexus RX330. Water enters through the head-lights. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and he was advised that it cost $1000 to replace the headlight assembly. No repairs were made. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Centerville, UT, USA

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problem #5

Jan 252006

RX 330 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Lexus RX330. He stated that there was a massive amount of condensation in the driver side head lamp which caused the light bulb. The dealer was notified and the repair was made; however, he noticed that the passenger side lights intensity was different from the driver's side. The dealer stated that the lights were aligned correctly and should not affect the intensity. The contact provided photos to prove the difference in the driver and passenger side lights. The dealer repaired the both of the lights per the warranty. The failure mileage was 16000 and the current mileage was 53000. Updated 10/13/09. Updated 10/15/09

- East Northport , NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 122005

RX 330

  • miles


I have a Lexus RX330 AWD (2005) with hids in NJ. The vehicle is really good and so is the headlights. No complaints about the ride and luxury. But its disappointing to share my experiences and the sleepless nights I am having for the last 2 months. The hid headlights were stolen twice and I am having scary nights after spending 40K on this luxury SUV. One of the big reason why I went for rx 330 from the other brands was the known quality of service and reliability of the Lexus brand. But now I am totally disappointed. Lexus should notify everyone who has the xenon headlights to do the enhanced security for headlights. But they didn't do anything until I contacted them. Meanwhile I contacted Lexus after the 2 thefts and they installed the data dots and anti theft brackets which they say may prevent thefts. It has been done a week back and hope thieves may not steal it again seeing the data dots. These datadots wont prevent theft but they just warn the thief. Extra brackets makes their job a bit hard, but they can easily take it by doing more damage to the hood. First theft - 5000 K loss second theft - 6000 K loss I have only this suggestion. 1)no one can prevent thefts. My only suggestion is Lexus or dealers should warn the customers in NJ and NY about the potential headlight thefts or they should notify all owners to install some security enhancements for these headlights. 2)why customers risk their life and peaceful nights by spending 40K for luxury vehicles and again risk to spend 250-500K for deductibles every month. I really worry that next time insurance company may be unwilling to give insurance to my vehicle telling the area is a high risk area. 3)removing a live electrical system from an advanced micro computer controlled vehicle and the theft alarms just sits dumb. I cannot believe why this vehicle and the headlights was designed like this. 4)the enhanced brackets should be some strong metallic stuffs(now I guess its plastic).

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 012005

RX 330

  • miles
Lexus rx 330 stolen headlights, this has happened twice.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Jan 222005

RX 330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I leased a Lexus 2005 rx 330 on November 30, 2004. Since I have had the car the car has been vandalized two times once on December. 12 and again on January. 22. each time there has been in excess of 5,000 worth of damage. Each time it is theft involving of xenon headlights. This is a obvious manufactures defect and the car should be recalled. I urge this done!!!

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 192004

RX 330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at night, the consumer noticed that the headlights did not illuminate normal at low beam. When driving in the hills the headlights only illuminate to 20 to 25 feet. The illuminated portion is very bright and the non-illuminated portion is pitch black.

- Los Altos Hills, CA, USA

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