really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,100 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Lexus RX 300 engine problems

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2001 Lexus RX 300 Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 102004

RX 300 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Vehicle was experiencing a sudden acceleration problem. Consumer was parking the vehicle when the acceleration began. Vehicle hit a brick pillar.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #3

Aug 172004

RX 300

  • miles
Consumer's son was driving vehicle on August 3, 2004 at 25 mph uphill when suddenly the accelerator stuck. Vehicle red lined up the hill, and when it reached the top of the hill, the motor was still racing. Consumer's son managed to get the vehicle on the side of the road, and cut the vehicle off. It was witnessed by police officer, who was at the top of the hill. Then police officer asked consumer's son to restart the vehicle, and the motor immediately begun to race, red lining again. He was then asked to turn the vehicle off, allowing it to cool down. Then, the tow truck was called by the police officer. When the tow truck arrived on the scene consumer's son was again asked to restart the vehicle, and vehicle repeated the same thing, it red lined. The vehicle was turned off, and towed to a Lexus dealer.

- Chester, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 022004

RX 300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
Two (2) incidents of sudden acceleration by the vehicle - the dealer was not aware of any similar issues. I was not aware that NHTSA was conducting an investigation into similar occurrences with other Toyota/Lexus vehicles.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 152003

RX 300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,400 miles
2001 Lexus RX300, 30degree outside temp, vehicle warmed up until heated seats worked, drove vehicle about 80 yards forward, vehicle put into reverse, sudden acceleration occured at full throttle, brakes did not function, unable to shift into drive position with vehicle in motion, RPM needle at redline 8000rpm, vehicle finally brought to screeching and shaking stop when shifted into park. Engine was shut off, when started again, rmp needle jumped up to redline again and stayed there. This repeated about 5 times. Acceleration was stuck at full throttle. No collision. Vehicle malfunction reported to dealership, vehicle towed for diagnosis and repairs. Noticed ticking sound coming from drivers side.

- Quincy, MA, USA

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