hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,551 miles

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2001 Lexus RX 300 transmission problems

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2001 Lexus RX 300 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #76

May 202005

RX 300

  • 142,000 miles


2001 Lexus rx-300 1st transmission failure at 142,000 miles.

- Gaffney, SC, USA

problem #75

Nov 072009

RX 300

  • 142,000 miles
2001 Lexus rx-300 transmission failure (after 142,000 miles) 2nd failure (1st after 142,000 miles) consumer paid for both failures.

- Gaffney, SC, USA

problem #74

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 #73

Dec 032009

RX 300

  • 110,000 miles


My transmission died on my 2001 Lexus RX300 at 110K miles. The car stopped in the middle of a road during morning rush hours.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #72

Nov 182009

RX 300

  • 80,000 miles
Transmission failed and has to be rebuilt/replaced.

- Morrow, OH, USA

problem #71

Sep 292009

RX 300

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Lexus RX300. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to a Lexus dealer. The dealer stated that the transmission had to be replaced. The vehicle will be repaired at the owners expense since there was no valid warranty. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 116,000.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #70

Aug 152009

RX 300

  • 100,020 miles


The transmission has failed in my 2001 Lexus rx 300. I need to have it replaced with a remanufactured transmission.

- Ellisville, MS, USA

problem #69

Jul 182009

RX 300

  • 140,000 miles
Was driving to work, noticed the engine was revving but speed was dropping. Applied gas, engine only revved harder. Pulled into a parking lot, heading into a parking spot. Determined it would be better to back in, in case a roll back was required, it wouldn't engage in any gear. After letting it sit and cool for an hour or so it went into reverse and I backed it out for the wrecker. I love(D) my Lexus, why is my tran going out at 140K miles. It was too much money to have a major failure at this point.

- Granville, OH, USA

problem #68

Apr 062009

RX 300

  • 110,000 miles
Transmission problem code 0770 this is very common complaint from 2001 Lexus RX300 have the same problem with the most of the owners.

- Cerritos, CA, USA

problem #67

Jun 292009

RX 300

  • 170,000 miles
Lexus RX300 transmission failure.

- Herriman, UT, USA

problem #66

Jul 022009

RX 300

  • 163,000 miles


My transmission died on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 in my 2001 Lexus. It had previously died in 2007 and replaced by the Lexus dealer where I bought the car new. Basically, this will be the third transmission on this car in 9 years.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #65

Jun 132009

RX 300

  • 118,189 miles
I was driving to work on Friday 6-13-09 and stopped at a stop sign. As I attempted to proceed through the intersection the car started to buck violently. I took my foot off of the gas and put the car in neutral and the bucking stopped. I then came to a stop and put the car back into drive and the car began to buck again and I heard a grinding sound and then nothing. My car would not go forward or reverse. The service technician advised me that the transmission fluid was very clean and he could not understand why the transmission failed like this. I was told that I needed to replace the entire transmission and it cost me $4,418.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #64

Jun 112009

RX 300

  • 122,000 miles
Transmission went out in my 2001 Lexus RX300 at 122,000 miles. I also have a 1999 Lexus RX300 where the transmission went out at 67,000 miles. Lexus does not stand behind this as a defect. We were told we should have requested a flush of the transmission fluids as it is not a routine service provided and that it is only done when the fluids are dirty. How would we know that" aren't they supposed to determine appropriate services for their vehicles"

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #63

Jun 122009

RX 300

  • 115,000 miles
2001 Lexus rx 300 transmission failure at 115K.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #62

May 152009

RX 300

  • 130,000 miles
2001 RX300 with 135K miles. We suffered a total transmission failure while driving 200 miles from home. Fortunately we were able to pull over to the side of the road and out of traffic. Vehicle was towed to Lexus dealer where the transmission was replaced with factory reconditioned unit.

- Vineyard Haven, MA, USA

problem #61

Feb 282008

RX 300

  • 100,000 miles
My transmission on my 2001 Lexus rx 300 died at 100,000 miles. I take excellent care of my car. A rebuilt transmission with no warranty is costing me $2500 from a friend who is a mechanic. Lexus quoted me at $5,000 with a 1 year warranty! this is outrageous, a transmission should not fail at 100,000 miles. I have been reading all about multiple complaints in regards to this specific issue and no one at Lexus seems to care.

- Purdys, NY, USA

problem #60

May 212009

RX 300

  • 59,800 miles
I have just discovered on a recent trip - that the cruise control does not work on my 2001 Lexus - 300rx - system will not engage. Has anyone else experienced this problem? the car has just under 60,000 miles. Could this problem be in any way related to the transmission(power train) problems that many other owners of this model Lexus have reported? guess I will find out what's involved next week when I take the care in for 60,000 mile check-up. *

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #59

May 112009

RX 300

  • 125,000 miles
I was driving home from vacation and the car would not go into gear as I was driving on the highway. I pulled over on the shoulder to try to get it to go. It stalled for a while then kicked back into gear. I got off at the next exit and then the atf light came on. I put some transmission fluid in the car and slowly drove home. The car died in my driveway. I had to get the transmission replaced ($4,000).

- Lithia Springs, GA, USA

problem #58

Jun 302008

RX 300

  • 115,000 miles
Was driving home from Minnesota to Pennsylvania in my 2001 Lexus RX300 on June 28th, 2008; and my transmission went out on me. I was on a major highway at night time in the pouring rain and it fell down to 5 mph. I found the nearest exit and had it towed to the nearest garage where I rebuilt Lexus transmission was installed, at a cost of $,4600. I received a twelve month unlimited mileage warranty on the transmission from Lexus. My SUV had approximately, 112.000 miles on it at this point. Now, less that 10 months later, I have metal chips in my fluid and was told that I need yet another transmission, at a cost of over $4,000; as the dealer here in my state won't honor the Lexus warranty. I have been back and forth on the phone with the dealer here and the dealer in Ohio and was treated very rudely by the dealer here. I was informed that even though Lexus issued the warranty, they can not follow through with it, even though the dealer in Ohio said that they have to. I am completely at my wits end. I called the 1-800 number for Lexus and have also contacted my attorney. Someone needs to admit that there are severe transmission problems with these vehicles, and quit trying to pass over us; the people that paid for them. If there is a class action suit in the making, I ant to become a part of it. The whole idea of "customer satisfaction" flew out the window and Lexus dealers need to be reminded where their paychecks come from. I was treated rudely today, without reason; and here I sit with a warranty that I can't use to get my vehicle fixed.

- West Pittston, PA, USA

problem #57

Apr 042009

RX 300

  • 125,000 miles
Actually, there was little or no warning. On Saturday, while driving, the car seemed to get stuck in neutral, and then lurch forward. This happened a couple of more times, and each time was somewhat more exaggerated, so much so, that I attempted to keep my foot on the accelerator, trying to circumvent a stall. By the third time, the car sounded as if I was dragging something underneath. I returned home safely, but when my husband went to check the car, it would not even shift into neutral! aaa came to tow the car and the rear wheels seemed to lock, so much so that the car was dragged onto the towing bed, leaving some rubber on the driveway. The dealership has reported to me that I need a brand new transmission on my 2001 RX300 Lexus, with 125,000 miles, to the tune of $5000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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