hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,500 miles

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2005 Lexus RX 330 steering problems

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2005 Lexus RX 330 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Jan 202016

RX 330

  • 130,000 miles


My steering locked up was wining took it in rack and pinion is leaking real bad no power steering do to leak..

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #23

Nov 242015

RX 330

  • 162,000 miles
The alignment has always been an issue and has been adjusted more often then any other car I've ever owned. Until recently I noticed the steering getting stiffer and harder to handle. Changed the fluid several times and it doesn't seem to be the problem. Took it in to get checked, it's the rack and pinion and will cost over $1000 to repair. After speaking with the mechanic he stated "this is a common defect in your Lexus, but they aren't putting in a recall on it." That's ridiculous. As most of us here, we have the safety of our families in our cars. I'm not even finished paying this thing off and it's falling apart. This should be taken much more seriously and should be recalled considering that it looks as if most of these models are having the same issues. It's very scary to drive. But not in my budget...food and clothing first...not fixing a manufacturers error. Manufactured in Canada.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #22

Aug 172015

RX 330

  • 144,572 miles
Dealer mentioned power steering leak in 2014, again in 2015 and previous owner of vehicle took it in to have it looked at due to complaint of problems with power steering in 2012 with water pump and timing belt were changed. My local dealer is stating the repair will cost at least $1000 to repair. Despite recalls on the internet, it seems that the investigation of the 2005 Lexus rx 330 needs to include vehicle manufactured in Canada (mine states Canada). Please help I want to be safe driving my family in this vehicle.

- Jamestown, NC, USA

problem #21

Jul 252015

RX 330

  • 74,000 miles


I have been experiencing issue with my steering control, and a unique noise on sharp turns, so during my next oil change at the Lexus dealership they examined and informed me that my steering rack is seeping oil, and would need a replacement to a cost of $1,800. I drive my car over the weekends with my kids on outdoor trips over the weekend and have only 70K miles, so was a complete shock to learn about this issue. Research has shown me that this is a know issue, and many consumers have similar complain. On contacting Lexus, I was informed that since my car is out of warranty period, there not much they can do although they are well aware of the issue, there was a channel 2 san diego, ca clip on Toyota motors having a recall, but I was informed no such recall is in force, so I am confused. Lexus contact me and ready to pay a partial sum on the part replacement but I would have to bear the labor and much of the cost associated for the part. A similar story that echoed with other users, Lexus needs to address this recall/safety issue at once, before a fatality occurs.

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

problem #20

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 #19

Dec 022014

RX 330 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle failed inspection due to power steering rack leaking.. was referred to dealership who said they could do nothing about it.. called Lexus customer assistance center, twice, and have still not gotten any satisfaction or resolve. So much for Lexus quality..

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #18

Oct 072014

RX 330

  • 108,000 miles


Vehicle starting making noise, took it into an auto repair shop, and was told the power steering fluid was very low. They also stated I needed to replace the rack and pinion. I looked online, and it seems to be an issue with 2005 RX330's. obviously, reading the complaints, there should be a recall for this known problem.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #17

Sep 022014

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 86,422 miles
I was told by the Lexus dealership that I have a power steering rack leak on my 2005 Lexus RX330. To repair the leak will cost approximate $1700. I have contacted the Lexus manufacturer directly about the failure and was informed that was a recall on the power steering back in 2011 but unfortunately my car is not part of recall. I have done extensive research on this problem and found out that this is very common problem that most Lexus owners were having. This confirms that the power steering leak is a manufacture defect and should be included as part of their power steering recall. I hope NHTSA can investigate into this problem further and request Lexus to include the power steering rack leak as part of the recall. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

- Kendall Park, NJ, USA

problem #16

Aug 202014

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Power steering rack unit leaking common problem with many Lexus owners as shown below. Toyota refuses to acknowledge this problem leaving many owners to pay for expensive repairs. I have purchased the replacement part myself and will have my local certified mechanic do the labor. Total cost to me will be over $600 which is far cheaper then the local Lexus dealership charges. Link below shows how many Lexus owners have had this exact problem. www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2005/Lexus/rx+330/steering.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #15

Aug 202014

RX 330 6-cyl

  • miles
Power steering rack and pinion assembly O-ring seals fail allowing power steering fluid to leak out into rubber boot. Replacement is recommended average cost to owner $1000, Lexus refuses to cover any of it. My Lexus was inspected by car center located in greenville mi licensed mechanic who confirmed and documented the problem. Called my local Lexus dealer and was told it was my problem.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #14

Mar 082013

RX 330

  • 162,557 miles


Leaking power steering rack assembly. Seems to be a very common problem with these RX330's. advised I need a new rack & pinion assembly. Lexus needs a recall for this issue, too many complaints! also told need to replace headlight ballist!

- Lancaster, SC, USA

problem #13

Jul 152014

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Replaced the front brake pads and rotors yesterday on my 2005 Lexus RX330, on the passenger side I noticed the inner tie rod boot deteriorated and surrounded by oil and/or grease leaking. I was baffled by the poor condition this boot was in, trying to figure out what and how this was caused. During my research online, I soon discovered several complaints of the same defect. The fix is to replace the rack & pinion due to a faulty seal that has caused power steering fluid to leak into the inner tie rod boot and break down and disintegrate the rubber boot. A very costly repair, that I feel the consumer shouldn't have to absorb, being Lexus is aware of this defect. I have 135,000 miles on my RX330. I bought a Lexus for the sole purpose of reliablity and longevity. I'm wondering if I made the wrong choice..... any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #12

May 032014

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Vehicle's svc system malfunctions which causes the vehicle's steering to operate erratically-particularly at speeds above 50mph. Please investigate this matter.

- Mt. Vernon, NY, USA

problem #11

May 152014

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 128,772 miles
My dashboard began to show signs of cracking about a year ago. It started to crack around the radio/audio components and spread quickly like a spider web. Lexus agreed to replace the dashboard at no charge, but not the labor costs. While replacing it, they advised me that the power steering rack and pinion had severe fluid leakage on right side, boot deteriorated. The cost of this repair was $1,856. There was also an issue with the left front cv axle inboard joint boot, an additional $412. In reading all the complaints on this website and on the internet, it appears that the dashboard and the rack and pinion are a common problems that Lexus is aware of. A service representative also told me that the rx 350 has a significant problem with the rack and pinion, but Lexus is not willing to do anything about it. I am hoping that this brings light to these issues and something is done about this.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 152013

RX 330

  • 93,000 miles
Vehicle's stabilization control (vsc) malfunctions causing the vehicle to have difficulty in steering.

- Mt. Vernon, NY, USA

problem #9

Dec 192013

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 88,494 miles
Took vehicle to Lexus dealer for 90,000 mile service and tech found power steering fluid low and dirty. When looking further, tech found that steering rack was torn and leaking. Tech requested to replace the power steering rack and perform a flush. I declined because of the exorbitant cost ($1,000?). this is a definite safety issue and very similar to a complaint filed 11-5-13, NHTSA I.D. no. 10550956. I believe there is a pattern here, the product recalled, and Lexus/Toyota accept the financial responsibility to have the vehicle repaired asap. I believe they may have service bulletin no. Lsb-0107-12, NHTSA I.D. no. 10050660, steering, issued to address the problem. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #8

Oct 222013

RX 330

  • 81,901 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Lexus RX330. The contact stated that there was a power steering fluid leak. The vehicle was to the dealer where it was found that the power steering rack needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the manufacturer's recall. The failure mileage was 81,901.

- Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 052013

RX 330 6-cyl

  • miles
Leaking power steering rack assembly. Seems to be a very common problem with these RX330's...

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #6

Oct 132012

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 77,900 miles
I am having serious quality problems with my 2005 RX330. The vehicle is kept in the garage and being taken care of like a family member. I took the SUV to a Lexus dealer for routine maintenance and was told that the steering column was leaking and need to be replaced - approximate cost $1800. I was also told the front differential was leaking and need to be replaced - cost another $1000. This is not the end! approximately six months ago my water pump failed at the middle of a busy intersection, and I had to replace my water pump, timing belt, drive belts, etc only at 65K miles - cost $1200. Why every major key components are failing so early? I drove a car made by a competitor upto 110K miles without any of these issues. Lexus/Toyota is using defective/cheap parts at the expense and safety of consumers. I would recommend starting an investigation against Lexus/Toyota for faulty steering and power train components in rx, and based on the investigation, start a recall if needed. I reached out to Lexus in the past, but they don't acknowledge any quality problems with RX330; however, when I searched the internet, I see hundreds of owners have the same issues and they are helpless. Lexus will not do anything, and therefore, we need NHTSA's help to push Lexus to recall RX330 steering and power train components.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #5

Oct 082012

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Steering rack on vehicle has developed leak, it seems a common occurrence on this vehicle.

- Powell, OH, USA

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