really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,468 miles

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2006 Lexus RX 330 engine problems

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2006 Lexus RX 330 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 132014

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles


Complete engine failure while driving. No leaks. Vehicle was towed to service station and mechanic diagnosed seized engine due to clogged oil intake due to excessive sludge build up. Vehicle oil was routinely changed iaw manufacture guidelines with synthetic oil. Replaced engine with a used engine and after one day of driving the same thing happened on the replacement engine. Currently unable to locate a third engine that doesn't suffer from excessive sludge build up in the engine.

- Fairfax Station, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 202014

RX 330 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Backing car out of garage and accelerator automatically increased high speed. I was unable to stop. Car hit garage door and damaged the garage door, wall, front driver side quarter panel, front bumper. Approx $3600 car damage and $1500 garage damage. Fortunate that no other damage or injuries occurred. This never happened before and was very unexpected. I am now afraid that this may happen again under unexpected circumstances with more severe consequences.

- Howard, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 162014

RX 330

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Lexus RX330. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the steam began rising from the engine area. The contact stopped the vehicle and noticed coolant leaking from the radiator. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer, who advised that the radiator was fractured and needed to be replaced. In addition, the water pump and timing belt were recommended to be replaced. The dealer replaced all three components. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Bodega Bay, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 282012

RX 330

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Lexus RX330. The contact stated that the radiator exploded, causing a loss of engine coolant fluid. The failure occurred as the contact traveled 35 ph. The temperature gauge began increasing prior to the failure, indicating that the vehicle was overheating. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Fair Hope, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 142012

RX 330

  • 55,340 miles
The contact owns a contact owns a 2006 Lexus RX330. The contact stated while the vehicle was parked coolant leaked from the radiator. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who confirmed the radiator was cracked and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 55,340.

- Dewey, AZ, USA

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