Review: Lexus RX300 (2003 – 2006)


Generously equipped, luxurious interior. Nicer to drive than a Range Rover. Extremely well screwed together.

Modest ability off road. UK denied 7-seat option. Likes petrol too much and is heavy on tyres.

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1 January 2012

Rear quarterlight trim prone to falling off. Replacement costs £170 because trim and quaterlight glass can only be bought together. Read more

9 November 2011

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS), today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 283,200 Toyota and 137,000 Lexus vehicles to replace the crankshaft pulley on... Read more

15 March 2011

Rear parking brake mechanism prone to seizing up and can cost a lot of time at high Lexus labour rates to fix. One reader had to spend £718, including 3.7 hours of labour at £115 per hour +... Read more

Lexus RX300 (2003 – 2006): At A Glance

What does a Lexus RX300 (2003 – 2006) cost?

Contract hire from £533.24 per month

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Buying a used car for £11k - Lexus or Volvo?

I wish to buy a quality car that I can get into easily. I'm looking at the Lexus RX and the Volvo XC90. They would need to be around 6 - 10 years old reflecting a limited budget of £11,000. What should I look for I.e. Cam belt, gearbox etc?
The Lexus is likely to be the more reliable and lower maintenance. But Rx 400h and 450h are more common than the petrol engined models. Rx engines are chain cam. XC90 engines are belt.
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