The RX330 is one of the most well-rounded upscale SUVs going. It balances a refined powertrain and comfortable ride with well-planned details and a very quiet interior. Compared with its predecessor, the RX330 is quicker and quieter. It also provides better braking and handling.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2001. Head protection air bags standard from 2004.
Road Test

The RX330 is one of the most well-rounded upscale SUVs going. It balances a refined powertrain and comfortable ride with well-planned details and a very quiet interior. Compared with its predecessor, the RX330 is quicker and quieter. It also provides better braking and handling.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.3-liter V6 (230 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Lexus RX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Car badly out of alignment"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"replacing struts required a full wheel alignment"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

"The air suspension electronic control failed. Sensors in 2 of 4 wheels failed and replacement cost was estimated at $2000 cdn. Cost to replace entire suspension with non-air, electronic suspension was $2900. Disappointed that Lexus control sensors were so expensive and no aftermarket. Replaced the air suspension with regular suspension at cost of $2900"

James D., ON (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Pump failure: $2500 to replace"

Raymond R., BC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The struts were air and were warn out so they needed replacement."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"The air suspension pump failed and so did the front shocks."

Anonymous, BC (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Started small and increased over a couple months. Finally bacame a major leak requiring repair"

Sammy B., SC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Difficult winter in New England - car developed several leaks that were somewhat expensive to repair"

Michael T., MA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Power steering box seal leak"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Because of previous problem power steering was also leaking and needed to be repaired"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Seals leak"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Oil was leaking underneath the car. Rack and pinion steering had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"cant seem to find where the leak is. it may be part of the rack and pinion problem-that is costly repair"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Power steering rack is starting to leak, but slowly. $1700 estimate to repair! Super reliability up to now"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The pressure hose is leaking a problem with most lexus"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Leak due to age was likely. 2200 dollar repair"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Power steering was making more noise than usual"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"seals deteriorated forming leaks. Expected with a 15 year old car. Replaced PS components, problem resolved"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Loose hose fitting. Replaced hose and clamp, no further leaks"

Edwin P., GA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Power steering leaks eventually led to replacement of pump and hoses. Car was manufactured in CA or possibly CA. Dealer replaced the pump with the same model pump , but problem was not fixed. Eventually dealer tried a pump made for model m"

Alan M., TN (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"leaks, pump replacement"

Anonymous, PR (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"had a hose leak to cause power steering problems"

Randy W., VA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Hose leaking"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Power steering was leaking and had to be replaced"

James B., IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Struts currently need to be replaced. May be normal wear and tear"

Shedrick A., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Strut mounts worn, need to be replaced. Car only has 90,000 miles. Replacement cost is $1,600, this seems premature and very expensive"

Ken M., NV (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced Rear Struts, shock absorbers and mount tops at dealer. Cost $1896"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Needed replacement after 90,000 miles first time and after an additional 60,000 second time"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"there is a clunking noise when going over bumps"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"we had provblems and they had to be replaced"

M M., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace all front and rear struts"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The entire front suspension was replaced due to normal wear & tear"

John D., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"replaced both rear struts due to banging noise,"

Kevin S., MA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Strut was leaking replaced both"

Herbert W., NE (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The struts were worn out and needed replacement."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Shocks and tie rods needed replacement due to age"

Kim T., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Leaking and is being monitored"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Pretty normal to expect to replace on a 14 year old car"

Robert O., CT (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"I consider that after 200000 miles, such a repair for the first time was acceptable and the dealer fixed this promptly."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"During an inspection required in MO to obtain license the problem with the rack and pinion was detected and I had it repaired on the recommendation of the dealer. No serious problem was detected before the inspection"

Robert B., MO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Had to do more with steering seals of some sort. Lexus covered a majority of the repair"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Needed to replace R&P assbly. Understand to be a known issue. Treated as normal maintenance for car this age"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Steering gaskets were leaking from age and normal wear and tear (winter salt) whole system needed yo be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Noise from steering rack; had to have hose and rack replaced"

Steven S., IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"It has a leak"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"had to replace the radiator and repairs to front end suspension"

Randy W., VA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"I've owned cars for 52 years, buying both new and used and this Lexus, that I purchased with 24k miles has needed timing belt and rack and pinion replaced for many thousands of dollars. I expect that when you pay for a used car (Certified) costing 40k+ that it will last without major repairs that the 50 year old Camaro (bought used over 40 years ago) has never required. Also, from day one the trans has never been smooth"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Rack and pinion had to be replaced"

Jaesub L., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"I had to replace the rack and pinion"

Howie B., MA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"same as previoius problem"

David H., OR (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"tierod"

Anonymous, RI (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Steering angle sensor failure in steering wheel assembly causing non-drivability of car, severe vibration of traction control system"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Tie rods

"The areas were worn out after 14 years and a 130000 miles of service. No complaints, just facts of life"

James S., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"front suspension was leaking and had to replace some stuff. $2000, most we've spent almost ever on this car at one time"

David H., OR (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"worn"

Anonymous, RI (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Had replaced"

Ross H., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"could hear wobble sound left front. alignment off. slight vibration in steering. tough driving conditions"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Started to make noise like brakes often do. Dealer said fix would be approx. $1100.00. Fixed it myself for $113.00 and a few hours"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Both left and right rear had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace the wheel bearings on one wheel"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Right rear wheel bearing failed 500 miles into a 3600 mile trip. I fixed it myself after approx 2400 miles when I was at a place I could stop and work. It gave no warning it was impending fail. Was noisy and wobbled badly"

Thomas M., IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Bearing cracked causing severe vibration and noise. Causing further damage to wheel and brakes"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"had to replace the front right wheel bearing. previously had to replace the steering angle sensor, could not drive the car at all."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Problems with back up camera started by it working sometimes and then not. Finally, mechanic diagnosed problem with wiring and told me it need a “specialist” because back door panel had to be removed and wiring checked for breaks or corrosion. It’s his opinion problem is moisture that somehow made its way into car and shorted wiring."

C P., AZ (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Occasionally the back-up camera will fail to provide an image."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
CD player

"Unit went out. Had to be replaced at cost of $800.00"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"CD player has quit working with an error code. Lexus wants $1200 to replace or repair. Making do with portable CD unit"

Darren E., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"could not load or unload CD's"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The CD changer will only load/play one CD instead of it's listed capacity of six. An attempt to play more than one results in the unit continually engaging its loading mechanism, even with the unit and the car powered down"

David W., OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Does not change cd"

S J., MI (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Often times CD does not eject"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"BOTH THE CD PLAYER AND CASSETTE PLAYER DON'T WORK. WE CANNOT INSERT CD INTO THE PLAYER AND CASSETTE TAPES PLAY TOO FAST"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"6 disk changer jams-up"

Andy C., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Would not cycle discs, jam and not able to release discs. Dealer did a replace with refurbished unit. Still trying to get old discs from OEM unit, after six months. Replacement unit working fine. $700. ReasOnable in our opinion. Mark Levinson model"

Rayford K., MI (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"It will only play the beginning portion of any CD"

M F., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Random cd's would get stuck on a track, skip tracks, gradually wouldn't load any cds or eject. Tried all new cds and the same issues occured. Eventually the system comes on but will not play any of the cds stuck in the system."

Sharon A., NC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"To replace the radio/CD player the oem replacement is $1000 before installation charge"

George B., PA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"it no longer works"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Does not function. Must replace unit, including radio to fix. this is according to dealer"

Peter P., RI (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Will not reject CD's from 6 CD player. Went online & many have had this problem. Lexus has no solution"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"quit playing"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Does not work"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"6-disk CD player was replaced in September 2015 with a "factory new" unit for about $700 with a 1 year warranty. It failed again in December 2016 and I have not had repaired because 1) removal disables the A/C system controls and repair usually takes 2 weeks or more and 2) I am not willing to put more money in it"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"When changing the CD it will go to an Error message"

Zack B., IA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"It is a six CD player. Only plays one CD and sometimes not that. Afraid to have it repaired because of the cracked and split dashboard. Could make that problem worse"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Multi disc player eats discs, won't play, and won't release discs"

David P., WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Intermittent failure to change between CDs, or to load, or to eject. Gives "Error 4""

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Error code 4 when advancing to next song"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"At random it will start rotating to the next disc and it doesn't stop. It's VERY ANNOYING. Thing is there are no cd's in it. I won't use because I think it'll damage the cd or I won't be able to get it out"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"CD player will not load the CD"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Won't play. Says error 4, won't eject disks"

Melissa A., WI (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"CD player jammed with error code that can't be cleared. Dealer and 3rd party say it has to be removed and replaced (new or refurb unit) at a cost of $500 for 3rd party to $900 for dealer. It had worked fine for the first 10+ years"

Bruce H., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Bought car in August, 2016. Shortly thereafter CD player intermittantly failed to accept inserted CDs. The problem progressively got worst. At last attempt to insert CDs--approx. in April, 2017, could NOT insert a CD"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"CD player has problem with failure to eject one disc of six making it inoperable. Seems to be a common problem that cannot be fixed only replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"This is a reoccurring issue with this model. The high end Mark Levin stereo is a lemon. High cost to fix.."

Gregory I., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"The CD changer will only accept/play one CD at a time. Multiple CDs cannot be loaded."

David W., OH (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"The 6-disk in-dash CD player stopped functioning about 3 years ago. It froze with a full load of disks. After living with it for quite a while, I had it professionally serviced and replaced with a allegedly factory new unit for about $730 with a 12 month warranty. That unit lasted for 14 months and then failed with the identical error code as before, within the last year. As the warranty had expired I did not want to spend more money on this in such an old car, and have lived without it. But I miss it. Also I would note that it is a very awkward item to service because while it is out of the dash, the climate control cannot be adjusted, and the navigation is dead. It was about a month in the shop. Not something to have serviced in the cold of the winter or heat of the summer."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Gets errors when changing between CDs in the changer. The worst error locks up the CD player so that you have to turn off the car for maybe overnight for it to recover. This error is the most frequent. I've researched the problem, and it is common to this vintage of Lexus. As far as I've been able to discover, it has no solution except replacement. No one has ever reported a permanent fix or repair."

David B., AZ (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"gasoline read out on dash does not work.Has been replaced an still dos not work"

S J., MI (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"All icons come on during starting and stay on"

Larry B., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Display screen cracked and no longer functions. The backup camera still works when car is in reverse. The functionality of the touch screen is what's inoperable"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Nav system does not respond to touch, resulting in a number of features not working, such as climate control,maintenance control, all other screens are dead. Can't adjust clock etc. $960 to repair, Dealer said screen was cracked although it doesn't show"

Dick W., ME (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Radio

"Control switches work intermittently"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Software update fixes

"GPS software upgrade cost is more expensive than replacing the whole unit."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Speakers

"The front speakers don't work - I have to use my rear speakers for sound"

M F., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Speakers have stopped working ( became unglued or blown out), cannot buy a correct replacement anymore"

Gordon G., CO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Poor reception due to malconnection of speakers"

Kim T., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"12v plug blows a fuse every time an item is plugged in. Lexus dealer say it is functioning normally. Funny"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Keeps blowing fuses"

Dianne C., GA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Doesn't work"

Julianne B., KS (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Cruise control

"It quit working and required 2 expensive parts which were not easy to get"

Daron B., UT (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"It worked intermittently and it was diagnosed as needing a new wiring harness"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Works intermittently."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Back up lights not bright enough"

Gary M., NC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Needed to replace the right rear brake light assembly"

Francis P., WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Brake light sticks; dealer unable to fix after 2 visits"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"right rear light bulb is very difficult to change yourself"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Rear outboard lights burned up red reflective coating on bulb. Buld appeared to have "ruptured" and melted, depositing a carbon-like film on light lense"

Carroll C., LA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"the left rear lights are a strip of LED lights. Three of them were not working and the ENTIRE LED strip needed to be replaced"

Richard W., CO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"about one half of the non headlights were not functioning"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Light bulbs are over 14 years old."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Headlights

"FOGGING OF HEADLIGHTS..COVERED BY THE DEALERSHIP UNDER WARRANTY"

Dale B., GA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Headlight level warning light comes on"

L S., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Headlight lens became glazed over"

Catherine B., GA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Headlight covers let moisture in. Dealer has refused to fix or replace yet"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"had to replace"

Gary S., PA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"he low beam on one side burned out. A ballast failed. Total cost of replacing bulb & ballast was $850"

Calvin H., CT (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Auto shutoff non-functional resulting in dead battery unexpectedly"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"One of the headlights has a bad seal, enabling moisture condensation inside it. Have not fixed yet, will be ~$800 repair"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"When I purchased the RX, there appeared to be no problem w. the left front headlight. Subsequently, after a rain, I discoved water inside the headlight housing. There appeared to have been an unsuccessful earlier fix, with some sort of caulking. The HI lamp stopped working within a month or so of car purchase. When I had the headlight examined, the igniter (I believe it was) needed to be replaced. I elected to have the whole headlight assembly replaced--at what I felt was an exorbitant price!"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Mechanic made a mistake in reinstalling low beam lamp. Had no low beam for night driving."

Anonymous, OR (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"As stated for the 2009 model, we have had to have the headlight cover cleaned numerous times. Lexus will not replace the cover. We have had the issue with both of our cars over the years."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Both headlights suffered from the plastic covers frosting over and leaking water! both had to be replaced at my cost. Not covered by warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Headlights were fogging and Lexus replaced them. Long after any warranty. Took over a year to get the part in and get it done. No complaints. Lexus did not have to do this on older cars but they did. To me that indicated that their customers and cars were very important."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"The seal failed. Both head lights were replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Moisture in headlights"

Marion S., OH (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"The covering over the headlights builds up a film over time and needs to be buffed out. The dealer will not change the coverings."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Horn

"It lost it's sound. It still emits, but it's weak"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Remotes not sturdy enough. Crack at screen position"

Catherine B., GA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Actuator motor on door lock bad"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Often would not allow locking or opening. Power windows would not always operate as ell as door locks. Changed stations on radio without being done by the driver"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The power door lock system hasn't been working properly which also affects the keyless entry. Sometimes I have to unlock with the key b/c the door button won't work. Also, have to press unlock multiple times before the trunk/hatchback will unlock"

Christine M., WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Low tire pressure warning light intermittently turns on, typically after an hour of driving."

Anonymous, IN (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Warning lights

"Brake light sensor contacts got dirty turning on warning slights intermittently. This is a known problem for RX330's"

Richard O., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"All lights suddenly come on"

J B., AZ (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Right mirror overheated and cracked. Left rear window trim fell off"

Joe Y., PA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Molding on rear window came off. Dealer wants $400 to replace"

L S., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"paint on holdings coming off"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Molding near rear side window came off in car wash. Black trim that sets in a channel on top of car was blown off in car wash. Also dash board cracked a couple of years ago. Lexus said they will replace it, but waiting for parts"

Valerie L., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"a weather strip on the roof keeps coming out of its groove. finally i just glued it into place"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"minor problems - scuffed area on R rear door etc. Seems like normal wear - nothing effects utility of vehicle"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Left rear window frame (plastic attachment) came off"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Exterior rear window trim has fallen off and or is loose"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The trim on the triangle back side window came off and was lost on Both sides !"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"piece of trim around right rear window came loose and wife took it all the way off"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"There’s a cheap piece of black plastic molding on the rear side glass behind the rear window. Sort of triangular shaped. One day as I drove down the highway there was a good awful noise. I stopped and didn’t see anything. When I continued on again the loud noise but when I stopped to look this time I saw that molding had snapped and most of it blew away."

C P., AZ (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Driver side rear window trim molding came off at speed of 60+ mph. It seemed the little knobby part broken and glue dried up too. I just glued it back on. Lasted about 2 years then came loose again, and had to glue it back on again."

Yup K., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"severe dashboard cracking just above glove compartment, vertical cracks and cover separation from foam dash backer"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The entire dash started cracking and is now falling off in pieces"

Jerry B., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Severe cracking throughout the entire dashboard coating was experienced. As much persistence on our behalf, our local dealership agreed to replace the dash at no cost"

Jeffrey H., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Cracks all over dash creaking noise in dash"

Bruce S., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"research online indicates that the dash was made from inferior materials and began to crack almost immediately after buying it. Long ugly cracks run over the entire surface of the dash. Lexus was not willing to fix"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Dashboard is cracked and splitting all across the dash. Lexus has said they will fix it but have no parts available"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Significantly cracked dashboard; replaced after 2 years in queue"

Lawrence P., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint is fading and pealing of a door panel, and the black paint on the outside mirrors is bubbling off"

Jerry B., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"black trim on front windows is peelling"

Charisse H., IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"PLASTIC/PAINTED TRIM AROUND SIDE MIRROR CRACKING"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"faded paint on mirror housings"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"black trim paint chalking or coming off"

Joe S., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"the paint chipped easily with smallest of flying stones and the grill paint peeled"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"fading, cracking, chalking, peeling"

Anonymous, PR (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Peeling and cracking of entire dash--now subject to recall"

Daniel S., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"lots of paint peeling for the last 3 years- especially on the side mirrors"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Paint has deteriorated quite a bit due to being kept outdoors rather than in a garage"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Paint has faded and peeled on rear bumper"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Yesterday, I rinsed-off my SUV and low and behold, the paint on the rear hatch just below the rear window started to peel off.. I plan to ask my service advisor about this."

Tom W., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Paint on door handles is chipping away."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Rust

"door handles are rusting"

Charisse H., IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Chassis rust"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Tire well rusted and paint bubbled and peeled. Body shop said it was from leak in window area that dripped down to well. Disappointing and costly fix"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Rust starting around the rear wheel fenders"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Front passenger door significant rusting"

Anil R., NY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS, VSC and other signs come on the dashboard while driving for no reason and do not know what the problem is. However, car functions normally"

Sanjay H., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"ABS intermittent failure during turns"

David H., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"left front brake did not release automatically; step on gas and car lunged slightly until it unlocked"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Calipers

"Causes the car to shutter under braking. Replaced all of the calipers several times"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Caliper on the right rear stuck closed on the rotor, causing gouge. had to replace caliper and rotors on both sides to maintain balance"

Warren H., MD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Excessive vibration. Premature wearing out of brakes"

David G., MA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Bith rear break calipers locked up and had to be replaced which caused the rotor to be replaced as well"

Evert H., IN (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Calipers seized and would not release"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Calipers rusted--we have severe winters and lots of salt is on the road"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The rear brakes needed new calipers, rotors, and pads"

Howie B., MA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Rear calipers ( left and right ) frozen needing replacement"

Kevin S., MA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Second time calipers have been changed with 240,000 miles driven on the vehicle. Normal wear and usage."

Russell H., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"I would classify this as normal and routine after 10 years"

John T., VA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Front brakes required extensive repairs and rear brakes required minor repairs. Need for repairs discovered by dealership during regular service"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"I put an average of 20000 miles per year on it - brakes don't last forever"

Lawrence R., NY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The brake pads were worn through normal use, but we did not detect it early enough...... had also reworked the drums. The disc......... this was mostly an operator problem, not Lexis"

William T., AZ (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Front rotors and pads have needed changing in on avg of every 10,000 miles because of uneven braking"

Gary M., NC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"It might be because of driving habits"

Randall C., DE (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Replacement of rotors at 5-6k miles of use due to warpage of rotor"

Stephen R., NY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The brakes need to be replaced approximately 3 times a year"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"At 29000 KMs brakes were worn out . Since then the brake system has needed a complete overhaul. Stuck emergency brake cable etc"

Allan P., ON (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"break ware to fast"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Vibrating on braking due to the way the rotors wear"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Car went fairly rapidly from making odd noises during braking to having the brake-warning light come on and more-or-less simultaneously having the brakes become extremely soft. Problem with rear brakes, in spite of minor maintenance earlier in year"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Just routine brake reline"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Rotors

"turned the rotors 2 times in 2 years. Seems to be connected to getting wet and temperatures"

Sammy B., SC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"4 new sets of rotors in 2 years"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Warped 2nd time, seems to be design flaw"

Jeffrey B., NC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"vibration in steering wheel"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Warped front disk rotors"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Pulsation because of warped rotors"

Patrick P., CO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Rotors seem to warp after 10,000 miles"

Roger A., NY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Rotors replacement as regular maintenance"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Same issue rear brake light holds water"

Raye A., SC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Radiator leaking. Sun roof drainage leaking water. Water was pooling underneath floor mat on front driver side"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Radiator had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Sun roof leaked because the drain was clogged"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Drain is plugged resulting in water soaking passenger side carpet and seat"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Each time it rained, the inside of my car would get flooded. Via the sunroof. Apparently the drain for the water on the sunroof was clogged"

Robert Q., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The drains for the slide roof top were plugged - water leaked into the vehicle and accumulated under the floor mats. After the dealer opened the drains, I removed the water from under the floor mats - not difficult , just time consuming"

E L., MD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Drains were clogged and rain water pooled into the passenger area floors. Body shop was able to remedy the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Water leaks in and drips down from roof above driver's door"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"windshield frame rusted due to leaks, caused even more leaks"

Lee J., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Has a mold smell but can’t find the source. Moisture level appears to be higher then normal"

Art S., WA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"drain line from the sunroof was plugged and flooded the cabin causing carpet damage and stains and rust."

Alisa S., VA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"The sunroof drainage clogged with debris causing water to drip underneath the front seat carpeting -- apparently a known problem in Lexus RX models."

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Retractable top drains not working properly. Also even with the top closed, a small amount of water gets in"

E L., MD (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear brake light holds water as if seal is broken"

Raye A., SC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"I needed two new seals on my rear differential. I had no problems with it, this was discovered at the 105,000 mile check-up"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Sun roof leak"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Sunroof makes horrific noise when opening and closing"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Persistent rattle on drivers side..might be able to be fixed by taking the door apart"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Right rear has thinking noise. Been there for the last 8 years. Dealer replaced A frame rebound bumper. Repair lasted a few months. Now they want to replace rear shocks to the tune of $600. The vehicle shocks appear to be controlled, firm and not lea"

Rayford K., MI (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Several squeaks and rattles - bird chirp and flutter when a/c or fan is on. Rattle in tailgate area. Service dept could not correct any of these. Read window trim in cargo area fell off on both sides. This may have contributed to some of noises"

Sharon A., NC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Catalytic converter functions but rattles"

S R., SD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"rattle in steering column"

Jan S., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"rear struts are noisy over bumps and ride a little soft"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"At highway speeds, it sounds like a piece of rubber or fiberglass is flapping near or at the driver side front wheel. Still have not been able to locate what is making the sound"

Robert Q., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Car has developed a rattle underneath the dashboard on drivers side when driving at 50+ mph. Suspect it may be due to a dashboard replacement recall. Dealer replaced original dashboard in 2010"

Tom W., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"V belts squeaking"

Anil R., NY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The speedometer makes a funny noise, even when at idle"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Have a squeak coming from driver side dash area. The noise is louder as the temperatures get colder"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Worn strut bearing on the driver side front strut occasionally will make a groaning noise."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Wind noise

"The dealer attempted a number of repairs, didn't indicate teh window had to be replaced to repair until after the warranty expired, until today it still leaks"

Kelvin A., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"It was always noisy but over time it has become noticeably worse"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"I have had this noise for about 4 years and they could not find out what was causing it until my last visit. It was some kind of plastic cover under the car which was not important enough to replace after removing it"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"While on a long distance drive (350 miles) in June, the A/C compressor stopped working. I called the nearest Lexus dealership, Bobby Rahal Lexus, in Mechanicsburg, PA. I took it there and they id'd the problem, gave us a loner car to go have lunch and fixed the compressor and had us on our way in about 2 hours. THey did a great job"

Albert P., VA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"one of the servos went bad"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Would not correctly direct air or adjust between driver and passenger; replacement module would have cost around $600"

Roger W., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"have to work manually to get proper air flow temp"

Joe S., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Indicator lights within buttons controlling the automatic climate control system have lights that are not serviceable. When an indicator burns out, it's near impossible to tell if the automatic climate control system is on. To repair requires a $4,"

Jack A., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Failure of the air mixture sensor on passages side"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"It occasionally would blow warm air when the air conditioner was on....... the problem was fixed for about $100 and is not returned"

William T., AZ (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"The temperature controls for the left and right front seat are regulated by a mixing box. These mixing boxes have gears which are notorious for breaking or loosing teeth. The result is a clicking noise and inability to adjust the temperature."

Tom W., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Climate control has been weakness of this car from very early on. Really bad."

Robert O., CT (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"There is an intermittent problem with the system blowing air of the appropriate temperature. It can either blow too hot air or too cold air for the set cabin temperature. The driver's side vent controls are also broken that control the opening/closing of the vent. It is outrageously expensive to fix!"

Melanie W., CO (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower fan oscillation should not begin to squeak and shutter. seems this is impossible to fix unless the dealer performs a $1000+ job"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"stopped cooling the interior"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Condenser

"I bought the vehicle in December of of 2013, when it was too cold to get a clear judgement on the air conditioning system. When warm weather arrived, it failed to perform resulting in the dash removal and repair"

David W., OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Leaked and was replaced"

Julian M., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Evaporator

"Car was not coolong"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Leaked. And had to be replac"

Julian M., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Heater system

"Leak in coolant system above intake manifold"

John B., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Heater did not work on driver dude due to failure of actuator"

Leslie D., GA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"System not providing heat to passenger side of vehicle. Otherwise I believe I'd be trying to run this vehicle to 300000 miles and believe it would be easily obtained. Cost to repair may exceed current value of vehicle. Great car"

Anonymous, DE (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"coolant leak from radiator"

Kennth M., NV (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Had a coolant leak.Resealing front coolant freeze plate was needed"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Seals in charging valves leaking slowly"

Marion S., OH (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"when opening door on driver side the handle hangs up and you have to give it a good tug to unlock and open door. My worry is that the door won't open in an emergency or that because you have to give it such a strong tug, the handle will break off ov"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Central locking system failed"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Mirrors

"The passenger side mirror became loose and it is difficult to tighten. Have had to secure it with tape a number of times. A new original equipment mirror is over $400. A similar after market version is $250. Also paint has worn off on both mirrors"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Control switches for outside rear view mirrors had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Passenger mirror discolored"

Bruce S., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The mirrors have some sort of activation for night driving where they "dim" to make headlights of following cars less glaring. This feature appears to be permanently stuck "on" on the passenger side for the last year or so"

Douglas J., MO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Like clockwork both outside rearview mirrors failed within a month of each other in regards to the gears the align the power mirror in place. Entire mirror assembly had to be replaced"

Jack A., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"outer side mirrors fail to move down when shifting into reverse"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"peeling paint"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Passenger side mirror failed to adjust. Motor failed"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Seat belts

"Driver seat belt has chronic issue with slow to retract. Claim that it is just dust but it is something we can't prevent and it means door is sometimes closed on belt which makes us worry about safety and about hurting the door"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"Movement or play in seat after adjustment"

David L., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Rubber cover of hatch release deteriorated"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"motor which raises/closes door broke, Very expensive to replace, repaired by African immigrant at low cost"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"refuse to function when in hot sun"

Anthony M., MO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"I backed into a truck's bumper and my tailgate had to be repaired. The truck did not have a scratch"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Remote control to open the tailgate sporadically dysfunctional. Must be a faulty electric somewhere, as passenger side power window also malfunctions sometimes."

Yup K., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Windows

"Blocked drains from various locations on vehicle, including sun roof and windshield drains, cowl drains"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"passenger windows cannot be controlled from driver position"

Joe Y., PA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"master control for rear left window stopped working and I was told that it would cost $500 to replace the entire control unit"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"had to replace the entire catalitic converters"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"ENGINE LIGHT ON. NOT ABLE TO PINPOINT CAUSE. PROBABLE CAUSE: CAT CONVERTER"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Catalyic converters indicated faulty several times but still operational. Not repaired yet"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Catalytic converter functions but rattles"

S R., SD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"I had an underperforming lower catalytic converter repaired"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Catalytic converter required replacement"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Fuel cap

"The fuel cap cost $12 and fixed the problem....I have hd no other problems in owning it for 4 years and 50+ thoUSnd miles....A great vehicle and I own two of them.... both 2004"

Dennis D., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump failed"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light came on.....fixed issue by using gas with Techron and Gas additive, and replaced the gas cap.....both fixes were not suggested by the dealership...They suggested a new catalytic converter for $1600.....and there are three on the RX"

Dennis D., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"REPLACED BANK 2 C/CONVERTER AND A/F SENSOR"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Oxygen sensors failed"

Ron D., MD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"One sensor replaced at 152000 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Warning lights kept coming on and it was expensive to replace."

Cody W., AL (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Front coolant freeze plug seal failure. Easy repair"

William H., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The coolant block plate seal is leaking. This is the fifth time this has happened in the last eight years. It costs about $500 each time to fix. Lexus dealer can't seem to figure out haw to fix it. Very frustrating and costly"

Ken M., NV (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Freeze plug leaked. Glue dried up (so they say)"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"the head gasket is leaking."

Clyde S., IN (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Radiator

"Radiator has had 2 problems with leaks and ultimate replacing of radiator, the first occurred in 2009/2010; the last this past December 2014"

Randall C., DE (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Radiator is an ongoing issue with this model. It is our 3rd radiator"

Rebecca B., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Our dealership has always been fantastic. They look for little problems before they become major problems. Then they work with us to spread the work and cost over time. The radiator was replaced because it had developed a small leak."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"This is the 4th radiator I put in this vehicle. Used three aftermarket radiators. Last time with OEM radiator."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Thermostat

"Thermostat failed and required an expensive replacement"

Monica C., CO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Water pump

"minor leaks replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"After market water pump failed after 8 months"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Worn seals and water pump damaged timing belt"

Mark B., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"The car handles poorly"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Vibration at 60 to 70 mph, but it comes and goes. Neither dealer nor Lexus factory technicians can tell what's wrong, except that it's coming from left-front drive system. It's VERY frustrating"

Thomas B., OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Driveshaft had to be replaced as it got progressively worse with a vibration coming from it. I was told that it would not stop my car from operating but it would just as I mentioned above get progressively worse."

E.J K., ON (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Replace left front hub and bearing."

Edward H., FL (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"I’ve probably got it wrong but it had to do with rubber “gasket” behind tire."

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Had left-front axle shaft replaced but it didn't solve the vibration problem"

Thomas B., OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"rear driver's side axle hub bearing failure; needed replacement due to growling noise"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced leaking shaft"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"drive shaft got bent and was replaced"

Anonymous, DE (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Periodically the electrical system goes completely dead. Usually requires battery replacement before battery should require it e.g. 6 months"

Anonymous, SK (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"pressure hose seeps fluid. coolant plate on top of engine seeps"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Rough shifting

"The car would rev really high then slam into the next gear"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"i have not had it repaired yet"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Very small leak that over time appeared on garage floor. Mechanic drained fluid, changed filter, used an additive with new t-fluid that would expand gaskets when hot to prevent leakage. So far so good. $200"

Joanne D., MD (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"solved with stop leak additive"

Anonymous, HI (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"sEAL LEAKS ON TRANSFER CASE'' COST $3,000+ TO REPLACE ALL SEALS."

Anonymous, AB (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Leaking transfer case."

Dale B., CO (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"The battery light came on, then the next time I drove the car, approximately 12 hours later, the car started and I drove about 3 miles before the engine died completely"

Christine M., WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The alternator died without warning while I was on a trip out of town. I was driving a long distance and about 30 minutes before failure I started to notice irregularities in the car's performance, and the Check Engine light came on. The annoying thing is that I had just had the car completely serviced the week before and the electrical system checked. I had to have it towed about 120 miles. The mechanics tell me that this cannot be detected in advance but I wonder.... However, given the age of the car it is not surprising that this part should need to be replaced."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"battery has died after 60 day non use twice in a year"

William T., WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Have had to get 4 new batteries over the last 6 years. Something draining battery to the point car will not start without a jump"

Laura O., IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Coil

"Failed no. 2 cylinder coil pack."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Engine harness

"Knock sensor harness bad. Massive labor to dig down and replace"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Ignition switch

"Occasionally, the key will not turn to start the engine. Multiple keys attempted: original, copy, & valet keys would not work. After about 10-15 minutes, the engine would start. Dealership could not duplicate the problem, so remains unidentified"

Ned M., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"I HAVE HAD TO REPLACE BOTH CATALYTIC CONVERTERS IN THE PAST YEAR WHICH ARE EXPENSIVE"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"it stop working and is very costly repair"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace both"

Gary S., PA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Both Banks were out of order"

Jaesub L., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Catalytic convertors on both sides failed. Had to replace them in order to pass smog test"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Muffler

"Original muffler. Rusted inside."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Other/unsure

"re call"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"head gasket leak.....needs new heads"

William T., WA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The dealer's maintenance checkup said I had an oil leak in the head gasket and that.it would cost $2000 to repair. I se no oil leaking and have not had it repaired"

Robert V., CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Oil leak as result of junk in oil"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Replaced timing belt and water pump per factory recommendations"

Darren E., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Regular planned maintenance"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"at about 90000 miles, the timing belt was replaced for the first time. Recently, the fuel pump was replaced. In the process of replacement, the timing belt was damaged again and needed to be replaced"

Richard W., CO (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"The engine would make a straining and knocking noise whenever we try to accelerate to freeway speeds"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Engine mounts replaced twice"

Kelvin A., TX (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Oil leaks

"rear crankshaft main seal leak minor leak 2-3 drops / day Lexus estimated $2400 to fix Had the same issue with the 2000 Lexus ES"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Leaking around engine and caused problems with spark plugs"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Oil leaks from the front of the engine on the passenger side. There is a faulty gasket, but our mechanic said it's not serious enough to replace due to the cost involved of removing parts of the engine to get to the gasket."

Joseph T., NJ (2004 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Lost 2nd gear, common issue with these models"

Aiden L., BC (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Vehicle slow to warm up. No sudden acceleration is possible"

Charisse H., IL (2004 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
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