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.

Reliability

We expect the 2021 RX will be more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2018, 2019 and 2020 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 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 drifts right or left intermittently, does not maintain a straight track."

Anonymous, AK (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Ball joints

"Ball joints went out"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"had to replace"

Kenneth R., TN (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Bushings

"During tire purchase the a tire dealer advised me of wear in those items and should have them repaired soon. At my next scheduled maintenance with the dealership, they also detected the problem and I had it repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Needed replacing."

Anonymous, PR (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

"The vehicle is elevated about 2" above the normal height. Gap between rear fender well and the tire is 6". Using the original tire size"

H S., CT (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Power steering leaks

"I don't have paperwork in front of me for exact wording but it's a known problem with my model. Every time car in shop they pointed out small leak in steering assembly. I've had that fixed years ago and again this year. I also replaced all 4 strut assemblies and you could see the front right boot torn and stuff leaked. I think that bigger problem was with power steering rack. Then alignment didn't last."

Anonymous, ID (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"Lexus Service is the problem. This steering column was replaced at 60,000 miles. Then at about 130,000 miles they told me I had a steering issue and it would fail if not replaced. I chose to defer maintenance. Next time I was in they did not even mention it and said it was not an issue. Then 10,000 miles later they say I have a leak. I have had another independent auto mechanic tell me it is fine. I am very disappointed overall in the Lexus dealership service department especially since my car fell out of warranty. I have used the one in Kansas city MO Northland location."

Anonymous, (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"Power Steering column had oil leak which required its replacement to pass State Auto Inspection"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Leaking Seal, rack replaced. There were no symptoms leak picked up by Mechanic."

Thomas M., CA (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Pump and hoses failed and needed replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"On routine service visit, rear struts were found to be leaking and were replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Worn out"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Dealership said they needed to be replaced"

Kevin K., VA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Right rear strut failed - knocks on some bumps. Will repair soon, but it is not a major concern"

Douglas P., PA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"worn out I had to replace them"

Robert M., TX (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Rear struts replaced. Caused steering wheel vibrations/car vibration"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Same ressponse"

Ron B., TX (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Noise and handling issues"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Needed replacement."

Anonymous, PR (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Needed to replace both control arms due to age"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Small oil leak on rack and pinion"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"Normal maintenance that was required on the vehicle. We have VERY crappy roads in Winnipeg and suspensions on all vehicles take a beating."

Anonymous, MB (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"Entire rack and pinion needed replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The car would not turn easily on one direction"

Jeffrey W., TX (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Right side steering linkage boot was ripped and seals were leaking"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"IT was more like a leak and it has been fixed by the dealer which we paid for since it was not under warranty. The problem is 100% corrected"

Shirley P., CO (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace"

SUSn H., FL (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Worn, cost $900 to fix"

Anonymous, NE (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Boot cover no longer protecting equipment"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The electric power steering ceased working after brushing a curb during a turn & steering was totally disabled. Two months later the front struts were leaking oil and replaced. Cost for repairs were outrageous"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Had to replace the rack and pinion"

Dan R., OH (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Rack & pinion had to be replaced due to leakage. Non-serviceable part"

Michael K., TX (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Car would only turn easily in one direction, very difficult in the other direction"

Jeffrey W., TX (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"A few months after fixing all suspension problems and getting an alignment after changing strut assemblies the wheel vibrates at higher speeds"

Anonymous, ID (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"front tires more worn than rear tires, although they seem to be wearing evenly. About 26,000 miles on Continental Extreme's - replaced at 34,000 miles, now 60,000 on vehicle"

H S., CT (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Front right tire wears faster than the other 3 tires and reduces a tires life by 80% even when the spare tire is included in the scheduled rotation sequence"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Tires need to be replaced every 25000 mi"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Wheel balance

"Strut problem resulted in wheel balance problems - new tires + wheels balanced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"The left rear bearing failed at about 82000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2006 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

"Trim fell off from right rear window. Recurring issues with this model. Lexus wants about $250+ to replace whole window. Fixed problem for $20 with replacement part from Amazon!"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"trim around window came off"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Roof molding came off"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"came off in car wash"

Anonymous, OK (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"molding around the rear left window came loose"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"rear window plastic trim fell off, ridiculous cost to replace"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Rear triangle window molding just came off. I have seen other models with the same problem"

Lou R., CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"When it gets cold out, the trim on the roof pops out. Had to have the dealer glue it back in....and hope that works. We have had three of these cars....and the only model we have had any issues with is the 2006. Bad Year"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"rear window trim came off and lining for front wheel well somehow came loose while doing 80 mph on interstate and got caught on front wheel. Had to stop abruptly and cut out a portion of plastic liner"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The front grill has become loose."

Patricia U., CA (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"rear door gasket came off, had to replace with new strip"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Dashboard is cracking severely. Received recall notice, but parts have been delayed twice, over 6 months. Unacceptable"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Dashboard covering cracked; repaired under recall warranty"

Anonymous, PR (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"dash cracking warrantee covered but dealer says Lexus unable to find vender to mfg replacement"

Anonymous, MS (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeled on side mirrors and door"

Paul D., MA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Driver had a tiny very low speed fender bender in our driveway. Right rear taillight cracked & nearby painted are slightly dented & 'cracked.' Amazing cost to repair was about $1,000! Insurance paid most of that, but we were puzzled as to why $1,000"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"rock chipping"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Layer of paint by rear right tire just peeled off"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"Problem w the clear coat peeling on side mirrors and trim on trunk lid"

William B., MO (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"I have had terrible paint chipping since day 1. The front of the vehicle is pochmarked from road chipping"

Robert C., PA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"I had the paint fading out on the top of the doors. I took it and had them repainted"

Rich R., FL (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Rust

"Rust caused the tank cover to eventually break off"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"start on the both sides of the front window, and fade on the up molding of the back door"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Rust starting showing up a year ago, and now is around the doors, windshield and wheel wells. This will become very expensive and difficult to repair"

Ted H., AB (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

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

CD player

"Failed completely does not even show up as a option to play"

John V., FL (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"the CD changer will not change from one disk to the other but still plays each disk well"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"would not eject disk, had to replace entire unit"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"It would tend to heat up and not work. Replacement was not available. Major problem"

James C., VA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"CD in place will not play and will not eject"

I H., NC (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"it ate my cd audio book and wouldn't eject it. Since the adio was out of warranty, I didn't want to spend the $1,200 they wanted for a new one- cheaper to buy a new book"

Rodney T., CA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Came with 5-Disc CD Player. CD player replaced once during warranty by dealer (it got very hot - so hot it warped CDs - but still worked). After replacement - it quit working completely and also would not eject CDs. Lexus dealer gave option of rebuil"

Richard P., UT (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Multi-disc cd player has stopped functionally and unfortunately it would be costly to replace and no one else makes multi-disc players anymore"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"mode control of radio broken"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Stopped working and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"Dufficulty seeing information on display screen in daylight"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Screen has completely stopped working"

Brenda S., FL (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS map was so old when we bout the car new, that it was almost useless. Now screen does not work, so I can't even see the map"

Brenda S., FL (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The cost and accuracy of GPS updates is horribly high and very inaccurate"

Tom-Terri D., CO (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"It was taken in because the bluetooth rang but wouldn't answer from the controls. They replaced the part but a few weeks later, it did it again"

Rodney T., CA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Radio

"no control of mode or other controls. Dealership replaced it free"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Speakers

"right front door speaker surround failed, caused buzzing, $450 to replace $24 speaker"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

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

"sunroof drain leaked into passenger compartment"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"spider nests in the drain tubes of the AC caused water back-ups on the floor resulting in fungal growth"

Elizabeth S., NY (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The radiator cracked and was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Radiator sprang a leak, requiring replacement of the radiator"

Michael K., CA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Coolant leak from radiator"

John A., CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"water pump and radiator leaks"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Wind noise from the roof being cracked open"

John F., PA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"slight fluid leakage"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Although my wife is the primary driver, she's mentioned "noises" that I can't replicate when I drive it. Not part of this topic or past year, it is relevant. The sideways mounted engine causes major difficulty in maintenance (if you do it yourself like I do). To change the spark plugs, you need to remove half of the engine compartment - wipers/wiper motor/control arms, upper/lower windshield cowling, and intake manifold just to get to the 3 plugs in the back. A full day to do what would otherwise take 30 minutes if the engine wasn't mounted sideways. Other issues include drive & linkage boot seals, splash guards and others. Some of the plastic exterior trim under the roof rack rails are coming out. But considering problems I've had with other cars, this one is fairly reliable."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"Driver's side windshield wiper would squeak after a few minutes of operation"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Squeaks coming from the back seat. Couldn't be fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Rear tailgate groan"

Ronald W., NY (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Car had a persistent squeak in the left rear right side but disappeared. We never knew what it was and why it suddenly vanished,"

Harry F., PA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Wind noise

"The car is no longer as quiet as it was when new. The wind noise seems to be a result of age not an actual problem."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"The roof doesn't work any longer"

John F., PA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"There is a flapping noise at >=60mph that seems like it's in the driver side front wheel well. I have told the dealer service and mechanics about it at least 3 different times, and they never hear it!"

Anonymous, CA (2006 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)

"Had to pay $3000 to replace brake actuator assembly"

Mark G., AZ (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Control unit failed, Lexus paid 1/2, but still ran almost $3,000"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Master cylinder

"Fluid leaking into the booster. was under recall but Toyota said it had already been done on this car. Cost $1700"

Robert W., CO (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brake pad replacement"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"brake pads needed replacing"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"Normal brake maintenance/parts replacement"

Anonymous, QC (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Normal wear replacement of brakes"

Robert S., QC (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"I had to have new pads and the disk ground true"

Patric M., TX (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Simple wear and tear from buying the vehicle used and then our own use."

Stella P., SC (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Pads had worn to the point that they needed replacement"

Dennis F., MI (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Front brakes only after 35000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Found wear of breaks during routine srvicing"

Gerson S., AZ (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"driving on dirt roads in our town leads to premature brake pad and rotor wear"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"Brakes wear down very quickly and shimmy the front of the car bad when applied especially down hill. I have now taken to Big O tires to see if they can help"

Lou R., CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The poor design of the brakes causes excess rust which lexus wants me to repair at my expense"

Robert C., PA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Problem with antifeeze leak. Apparently antifreeze leaked out into the cabin on the floor. They installed a new outlet fitting and gaskets under the hood - cost around $900 and not covered by warranty"

Richard P., UT (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Radiator

"Radiator sprung a leak. Bought new radiator."

Anonymous, (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace radiator due to leaks. Dealer was notified previously but said it was out of waranty"

Christopher F., FL (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The bottom structure developed a crack and leaked coolant at about 84000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Radiator failure caused by previous owner using non-dealer service (incorrect replacement part used)"

Howard L., CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"leaked. had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OK (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The car would not start because it was overheating and the radiator and radiator hose required replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Burst"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Burst."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

"Radiator (not a hose) developed a serious leak and had to be replaced at 52K miles"

John B., CA (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Water pump

"Due to type of maintenance it became a time change item"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Pump bearing coolant seal failed causing damage to the timing belt cost $1,200"

Bob G., CA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The water pump was leaking after about 65,000 miles. We had it replaced. This was a very expensive repair since it involved also replacing the timing chain (which wasn't a necessary part of the repair but made sense since that area was opened up a"

William W., WA (2006 Lexus RX 330 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

"Red light came on indicating alternator needed service"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Lexus RX 400h)

"Alternator self-destructed, failed to charge and made major noise when engine was running. The alternator had to be replaced at 62226 miles"

John B., CA (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Went throug multiple battery replacements because there was an unknown drain on the battery"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Because it is a hybrid the engine restarts frequently causing the too small battery to wear out, ours has been replaced 3 times"

Bob G., CA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Replaced regular car battery (not hybrid battery) twice in a year. Car is not used often and it completely drained a new battery twice to the point where the batteries could not be recharged"

Barbara E., MA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Battery cables

"Battery clamp had to be replaced due to corrosion"

Christopher F., FL (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"Had to replace both the inverter and Hybrid battery at a cost of $12,000.00 This was due to over-heating although the car gave no signs or warnings of over-heating"

Jacob M., AZ (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Ignition switch

"Could not turn the key in the ignitiion. Could not start car. Needed to replace ignition switch"

Michael G., OH (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"The key first was difficult to turn in order to start the car, then on occasion very difficult, and then on one occasion I couldn't get it to turn. I called the Lexus dealer, which told me to hit the key repeatedly with a hammer. (!) That worked"

William W., WA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Plug replacement is a problem with the sideways mounted engine. It requires the removal of the wipers, wiper motor & linkage, upper and lower cowling and intake manifold just to get to the spark plugs on the right (back) side of the engine. Not easy to work on"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"spark plugs needed replacing"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"High cost of replacement"

Byron S., WA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The running lights failed and had to be replaced"

Arthur R., NH (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Headlights

"Headlights failed inspection because of fazing on the case"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Both headlights have failed and are very expensive to repair (more than $1200.) One failed after warranty announcement (WA) and was repaired by dealer at no cost. Lexus is giving me a difficult time about reimbursing me for the one I paid for prior"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Cost for the headlight bulb replacement"

Charles B., ON (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"water and condensation buildup in both headlamp assemblies"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced under warrenty"

Gregory G., CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Interior lights

"Replaced vanity lights"

SUSn H., FL (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Keyless entry

"While parked sun roof and windows opened by themselves. Then after soaking from the rain, front door locks do not respond to remote on key fob"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Pressure monitor indicated a flat tire, but none of the tires were flat"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"it kept going off indicating tire pressure low. we had to get a new sensor."

Anonymous, NE (2006 Lexus RX 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

"It's an old car. What do you expect?"

Ron B., TX (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Noisy magnetic clutch (slipping). Required replacing clutch"

Anonymous, RI (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"It's cold whenever the AC is on. We have to turn the temperature up to about 76 in order to be comfortable in the car, yet when the heat is on, 69 is very comfortable"

Tom-Terri D., CO (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Blower (fan) motor

"Air con blower works on passenger side, but not on driver side"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Heater stopped working. Blower motor had to be replaced"

Chris B., GA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Evaporator

"Leaked. Replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Refrigerant leaks

"At the end of the summer season in 2019 I noticed the air conditioning system was not cooling the vehicle as it should. Just blowing warm air. Took it in to have it checked but could not find any problem. Filled the system with refrigerant and the car worked fine. Going into the winter season, the air conditioning system was not used. This spring (2020) in starting to use the air conditioning system I again noticed that the unit was not putting out much in the way of "cool" air. I had the u nit serviced again and was told that there did not appear to be any leaks. About three weeks later, the same thing happened again. Hot air out of the vents. Took the car back, the service man checked it again and indicated that there could be a leak in the compressor and that should this situation occur again, that I should bring the car back and have it looked at."

Anonymous, (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"Radiator and hoses failed after many years. Had them replaced."

Anonymous, MO (2006 Lexus RX Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Took to Toyota dealership to get an alignment. They stated I had other issues such as refrigerant leak. I regularly have my car serviced faithfully. The same day I received my vehicle (Late Friday evening at closing) , it overheated and leaked radiator fluid all over the driveway. Took to my mechanic: he discovered a piece of plastic inside radiator from thermometer that caused overheating. NEVER AGAIN will I go to that dealership. They were late with delivery of my vehicle, over charged, & sabo"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"had to replace a new radiator. didn't see that category in your list"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

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

"the rubber in the hatchback handle (where you press to open it) melted and became very sticky in the heat. this is a design flaw in my opinion. it cost $500 to replace"

Andrea C., NE (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)
Mirrors

"paint peeling"

Robert B., FL (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"Side view mirror on drivers side has become loose several times. When taken to dealer they said entire mirror would need to be replaced at $1000 plus. I took it to my mechanic who tightened the screws and it is perfect"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"Power seat makes loud noise when moving. Dealership denies that there is a problem"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Sunroof

"I won't close shut once it's open completely; therefore, I only open it partially as a vent"

Ryan T., CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The power lift motor on the rear hatch stopped working. This is not normal wear. This costs over $300 to repair"

Ted H., AB (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Windows

"Trim around rear windows falls off repeatedly. To repair must replace entire windows assembly. Manufacturer not willing to resolve issue"

Philipp L., CA (2006 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

CV joint

"Torn boot, worn bearings"

Richard C., TX (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Cv joint related"

Richard C., TX (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Needed to replace the ball joints"

Arthur R., NH (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Electrical failure

"Hybrid system overheats when vents below rear seat are blocked and other times just causes critical warning lights to come on"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Scheduled timing belt replacement

"when doing the timing belt replacement they also replace the tension pulleys, drive belts and water pump. None of them showed any wear"

James W., CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)

"At 90k check had timing belt replaced along with water pump and a leak in radiator"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Lexus RX 400h)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing belt failed while traveling about 2 ours from home"

Anonymous, VA (2006 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 some sensor"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Fuel injection system

"replaced 1 injector"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330 3.3-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light always on. Dealer says it is the O2 sensor. Been this way about 3 years"

Judy R., HI (2006 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"either transmission or differential do not remember which. they paid for some since they had trouble figuring it out-still cost me$1000. Now hv leaking pinion and rack which will cost me another 1000"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

"Transmission is the weak spot of this vehicle. Something was always going wrong with it"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX 330.0 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Check engine light was on"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Loose heat shield that wore a hole in the exhaust pipe. Replaced the exhaust system"

Anonymous, MI (2006 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

Transmission leaks

"The transmission leaks were repaired and I did not have any further problems."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Engine leaks oil."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus RX 3.3-L V6)

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Recalls
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HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Sep 04, 2013
The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. It is possible that the hybrid system will shut down while the vehicle is being driven, causing the vehicle to stall unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Highlander hybrid vehicles manufactured February 16, 2005, through July 29, 2010; and model year 2006-2008 Lexus RX400h vehicles manufactured February 23, 2005, through December 2, 2008. The Intelligent Power Module (IPM) inside the inverter module may contain transistors that have higher operating temperatures than the solder can support and the transistors may be heat damaged by the solder. If this occurs, various warning lamps, including the malfunction indicator lamp, slip indicator light, brake system warning light, and master warning light, will be illuminated on the instrument panel.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the IPM free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. Vehicles that had their IPM replaced under recall 11V-342 are not affected by this campaign.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V396000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 133081
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Nov 09, 2011
IN SOME CASES, THE BELT FOR THE POWER STEERING PUMP MAY BECOME DETACHED FROM THE PULLEY WHICH COULD RESULT IN A LOSS OF POWER STEERING AND A SUDDEN INCREASE IN STEERING EFFORT, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004 AVALON VEHICLES; 2004 AND 2005 CAMRY, CAMRY SOLARA, HIGHLANDER, AND SIENNA VEHICLES, 2006 HIGHLANDER HYBRID; 2004 AND 2005 LEXUS ES330 AND RX330; AND 2006 LEXUS RX400H VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 1, 2004 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2005, EQUIPPED WITH THE 1MZ-FE OR 3MZ-FE ENGINE. THE AMOUNT OF ADHESIVE AGENT APPLIED BETWEEN THE OUTER RING AND THE TORSIONAL RUBBER DAMPER (INNER RING) IN THE CRANKSHAFT PULLEY MAY BE INADEQUATE. IF THE ADHESIVE IS INSUFFICIENT, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE OUTER RING MAY BECOME MISALIGNED AND IT MAY NOT PROPERLY ROTATE WITH THE INNER RING, CAUSING NOISE AND/OR ILLUMINATION OF THE BATTERY DISCHARGE INDICATOR LIGHT.
What should you do:
TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL CHECK THE CRANKSHAFT PULLEY TO IDENTIFY WHETHER IT WAS PRODUCED BY THE U.S. SUPPLIER. IF SO, THE DEALER WILL REPLACE THE PULLEY WITH A NEW ONE AT NO CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING EARLY JANUARY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V539000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 420326
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Jun 29, 2011
THE VEHICLE MAY ENTER A FAIL-SAFE/LIMP-HOME MODE THAT LIMITS THE DRIVABILITY OF THE VEHICLE. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE HYBRID SYSTEM WILL SHUT DOWN WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN, CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO STALL UNEXPECTEDLY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2007 HIGHLANDER HYBRID AND LEXUS RX400H PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 16, 2005, THROUGH AUGUST 30, 2006. A MODULE INSIDE THE INVERTER MODULE MAY CONTAIN INADEQUATELY SOLDERED TRANSISTORS THAT DURING HIGH-LOAD DRIVING, MAY BE DAMAGED BY HEAT CAUSED BY THE LARGE CURRENT. IF THIS OCCURS, VARIOUS WARNING LAMPS, INCLUDING THE MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP, SLIP INDICATOR LIGHT, BRAKE SYSTEM WARNING LIGHT, AND MASTER WARNING LIGHT, WILL BE ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL.
What should you do:
TOYOTA/LEXUS MAILED AN INTERIM OWNER NOTIFICATION ON JULY 19, 2011 TO ADVISE OWNERS OF THIS RECALL AND THE FACT THAT THEY WILL RECEIVE A FUTURE NOTICE WHEN PARTS BECOME AVAILABLE TO COMPLETE REPAIRS. TOYOTA DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE HYBRID INVERTER PRODUCTION NUMBER TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE INVERTER CONTAINS SUSPECT TRANSISTORS AND REPLACE THE MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V342000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 82273
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Feb 24, 2011
IF THIS OCCURS, THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL MAY TEMPORARILY BECOME STUCK IN A PARTIALLY DEPRESSED POSITION RATHER THAN RETURN TO THE IDLE POSITION. A STUCK ACCELERATOR PEDAL MAY RESULT IN UNINTENDED AND SUSTAINED VEHICLE SPEEDS AND MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO STOP, INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2006 HIGHLANDER, HIGHLANDER HYBRID, AND MODEL YEAR 2004-2007 LEXUS RX330, RX350, AND RX400H VEHICLES. IF THE FORWARD RETENTION CLIP USED TO SECURE THE FLOOR CARPET COVER, WHICH IS LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE CENTER CONSOLE, IS NOT INSTALLED PROPERLY THE COVER MAY LEAN TOWARD THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND INTERFERE WITH THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL ARM.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FLOOR CARPET COVER WITH A NEWLY DESIGNED ONE FREE OR CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
TOYOTA SAFETY RECALL BOA LEXUS SAFETY RECALL NO. BLC.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V112000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 769379
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Oct 21, 2010
A LEAK OF BRAKE FLUID COULD LEAD TO A CHANGE IN BRAKE PEDAL FEEL AND OVERTIME A DEGRADATION IN BRAKING PERFORMANCE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2006 AVALON, MODEL YEAR 2004-2006 HIGHLANDER, MODEL YEAR 2004-2006 LEXUS RX, AND MODEL YEAR 2006 LEXUS GS AND IS VEHICLES. BRAKE FLUID CONTAINING POLYMERS IS USED THAT ACTS AS LUBRICANTS FOR CERTAIN BRAKE SYSTEM COMPONENTS. IF REPLACEMENT BRAKE FLUID IS USED THAT DOES NOT CONTAIN SUCH POLYMERS, OR THAT CONTAINS ONLY SMALL AMOUNTS, A PART OF THE RUBBER SEAL LOCATED AT THE REAR OF THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER MAY BECOME DRY, AND THE SEAL MAY CURL DURING MOVEMENT OF THE PISTON. IF THIS OCCURS, A SMALL AMOUNT OF BRAKE FLUID COULD SLOWLY LEAK FROM THE SEAL INTO THE BRAKE BOOSTER.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SEAL WITH A NEWLY DESIGNED ONE. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 15, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331 AND LEXUS AT 1-800-255-3987.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V499000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 728544
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Jul 13, 2006
THIS CONDITION MAY INTERFERE WITH THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL RETURNING TO THE IDLE POSITION INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY AND HYBRID VEHICLES, THE TWO RETAINING CLIPS FOR THE DRIVER'S SIDE FORWARD CENTER CONSOLE CAN BECOME LOOSE. IF BOTH CLIPS SEPARATE FROM THE FLOOR CARPET COVER, THE COVER MAY LEAN TOWARD THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL, CAUSING INTERFERENCE WITH THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL ROD.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE TWO FLOOR CARPET COVER RETAINING CLIPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 24, 2006, AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY EARLY SEPTEMBER 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331 OR LEXUS AT 1-800-255-3987.
For more information:
TOYOTA RECALL NO. 60F AND LEXUS RECALL NO. 6LD.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V253000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 367594
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