A new engine makes Lexus's five-passenger luxury SUV a lively performer. The RX is opulent and practical, with well-designed interior details. But handling isn't agile and no third-row seat is available. On the other hand, the driving experience is calm and tranquil, like a luxury car.
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Reliability

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, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2008 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

"This car had an alignment problem that was undetected by the dealer, and resulted in a "check engine" light while on a trip, and an alignment and wheel balance at an out of state dealer"

Stephen J., CA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Frequent wheel alignments, front and rear. Avg 2 in 20000 miles. Sometimes more"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"had to replace ball joints and wheel bearings on one side"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"routine replacement of worn out items"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking power steering fluid"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had to be replaced twice by dealer"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"power steering rack leaking - had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Pending replacement of rack-n-pinion"

Joe D., AZ (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"There was a very minor leak in the power steering system, but it cost nearly $2500 to fix"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaking belt noise, had to replace Power Steering unit"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"leak found at service. replaced power steering rack"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Once the power steering fluid has begun to leak from the boots due to worn gaskets inside the steering rack and the rubber boot covers have begun to deteriorate, the entire power steering rack needs to be replaced at a cost of about $2,000. Before or at about this time, the front and rear struts have to be replaced, for roughly another $2,000. So, the car requires more than just regular maintenance and the recommended maintenance at specific milage intervals at approximately midlife due to wear"

Sophie C., CT (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"expensive repair"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The power steering racka nd pinion assembly was leaking at a 90,000 mile service check and replaced"

Scot A., TN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"I am told I need to replace the power steering and it will cost $1800.00. I have a 15 year old car, and I have never had to do this with any car I have ever owned"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"PS cylinder leaked into boots. $1200.00 repair at dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Was told by dealership that it is a minor problem but will be costly to repair"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"small fluid leak at power steering units. dealer replaced seals"

Franklin G., FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering fluid leaked on boot and required repair. Dealer repaired for $600. This is the only problem for the car in almost eight years, so I can't complain"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"leaking fluid. unit replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"My wife's car. She heard the noise and cavitation but did not peg it (from inside this quiet car). I heard it from the outside and immediately knew it could be trouble. An expensive trip to the dealer revealed a multitude of other issues. $1600 worth"

John C., NS (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"common to many of this model cost over $1110 to fix. should have been a recall!!"

Joel B., FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Leak in the Power Steering shaft"

John N., CO (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"70,000 miles and on oil change, was told that the power steering rack and pinion was leaking and if not fixed could cause loss of control. $900 to fix. Found many complains on Lexus RX-350 web forum about same problem"

Raymond L., TN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Replaced struts"

Joe D., AZ (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"I was advised by my mechanic that the shocks & struts needed replacement. Otherwise I was satisfied with the car's performance. Apparently the age of the car and what appeared to the mechanic the need to replace the items above were needed"

Sidney W., CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Expect to replace both front and rear struts at some point during the car's midlife. Each strut costs about $300 and the replacement is labor intensive, for a total cost of around $2000"

Sophie C., CT (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"It was time to change them out, so I changed them at 160,000"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Bad and loud noise"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus RX 350 Unsure)

"OEM Strut started leaking"

Ilya P., MN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Three of the for shocks were damaged and had to be replaced - though I was told at the time of purchased by the dealership that the car had been completely serviced like new. Luckily the car was covered by a warranty and they fixed it for free"

Nicholas E., CA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"There was cracking issues, possibly due to mileage. Replaced at 100,000 miles without ever needing to be repaired/replaced before that"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Rear struts were replaced at 72000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to be replaced front and rear, twice"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Vehicle riding hard and a bit of rear body roll. Struts worn out"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to replace front struts"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Strut on rear of vehicle gave out on the right side so both were replaced"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced rear shocks and struts"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The front struts needed to be replaced as one had leakage"

Rick H., TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The front shock was prematurely replaced due to leakage"

James K., TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"REPLACED FRONT STRUTS AND MOUNTS ALIGNMENT, 4 WHEEL THRUST"

Stan H., TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Huge cost to repair bad rack and pinion parts"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"replacement of rack n pinion steerage required driving done with this care is not rough terrain or hi mileage"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"My mechanic found issues with the steering linage. I replaced the above items at great cost"

Sidney W., CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace"

R R., PA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Problem was identified during routine oil change / inspection. It was repaired in 3 days"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Routine wearing out of the front mechanical systems and brakes. $4000"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"linkage was leaking. $1500+ to repair"

Robert F., WA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering rack replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking fluid"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Needed a new power steering pump and rack and pinion assembly"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Steering erratic. Not tight"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace full steering system"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"NEeded replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rack was leaking and needed to be replaced. That was at about 100,000 miles, so not entirely unexpected"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"dealer found a leak in the rack and pinion area"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rack and Pinon needed to be replaced"

Rick H., TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced brakes, rotors, rebuilt front suspension"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer did not install correctly"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace @ great expense, down time and my time"

S W., CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The tire wear was uneven due to an alignment problem and resulted in early replacement of all four tires"

Stephen J., CA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Every set of tires I have put on develop an annoyi8ng humming sound after about 12000 miles. This is caused by "cupping" of the tire tread on the rear tires (front wheel drive vehicle). I have tried, Michelin, Goodyear, Cooper and Toyo tires. All"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Front left wheel bearing failed"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"They just needed replacement. I don't consider this a problem, just normal for the miles"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Noise coming from rear of car. Had to replace rear wheel hub bearings after 106,000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Car did not make noise when I test-drove it, but after purchase and on the way home, one wheel bearing growled. The dealership replaced it at no charge :)"

Gary P., OR (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"At highway speeds (75 or so) there has been a shimmy in the front end. Even changed tires but shimmy still there despite Lexus trying to fix the problem"

Charles B., CO (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-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

"Headlamp Housing was leaking water. Even though the headlamp was out of warranty, Lexus covered the full cost of replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"seal to headlight is no longer holding. Can not go through car wash also when it rains must be careful. Dealership wants $1200 for the part and $400 to install"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Thought they went out earlier than ecpected"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Chronic problem with condensation in headlight housing causing short in headlight and non-functioning headlight"

Mike W., KS (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Headlight lens fogged and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"condensation buildup in right headlamp. Dealer will only fix when the problem is evident. Unfortunately condensation disappears a few days after it rains"

Eric T., CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Foggy faulty housing unit, humidity build up on lens"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Headlight went out"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Continuous moisture inside housing. After third complaint, it was replaced at no cost"

Arthur G., GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Left front headlight system leaked water and it filled with water. The car was just out of warranty when it happened and I paid close to $1000 to have it replaced. Lexus came out with a recall on this issue and reimbursed me for my expenses"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"They both leaked and had to be replaced"

Jeff G., FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 Unsure)

"Moisture developed within headlight assembly. Bulbs burnt out or shorted out. Goodwill warranty covered most of the expense. Customer is responsible for cost of bulbs"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Condensation in Driver side headlight. Lexus extended warranty and replaced at no cost"

Anonymous, UT (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"broken stop light bulb"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"No longer locks with key fob only unlocks"

Tony S., CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"one of them does not work well"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"This may be the fault of the company that replaced tires but the keyless entry system and lift gate closer stopped working right after I replaced my tires"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Power door does not open from the remote on the dash"

Nick G., NC (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Locks failed to actuate with keyfob"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"battery for tire pressure monitor has died. too expensive to replace. dash light flashes continuously as if tire pressure is too low"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"tire pressure monitors had to be reset often and then replaced. Monitors are very expensive to replace ($480)"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"never work well"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Spare goes off unnecessarily or when the outside temp falls below 35?"

Jeff G., FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 Unsure)

"Whenever battery is changed; electrical issues appeared...had to reprogram power windows and the tire pressure monitor"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"warning lights inappropriately going off"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"rear window wiper motor went out"

Robert F., WA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"rear wiper motor quit completely; cost of replacement motor $600"

James M., ON (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Oil Gage replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"The calipers on this car rusted out to the point of alarm. The cost to replace them was astronomical"

K M., MI (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Calipers seize on right real wheel to premature wear brake"

Paul W., AB (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"replace brakes every 30,000 to 40000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"After just 30K miles needed an entire brake job (rotors, etc.)"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"brakes need to be adjusted sooner than normal Also problems with wheel bearings"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The brake pads seem to wear out quickly"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"we have had front brakes and rotors replaced in 125,000 k. We do not drive it hard or often. Believe that brakes wear too soon. Our Highlander has double mileage and brakes replaced as often"

Vince M., ON (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The front rotors wore down due to normal wear and tear. This was not a defect"

Richard W., CO (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The front rotors warped and had to be replaced, $600 for a set plus labor"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Second time replacing the brakes"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"when the pads go, the rotors are done too"

Vince M., ON (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Vibration in steering wheel while braking. In shop now"

James V., ME (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"front"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Antilock system (ABS)

"brake and ABS warning lights came on, Lexus service could not find any problems and reset the computer indicator lights. Have had no further problem since the reset"

Larry M., KS (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Master cylinder

"Brake pedal had excessive travel, traction control light was on. Master cylinder was defective and replaced without charge under Lexus extended service agreement"

Chris G., FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"brake pedal had to be pushed to the floor to get activation"

Joel L., CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Just normal brake pad replacement"

Larry M., KS (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"routine stop and go traffic"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes replaced at about 75,000 miles for the first time"

John D., WI (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes became soft and the brake pads needed to be replaced. The braking s still not as firm as I would like"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Routine 50,000 maintenance service revealed the rear brake pads were worn and had to be replaced"

Ann B., IN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes were just worn out from use"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The brake pads seem to wear out quickly"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Warped rotor"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"Plugged sunroof drain(s) caused entry of rain water into interior. Problem repaired by owner"

Thomas R., WA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Sunroof seal leaks air causing noise"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump bad"

Tony S., CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The water pump seal failed at 62000 miles. Lexus charged $1200 to replace it"

G R., GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump leaked and was replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Moisture got inside headlights. A recall was issued after we paid for a repair. Lexus reimbursed us for the repair after we filed paperwork with the recall info"

John L., NC (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"failed water pump...expensive to repair"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"radiator leak, requiring replacement"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"needed to replace leaking water pump and leaking rack/pinion system for leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace weather stripping around back left window two years ago"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Sun roof leaked...had a hard expensive time fixing it"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"seal around window or the defrost system make air leaking noise at Highway speeds"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rear door rubber seals dry and falling off the door"

S W., CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The weather stripping around the rear doors will not stay in place. The dealer repaired for free once but wants to replace for $500. The only other car that I had a weather stripping problem was a 1960 VW beetle. This is unacceptable for a Lexus"

Sid S., VA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"It is hard to figure out where it comes from but it starts at an out 50 mph. I think it is from underneath the car"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Developed a rattle while on vacation in late March. I have not yet taken it in to fix. It only occurs at highway speed and is annoying but not troubling"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"left rear wheel hub needed replacing"

John K., IL (2008 Lexus RX 350 Unsure)

"passenger doors rattles"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus RX 400h Unsure)

"Rattle in rear area, fixed"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The steering wheel column has a rattle. A 7 year old car at relatively low mileage should not have a rattle like this. I have not seen the dealer about this issue"

Sid S., VA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Very loud rattle has developed with rooftop rack when traveling at highway speeds"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"wind noise around windows"

Joel L., CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"hear air leaks in closed windows"

Joel L., CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Not exactly wind but rattles under dashboard and around both front windows. Very annoying"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-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 would intermittantly shut off. After numerous trips to Lexus, they finally replaced the a/c system"

Joseph K., TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The AC compressor failed while I was on a busy highway. This caused the engine to STOP, I lost all power steering and power brakes. I could not re-start the car. This is a major issue, and I could have been killed because my car suddenly stopped w"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Compressor froze up and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The compressor,failed,and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus RX 350 Unsure)
Automatic climate control

"Automatic temperature control stopped working, repair is very costly as dash must be taken apart to get at it"

Anonymous, KY (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Volume of air varied from none to any to the settings on the control. Would change without any input to the control. Replacing the fan solved the problem"

Michael A., FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Stopped working and therefore had to be replaced"

Hilario C., VA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

""White powder" evaporator core coating coming out of air ducts"

A G., MA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The evaporator was blowing white particulate all over the dash and cabin area. The dealer said this was the filter in the evaporator"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"AC system was blowing white particles onto the dashboard. Dealer said the evaporator needed replacing at a cost of $3,000. After we complained to Lexus about cost and timing of the problem, they agreed to split the dealer repair cost with us"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"needed new compressor"

Joel L., CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump went out"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"battery is located directly above some ac tubes. battery water or whatever leaked and eventually corroded thru ac tubes"

Norman W., SC (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"A/C stopped working. No apparent leak, just reloaded refrigerant - working fine now"

Ken H., PA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Condenser

"needed replacement"

Anonymous, HI (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"coating on condenser flaked off leaving white ash on dashboard and other areas inside the car"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"hard knock with engine especially in cold weather. dealer refuses to acknowlege a probvlem"

Mercedes V., OH (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"pipe system failure to oil cooler"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Repaired drive seal"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"constant leaks"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"oil line broke"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Oil cooling line let go . WAS covered in a recall"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Car lost all oil due to an issue with the engine oil cooler pipe. Thankfully Lexus covered full cost of repair"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"At 85000 checkup tech suggested that I had a engine oil leak and needed to reseal front engine cover at $3,080 cost. on scale of 1-10 it was 4/5?"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"engine oil leak from timing chain cover and banjo gasket"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"High pressure rubber oil cooler line ruptured. Lexus was in process of 'campaign' (nice word to disguise a 'recall') working on year '07. Lexus repaired at no cost my '08. Engine now rev's incredibly high after starting. Hate the Lexus snobbery"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Oil leak was covered by a recall from Lexus"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Seal leak"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"apparently the front end suspension had an oil leak"

J F., IL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Timing cover leak discovered during my 60,000 check-up. Even though there were no oil spots in my garage, I was told that if not fixed, serious problems could occur. Repair involved removing the engine"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Trim pieces damaged when attempting to remove snow from vehicle, i.e. roof rack, front grill"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on the rear bumper has peeled"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"fading by sun, stains from sap"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Purchased this RX with 4 miles on it. The paint has chipped very easily. The mirrors and door handles have has to be repainted by lexus because of defective paint"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"the paint on the sideview mirrors has cracked and peeled, as has the paint on the trim around the glass on the rear door"

Jay K., MO (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The paint is peeling off the outside mirror on the drivers side"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Paint chipping and peeling on the bumpers"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on both outside rear view mirrors pealed off and faded. I paid to have it repaired"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The trim on the vehicle is faded, discolored and peeling particularly that on the rear hatch door. Plan to take this issue up with the dealership since the car has not reached the 70,000 limit even though it is just over seven years old"

James K., TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The clear coat in gone from the passenger door and the paint is dull in that area"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Rust on lower driver side front door. Rrpaired"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"left front driver's door. Never had rust on a Lexus before. Was surprising"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"some rust in the front panel and cover of door handle peeled off, partially"

Olive B., ON (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Water pump malfunction led to a failure of temperature gauges and overheating which caused the car to stop in traffic"

Bruce S., TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"it went out and leaked antifreeze on some belts which were replaced with the water pump. Working fine now"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer noticed it was leaking, we did the 90000 service ahead of time, and replaced the water pump. Not a big deal"

Christopher W., WA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Leaking - common to car"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Water pump stopped working causing overheating while in downtown traffic. Only 71,000 miles on it and water pump design changed on 2009 models. 2007/2008 Lexus and Toyota V-6 engines had many water pump failures. $900 to fix"

Raymond L., TN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"this issue was diagnosed quickly and repaired completely at the dealer"

Jay K., MO (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump was leaking coolant and had to be replaced, $800 job"

Randy B., OH (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Found leaking at 75k service. Replaced along with timing belt"

Ronald P., CA (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Small cracks found during service. Recommended to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2008 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

"Water leak around sunroof requiring replacement of all floor carpeting"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The rubber covering the tailgate opener switch literally turned to goo which would smear on your hand. Lexus was aware of problem but issued no recall so to replace cost us $251"

G R., GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The rubber latch cover to unlock the hatch door has turned to a sticky "goo". The problem is well known to Lexus but they will not cover under warranty. They will replace for about $300. It is only a piece of rubber about one inch by three inches"

G R., GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Tail gate latch will not work"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Plastic cover on the door handle peeled off, partially. It did cut my finger"

Olive B., ON (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

"My problem with the mirror is just due to the paint peeling off the drivers outside mirror"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The paint has peeled off of both mirrors. I had one repainted by a body shop, it seems to be OK now"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Seat belts

"dealer refuses to repair replace faultly sensor on passanger side front. any object causes alarm and even sharp u turns causes alarm to go off. I have had to buy a seat belt tang to insert into seat belt clasp to shut off alarm"

Mercedes V., OH (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"Drain line from sun roof to A pillar plugged up and leaked water on interior A pillar. Car stays outside exposed to the elements"

Carl T., AR (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"Driver side electric window quite operating and had to be replaced. I have no children so no one uses the back seat"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-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

"Internal problem caused it to gradually stop producing electricity"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator died at 127,000 miles. Lexus wanted $1,500 to replace. the alternator is in a cramped area and the radiator had to be removed to replace the alternator. I found a local mechanic who replaced a aftermarket alternator for 1,000. I am very u"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed but initially manifested itself in Battery. Battery dead and tested bad. Changed Battery and operated OK for short time then charging indicator appeared. Alternator tested bad"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator no longer functioned properly and needed to be replaced"

Michael A., IA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"replace twice"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace battery three times"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Battery was aged out and needed to be replaced likely hastened by malfunctioned alternator"

Michael A., IA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Coil

"Have replaced 02 sensor"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Ignition switch

"Ignition switch had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-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

CD player

"Original unit stopped working with CD inside it. Dealer installed another system. It stopped working also"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The GPS system is getting very much out of date, and Lexus charges too much to update the system, whereas many others update for free"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"camera lens became unuseable"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"radio device skips channels, cuts out"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"just quit working. Now working and not sure why?"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Radio was not working due to failure of power connection to vehicle"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"Replaced speakers and then had to replace amplifier $1400 !!!"

Martha U., SC (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-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

Stability control (ESC)

"VEHICLE SKID CONTROL DASH LITE KEEPS REAPPEARING AFTER BEING RESET"

Ronald W., GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"Leaking front transfer case only 24000 mi and just expired long term warranty"

J B., IN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Replace noisy wheel bearing right rear $350"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Dead battery"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

"It was leaking and needed to be fixed. It was hugely expensive to do so--over $2300--and the vast majority of the cost was for the labor to remove the engine to get to it, and replace the engine after it was fixed"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-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

"AFTER SERVICING EMISSION CONTROLS , PROBLEM ITEMS REAPPEAR WITHIN 60 DAYS"

Ronald W., GA (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"They needed replacing at a cost of over five hundred dollars"

Anonymous, SK (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"They needed replacing and the cost was over five hundred dollars"

Anonymous, SK (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"Hole in primary muffler; after my email, the Lexus dealer agreed to replace the entire assembly, because it housed the catalytic converter, which was under an 8 year warranty"

Anonymous, QC (2008 Lexus RX 400h 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Pipes

"Dealer discovered leaks (holes) in the exhaust pipes while doing vehicle safety checks. No warning otherwise"

John C., NS (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

"Head gusket needed to be replaced at 70000 miles"

Ilya P., MN (2008 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM: INVERTER
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
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