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.

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

Worse Better
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

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.

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
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.3-liter V6 hybrid (268 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 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

"Alignment from factory was bad. Had to be aligned by dealer to stop uneven tire wear"

Timothy R., AZ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"alignment was off due to the rack & pinion problem"

Anthony L., TX (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Needs alignment every year or so."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"I had them replaced"

Hrayr T., MA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"my mechanic said that the ball joints were old and frayed and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Problem related to rack and pinion"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

"Lower control arm bushings damage from normal wear. $1200 to replace and realign. ."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"I had these changed while having new struts installed because of the cost of labor to access the area."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"It cost 2000 to fix this problem"

Jon A., MA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering boot leaks fluid slowly. Understand it is a problem inherent in a 2009 Lexus RX. Am watching it and not repairing presently"

Dawn R., PA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Rack leak"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"leakage from power steering rack, at early mileage, expensive to repair"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Seepage from system at the steering actuator. Dealer is pushing replacement at $1500, but the leak is minor. I think Lexus should pick it up under warranty given the age and low mileage of the vehicle. More an irritant than anything else"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Slow fluid leak which requires topping up about every 5000 miles"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering has a slow leak. Lexus has checked it and said it is a very slow leak and can go another 2000 mi, should be repaired next tune up. It is rather expensive to fix. I think a cracked something"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering boot is leaking power steering fluid. Dealer quoted price of $1800 for both sides. This is a common problem according to internet for this model year. No help from Lexus to pay for repairs. Delaying repairs because there are no drips seen on garage floor and power steering fluid level is stable."

Dawn R., PA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Fixed as part of major power steering system overhaul"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Continuing problems with front end"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the rack at 60000 miles"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering assembly needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had frequent leaks which finally resulted in an expensive repair"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"They fixed the rack and pinion steering because it was getting hard to turn the steering wheel."

Hrayr T., MA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"I considered the replacement normal wear"

Kenneth B., AL (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking struts."

Deborah H., SK (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"worn out and had to br replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Right rear strut failed and was replaced under warranty. Lexus dealer refused to replace both struts as recommended by Lexus because "the insurance would not pay for it.""

R B., NY (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"One rear strut was bad, the other still OK. Warranty would only pay for the one, so that strut was replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"$2,700.00 for the front Sturt to be repaired and the rear struts replaced"

Norman C., AZ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"There is a leak in the struts so the ride in the back seat is a bit bouncy. It will cost a lot to fix, so I have not had it fixed yet"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Two struts where leaking fluid, needed to replace all four struts"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The dealer recommended changing the shocks at 50000 miles. They do seem worn which is surprising since the vehicle has not been used for any heavy loads or anything. Another shop said the shocks were worn, but okay. The ride is rough now"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"At 120000 mi. they were simply worn out. I prefer driving with a more taught suspension."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Left side leaking has to be replaced. I will replace the left side at the same time"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"noisy struts. since looking at selling vehicle, decided to replace-not because of non function but because of noise"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"poor ride but no leakage"

Terry W., TX (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Right front strut became damaged due to unknown reason & was causing a noticeable thudding sound every time I went over a bump in the road. Took it into Lexus dealership to be repaired & they gave me struts that leaked fluid (thanks Lexus!) so had to take it back in 3 months later & have them re-do the job, under warranty of course. Kind of frustrating they put in faulty parts the first time! Hoping the 2nd time does the trick . ."

Roger S., CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"The rear tortion bars froze up causing an alignment problem. The cost of replcing the faulty equipment was borne by Lexus since it is still under warranty"

James C., DE (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"my mechanic noticed that the steering was very firm and did not turn very easily"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"It manifest as a mechanical noise but never caused any steering issues. My mechanic discovered a slight gap in an area where the rack and pinion assembly attaches to the suspension and added a 40,000th shim. 3k miles later the knocking sound returned because of broken welds. Assembly scheduled for replacement asap."

Robert B., CA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"The steering system came with a red light warning on -- took to Lexus dealer -- great service as usual but cost $4,000 to fix."

Thomas D., LA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Would not pass inspection, so had to have the steering system replaced"

Robert H., VA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"During the 60K check, Lexus said the car had a fluid leak in the steering actuator. The actuator need to be replaced. The bill would have been several thoUSnd dollars, but was repaired by the dealership under a "good will" gesture with my cost only"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Could have been a problem, discovered when it went in for a routine oil change. We had never experienced any symptoms of the problem"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rack and pinion steering had to be replaced at 50K miles. According to service personnel, this was not unusual. This should never happen!!!!"

Timothy R., AZ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"BOOT FAILURE - LEAKS WHILE NOT UNDER WARRANTEE, LEXUS AGREED TO REPLACE PARTS AND LABOR FOR APPROX 50% OF ORIGINAL CHARGE"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace steering rack due to leakage"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"power steering rack required replacement"

Anonymous, RI (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"the entire steering assembly had to be replaced due to seal failure"

Samuel S., NC (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"tear in rubber boot prompted the replacement of the steering"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"fluid leak from rack & pinion steering linkage. Had to be fully replaced $1,400"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"rack & pinion was replaced due to damage"

Anthony L., TX (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace, $3000."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced the power steering rack n pinion assembly"

Henry R., TX (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"No noticeable symptoms. Problem noticed at dealership during regular maintenance visit. Fixed immediately as the 160,000 km warranty was ending"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"The steering axle had to be replaced, because of a leak in the fluid system and the steering column became bent out of shape."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Boot on rack and pinion needs replacing."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"a small leak from the steering linkage that will eventually lead to replacing the linkage at a cost of $ 1700"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"The mechanic noticed that power steering was becoming stiff. They replaced the steering unit. Told me this was a common problem."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace rack and pinion"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Lexus has self levelling system on which a rod broke. i was able to get this welded /repaired as a new system would have been very expensive"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"leaking fluid, replaced - expensive"

Terry W., TX (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Steering rack had to be replaced"

Mark Z., IL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"REPLACED HP-POWER STARING & CONTROL ARMS"

Peggy D., CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Despite a number of repairs, still have problems with front end"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"The car vibrates when going above 50 miles per hour and the brakes are applied"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"occurred at same time as other issue"

Thomas D., LA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearings went bad front and rear"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"right rear wheel bearing replaced at low mileage, expensive repair"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced rear hub bearing at 225000 km"

David M., AB (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 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

Calipers

"Lexus did a "break job" on the car and after we drove it home the breaks started to click when they were applied. A few days later we brought it back to Lexus to have them fix the problem but, again, after we drove it home the breaks started to click"

Matthew S., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Caliper froze causing brakes to wear out"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"I have had to replace the brakes and calipers twice. Each time a $1000 dollar repair. I have never had to replace the brakes or calipers on My Denali"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Wasn't aware untill taken in for service."

Cecil G., AR (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"changed my brakes after 40k miles"

James B., MA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Brake pads seem to wear fast"

Bob K., TN (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Normal wear of brake lining, replaced @ Toyota dealership"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"A low pedal caused me to bring in the Lexus. Brake pads were replaced. I'm not really happy with the brakes on this car in general. Too soft a feel and long travel in the pedal before you feel the brakes applying"

Mark Z., IL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Replacement of the rear rotors and pads"

Douglas J., NY (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Repaired with new pads"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"pads and rotors - normal wear"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Well it wasn't a problem other than we had to replace brake pads."

John P., OK (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Front Disc Pads were completely worn down with only 105000 kms. This seems a little premature to me."

Anonymous, AB (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"I consider the fact that Lexus ensures that you have to replace calipers and brakes together a rip off"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"We had replaced brakes previously, but they wore out after 20,000 miles or so"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Pre-mature break wear on the rear passenger side. Could be due to faulty calipers. Brakes were changed just over a year ago and less than 15,000kms of driving"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"I don't think I'm hard on my brakes but they don't seem to last very long and I feel the pulsating. It's expensive to maintain a Lexus!"

Russell A., CT (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Front rotors were warped"

Bob K., TN (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Normal wear"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Dealer machined rotors"

Jerry R., CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Front rotors needed to be returned and then within several months needed to be fully replaced"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to be repacked and soon after needed to be ground"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"The car has not been braking smoothly over the past year. To fix the problem, the front brake pads were replaced, the front rotors were turned, and the rear rotors were replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Brakes were squeaking - had brake pads replaced to correct"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Windshield wipers and brakes squeak even though both have been evaluated"

Anonymous, TN (2009 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

Cruise control

"Cruise Control would not stay engaged when set"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"fuse blown"

Elizabeth D., IN (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rear Taillight had issues and needed to replace whole unit instead of just a bulb. $500 is way too much for a taillight"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"The headlights on both of our cars get a foggy film over the years. We have had to have them clean numerous times. Lexus will not change the cover that is causing the problem. I don't know if the newer cars still have this issue. But we have had the problem with both years models."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Moisture was getting into the headlights"

David B., NY (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Warranty head light replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The covering over the headlights start to get a film on them and they need to be buffed out from time to time. The dealer won't change the coverings."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Leaks"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Sensor failed"

Bernard S., MA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Driver's seat heater only operated VERY hot. The dealer said not to use it unless repaired. We didn't think the cost was worth it on a nine year old vehicle."

David M., MN (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"both front door keyless activators failed."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"All of the tire pressure monitors eventually gave out and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"I live in Minnesota and the change in temp. in the fall sets the warning off each year. I guess they are low so maybe this isn't a problem"

Fred M., MN (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Tire monitor goes off consistently when spare tire air pressure goes down or there is no problem. Happens about 2-3 times per year"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"too sensitive"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"The seat switch for the front seat passenger air bag was not working properly. it was repaired"

Russell A., CT (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Multiple warning lights and rough ride; alternator required replacement"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"2 sensors had to be replaced"

Bruce L., NY (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"automatic wipers have a mind of its own. Asked if they could just convert system to ordinary intermittent wiper but was turned down flat. they claim I need a new windshield. $1200"

Fred M., MN (2009 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

Oil leaks

"Busted oil cooler line. Subject to recall but previous owner did not replace line during the recall period. Most of the oil leaked out during 6 mile drive home from shopping. $450 parts and labor to replace."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"An oil line ruptured, dumping the entire oil contents of the engine."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Oil lines were leaking. There was no recall but if you experienced this particular problem within a certain year and mileage range then the cost of repair was covered by the dealer"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"oil filter system defective. Oil leaked and blew out of system. had to be towed. defective recall part."

Thomas M., WI (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Oil line failed. Car was towed to dealer leaving stream of oil in garage, driveway and street"

R B., NY (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Oil plug needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Oil filler pipe"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The seal on a hose just broke and the car lost all its oil while driving. Had it fixed, then received a recall a few months later on this issue!!"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"the hose broke and the car was emptied while driving, so I stopped driving because the oil warning was on the screen"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Oil leak under was under warrantee"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Lexus RX)

"Hose connecting oil pump failed -short distance to dealership without running out of oil."

James E., SC (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"defective hose on oil cooling system"

Stanley K., UT (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Upper rear engine oil seal"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"We were told that this has been a problem in our model"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"A metal tube which carries the oil had a leak and was replaced by the mechanic"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"oil line to top of engine at 35000 miles,oil line to transmission cooler at 48000 miles.replace rack &pinion at 51000 miles(,rubber boot s cracked open)"

Joseph H., CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Lexus had a 'silent' recall on a defective oil line. It was subject to bursting and draining the oil from the engine. Mine burst, the light came on (after I drove 30 miles with no oil), and they fixed it for free. I asked why they didn't replace the faulty oil line when I last had it serviced. Lexus answer was they wait until it breaks -- not a great policy. The same thing happened on the water pump. It broke down, I had it towed, and they fixed it for free. I just last week had it serv"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Oil cooler pipe went bad and leaked oil everywhere. It seems that this is a mfg defect but Lexus never recalled"

Herminio M., NJ (2009 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"the door trim keeps coming off and I havr to super glue it back on. Also the dash board is splitting which Lexus will replace in July"

Nancy G., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger door moulding - faulty adhesive, Lexus repaired it with 2 sided tape - twice"

Cynthia B., ON (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"dash cracking and lifting up from base"

James S., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Dashboard deteriorated. Class action suit. Had to wait 2 years for replacement."

Richard A., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"The Dashboard Cracked on the passenger side. Lexus offered to fix this, and they did recently. we now have a new dashboard which we did not have to pay for. We are very happy with this vehicle and have been very impressed with the comfort and reliability"

Scott S., GA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Dash was cracking and needed replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Rust and paint fading shows at the four doors handset."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

""Melting dashboard". Also, window caskets got soft and left rubber smudges on windows when opened and closed"

Carol C., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Paint along rear window rubber molding flaking off. Small area 1/4" by 3". Will report same to dealership. Not noticed by dealership when brought in for repair of AC last month"

T M., MA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Car was in an accident, when repaired, front bumper was repainted. Soon after, small rocks etc, hitting the bumper would cause paint to chip and crack. Probably the repair facilities fault"

Donald P., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Paint looks rustic and changing color."

John K., ON (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"paint peeled back from the around the rear window in two locations and the front hood areas. Its a two stage paint and touch up was unavailable from dealer. Body shop needed to paint whole panel at $500 per panel"

T M., MA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Quarter-sized rust spot had grown beneath the paint near the driver-side rear wheel well. Disappointing as the paint has held up incredibly well otherwise."

Aaron M., IA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Paint chips on the front lower hood causing rust and rust along the rear door handles"

Cynthia B., ON (2009 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

Display screen freezes up

"For the last year or so, the Navigation screen intermittently displays black and white vertical stripes, then goes blank. All other displays are normal"

James H., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"sound system often goes blank"

Lori R., NJ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Not concerned about the Navigation loss. My smart phone is a lot easier to use and easier and cheaper to update"

James H., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"The ecu failed for the navigation system"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The screen cracked, replace was $8000. The car was out of warranty but Lexus replaced it for $125"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"dashboard radio/lights often do not turn on or respond to turning on unit. Is confused by commands"

Lori R., NJ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"radio works intermittently"

Bruce C., CA (2009 Lexus RX 350)

"Radio works intermittently."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"The display appears on the radio screen but there is no sound from the speakers. After that happened there were popping sounds coming from the speakers even when the key wasn't in the ignition. Talked with an audio service tech who said it was likely the amplifier. I made an appointment to have it repaired but got sick and had to cancel the appointment. I've not rescheduled as yet, driving without the stereo."

Anonymous, IA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"If I attempt to change the radio station, the audio system shuts down. Cannot play CDs."

Anonymous, OK (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"In hot weather radio/audio system does not respond to inputs until AC system has cooled down interior of vehicle. Also auto rear door operator will not stay open unless held manually."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Goes out intermittently"

Anonymous, TX (2009 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

4WD/AWD components

"Check engine light Anti skid light traction control lights on cost of repair was $950.00. loss of safety systems was a problem engines was racing"

John S., IL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
CV joint

"Parts were a bit worn, so we replaced them. No problems with the car though."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Differential

"seal on differential leaked"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"It was leaking fluid. To replace the gasket they had to pull the differential and heat it up to drain fluid and get the plug out. This was due to quite a bit of rust on the unit, and the add/drain plug was rusted in pace. The repair cost $800 at Firestone. The Lexus dealer wanted over $2000."

David M., MN (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Small oil leak. Seal replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Left front and rear wheel bearing were failing."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"failed wheel bearing"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced the right front axle assembly"

Henry R., TX (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"at moderate speeds (80kms/hr) car swerves and brakes on hard turns"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"problem with cylinders not firing - consistent problem for last 4 years"

Satish P., CA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

"had a leak so took it to several garages, finally got front transfer case and arms replaced for $2700. After I picked it up still noticed a leak and found out front transaxel is also leaking. One garage wanted over 2000 to fix that. Another said leak was slow so let it go until 100K maintenance"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 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

Air or water leaks

"Sunroof water leak, currently not leaking. Dealer unable to explain."

Michele K., GA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace water pump"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear seat weather stripping not tight. Noise from lack of undercoating or something makes rear seats extremely noisy, even without windy, rainy weather."

Timothy K., GA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"CV boot"

Alison M., TX (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is some sort of guard under the car that partially detached and was fluttering and making a nuisance noise"

Russell A., CT (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Persistent sun roof rattle"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle in Driver Door/front side of car"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Lots of little rattles in the dash"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Trying to locate a rattle behind the back seat"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Lexus RX 350)

"Not bad enough to spend time on"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"The wind noise seems to bother me more on the freeway at high speeds. Not sure if it is the seal around the window or not."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-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

Doors or sliding doors

"Window caskets softened and left rubber smudges on windows when they were opened and closed. Replaced gaskets"

Carol C., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Car would unexpectedly lock itself"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

"Passenger side mirror faded so badly that the car was unsafe to drive until mirror was replaced. Just the glass 7 in X 5 in mirror was replaces. Cost was $540.00 not the housing. This is price gouging! Contacted Lexus twice...kept telling me there is recall. Lexus owners web site indicates that this mirror defect is common. Why??? To drive a vehicle in any state, a functioning side mirror is required."

Richard A., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"Car developed rattle in roof. Lexus dealer investigated and found whole sun roof was loose. Lexus refused to pay for it so I paid $1400 for it to be fixed. After complaining strongly to Lexus customer service they gave me a credit of $500 off the next service."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Lift"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"For the second time, the hatch has started coming down once it is opened. It was fix once but it is happening again"

Nancy G., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Power tailgate does not stay up"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Thje tailate door would not stay open when we tried to open it"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Lexus RX 350)
Windows

"On the passenger front side, when you close the window it goes right on then it opens backward halfway!,,,"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 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 compressor

"On hotter days (90 + degrees), AS would not cool cabin."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Climate control does not maintain proper heat during the winter. I have to keep raising the target temp in order to maintain proper heat."

Dennis J., NY (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"A/c just quit on us."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"Leaking water into the front seat areas. Lexus indicated it was a maintenance problems with the evaporator hose plugged with "gunk". Hose seems to be working but front floors still damp after month. Will return to dealership for further repair"

T M., MA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Minor problem of hose from evaporator clogged and water flowed back into the cabin ruining rug and causing some rust under rug"

T M., MA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"During cold weather, the heat will not come on unless the temperature is set a high level"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Radiator sprang a leak and had to be replaced. Water leaking from the radiator prevented the heater from working"

Anonymous, CA (2009 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

Fuel cap

"After catalytic converter was replaced, a month later check engine light came on again. The gas cap was replaced at an additional $40 charge"

Rajendra S., ON (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

"I was not aware of the problem. It was discovered during a scheduled maintenance. I will say; however, that the car drives like a new care since fuel pump was replaced, oil chanced, tires rotated and aligned, etc. those items included in the maintena"

Jane F., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"“Check Engine Light” came on 3 separate times over a 3 month period. Computer analysis diagnosed 3 unique issues."

Anonymous, IL (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Check engine light came on. Lexus dealer replaced the oxygen sensors at my expense as the vehicle was out of warranty. Problem fixed"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Observed solid "Check Engine" light and flashing "VSC disabled" indicator lights. Reset procedure in owners manual was ineffective. Internet was not helpful. Dealer replaced two fuel/air sensors for about $1800. Indicator lights returned later that day. Returned to dealer, where mechanic reconnected sensors and secured connections. No problem since"

J K., MA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Sensor in tires failed"

Bernard S., MA (2009 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

"Engine would not start and it wasn't the battery"

Morris L., IL (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"While driving, the check engine light came on, with no further information"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Replaced battery with new battery"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Have had to replace the battery twice sinc we bought the car"

Matthew S., FL (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"When the alternator died (w/o my knowing this), the car ran on the battery, which eventually ran out of juice"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"Starter "hangs up" in cold weather, doesn't disengage (retract) from flywheel fast enough"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"This was due to the worn out water pump that I mentioned before."

Brian N., ME (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Water pump

"Water pump needed to be replaced. It is a big job to get at the pump, and therefore is expensive. I was quoted up to $1,000 for the job, so I chose to do it myself."

Brian N., ME (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump started making noise, was replaced in April 2015"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump failed. Engine ran hot. Had to replace water pump"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"pump leak at bearing replaced thermostat belt+tensioner at same time"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"pump bearing leak at 32000 miles"

Joseph H., CA (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"oil leak 1st then told power train gone followed by engine full of "GUNK"then water pump needed to be replaced,lexus payed for power train $3000 ,we paid remaining $3400"

William B., AZ (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced after 105000 miles, far too soon"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"already explained"

William B., AZ (2009 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.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"The problem was a leaking 'transfer case'. I am assuming this is part of the linkage between the engine and transmission. it cost me $1,500 from a 3rd party shop. Lexus wanted $2,500. It has been fine in the 6 months since the repair."

Russell A., CT (2009 Lexus RX 350.0 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Check Engine Light came on and catalytic converter needed to be replaced at a cost of around $1000 CAD"

Rajendra S., ON (2009 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
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