Lexus RX 350 Repairs & Maintenance

Last Updated: January 25, 2018

Lexus RX 350 Problems and Repairs

The Lexus RX 350 is a popular SUV, thanks to its engine refinement, interior comfort, advanced safety features, and sterling record of reliability. But like all vehicles, the RX isn't without its problems. If you're considering a used Lexus RX 350, you can schedule a pre-purchase inspection with a mechanic to make sure the SUV is in good condition before you buy. You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned RX 350, which is a used model that has undergone an inspection from a certified Lexus dealer and comes with additional powertrain warranty coverage.

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Here are some common problems and complaints about the RX 350 as reported by owners to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Lexus RX 350 Common Problems

Lexus redesigned the RX 350 for the 2016 model year. It will take some time before any common problems are identified with this redesigned RX model. The previous Lexus RX 350 generation (2010 through 2015) appears to have lived up to its reputation for relaibility, as owners have filed few complaints with the NHTSA about this model. The earlier Lexus RX 350 generation (2007 through 2009) has also received few complaints. However, some owners have reported that the dashboard is prone to cracking in hotter climates, while others have complained about leaks forming in the engine oil cooler pipe and power steering rack.

Lexus issued technical service bulletins to address two of these problems. As a result, the company now replaces the cracked dashboards of 2007 through 2009 Lexus RX models - free of charge - within 10 years of the vehicle's original purchase date. Lexus also replaces the leaking engine oil cooler pipe of 2007 through 2011 RX 350 models for free within 10 years of the original purchase date or 150,000 miles - whichever comes first.

Other service bulletins have addressed less frequent problems. Lexus is offering an upgrade kit for the rear brakes of 2010 through 2015 RX models. The kit is designed to eliminate a suspension clunk that some drivers have felt when slowing the vehicle to a complete stop. Lexus is also offering free replacement of the variable valve timing (VVT-i) oil supply hose for 2007 through 2009 models until December 2021.

Though the Lexus RX has seen few recalls, the 2007 and 2010 models were part of the Lexus unintended acceleration recall. After numerous Toyota and Lexus vehicles accelerated on their own, it was found that design flaws in the floor mat allowed it to slide forward, trapping the accelerator. Lexus replaced the mats for free and offered additional repairs to prevent the gas pedal from sticking. If you're considering a used RX 350, it's worth checking that it has the appropriate mats.

Lexus RX 350 Recalls

Use the links below to find recalls for each Lexus RX 350 model year. Notably, the airbags in the Lexus RX are not affected by the Takata airbag recalls.

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