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Old 09-16-2009, 08:52 PM
 
Location: USA
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I have a 2000 Lexus RX300, bought it used. It has 108,000 miles on it (I've had it for about a year).

The only problem I've had was the RPMs would rev up, but no correlation in speed - I thought the transmission was going out (that's how it acted); put it in the shop and it was an oxygen sensor that needed replacing.

That was about 6 months ago.

Now, the AC suddenly stopped working. The fan blows same as always, no spewing noises or anything, the air just does not get cold. I never hear the compressor kick in.

The man at the shop said it needs an "evaporator," or something like that, that the part costs $400, they will
have to remove the dashboard to do the repair, so the labor will run $400. So $800, with summer almost over.

Does this sound kosher to you? I've never owned a Lexus before. There are no Lexus dealers near here, although there are Toyota dealers; I prefer not to use them as I know they will sock it to you, monetarily-speaking........although I don't think $800 is cheap, either.

I love the vehicle and the way it drives/handles, and I love the interior and the way it's laid out, but the repairs are tearing me up.

What are you opinions on this, is $800 reasonable? It sounds awfully high to me...
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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The cost doesn't sound terribly outrageous to me. A/C systems can be a bear to fix unless it's just a simple line leak somewhere.

While it may not seem that important because summer is closing, a car's climate control system uses compressed air for defrosting as well as for cooling. If moisture starts building up on the inside of the windows in winter, you may not be able to get rid of it without your A/C system in proper working order.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:06 PM
 
Location: USA
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The cost doesn't sound terribly outrageous to me. A/C systems can be a bear to fix unless it's just a simple line leak somewhere.

While it may not seem that important because summer is closing, a car's climate control system uses compressed air for defrosting as well as for cooling. If moisture starts building up on the inside of the windows in winter, you may not be able to get rid of it without your A/C system in proper working order.

I've noticed it's hard to keep the inside of the windshield clear. That may be what is causing that.
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Toyota dealers will normally service Lexus vehicles. I take mine to my local Toyota dealer, as its 25 miles closer than the Lexus dealer.

As far as the evap core goes, thats an unusual failure on a Lexus - especially a 2000 model, but not out of the question. I think some cars do require entire dash removal for this to be replaced (same goes for the heater core)... not sure if the RX does require it or not. You may want to check out some Lexus forums for this...

check this out....
RX - First Generation - Club Lexus Forums

and/or this...
Lexus Owners Club (USA & Canada) -> 99 - 06 Lexus RX300/330

folks on this site may know, but many on these forums are informative as well.

Good luck!
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I've noticed it's hard to keep the inside of the windshield clear. That may be what is causing that.
Thats a sign of it in some cases... do you smell coolant inside the cabin?

Sounds more like your heater core is failing rather than evaporator.
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:50 AM
 
Location: USA
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No, there's no unusual smell at all.
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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On some cars, if you replace the evaporator, you have done 99% of the labor to do the heater core too, pre-emptively replacing it as well might make sense if you plan to keep the car long-term.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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I have a 2000 Lexus RX300, bought it used. It has 108,000 miles on it (I've had it for about a year).

The only problem I've had was the RPMs would rev up, but no correlation in speed - I thought the transmission was going out (that's how it acted); put it in the shop and it was an oxygen sensor that needed replacing.

That was about 6 months ago.

Now, the AC suddenly stopped working. The fan blows same as always, no spewing noises or anything, the air just does not get cold. I never hear the compressor kick in.

The man at the shop said it needs an "evaporator," or something like that, that the part costs $400, they will
have to remove the dashboard to do the repair, so the labor will run $400. So $800, with summer almost over.

Does this sound kosher to you? I've never owned a Lexus before. There are no Lexus dealers near here, although there are Toyota dealers; I prefer not to use them as I know they will sock it to you, monetarily-speaking........although I don't think $800 is cheap, either.

I love the vehicle and the way it drives/handles, and I love the interior and the way it's laid out, but the repairs are tearing me up.

What are you opinions on this, is $800 reasonable? It sounds awfully high to me...
Your first issue didn't sound kosher.

Knowing that the RX300 is known for having a soft trans (especially AWD versions), I don't see that connection.

Your Lexus is not covered by a warranty anymore. Why are you taking thsi to a dealer to repair? This is a rebadged Toyota, basically. Independent shops CAN work these, you know!
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