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Old 18 Mar 2010, 08:07 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I'm 19 years old and I'm a sophmore in college. I have a 2000 Lexus RX-300 with about 154,000 miles on it. I can't afford a new car yet, but I'm a little worried that because of how many miles it has on it that it won't last much longer. How long do you think I have before I have to buy another car? Its in good condition and I got new tires on it about 2 years ago. it still runs smooth, but its just really old. Do you think as long as I get the oil changes and watch the tires, etc. that it will last longer? Any other tips/advice on how to improve the life of a car? It currently has 18.5 MPG which is pretty good, but is there anyway to improve that?































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Old 18 Mar 2010, 08:07 pm   #2 (permalink)
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does it smoke or burn oil? does the engine rattle when it runs? if it does none of those things just keep changing the oil regularly and you should be fine.
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Old 18 Mar 2010, 08:08 pm   #3 (permalink)
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If you take care of the car it'll take care of you. As long as you keep up with oil changes, tune-ups ect, it'll run forever. There's cars with 300,000 miles and more on them still running strong cause their owners kept up with the maintance. When the last time this car had a full service? You'll get better mpg with clean parts.
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Old 18 Mar 2010, 08:10 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Make sure you also change the timing belt. It is worth the money. keep up with the regular maintance every 5,000 miles and that car will got to 250,000 miles
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Old 18 Mar 2010, 08:15 pm   #5 (permalink)
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it's a lot more than the oil and tires. when did you last check your brakes? What about the gas and air filters? belts? Spark plugs? Google your car and pay close attention to other peoples complaints and problems. if you have a good mechanic, you should be able to get everything checked out for free. Just be sure to make a written list to hand to the shop, so that nothing is missed.















ex. I brought my vw in for new calipers, they called me and said that, yes i need to replace all the belts in my engine. I asked what they thought about the calipers, and they hadn't checked them at all.















So that's the importance of the list. haha. and if you need parts or work done, spend a little time comparing pricing. Also ask the shop if you'll receive a discount if you get a lot of work done at once..
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Old 18 Mar 2010, 08:20 pm   #6 (permalink)
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i would say because my 2000 rx - 300 still runs smooth and we drive that alot more than our others but as long as you keep the tune ups and everything on regular schedule you should be fine for awhile
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Old 18 Mar 2010, 09:15 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Lexus rx300s are notorious for transmission failure if it is















not serviced. Make sure the timing belt is done because it















is an interference engine (when the vehicle come out of time















then the valves will hit the pistons resulting in the need for a















new engine. Make sure all the fluids are replaced atleast















every 15k.
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Old 18 Mar 2010, 09:30 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Oh man, you still have a lot of life left in that Lexus. It isn't surprising for a Lexus to go 250,000 miles. In fact, I've seen them go well past 400,000 miles. Just remember one thing: if you treat a Lexus well, it will treat you well. Keep it in good shape and don't drive it roughly and you will get the most out of your vehicle.
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Old 18 Mar 2010, 09:50 pm   #9 (permalink)
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lexus are great cars. great cars. just maintain it as good as possible, but even that depends on the car and if it lasted that long, i think you took pretty good care of it. as far as the MPG, get all of the stuff that you don't need out of the car. like my husband's golf clubs. he goes maybe once every three months, they do not need to be in the trunk. things like that.
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