About Lexus RX 400h
Lexus RX 400h is a hybrid mid-size luxury crossover Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufactured by the extraordinary Japanese automaker Toyota's luxury automotive division Lexus from 2005 to 2008. The first Lexus RX 400h was introduced in 2005 as the second-generation RX as a hybridized gasoline-electric model. "RX" in its name represents "Recreation Cross Country". Although only being produced for about three years, Lexus RX 400h had received recognition from J.D. Power and Associates' top spot for entry-level SUVs, SUV of Texas and so on.
Lexus RX 400h made its debut at the 2004 North American International Auto Show and went on sale in United States in mid-2005. It was the first production premium hybrid vehicle when it was first introduced in 2005 featuring a unique front grille and round fog lights as well as LED taillights. Though it came with one single trim level, it was available both in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Lexus RX 400h used a hybrid powertrain that combined a gasoline-fueled 3.3 L V6 engine that could produce 208 hp and 212 pound-feet of torque with a battery pack and electric motor generator. The whole system, called Lexus Hybrid Drive, could produce a maximum of 268 hp, and the engine was paired to a CVT.
Lexus RX 400h Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
With its advanced gasoline-electric drivetrain, Lexus RX 400h SUV married the luxury and utility of Lexus's RX mid-size crossover with the improved fuel economy and performance of a hybrid, though based on these advantages, Lexus RX 400h still inevitably meets these problems:
First, premature braking and suspension failures. As any regular vehicles would meet braking or suspension failure when they are breaking down and that is why premature failures on Lexus RX 400h should be paid enough attention to. Some Lexus RX 400h drivers said the brake pedal would become spongy, and the brakes would also become noisy and poorly responded. If you also find leaking brake fluid and similar symptoms, then RX 400h brake pad set and wheel cylinder repair kit need to be renewed. As for suspension failure, RX 400h strut housing is often the reason.
Second, engine issues. Actually, engine issues in Lexus RX 400h often manifests as overheating and engine failure. Some owners said the vehicle would constantly overheat due to leaking coolant and low coolant, some however complained about the engine performance reduced dramatically such as reduction in power, acceleration and fuel efficiency. The worst situation in Lexus RX 400h would be engine running roughly, misfiring often and vehicle suffering from starting problems. Once Check Engine Light comes on followed by above symptoms, please inspect the RX 400h radiator, air filter, oxygen sensor and oil filter.
However, sustaining your Lexus RX 400h longer is not an easy task to complete. Routine maintenance is essential and staying alert is also important. Knowing what to maintain is the first step. RX 400h wiper blade is an unimpressive part that could be thought of only under adverse weather conditions such as downpours or heavy snow, which means you should replace it regularly to lower the possibility of accidents due to poor visibility. After all, it is only made of soft rubber that could only withstand natural wear and tear for a while but could not last as long as your vehicle could and it is always exposed to open environment. Other parts such as door handle, door lock, emblem and so on also should be maintained on a regular basis.
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