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Pros: Style... beautiful design and beautiful interior
Cons: No coin holder....had to add my own
Advice: Beautiful design and great road handling....A real head turner!Just bought this vehicle a week ago and I just love it! Great style for 2004. Had a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 8cyl which had more power than the Lexus but not the look and style of the Lexus. The only thing that Lexus forgot was the coin holder. The Jeep had a nice one in the center armrest. This vehicle handles more like a car than a suv which was a pleasure driving. If you are thinking about buying a real head turning qualitily vehicle the RX330 is the answer! Get the all wheel drive model for best performance.
Pros: Drive comfort, automatic steering wheel and seat positioning
Cons: Thinking that I would have to share this car with my wife
Advice: Drive the RX 330 last, and you'll make an easy decisionTest drove new TLs, 325xi, and absolutely fell in love with the RX 330. Did not get the navigation system, no big loss. Lexus knows how to improve a model and so far keep its customers coming back.
Pros: Engine power and quality
Cons: Interior looking and fixed second row
Advice: You should consider and test drive this carThe speed up is much faster than Volvo XC90. More enjoyable and fun to drive MDX. Aslo MDX has 7 seats other than Benz ML350 and BMW X5
Pros: Navigation system
Cons: lack of illuminated controls on the steering wheel.
Advice: We considered and rejected the new Volvo in selecting this vehicle. See the Consumers Union survey in September 2003.We purchased the MDX from Pohanka Acura (Fairfax, Va.)in September and could not be more pleased. The only complaints are small ones such as awkwadly placed cup holders, non illuminated controls on the steering wheel, lack of A/C controls on the steering wheel, etc. But we enjoy this vehicle very much. It has gotten 25 MPG on InterState driving and generally gets about 20 with a mix of local and open road driving. The engine has more than enough power. The handling is easy. My wife, who tends to be intemidated by new things rapidly felt at home, especially good, since I went on travel immediately after taking delivery. It is now 'her's.' It does not have the comfort or luggage capacity of our Town Cars, but it is much better in foul weather and that is what we wanted for some long trips. We highly recommend the car and the dealer.
Pros: The standard power, the luxury features, just about everything!
Cons: The placement of the window buttons
Advice: Keep everything in working order, and this car will do wonders for you.The first time I looked at the Land Rover Freelander, I thought to myself 'How did Land Rover manage to put so much into this car, and yet manage to keep it under 35K?' I thought I was dreaming. But I went to the Land Rover dealership (I live in Orlando) and I talked to them about it and asked them different questions about their car. They were curteous, kind, and more than happy to answer my questions about it. The V6 power, coupled with the standard AWD makes it a pleasure driving. The biggest problem I ever experienced with the car was the speakers on the right side of the car shorted out at a few times, but a quick visit to the retailer corrected it. I also had a bit of a problem with the sunroof cover rattling especially at interstate speeds, but, again, another visit to the dealership corrected it. The customer care was awesome, and I could not have asked for a nicer experience. Thank you Land Rover!
Pros: Exterior & interior design
Cons: Everything else
Advice: The RX is good for grocery shopping at the local storeIn my search for a SUV that performs well, I had read many good reviews on the RX330. The exterior and interior designs are superb. Driving the RX around the local roads was a pleasant ride and at times it felt like driving a car instead of a truck. I'd thought this was the one I've been looking for until I drove it on the expressway. Everything that was good about the RX on the local roads became pure evil at high speeds. The RX would zig when I wanted it to zag. It steered like a boat. You would have to anticipate the RX drifting on the road with about a 12 inch play in the steering wheel. This truck had no reserve power. It seems to spill its guts out at the 3k mark. Not fun at all. The RX330 is not for serious drivers and I'm still in the hunt.
Pros: Build quality
Cons: Drive train or exhaust noise.
Advice: At least test drive this vehicle before you drive ... I think you'll like it.This vehicle is without a doubt a notch above many of the other vehicles in it's category. Comfortable, quiet, and obvious build quality. Unfortunately Lexus seems to have a problem with either exhaust or drive train noise that is most noticeable on our car at around 60 mph. Our dealer (who, by the way, is excellent) had the car for about 4 days in an attempt to remedy the problem. However, even though somewhat improved, the noise still remains a problem. A second problem, a noticable shudder when shifting to 5th gear, still is also a problem. We live in the high country of Arizona where we encounter numerous elevation changes of from 1000 to 2000 feet. As the car up and down shifts (in cruise) it seems to always shudder as it goes into 5th gear. However, ignoring the above mentioned problems, this is one fine car with an excellent dealership network.