Lexus — rx 350
I bought a lexus – a lexus rx350 - in 2007. At about the same time, needing a vehicle for commuting, I purchased what some might say is the antithesis of a lexus – a hyundai – a hyundai elantra (2008), to be precise. Here’s what happened since:
Date lexus ($50, 000 +) hyundai ($15, 000)
Oct 12th 2012 battery failed (32830 mi)
Nov 12th 2012 idler pulley for drive belt failed
March 11th 2014 ignition coil #5 failed (42891 mi) replaced drive belts
(on highway – nearly hit by truck)
March 30th 2016 rear caliper blown (61498 mi - $654.40)
April 20th 2016 ignition coil #6 failed (62562 mi - $ 293.47)
April 20th 2016 dealer diagnosed leaking steering fluid
Recommends steering replacement
($1600 estimate - not done yet)
Maintenance items such as regular servicing, brake and tire replacements and such, do not appear in the above list, as also any repairs prior to 2012 (have not kept records). All repairs have been performed at haldeman lexus of princeton, 2630 brunswick pike, business route 1 north, lawrenceville, nj [protected]. The vehicle has been run for pleasure, under normal operating conditions.
The failures are premature, and entirely unexpected, at these mileages. The vehicle is a lexus! In contrast, the hyundai, surprisingly ran fine at 90000 miles +, with no significant breakdowns or repairs, apart from a battery replacement at about 50, 000 mi and drive belt replacement at about 85, 000 miles.
I provided the above comparison to lexus - have yet to hear from them. No doubt, it's difficult to accept that a hyundai can beat a lexus hands down, in terms of what lexus purportedly excels at, manufacturing quality. Looks like we should look elsewhere when its time to buy that next suv.
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