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2008 Lexus RX repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (13%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 150 repairs.
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2008 Lexus RX repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (21%)

< $100 (53%)

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Chart based on 117 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Lexus RX 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Lexus RX in New York, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2017
Dec 2015

128000 mi

US $248
Self leveling headlight sensor 
Apr 2016

128200 mi

US $668
Right rear hub assembly 
Jun 2016

129000 mi

US $40
Exhaust gasket and bolt assembly where manifold and main pipe meet.Heat shield reattached 

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2008 Lexus RX 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Lexus RX in New Mexico, United States
Dec 2011 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

74000 mi
Oil leak in transfer case 
Lexus RX in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2016
Mar 2011

12000 mi
Fuel sensor malfunction 
Jan 2012

25700 mi
Non-hybrid battery went dead twice. Lexus replaced battery. 
Lexus RX in Illinois, United States
Jul 2012 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

52000 mi

US $475
Oil coolant line leak. Lost 5 pints of oil. 
Lexus RX in Michigan, United States
Nov 2016 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

144000 mi
(Very detailed TSB on this issue.) High pressure oil cooling line routed next to exhaust manifold blew. Vehicle did not signal a problem although empty of oil. Driven 20+ miles eating bearings. Lexus replaced cheap lines, not ruined engine. Lexus of Lansing / Spartan Toyota apparently has a service manager looking for a Lexus promotion, and Lexus Regional Rep. with significant hearing problem as they cannot hear engine knocking as a result of running the vehicle with no oil. Lexus of Lansing / Spartan Toyota was paid by Lexus to inspect oil. They refused to hear the obvious engine knock reported & recorded "Cold Start Knocking" of the engine due to bearing failure from TSB paid repair. 

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2008 Lexus RX 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

Lexus RX in Colorado, United States
Feb 2016 - Nov 2017
Jan 2016

141000 mi
Replaced both headlamp assemblies. No charge. Known issue. 
Mar 2016

154000 mi
Dashboard vibration. Intermittent. Frustrating to locate. 2 stops at dealer; car goes silent as soon as technician sits down. No charge so far. 
Mar 2017

175000 mi

US $180
Clunk in drivers window (in door). Replaced window motor. No longer clunks, now it squeaks at top of closing run. Better, but not quite right. Still living with dashboard rattle. It seems this is fairly common. Only over rough surfaces 
Lexus RX in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2016
Dec 2014

60000 mi

US $440
Found that the steering has a leaking gasket. Found that many Lexus' of similar year having a similar problem at similar mileage. Am driving the car without the repair for now, but if the steering leaks then have the repair made. recall?? 
Nov 2015

62900 mi

US $1300
Steering linkage repair, seal, boot etc. Also water pump replaced due to leaking 
Lexus RX in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2017
Sep 2013

72000 mi
Passenger window motor not working Radio doesn't always play 
Apr 2014

78500 mi

US $150
Battery died prematurely 
Dec 2014

90000 mi

US $1000
Alternator died 
Jan 2017

97000 mi

US $600
Tire flat 
Lexus RX in Florida, United States
Aug 2015 - Nov 2016
Aug 2016

66600 mi

US $600
Driver side exterior mirror housing paint clear-coat pealed off. 
Lexus RX in Georgia, United States
Mar 2016 - Mar 2018
Apr 2016

200300 mi
The dashboard is cracked in various locations. This is identify as a recall on 2008 RX350s by Lexus. They will replace the dashboard for for free. So they order the parts necessary. The only thing I have to wait for 10-12 Months for Parts!!! 
Jun 2016

201000 mi

US $121
AC broke down on my vacation. Took the car to Express Lube in Gadsden, AL and charge me 2 times the amount if I will do it my self just so they can give me 2 years warranty! Did the 200K service and change the Intake Manifold Gasket, SparkPlugs, Valve Cover Gasket & O-ring, PCV valve, Oil and Filter, Air + Cabin filters and front and rear break pads and rotors including drum shoes for footbrake. AFS light came on after the headlight bulbs were replace. Change the AFS sensor in the rear right wheel. Lights work fine but light still flashes. Mechanics cannot figure it out. They said is a dealer issue. Replace TPMS sensor in the spare tire. Still the light is on. WE tested wit hthe computer of my mechanic and found that the central CPU for TPMS in the headliner is not working. Replace rear right ABS sensor 
Jul 2016

201800 mi

US $230
Replace both front inner fenders and the middle and rear engine undercarriage covers. 
Aug 2016

202000 mi

US $50
Rear hatch switch replace. Autobody mechanic burned it. 
Nov 2016

206000 mi

US $350
Engine Oil Cooler Pipe broke and cause a massive oil leak and smoke. Thankfully my wife stop right away. I called a towtruck and took the car to the mechanic who replace faulty Engine Oil Cooler Pipe. This is a lexus design flaw. 
Dec 2016

209000 mi

US $104
Engine light came on showing error code P0015. Check it my self could not find anything and also the mechanic agree. Put a quart of oil and reset. 
Feb 2017

210000 mi

US $155
Had to replace the HID bulbs after a few months. they were defective and after you turn them on stay on for a minute and then both will go out. 
Dec 2017

221000 mi

US $721
Steering systems was leaking from the right boot. Determine that we need a new one. Replace the entire R&P system including the inner tie rods. Replace oil&filter, air filter and cabin filter. I also performed realignment. 
Lexus RX in Arizona, United States
Dec 2008 - May 2017
Jul 2010

35000 mi

US $60
Driver seat motor became very noisy; had to order new motor 
Feb 2015

73400 mi

US $100
Heat shield for converter loose and very noisy. fixed with screws 
Aug 2015

77600 mi
Battery failure; unable to start. AAA jump started vehicle and went to dealer for warranty replacement (23 months into 24 month ext. warranty for battery) 
Feb 2016

81000 mi

US $800
Boot cracked in front steering parts. Leaking PS fluid 
Sep 2016

86000 mi

US $800
vehicle would not start and most elect systems inoperative. Vehicle towed; battery replaced. All good until 1 week later, when battery warning light came on while driving. Electrical test showed Alternator not charging; replaced alternator 
Lexus RX in Florida, United States
Mar 2014 - Mar 2018
Sep 2016

125000 mi

US $90
I replaced front and rear brake pads. 

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2008 Lexus RX 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Lexus RX in Indiana, United States
Jul 2009 - Sep 2011
Aug 2010

7000 mi
Oxygen sensor failed. Replaced 
Lexus RX in New Jersey, United States
May 2016 - Mar 2018
Jan 2018

92000 mi

US $500
Oil cooler lines rotted out. Replaced with Lexus updated metal lines 
Lexus RX in Washington, United States
Jan 2016 - Mar 2018
Nov 2017

98000 mi

US $1200
Rear calipers were extremely rusty. Replaced both rear calipers, rotors, pads. $400 Replaced right rear wheel bearing and hub. Hub was extremely rusty. $800 Replaced both rear shocks/struts. 
Lexus RX in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2016 - Mar 2018
Sep 2017

158000 mi

US $1500
Back hatch door opener replacement Passenger mirror replacement 
Lexus RX in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2010 - May 2011
Dec 2010

45000 mi
exhaust replacement - noisy Headlight replacement, foggy and water inside noisy front window motors - both replaced wind noise driver side window - window/door door trim and seal replaced 
Lexus RX in Ohio, United States
Oct 2014 - Feb 2018
Dec 2014

99000 mi

US $650
Leaking water pump 
Dec 2015

110000 mi

US $1500
Failure of emissions control system including evaporation canister and related control systems 
Mar 2017

126000 mi

US $625
Fuel system sensor A/F ration sensor 
Jun 2017

127000 mi

US $700
Fuel system hoses, gas cap and accessory drive tensioner 
Lexus RX in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2013 - Dec 2013
Jun 2013

130000 mi

US $1300
Second replacement for rear wheel bearings, not covered by warranty as it had just expired 
Lexus RX in New York, United States
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
Oct 2012

137000 mi

US $1570
Replaced left rear wheel bearing. Replaced slow leaking water pump Replaced left rear wheel bearing. Replaced slow leaking water pump 
Lexus RX in Ohio, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2012
Jan 2012

42000 mi
Right front tire has a very slow leak. They couldn't find a leak. They broke the tire down, cleaned everything and resealed it. So far it's not leaking. 
Lexus RX in Illinois, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2016
Apr 2015

81200 mi

US $9
Gasket on oil drain plug was bad. 
May 2015

82000 mi

US $91
Oil leak. Front gasket on engine. Repair included the drive belt. Both rear hatch struts failing to keep hatch lifted. Note dealer wanted $545 for replacement!!! 
Lexus RX in Alabama, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2012
Mar 2012

74000 mi

US $50
Failed rt. rear wheel bearing. Replaced under extended warranty. 
Lexus RX in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2009 - Jan 2017
Jun 2013

68200 mi
Rear windows would not respond from Driver's side controls. The windows were up and would not go down. Played with the switch in the back arm rests and after a while was able to operate using switch at the driver's side. Later resolved itself. 
Sep 2016

95480 mi
Had to replace the steering rack 
Lexus RX in Illinois, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2014
Mar 2014

21000 mi
Replaced Mass Air Flow sensor 
Lexus RX in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2010 - Mar 2018
Dec 2010

44000 mi
Xenon headlight started to leak and stopped working. If I didn't have warranty - $1500 repair Rear view mirror loose Blower motor noise Windows switches are scratched and not working Electrical, other than above, repair 
Jan 2011

45000 mi
Replaced fan blower motor after another mechanic heard it and ordered a part Air conditioning and ventilation, repair 
Jul 2011

50000 mi
Roof bars broke 
Nov 2011

53300 mi
Replaced roof bars 
Oct 2013

69000 mi
Head gasket leaking and needs to be replaced. Also replaced water pump 
Nov 2013

69000 mi

US $600
Oil pump bearing noise. Timing gears were manufactured defectively. Gears needed to be replaced, oil pump, oil cooler needed to be replaced. All the breaks needed to be replaced. Brackets were seized and needed to be replaced 
Dec 2013

69000 mi
Main shaft bearing needed to be replaced Both O2 sensors needed to be replaced 
Feb 2015

77500 mi

US $100
Battery (2 years old OEM) totally failed. Car did not start 
Apr 2015

78300 mi

US $400
Shock are leaking 
Jun 2015

80000 mi
ALL oil leaked out within 2 minutes. Oil cooling pipe burst. 
Jul 2015

80300 mi

US $350
Radiator was leaking, needed to be replaced 
Lexus RX in Colorado, United States
Jul 2009 - May 2018
Jan 2010

91700 mi
Passenger side front seat arm loose requiring repair. Third time in for same problem. Found extra washer on seat side of arm rest. Removed washer and applied lock tite. 
Apr 2010

50300 mi
Persistent rattling noise when driving at highway speed. Found to be a loose shroud cover over fuel tank (and a known problem) for which an updated replacement part was available. Problem was solved successfully. 
May 2018

115000 mi

US $125
Replaced thermostat 
Lexus RX in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2010 - Mar 2018
Sep 2012

66000 mi

US $240
acid spill from battery 
Lexus RX in California, United States
Apr 2010 - Mar 2018
Mar 2011

60000 mi
gas cap gasket allowing pressure leak, causing engine light warnings. replaced gasket (or whole gas cap?) 
May 2012

80000 mi
Headlights had significant yellowing and surface haze, intefering with headlight brightness. (car is not garaged) Dealer was willing to handle cleaning for free as part of regular service, using some unspecified cleaning kit. 
Jun 2012

80000 mi

US $155
loose gas cap resulted in warning lights (VSC OFF blinking). dealer insisted on full diagnostics, showed no problems. cost not covered by pre-owned warranty or extended warranty. peeling paint on underside of roofrack also not covered. 
Aug 2012

83100 mi
The tire pressure sensor system seems to be malfunctioning after the most recent regular service. Dealer does not know what is wrong yet. 
Nov 2012

89700 mi
Tire pressure sensor was bad after last service visit. Diagnosed and replaced at dealer cost. 
Apr 2013

94800 mi
dealer replaced bushings (supposedly $1900 job) under warranty. back seat window stopped working, dealer replaced the motor or wiring under warranty. 
Apr 2014

110800 mi
torn arm bushings replaced window switch stopped working (not motor) 
Aug 2014

116700 mi
tire pressure sensor bad 
Oct 2015

131300 mi
Dashboard was replaced under recall for cracked dashboards 
Jun 2016

141000 mi

US $280
flexible oil hose under engine broke, was replaced with superior all-metal part. 
Apr 2017

150000 mi

US $490
steering wheel had chatter, turned out to be both front wheels a bit bent, they moved to back and seems to resolve for now. rear brakes worn to limit, replaced and rotors resurfaced 
Mar 2018

163000 mi

US $18
replacement key, both originals broke -- using original radio unit and metal key, into new plastic form from amazon. 
Lexus RX in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2010 - Apr 2014
Sep 2011

58000 mi
Ignition lock cylinder failed, could not turn key. cylinder replaced. 
Lexus RX in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Mar 2014
Sep 2013

83700 mi

C $150
alternator died, replaced with a new napa 130amp unit. Unit was 130$, labour was 100, with taxes,etc came to about $250. 

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2008 Lexus RX 4dr SUV

209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT FWD

Lexus RX in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2017
Sep 2015

139000 mi
The Adaptive front lights no longer would move side to side around corners. Dealership replaced for free out of warranty! They wrote it us as an ongoing issue with condensation that shorted the motors. Advantage: Ongoing dealer relationship 
Lexus RX in Tennessee, United States
Aug 2009 - May 2016
Jan 2013

49000 mi

US $1750
Water in headlight assembly of driver's side requiring replacement of lens and seals as well as HID bulb 
Apr 2014

70700 mi
Nav system and back up camera not functioning. Replaced a fuse. 
Lexus RX in Florida, United States
Jul 2009 - May 2018
Mar 2010

32000 mi
Condensation in passenger side HID headlight assembly. Part was ordered at last routine maintenance trip and recently installed when it was received 
Jul 2010

36000 mi
Condensation in passenger headlight. Required replacement of headlight assembly 
May 2013

88000 mi

US $300
Water pump leaking, replace 
Sep 2015

107000 mi
Condensation on passenger side headlight caused low beam to fail 
Jun 2016

119000 mi

US $800
Cracked radiator, had to be replaced 
May 2018

155000 mi

US $1620
Evaporator coil had leak, remove, replace, recharge AC 
Lexus RX in Florida, United States
Apr 2012 - Oct 2017
Sep 2013

41000 mi
Axle needed replacement. Was causing wobble through the steering wheel. 
Jan 2014

45000 mi
Sterring rack replaced 
Jan 2015

44300 mi
Headlights replaced due to accumulated moisture. Covered by warranty enhancement program. 
Lexus RX in Texas, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2017
Dec 2013

51000 mi
Dealer reported car needed new water pump. Car has no coolant leakage or overheat so repair denied. Dealer supplied photo of slight coolant leakage near water pump or temperature sensor. I will an eye on cooling system. 
Nov 2014

61000 mi

US $1150
Replaced leaking water pump, as well as timing belt. 
Nov 2015

71000 mi

US $1300
Replaced both rear struts and shocks, due to one leaking 
Lexus RX in Texas, United States
Mar 2011 - Nov 2012
Apr 2011

26500 mi
TPMS sensor 
May 2011

27700 mi
Another TPMS sensor 
Jun 2011

29000 mi
A third TPMS sensor 
Jul 2011

29800 mi
Fogged headlamps from condensation 

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2008 Lexus RX 4dr SUV

209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Lexus RX in Virginia, United States
Jul 2010 - Apr 2018
Dec 2010

21865 mi
Replaced front headlight assembly and gasket due to condensation in headlight. 
Jan 2017

74000 mi

US $45
Passenger side mirror cracked due to temperature swing and auto dimming liquid no longer worked. Replaced with mirror purchased online. Truck latch rubber cover was severely degraded. Purchased replacement online and replaced. 
Lexus RX in Alabama, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2018
Oct 2017

102000 mi

US $525
Strange smell so took it in. Apparently this is a known issue?! Reseal Hatch Seams. 
Lexus RX in California, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2017
May 2016

181000 mi

US $2500
Inverter hydraulic brake actuator 
Lexus RX in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2012 - Jun 2013
Sep 2012

58280 mi
oxygen sensor 
Lexus RX in Arizona, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2018
Sep 2011

48000 mi
Main hybrid battery failed and needed to be replaced 
Mar 2016

77000 mi

US $700
Radiator leak, side plastic tank split and lost fluid. Did not overheat and was still drivable but leaving anti-freeze drops on the floor. 
Lexus RX in Michigan, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2017
Apr 2012

21300 mi
12v Pb-acid battery failed, NOT the hybrid battery. the under-sized battery that Toyota puts in hybrid SUV's; only used to keep the electronics alive. When this battery gets low, car will not start. A common problem. Replaced under warranty 
Lexus RX in Great Britain
Aug 2013 - Mar 2018
Jan 2016

£431
Oxygen sensor faulty - bank 1 sensor 2 (P0136 & P0138). Sensor replaced 
Nov 2016

76300 mi

£250
Brake cylinder sticking causing asymmetric wear of disc, cylinder replaced 
Jul 2017

80000 mi

£20
Tracking (alignment) out. The tracking needed some minor parts replacing (which I had to wait for) in order to adjust it correctly. I didn't ask what those parts were but the total cost (including labour) was only £20 so they couldn't have been expensive.  
Lexus RX in Great Britain
Feb 2014 - Mar 2018
Sep 2014

120000 mi

£50
New bushes fitted 
Jun 2015

128000 mi

£75
A/C service 
Aug 2015

128900 mi
Battery replaced, it's related to problem with amplifier draining the battery 
Sep 2017

142000 mi

£75
Battery replaced, one cell gone. This is the 3rd battery in just over 4 years, Each time with a Bosch which I am assured are the best. 
Lexus RX in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2010 - Jul 2012
Apr 2010

20000 mi
Replaced dead 12V (not hybrid) battery under warranty. 
Sep 2010

27000 mi

US $30
Broken wheel stud during tire replacement. 
Lexus RX in Missouri, United States
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
Jul 2015

69000 mi

US $460
Road debris (likely a rock) punctured a hole in the condenser. Found out it's a failing common to the RX. Followed forums on installing mesh on front air dam. 
Lexus RX in California, United States
Jul 2016 - May 2018
Aug 2016

96000 mi

US $150
HID Condensation on Driver's side - under warranty Water pump was leaking coolant - replaced @ no charge from seller All 4 Struts and Strut Mount Replaced Car would not start - dead battery 
May 2018

121000 mi

US $850
Radiator was leaking coolant (replaced, along with both radiator hoses) Also drained and refilled the hybrid system coolant in this repair trip 

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