When a Lexus Turns into a Lemon

2004 Lexus RX 330

A 2004 Lexus RX 330 should run forever. Especially one that’s well taken care of, undergoes regular oil changes using synthetic oil, gets its scheduled maintenance done, has just 77,000 miles on the clock and was purchased in 2008 as a certified used car with just over 30,000 miles.

The car has performed well, gone on many road trips across most of the Western United States and carried many loads of Costco groceries, football gear and horseback riding equipment. It has never let its owner down. Even amidst all the positives, the car has had certain issues and, now, they’ve reached a point where the owner wonders if she should keep the car or sell it and move on to something newer.

The car still has about $12,000 owed on the bank loan. Based on similar vehicles posted on the CarGurus used listings, this RX 330 is still worth somewhere between $14,000 and $18,000.

Here are the issues facing this RX:

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Lots of Favorite Cars, but Loyal to None

Lexus RX 330

My favorite road-tripping car, at least until the next one comes along

I’ve never been one to devote myself to a single brand, unless you count my fanboy devotion to Apple. Between my iMac, MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPod nano, iPod Touch and iPad, it’s possible that iMight have an iProblem.

I have yet to find a car brand that has the same effect on me, which is odd, considering I like cars way more than I like tech. I can count no fewer than eight different car brands I have owned over the years, and that’s just in my adult life. Count the cars I drove, but didn’t personally own, as a teenager, and that increases by at least two.

Lexus, Jaguar, Honda, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Subaru and Suzuki have all, at some point in my life, shared a space in my garage. Some of those makes I’ve owned twice, but that’s as deep as my loyalty goes. Do I have a favorite? That all depends on what I used the car for. I wonder if I’m alone in my wishy-washy devotion to car brands. Do other CarGurus readers tend to pick one brand and stick with it?

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