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    Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    And what a nice car BUT the auto tranny destroys the car. This was a fully loaded SUV. My friend drove it and gave it 100% throttle from the get up and the transmission sounded and felt horrid during the upshifts. Even during light throttle application it felt like my parent's 97 Safari with a transmission that needed to be looked at because of the harsh 1-2 shift. Both the Taurus and the RAM have better auto trannsmissions than that Lexus. For that amount of money I'd never get it.

    Overall though the vehicle was pretty good but the transmission ruined it. What do you guys think?? Were we just driving a bad one??

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    Toyota's 5-speed automatic is buttery-smooth, but has no intention whatsoever or being sporty, especially in an RX330.

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    It didn't feel smooth compared to a Taurus. I've driven my mom's 03 Taurus and the shifts are smooth. This one wasn't. Hopefully it was just me and not the vehicle because the RX330 is great engineering.

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    that's too bad, it is a nice looking SUV, even though GM has 4-speed autos, they are the smoothest and perhaps most reliable transmissions in the world.

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    You know who builds the best transmissions?

    GM. They always have, and they always will. They may be a cog or two behind the competition, but nobody matches their smooth operation and fluid like gear change.

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    Theres been many complaints about the 04 RX330's(and the ES330 as well) shifts. Some have complained about the rough shifts and the slow shifting. Some have said its because the Tranny in the RX330 adapts to your specific driving style that it is still in a learning phase and causes some abrupt shifts at times. But many have taken them back and had the computer chips replaced or reset. That usually helped the problem.

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    Quote Originally Posted by giagastormer
    You know who builds the best transmissions?

    GM. They always have, and they always will. They may be a cog or two behind the competition, but nobody matches their smooth operation and fluid like gear change.
    That is certainly not true.

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    Quote Originally Posted by Vintalage
    That is certainly not true.
    Coming from you, of course it's not. Why did you buy a GM product? You telling me your Grand Am shifts like ****************?

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    Quote Originally Posted by giagastormer
    Coming from you, of course it's not. Why did you buy a GM product? You telling me your Grand Am shifts like ****************?
    No, I meant that GM is not the only company that can create a transmission that is smooth shifting. But if you must know, the Grand am shifts horribly. And it's slipping occasionally. Just like the Alero I owned. It's also hesitant to downsift from second to first under WOT. The transmission is extremely weak.

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    Why do you keep buying GM vehicles if all you do is complain about them? And hate them so much?

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    Quote Originally Posted by giagastormer
    Why do you keep buying GM vehicles if all you do is complain about them? And hate them so much?
    And what does this have to do with the transmission?

    I don't like this GM vehicle. GM doesn't build the cheaper vehicles too well. At least as far as the past models are concerned.

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    GM has 4-speed autos, they are the smoothest and perhaps most reliable transmissions in the world.
    LMAO.. the best part. in the WORLD.

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    Quote Originally Posted by Vintalage
    That is certainly not true.
    Yeah. That's why BMW came to GM for their tranny's at one point. Silly Germans...

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    Quote Originally Posted by OzoneGTX
    Yeah. That's why BMW came to GM for their tranny's at one point. Silly Germans...
    What's your point?

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    Re: Was in a Lexus RX330 and I hate the transmission

    Quote Originally Posted by magneto112
    Theres been many complaints about the 04 RX330's(and the ES330 as well) shifts. Some have complained about the rough shifts and the slow shifting. Some have said its because the Tranny in the RX330 adapts to your specific driving style that it is still in a learning phase and causes some abrupt shifts at times. But many have taken them back and had the computer chips replaced or reset. That usually helped the problem.
    That explains a fair bit except this one was doing it on every gear change, WOT or not. It did have 25,000 miles on it but that shouldn't really matter since the transmission in my parents 97 wanted a rebuilt at about 130,000 km.

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