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Unread 12-13-2015, 11:09 PM   #1
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Hello Everybody: Newbie here - needs some help about whether we should buy our current lease.

We have a 2014 RX 350 AWD with about 25K miles. We heard noises under the hood and had it checked out by the dealer. They said it was the water pump's bearing failed and replaced the water pump.

This is a lease with a very good purchase option price, so we have been thinking about buying it when the lease is up next month.

However, I know water pumps usually don't need to be replaced until much later. Would such an early failure of water pump be an indication of something more serious? I had a Camry with water pump problems before and they never seem to be fixed completely.

Should I still buy this Lexus? I can buy it for about $5K+ below market/dealer price. Otherwise the car runs well.

Thanks for any advice!

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Unread 12-14-2015, 11:51 AM   #2
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While I agree that it is unusual for the water pump to go this soon, I wouldn't let it put me off buying that car, those are considered to be a pretty good vehicle.
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Thanks CarGuy for the quick response.

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Yeah i have to agree, its just a water pump and likely a rare failure for such a long running model like the RX line from lexus. If you can get it for well under book value, do it. Its a lexus and will continue to hold good resale value, plus its a dependable and fancy car!
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It's a bell curve. Parts on cars usually are going to fail early, or they're going to simply wear out.
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