Lexus Maintenance Costs: The Truth Behind Luxury Repairs

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Lexus Maintenance Costs
Lexus Maintenance Costs

If Toyota’s lineup doesn’t quite match your preferences but reliability remains a priority, Lexus could be the perfect fit. Whether you’re considering a new or pre-owned vehicle, the distinguished “L” badge on a Lexus promises to add a touch of luxury to your driving experience. Plus, financing options are typically favorable. However, the story changes when it comes to repairs.

While some may assume that owning a Lexus means high maintenance costs due to its luxury status, the truth is a bit more nuanced. The brand’s name isn’t directly tied to “luxury export to the United States,” as it’s often claimed. Instead, Toyota combined “luxury” and “elegance” to create “Lexus.” Nevertheless, repairing a Lexus can result in unexpectedly hefty bills, mainly because nearly all parts are replaceable nowadays.

Lexus Maintenance Costs
Lexus Maintenance Costs (Credit: Lexus)

For instance, replacing the grille emblem, that iconic oval badge, on relatively newer Lexus models can cost over £1,000 ($1,249) in the UK, excluding labor costs. And even when buying parts yourself from reputable sellers, the prices can be staggering. In the US, a grille emblem might set you back around $600 before tax for a brand-new one.

This emblem isn’t just for show; it serves a functional role in housing radar sensors for various safety features. Thus, despite its cost, it’s a critical component. However, it’s worth noting that most models with the emblem don’t have heating, leaving them susceptible to snow or ice accumulation, which can render the radar sensor ineffective.

Ultimately, the advanced technology in modern vehicles comes at a price, and it’s a reality we must accept. While it may contribute to rising insurance premiums, it underscores the importance of proper maintenance, whether embracing the costs or finding alternative solutions to keep older vehicles running smoothly.

Dana Phio

By Dana Phio

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