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Are you having problems with your Lexus? Let our team of motoring experts keep you up to date with all of the latest Lexus issues & faults. We have gathered all of the most frequently asked questions and problems relating to the Lexus in one spot to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

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Is a 2008 Lexus LS600hL a good buy?

Big Lexuses, like a lot of high-end luxury cars, have a habit of depreciating quickly, making them great second-hand buys. Like any complex vehicle, of course, there’s plenty to go wrong, although Lexus electronics seem a lot better than a lot of the competition’s.

As for the battery packs, it’s conceivable that a 2008 model LS400h could be getting to the point where it’s battery pack does, indeed, require replacement. But having talked to a few limousine operators who run hybrid Lexus cars, some of them rack up huge distances on the original batteries.

In any case, hybrid cars are now beginning to land in recycling yards faster than their batteries are wearing out, so there’s a relatively good supply of second-hand battery packs if the worst comes to the worst. There’s no hard and fast rule for the lifespan of the batteries in a Lexus, so the best bet is to have the car inspected carefully before committing to the purchase. The money spent on an inspection might be a really, really good investment.

2021-2024 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series transmission recall: Potential control module issue could confuse drive modes in market-leading Nissan Patrol rival
It’s been a three-row SUV family favourite for generations with a hard won reputation for space, reliability and performance on- and off-road. But now the current 300 Series version of the Toyota LandCruiser (and its Lexus LX sibling) has been recalled for a potential fault in one of the modules controlling its 10-speed automatic transmission.
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How can I find a verified Lexus service centre other than the dealership?

The cost of dealership servicing puts a lot of people off, but many see it as the only way to maintain their warranty or, in the longer term, preserve the integrity of the car's service history. In fact, that's not really the case.

Provided the workshop you use is certified to deal with that type of vehicle – and that should be the first question you ask – then your warranty will be safe and the service record will be wholly intact. Just make sure the workshop fills in and/or stamps the relevant page in the car's service handbook.

Fire hazard: More than 14,000 Lexus cars recalled for fuel leak risk
The Australian Government's Vehicle Recalls program has announced a recall for 14,270 Lexus cars due to a fire risk.The cars, which are Lexus IS, RC, and GS models from between 2012 and 2018, have been recalled for a fuel tank vent fault which could lead
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I am considering both Volvo XC60 B5 Inscription or Lexus NX300h F-Sport. I am wondering which is more reliable and suitable for long-term value?

Although both these cars are similar in many ways, there’s one area where they take difference philosophies. And that’s in the way their hybrid systems are configured and prioritised.

While the Lexus is more of a conventional hybrid with the electric motor doing a lot of the heavy lifting, the Volvo is what’s called a mild hybrid., As the name suggests, that means the electric power is limited to a 10kW boost when taking off or when the driver requires maximum acceleration.

A mild hybrid layout does still operate the stop-start function and can harvest energy when slowing down, so it’s still a worthwhile slice of tech, but it won’t affect fuel consumption as much as the Lexus’ full hybrid system.

Reliability is a bit of an unknown with any new car, but it’s fair to say that the Lexus’ reputation will count for something come trade-in time. Not to mention that, as the more hybrid-focussed of the pair, the Lexus might also be a little more future-proof.

RECALL: More than 52,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles may have fuel pump issue, including Corolla and HiLux
Toyota Australia and its premium offshoot, Lexus, have recalled 52,293 vehicles over a potential fuel pump fault
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What used hybrid should I buy?

The world of hybrids is moving very fast, Hannah, and the rule of thumb is that newer is better purely because the technology is improving all the time. You’re obviously concerned with running costs and your carbon-footprint, so the latest hybrid technology with a full factory warranty would seem to be an obvious way to go.

That puts the new Corolla Hybrid firmly in the frame as both a car with the latest planet-saving and life-saving tech as well as Toyota’s five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty as well as a ten-year warranty on the hybrid’s batteries. For some reason, Lexus hasn’t budged on its four-year warranty, meaning that a 2017 CT200h might only have a few months of factory cover to run if your bought it now. You’ll also potentially pay more for the second-hand Lexus than you will for the brand-new Corolla.

The only real drawback with the Corolla Hybrid is that its luggage space – because of the battery-packs – is quite shallow. But beyond that it’s a great car with the hybrid driveline thrown in for just a couple of grand extra. That’s a bargain and it’s one of the reasons the new Corolla will be a lot of Australian families’ first hybrid.

Lexus IS200 2002: Is it worth keeping my car is issues are starting to arise?

That’s a difficult call to make. The car has done quite a few kilometres and is in the twilight of its life. If it’s been properly serviced all its life to date and you continue to service it well you should be able to keep on top of any issues that crop up. But at the same you should anticipate that problems might occur more often now, and that will involve more expense. Looking forward you need to decide if you want to gamble on it giving little or no trouble, or get out of it. If you are not sure about it get out of it now.

Who makes Lexus cars?

Toyota Motor Corporation make Lexus vehicles out of Aichi and Kyushu Japan with SUV production coming out of Ontario in the USA. 

What is the most expensive Lexus?

The most expensive new Lexus is a LS500h Sports Luxury listed at $195,500. For more info on the latest model, check out our pricing and specs page, and you'll find all Lexus reviews and news here.

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