You drove your current car for as long as you could, but now the time has come to replace it. As you begin the hunt for a new vehicle, one of your considerations outside of the overall price is the cost of parts. You don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on OEM parts if you can help it. Keeping that in mind, are Lexus parts expensive?
Although Lexus has cemented its status as a luxury car brand, replacing parts for the vehicle is surprisingly low-cost. The reason is that, as a Toyota-owned brand, Lexus parts are usually interchangeable with Toyota parts.
In this article, we’ll talk in a lot more detail about the cost and longevity of Lexus parts. We’ll also provide information on vehicle maintenance so you can keep your Lexus (and its parts) in phenomenal condition!
Are Lexus OEM Parts Pricy? How Much Do They Cost?
No car is perfect, and that includes luxury brands such as Lexus. With time and use, parts will wear down and eventually break. You’ll have to visit your local dealership or a mechanic to get your Lexus fixed.
Per year, the annual repair costs for a Lexus in 2021 are $551. That number comes courtesy of RepairPal.
Every year, RepairPal publishes a Car and Truck Reliability Report that accounts for repair costs as well as other areas such as repair severity and frequency.
In the 2021 report, eight-car manufacturers received a RepairPal score of 4 or up, which is a high rating and indicates a reliable vehicle. Topping the list is Honda. Lexus was at number six, beaten out by Acura, Kia, Hyundai, and Mazda.
Underneath Lexus in the list is the Lexus car brand owner Toyota, as well as Nissan.
The other five car manufacturers that were ranked higher than Lexus have an average annual repair price of $466.60 per year. That’s only a difference of about $85 between them and Lexus, so Lexus replacement parts aren’t that much more expensive.
We should note that these repair prices are for a new car. As a car ages, its repair costs continue to increase. Thus, you can’t take that $551 and multiply it by 10 to get the 10-year maintenance cost estimate.
Instead, you should focus more on mileage when determining how much your vehicle’s maintenance will increase. An article from car resource Your Mechanic outlines expected maintenance cost increases each time you rack up 25,000 miles.
- 0 miles to 25,000 miles – $1,400 on maintenance
- 25,000 miles to 50,000 miles – $2,200 on maintenance
- 50,000 miles to 75,000 miles – $3,000 on maintenance
- 75,000 miles to 100,000 miles – $3,900 on maintenance
- 100,000 miles to 125,000 miles – $4,100 on maintenance
- 125,000 miles to 150,000 miles – $4,400 on maintenance
- 150,000 miles to 175,000 miles – $4,800 on maintenance
- 175,000 miles to 200,000 miles – $5,000 on maintenance
How far you’ll drive per year depends on where in the country you call home. Drivers in states such as Arizona drive a moderate 13,090 miles annually. Your maintenance costs wouldn’t increase per year, but about every two years.
In Wyoming, the average amount of miles driven per year is 24,069 per 2021 Metromile data. In that case, then you can expect to pay the above maintenance costs every year. You’ll go through cars fast!
What Kind of Maintenance Does a Lexus Need? How Much Will It Cost?
If you want to prevent crow’s feet and wrinkles, you start a skincare routine when you’re young. That’s the best way to halt the hands of time, right?
It’s a similar concept for your car. By getting your Lexus in for routine maintenance within its first year and then following a maintenance schedule in the years to come, you might be able to prevent the need for frequent parts replacement later.
If you buy your Lexus new, you can take advantage of two appointments for free maintenance. The first is at either 5,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first. The second appointment is at 10,000 miles or a year, whichever comes first.
After that, you have to pay for maintenance services, even if your Lexus is covered under a warranty. Here are the services you should add to your Lexus maintenance routine and the cost of each.
Brake Pad Upgrade
Your Lexus brake pads are integral in helping you stop your vehicle, so you can’t slack on getting these replaced. You’ll need new brake pads between 10,000 and 20,000 miles on the odometer, and then every time you add 10,000 more miles.
The average cost of Lexus brake pads is $130 to $300.
Spark Plug Replacement
If your car doesn’t want to start, that’s usually due to faulty spark plugs. The plugs are what ignite the fuel and air mixture in your Lexus, so without them, you’re stuck. A good set of spark plugs can last you 30,000 miles before you need new ones. Don’t go any longer than 90,000 miles without fresh plugs.
New spark plugs for a Lexus cost between $200 and $500. They’re expensive but crucial!
Tires are a financial hit for any vehicle. One new tire for your Lexus will set you back $150 to $300. High performance tires can cost up to $500 each.
Fortunately, barring damage like from a nail puncture, a tire should last you six years.
Oil can accumulate in your Lexus, gunking things up and interrupting how your vehicle works. During a routine oil change, a mechanic will remove all that old oil buildup. Then they’ll add synthetic, high-mileage, or conventional oil.
As today’s oil has become more efficient than ever, you can now go 5,000 miles between oil changes (the standard used to be 3,000 miles). Some car owners push it to 7,500 miles, but don’t wait longer than that!
10,000-Mile Scheduled Maintenance
You just hit 10,000 miles on your Lexus’ odometer. You feel a strange swelling of pride that you’ve taken care of your Lexus so well that it’s reached this point. While congratulations are certainly in order, you should celebrate by scheduling your vehicle’s 10,000-mile maintenance appointment.
This routine maintenance costs about $300 but can be costlier depending on what, if anything, the mechanics find wrong with your Lexus.
When Is It Time to Replace a Lexus?
You bought a Lexus and you’ve driven it for years now. You’ve loved almost every minute, except when you’ve had to shell out for repairs. These days, the rate of those repairs has become more frequent, which has you wondering. Is it maybe time to send your Lexus to the scrap yard?
Here are some signs your car is too old to be drivable.
The Repair Costs Are Higher Than Half the Car’s Value
Many car owners follow the 50-percent rule. That is if all the repairs for your Lexus are half of what it’s worth now, it’s time to buy a new car. This one is a money pit.
All the cash you put into your ailing Lexus could have gone towards a new car or several by now!
The List of Repairs Needed Is Nonstop
You got the brake pads fixed three months ago, but now they’re acting up again. Your car also starts sporadically, which makes it real fun to get to work each morning on time. Oh, and your dashboard light is on when it shouldn’t be, so that’s something you have to get looked at too.
We mentioned before how cars are more expensive to maintain and repair as they get older. However, you need to know when to throw in the towel. If the list of repairs just keeps growing and growing, what are you really putting your money towards? A black hole, that’s what.
Fuel Efficiency Has Gone Way Down
Here’s another sign your Lexus (or any other old car) is a goner: a sharp decrease in fuel efficiency. This is usually not something that you can bring back once it’s gone. Only a car replacement will do.
Lexus car parts are usually quite affordable, costing about $550 per year early in the life of the vehicle. Although you can’t prevent your Lexus from getting older and its repairs more expensive, you can maintain the vehicle so it might serve you well for longer!
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John Cunningham is an Automotive Technician and writer on Rustyautos.com. He’s been a mechanic for over twenty-five years and has worked for GM, Volvo, Volkswagen, Land Rover, and Jaguar dealerships.
John uses his know-how and experience to write fluff-free articles that help fellow gearheads with all aspects of vehicle ownership, including maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting.