The Lexus brand, the most valuable Japanese luxury vehicle marque, is a luxury vehicle brand affiliated with Toyota the same way Honda has Acura and Nissan has Infiniti.
In Nigeria today, Lexus is gradually becoming the go-to car for any Nigerian looking to buy a luxury car for daily use because the bigger boys in the game; Benz and BMW have become so expensive to maintain.
In addition to that, Lexus cars these days are closing the gap of luxury and technology levels with the top of the food chain Benz, BMW, and the others. This is why the Lexus VS Mercedes-Benz conversation in Nigeria is now common.
The ES350 is now the most common Lexus in Nigeria
Driving a Lexus in Nigeria is the same as driving a reliable Toyota but with an extra luxury feel. Lexus has been setting the standard in the luxury car production industry. one of such is the Lexus RX series leading the innovation of manufacturing SUVs with unibody chassis design, which meant better ride comfort for passengers and the model itself later became one of the first SUVs equipped with Hybrid technology. This was a turning point for Lexus in automotive history.
Also, the Lexus IS 350 that was manufactured in 2011 to compete with the Audi A4, the BMW 325i, and the Mercedes-Benz C350 won in every area of competition against the 3 German cars. One of the notable things about the Japanese brand is that Lexus also has an iconic supercar named the LFA but unfortunately, it doesn't have an F1 team like Honda.
There is a Lexus that suits everyone
A lot of people come at me with the question 'Crank!, is it expensive to maintain a Lexus in Nigeria?'. This is a very interesting question I would love to give answers to in this article.
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What Maintenance does a Lexus need?
If you own or are about to own a Lexus, you have to be very proactive when it comes to maintenance and repairs. You must always follow the maintenance schedule that your auto mechanic has issued to you.
There are two types of technical maintenance services for your Lexus; the basic routine maintenance and the extensive maintenance.
A Lexus RX being properly serviced
The basic routine maintenance
It involves the replacement of the oil filter and an engine oil change. If your Lexus car is a 2008 and above year of the production car, the best type of oil to use in your is a synthetic oil.
To know the exact engine oil specification for your Lexus car, check the engine oil cap on the engine or the car's manual. Most recent Lexus cars today use the 0W-20 synthetic oil grade while older Lexus cars use the 5W-30 mineral oil rating.
The preventive maintenance
This is an in-depth maintenance service that involves the inspection and diagnosis of your car in total. The essence of this type of maintenance service is to detect anomalies in the overall operation of your car before it causes a breakdown on the road. During preventive maintenance, here is a list of what must be thoroughly inspected :
|The System||What the technician should look out for|
|Braking system||Brake pad level, brake fluid level, condition of brake discs, and caliper.|
|Tyres||Wear and tear, tightness of wheel nuts|
|Engine performance||Spark plug health, Ignition coil health, Abnormal engine vibration and sound|
|Suspension system||Abnormal sound from shocks/struts/arms, the health of shock absorber pads and bushings|
|Steering system||Driving shaft health, linkages and joint of steering condition|
|A/C system||A/C Filter for dirt|
|Ignition system||Fuel Nozzles for dirt|
|Electric Motor system||Performance of the Electric motor|
When should I service/maintain my Lexus?
You need to maintain your Lexus every day! What do I mean? You should always take care of your Lexus car whether you drive it or not. Cleaning the interior and exterior, checking the fluid and coolant level before you drive it, visual inspection of tyres once every week, careful driving on rough roads amongst others are simple maintenance practices you should practice if you drive a Lexus.
You can't prevent this by maintenance, it is an unplanned accident
If your Lexus is the year 2008 and above, you need to have your car taken in for the basic oil change service every 5000 miles and every 10,000 miles for the extensive maintenance. If your Lexus is 2008 and older then you should service it every 4000 miles and an extensive maintenance every 8000 miles.
The automobile workshop where you service your car should place a service tag where you can see it daily to serve as a reminder to monitor your mileage for the due service period.
What do I need for maintaining and servicing my Lexus?
You only need engine oil and an oil filter for the basic servicing while the extensive maintenance service will reveal all you need to buy to restore your Lexus to how the manufacturer sold it.
I will advise you to always use synthetic oil for your Lexus if the mileage is below 100,000 miles just so that your engine can run optimally. If the car has done over 100,000 miles then you can use normal mineral oil during an oil change.
If you drive a high-performance Lexus car, you should stick to only synthetic oil because of high revs and extreme engine performance operation.
It is shocking that people drive cars as dirty as this
How much to maintain a Lexus car in Nigeria?
The labour cost of servicing a Lexus in Nigeria if it is the year 2008 model and above ranges between ₦2,000 to ₦7,000 depending on the sophistication level of the automobile workshop. The cost of synthetic oil in Nigeria varies from ₦10,000 to ₦15,000 while normal mineral engine oil varies between ₦3,500 and ₦6,000 for a 4-litre quantity depending on the brand. The cost of the oil filter for Lexus cars is between ₦2,500 and ₦4,000.
For Lexus repairs, the labour cost will depend on the extent of repair to be done on your Lexus car. If you think about the costs of buying Lexus cars in Nigeria compared to the repair costs, you would see that Lexus has an advantage just because it is closely affiliated with Toyota.
Where to maintain a Lexus car in Nigeria?
Lexus cars can be serviced, maintained, and repaired in any automobile workshop in Nigeria that repairs Japanese cars like Toyota. They have similar systems so you can also register your Lexus car with Lexus service centers close to you or a Toyota service centre. You should know that Lexus repair cost would be a little more expensive than Toyota cars so do not be shocked when you get billed a higher rate than the regular Toyota rate.
The rear axles of Lexus cars need to be serviced along with the transmission
If you drive high-end performance Lexus cars like the LFA and other F marque performance Lexus cars like the Lexus GSF, ISF, and RCF then you need services of high-performance automobile mechanic workshops that are only available in Lagos and Abuja.
Common Lexus car problems in Nigeria
No car is perfect, even the Lexus has some common problems that you as an owner should be aware of so that you can pay more attention to signs from those areas.
Here are the common problems that Lexus cars do have in Nigeria:
- Check engine warning light from an O2 sensor failure.
- Oil leaks from timing chain cover.
- Shock absorber failure due to bad roads.
- Water leaks into the cabin for Lexus cars with sunroofs.
- Melting dashboard.
- Engine performance reduction over time.
- ABS light common with the SUVs.
You can reduce what it will cost to maintain a Lexus in Nigeria by avoiding repairs and damages.
Badly maintained car tyre
How to maintain a Lexus to prevent damages and repairs
Lexus cars are very reliable when you do the right thing at all times. Maintaining a Lexus in Nigeria would be done right if you follow these tips on a daily basis:
- Never engage gears until the car comes to a complete stop.
- Always use the recommended fluids and coolants.
- Always inspect the tyres weekly.
- Always pay attention to the engine responsiveness when driving uphill.
- Drive carefully around uneven road areas.
- Always monitor the temperature gauge to avoid overheating from failed radiator hose(s).
- Replace your car remote battery every 18 months.
- Practice Tyre rotation every 50,000 miles.
- Service the differentials every 50,000 miles if your Lexus is a rear-wheel-drive.
This is how a Lexus tyre rotation should be
Costs of common replacement parts for Lexus cars
I have listed the replacement parts for Lexus that are commonly needed in Nigeria and their prices below:
|Part||Authentic Price||Tokunbo Price||China Price|
|Pair of shock absorbers||₦45,000 - ₦200,000||₦30,000 - ₦70,000||₦20,000 - ₦50,000|
|Spark plugs||₦12,000 - ₦40,000||₦5,000 - ₦15,000||₦3,500 - ₦7,000|
|Linkages||₦10,000 - ₦18,000||₦5,000 - ₦10,500||₦2,000 - ₦7,000|
|Tie rods||₦10,000 - ₦45,000||₦8,000 - ₦15,000||₦6,000 - ₦15,000|
|pair of ball joints||₦15,000 - ₦38,000||₦10,000 - ₦25,000||₦7,000 - ₦25,000|
|set of Ignition coils (4,6 or 8)||₦30,000 - ₦120,000||₦20,000 - ₦40,000||₦16,000 - ₦40,000|
|Fuel Nozzles||₦30,000 - ₦120,000||₦20,000 - ₦40,000||₦16,000 - ₦40,000|
|Complete Fuel Pump||₦50,000 - ₦200,000||₦30,000 - ₦75,000||₦25,000 - ₦100,000|
|Wiper blades||₦2,500 - ₦7,000||N/A||₦500 - ₦2,500|
|Pair of brake pads||₦12,000 - ₦60,000||₦4,000 - ₦15,000||₦2,000 - 15,000|
|Engine seat/mounts||₦15,000 - ₦40,000||₦7,000 - ₦20,000||₦7,000 - ₦25,000|
|Engine replacement||₦1,200,000 - ₦6,500,000||₦45,000 - ₦1,200,000||N/A|
|Pair of Shock absorber pads||₦20,000 - ₦40,000||₦10,000 - ₦25,000||₦7,000 - ₦20,000|
|Windscreen replacement||₦45,000 - ₦120,000||N/A||₦15,000 - ₦60,000|
Note : These prices depend greatly on the year and model of the Lexus.
All Lexus parts above can be gotten across the country with any Lexus/Toyota dealership and spare parts market. Ladipo market in Lagos, Nigeria is the biggest spare parts market for Lexus replacement parts in Nigeria.
Lexus is the perfect luxury car for Nigerians based on affordability and flexibility of use and you should take advantage of this. Lexus has ranges of all types of cars from the small IS models to the very large LS models. All you have to do as an owner of a Lexus in Nigeria is to imbibe a proper maintenance culture as I have analyzed above so you know that maintaining a Lexus is not expensive as you think!
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