Yearly, with filter change every 6 months or 5000 miles on a GS 300 with 60k
miles at present. We
use Mobil 1, 0 - 40 European formula, and had an oil analysis last spring and
it was fine. The GS
is driven mainly on trips over 50 miles 95% of the time.
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I have a '98 with 160,000 miles. I bought it new. I change the oil and
filter every 3,000 miles. I use only mobile 1 100% synthetic, and always
have. It costs me about $30 to change my own oil, and i buy the best fully
synthetic oil on the market, and I also buy the best oil filter on the
market. I had my first oil change done at Lexus. $100 later, with cheap
oil, and a cheap filter; I decided it best to do it myself.
Oil, Tires, and Brakes are the only things I have ever changed on my Lexus
since new, and it runs better today than the day I picked it up at the Lexus
A bit excessive? yes. But I bought a $60,000 car 7 years ago, and haven't
spent $2,500 YET on maintenance issues.
I also change the transmission fluid (flush it) every 30,000 miles. The air
filter every 30,000 miles. I did the spark plugs at 90,000; and have still
yet to need to do the timing belt.
- it's just me -
Wow! I too, have a 1998 LS 400. It has 80,000 miles. I change the oil
every 500 miles. I am impressed that you have yet to change the timing
belt, but you may be playing Russian Roulette with that. The book says
change at 90,000.
you wish wrote:
So do I. Just coming up to 375K on my 92 ES300. I use non-synthetic
10-40 Castrol from my local oil changing place. They still insist on
putting the little tag on my windshield to come in after 3000 miles,
and I still come in after 5000 every time. Engine still runs great.
As I recall, the manual says every 7500 miles. For me every 5000 is
just real easy to remember on the odometer. 5,10,15,20,etc.
I don't think it makes any difference whether it's an ES300 or LS400
or any other Lexus model. The quality of oil these days is just so
good all you need to do is change it, and the filter, regularly to
be in good shape.
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