The Lexus brand is well-known for the longevity of its vehicles. The Lexus GX 460 is specifically well known for how well and how long it can run.
As one of the most reliable SUVs on the road, a Lexus GX 460 can drive 250 miles on one 23 gallon tank of gas. If properly maintained, a Lexus vehicle is known to run well past 200 thousand miles. The vehicle shouldn’t run past 350 thousand miles.
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In 2019 Lexus GX 460 is perhaps one of the most reliable vehicles on the road; the Lexus company has a very reliable reputation. Year after year, consumer reports give a 5 out of 5 star reliability rating.
Maintenance plays a great part in how well any vehicle will run, and how many miles it can take. When and how the oil filter gets changed has a great effect on how the oil will continue to flow in the car, cooling and lubricating the gears and various other mechanical parts of your car.
The oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, or according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Various Lexus owners have admitted to getting by without changing their oil filters from anywhere to six thousand to seven thousand miles.
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to maintain your vehicle is to change the air filter. A filthy air filter prevents the engine from breathing, and can affect your gas mileage. It is best to replace the air filter every 20,000 miles, or at least once a year. The environment you drive in also comes into play when it comes to changing your air filter.
Filters are vital to your car’s lifespan. Air filters clean dirt and dust from the engine, while fuel and oil filters trap sediment and debris. Be sure to follow your vehicle’s owner’s manual’s guidelines on when filters need to be replaced.
To prolong the lifespan of your car, be sure to check the fluids. Some you can check yourself on a regular basis, such as the windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze, power steering fluid and brake fluid. This is an easy, preventative measure to keep your car reliable and lasting longer.
The Lexus GX 460 is a four-wheel vehicle, you will also need to be aware of your differential fluid and transfer case fluid, and change them regularly. Keep a careful eye on your vehicle’s fluid; leaks can cause major damage if they aren’t fixed quickly. It is in your best interest to check your fluids every couple of weeks.
Check your tire pressure regularly and make sure all your tires are inflated properly, preventing issues from arising in the future. It’s recommended you rotate your tires every six thousand to seventy-five thousand miles, or at least twice a year. Be sure to get your tires aligned as well, as another way to increase the lifespan of your vehicle.
Be careful of rust, as it will ruin the integrity of your vehicle. Washing your car in winter is especially important, to keep the road salt from eating holes in the metal of your vehicle.
Change the timing belt as needed. Flush the cooling system every forty thousand miles. The electric components of the Lexus GX 460 are well tested and not too complex. They aren’t too costly, especially not to the point you’ll need to scrap the entire car if something malfunctions or quits entirely.
The annual repair and maintenance costs vary depending on age, mileage, as well as the price given by your dealership and mechanic shop. After asking a few Lexus owners, the average annual maintenance cost of a Lexus is in the ballpark of $590.
Putting off repairs can result in extensive damage to your vehicle. Pay attention to any odd noises and checkup lights. If the problem isn’t fixed right away, avoid large repair costs and cause greater problems.
Here is the recommended maintenance schedule for a Lexus GX 460:
|Item||When to Change|
|Synthetic Oil||10,000 miles|
|Tire Rotation||30,000 miles|
|Cabin Air Filter||5,000 miles|
|Road Test||15,000 miles|
|Air Filter||5,000 miles|
|Spark Plugs||100,000 miles|
|Automatic Transmission Fluid||150,000 miles|
By following these maintenance guidelines, who can ensure that your vehicle has a long life and continues to run reliably. Another owner posted to a board that their Lexus GX 460 ran well over 360 thousand miles, due its immaculate maintenance.
Warm Up and Cool Down
It’s not good for any engine to ‘cold start’ and ‘warm finish’. It’s not good for them to sit unused. It’s especially bad for four-wheel drive systems, such as the Lexus GX 460, to sit idle, but it’s also bad for any engine to ‘cold start’. A cold start is when you start your vehicle and immediately start driving. This kind of wear is responsible for roughly 70% of engine wear.
To prevent this, warm the engine. Starting your vehicle and allowing it to sit awhile before driving prevents strain on the engine, and can prolong the vehicle’s life. Allowing the engine to “cool off” after driving prevents the same wear.
Just like an athlete needs a warm up before a work out, and a cool down afterwards to keep their heart and muscles in top notch condition, your Lexus needs to warm and cool down after each drive, to keep the engine and gears from getting too worn. This can greatly prolong the car’s life span and thus add to the mileage.
While modern vehicles can monitor their own fuel levels and remind you when it’s time to fill the tank, it’s not good for your vehicle to run on low. Monitoring your fuel levels will reduce the wear on your vehicle and help add to its’ longevity.
Modern vehicles have gauges and lights to monitor their own fuel levels and alert when it’s low, but it’s not good for the engine to run on anything less than half a tank. When you notice your tank is to about a fourth full, fill it up. This way, debris and waste will stay out of the fuel filter, and your engine won’t have to work any harder than it needs to.
The Lexus GX 460 has a twenty-three gallon gas tank, which gives the vehicle is 13/15 MPG rating. In the best conditions, you can drive about 250 miles on a single tank. But after considering weather and traffic conditions, this is less possible.
Drive as smoothly you can. Sudden, erratic acceleration and braking puts strain on your car, and stress on the inner machinery, wearing them out faster. Accelerate slowly, avoid driving at high speeds and accelerating quickly, especially when it’s very hot or very cold outside. The Lexus GX 460 is powerful, but cannot accelerate quickly. Don’t hold the wheel to an extreme left or right—this will damage the power-steering pump.
It is a great deal of work, but with a combination of maintenance, both by you personally and during annual mechanic checkups, your Lexus GX will work reliably for years to come.