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Ticking could be the normal direct injection noise

topping fluids- not much to top since the oil is being changed anyway the transmission is sealed there is no power steering fluid and coolant should be good to 100k

I guess you can check your wiper fluid
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Well now you should check your brake fluid and coolant level per the owners manual and top off if needed.

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Ticking could be the normal direct injection noise

topping fluids- not much to top since the oil is being changed anyway the transmission is sealed there is no power steering fluid and coolant should be good to 100k

I guess you can check your wiper fluid
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Well now you should check your brake fluid and coolant level per the owners manual and top off if needed.
Thanks for the responses guys. Any thoughts on my other questions/ideas?

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Are the plugs really necessary to change at 60k ?
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Are the plugs really necessary to change at 60k ?
Depends how you define necessary.

The car won't explode if you wait till 65k for example. But It'll be running like complete crap if you try waiting to 100k, and probably have caused significant other problems by then.
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Old thread but I felt it was worth a bump thanks to Knightshade's breakdown here of the 2IS's car maintenance:

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...The 2IS is really pretty easy... by the book you're looking at:

every 5k:
Oil change
(you can go much longer, safely... at least 7500 on normal oil, and at least 10-15k on any decent synthetic, 25k on Amsoil... but 5k is what the book says, the better to make the dealer money)

Every 15k:
Change air filter and cabin filter (you can do these yourself, maybe 5 minutes each, and pretty cheap)

Every 30k:
Change brake fluid- probably gonna pay someone to do this unless you're pretty comfortable working on your car... it's not super hard if you are, but it's one of those things you want to be SURE is done correctly- leaving air in brake lines is a Very Bad Thing.

Every 60k:
Spark plugs (again, can do yourself or not, depending how comfy you are working on cars... this is at least less of a "do it wrong can kill you" thing than brakes )

Every 100k:
Engine coolant


Oh, you'll need to change the battery in your smartkey every 2 years or so, if you want to count that.


That's about it for the RWD auto 250 and 350...

If you have an AWD 250 you'll have differential fluid changes in there occasionally... and if you have a manual RWD 250 you're the lucky one who can change transmission fluid (but will also get to change your clutch and flywheel for around $3,000 eventually)
My 2008 IS 350 is now at almost 34k miles and was bought new in Jan 209. Maintenance has indeed been a breeze:

1) 4 oil changes so far, first one 5kish miles (complimentary from lexus), then 11kish miles (started using mobil 1 5w-30 Fully synthetic at this point), 21k-ish miles and the most recent one at 32,900 miles a few weeks back. I've been bringing in my own oil ($40ish?) to soften the blow and the work for labor from the lexus dealer have been $40-$50 (I really should learn to do my own oil changes). So $250ish total there?

2) I did my air filter and cabin air filter late (and on my own, both blitz) with my mileage in the 25,000s - I think $120 in costs there? Assuming the whole reuse thing (I know the cabin air filter/ac filter is reusable, trying to figure out the air filter), this is more spent up front w/ savings in the long run.

I'm not including the cost of the winter tires I've bought, the bent rim I have to replace soon, and the next alignment (the first one was free since w/in 12k miles) I'll have to do.

So.. I guess so far I'm in the few hundred mark w/ maintenance fees. I feel someone ill-informed could have easily spent this much at ONE service from Lexus.

Now that I'm in the 30k+ mark, it's time for my first (imo at least) major item which is the brake fluid. I'll give a couple dealers a call and see what they'll charge for it. I'll try to see if I can get my own brake fluid and see if it will soften the blow of the cost. Or perhaps I can get it done at either a Toyota dealer or somewhere else. I usually go to firestone but lately they've been bothering me because they no longer allow you to bring your own parts/fluids. Any thoughts on what costs could/should be for this?

I think I have brakework needs around the corner too. The Lexus Dealer and Firestone dealer haven't mentioned anything on the most recent visits but the brakes don't feel as good anymore

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Ballpark guesstimate for what the brake fluid change will run you- $125ish at a Lexus dealer... maybe 100 if a toyota dealer'll do it... maybe 75 from a local shop.

On getting the pads/rotors checked- be sure they tell you the measurements for both, rather than just "yeah you need brakes" because often they'll tell you that when there's plenty of life left in the parts.
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^ thanks for the help (As always) knightshade, will do

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I was re-reading a lot of this (very useful) thread and I just got my "oil change soon" light in my car and I'm a bit puzzled.

Last oil change was less than 6000km ago (not miles). So that is less than 4k miles. I was hoping to get 10,000km (about 6000 miles). Is that pushing it? I'm not using synthetic or a any blend.

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The recommended oil change interval is 8,000Km but I sure it also has a time interval so it may be reading the time.

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The recommended oil change interval is 8,000Km but I sure it also has a time interval so it may be reading the time.
Thanks. I've got a day off on Thursday this week, so I'm just going to make an appointment at Nihon and do the change and I've got to change the OEM cabin filter. Good God is that over due, but I'll do that one by myself (regardless of how "challenged" I am).

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The change oil light comes on every X miles (it's every 4500 for the "do it soon" one and every 5000 for the "do it now" one).

it has no idea when the oil has actually been changed, or the condition of said oil.

Anyway, based on the UOAs I've seen, 6000 miles isn't anywhere close to "pushing it" (many have had good results even with 10k mile changes on conventional oil)... this assumes "normal" driving conditions- ie no excessive idling and not taking a lot of short trips where the engine doesn't get to run at operating temp for a while)
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2003-2004: 2001 Blue IS 300
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Parents: 2006 SGM IS 350 (2012-present)

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