Lexus RX service: all you need to know

The Lexus RX is one of the cars that established Lexus in the UK, and it’s still a popular flagship for our SUV line-up. It’s been a staple of the Lexus range since 1998, hybrid drive has been available since 2005 and it’s currently on its fourth generation. But no matter which version you drive, your local Lexus Centre will be happy to help with your Lexus RX service needs to keep it maintained to the highest standard.

Why choose Lexus servicing?

The simple answer is this: who is better qualified to service your Lexus than the people that built it? Now, we don’t mean shipping it all the way back to Japan to let the factory give it a check, but the next best thing – a visit to your local Lexus service centre, where our qualified Lexus technicians can give the RX the attention it deserves. We have 46 Lexus centres across the UK, and all of them will be able to cater to your needs.

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If your Lexus RX is less than 10 years old and has covered less than 100,000 miles, then it qualifies for the Lexus Warranty. This is provided through an initial three-year manufacturer warranty, and up to an additional seven-year service activated Lexus Warranty. Under Lexus Warranty, a 12 month/10,000 mile warranty is included with every Lexus service, giving you a chance to relax in the knowledge that you and your vehicle are in safe hands. Terms and conditions apply but all the information you need is available at your local Lexus service centre.

What happens in a Lexus RX service?

Our Lexus Technicians have a comprehensive checklist that covers every part of your car. For an intermediate service, the oil and filter are changed, as are the cabin air and pollen filters, while checks are made on every other part of the car, from the lights to the major controls and safety equipment. Finally (and at every service) your RX is washed and valeted, ready for collection.

For a major service at 20,000 miles, all of the about checks are made, the brake fluid and differential oil are replaced, and so are the batteries in your remote keyfobs, too. Extra inspections are made of the running gear under the car, including the wheel bearings, suspension, exhaust system, fuel and brake lines, as well as all of the car’s glass and light lenses.

From 40,000 miles onwards, more major components are replaced, and (depending on model), you’ll get new spark plugs, timing belts or filters. At 100,000 miles, the engine coolant is replaced, the valve clearances are checked using a sensor system (so the engine doesn’t need to be taken apart), while hybrid models have their inverter coolant replaced, again depending on the model.

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Within all of these checks, your Lexus centre will highlight any issues that might need rectifying. If something does come up, then our Technicians won’t carry out any additional work unless authorised by you, the owner. If any extra work is needed, then we will only use Lexus approved products, and these will come with a 12-month warranty.

What’s a Lexus Hybrid Health Check?

As well as the standard checks, hybrid versions of the Lexus RX get an additional Hybrid Health Check at service (you can also book a Hybrid Health Check outside of service for £59). With decades of hybrid experience under our belt, our Lexus Technicians are trained to know how hybrid systems work, and a Hybrid Health Check will ensure your car’s hybrid system is in full working order. You’ll be provided with a written report about your car’s hybrid system, and will be able to talk you through any work that might be needed. And with every Hybrid Health Check comes an extra 12 months or 10,000 miles of hybrid warranty cover, up until your car is 15 years old.

How much does a Lexus RX service cost?

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The current Lexus RX 450h and larger RX 450h L hybrids have 10,000-mile service intervals that alternate between Intermediate and Full. Intermediate services cost £315, while the Full services vary according to which milestone you hit. The Full 20 20,000 mile/2 year service costs £540, as do the Full 40 and Full 80 services, too. For Full 60 and Full 100, the cost is £725.

Lexus briefly sold the RX 200t petrol, non-hybrid model. The intervals are the same as they are for the RX 450h, but prices break down as follows: Intermediate: £290, Full 20/40/80: £600, Full 60/100: £650.

What is Lexus Essential Care Maintenance?

If you drive an older Lexus RX that’s more than five years old, then Essential Care Maintenance is available to help you keep your car on the road cost-effectively. Lexus offers a range of maintenance items that can be fitted by our Lexus Technicians, including MoTs, brake pads and discs, shock absorbers, 12-volt batteries and wiper blades.

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How to service a Lexus RX at home

If you’re handy with DIY maintenance, then Lexus can help you here, too. We have two online shops on Amazon and eBay that sell a variety of components and accessories to help you fix, repair or upgrade your car at home. All Lexus parts and accessories sold via Amazon and eBay are covered by a 12-month warranty.

All information is correct at the time of publishing


    1. Hello Michael,
      Please provide your Vehicle Registration so that we can look into this for you.

        1. Hello Csaba,
          Thanks for your question.
          Please provide your Vehicle Registration so that we can look into this for you.

  1. Hi I’ve just purchased a 19 plate RX450h from Lexus reading with 20,000 plus on the clock what paperwork should I have been given ie owners instruction book etc I wasn’t even given a mot ( DVLA ) States it passed on its first 2 months ago. Reg RY19KZM.your reply would be appreciated
    Derek Langley

    1. Hello Derek,
      Congratulations on the purchase of your new RX.
      Thank you very much for your question.
      Owners Manuals for our vehicles can now be found online here –
      You can also check the MOT status of your vehicle online here –
      However, if you would prefer the MOT certificate in paper form, we would recommend requesting this at Lexus Reading.
      Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you further.

  2. Hi my RX450h is due in for a 100,000 service tomorrow. Please can you detail what work should be done. I have a service plan with Emac , but now a charge of £20 is being charged for collection / delivery. Is this correct? I’ve had a few issues and have lost a degree of confidence. Hence my dounn be me checking. My reg is SG13SAR. Thank you for your help

    1. Hello Sandra, thanks for your question.

      In order to find the exact content of the 100k service on this vehicle, please start the process of the online booking on the Lexus website. You can select the type of service and your preferred Lexus Centre, which will reveal the content of your service. You don’t need to actually make the booking to view this. Please visit here to access this:


  3. Hello Lexus

    I have a RX Sport, I have left message with Lexus UK, had no reply, the insurance company have suggested that insurance will jump due to the high theft level on RX models by accessing electronics behind the headlight, I would have thought at its last service the agent would have placed the plate that I am told is required as part of the service to make the vechicle secure, or even advised me, I have tried ringing Lexus re this matter, had several calls not answered but a message on the system after going through options given to have the final message that the “team” are in a meeting? After 20 years of owning several models of Lexus I really do feel that customer service and care is falling away. Reading other comments re this problem I note some agents do the mod FOC others want to try and charge £250.
    Look forward to your comments A 3 GCO

  4. took my RX for annual intermediate service which I paid £340. after picking the car and check my app, it only showing hybrid health check carried out but nothing to do with the intermediate service paid. should i be worried and why is not the app updated to reflect what has been carried out.

    1. Hello,
      Thanks for your comment.
      This should update soon.
      If it does not, we would recommend contacting your Lexus Centre for further assistance.

  5. Lexus RX450 Premier
    When are Lexus going to come up with a solution to prevent thieves with electronic equipment gathering the information from my key in my house and using that information to steal my car? I generally keep my keys in a Faraday pouch at home, however, there are times when my keys have been left in a jacket, leaving me susceptible to having my car stolen!

    My insurance company, LV, have refused to renew the insurance on the vehicle after the policy expires in a few days time, stating that the RX450 Premier is highly likely to be stolen. I’ve tried Lexus Insurance and they quoted me a price in excess of £1,800. Absolutely outrageous!. They obviously have the same opinion as LV, that the vehicle is highly likely to be stolen. My current policy with LV cost £465!

    1. Hi Christopher, thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately, there is a new method of vehicle theft that does not require the key to be within signal reach of the vehicle. This is known as CANbus theft and your RX is highlighted as a high risk model for this. We would recommend getting in touch with your local Lexus Centre who will be able to register your vehicle as eligible for the security update and vehicle protection plate.


      Lexus UK

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