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Best Garage for Lexus Hybrid?

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  1. #1

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    Best Garage for Lexus Hybrid?

    I have a used lexus ct200h and have been searching for a reliable mechanic for a while for regular maintenance (tire rotation, etc). An earlier post mentioned HP garage at Sai Kung but said that they were experts in BMW, so I’m not sure how knowledgeable they are about Lexus hybrid. Anyone had any recommendation?

    Thanks.


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    Honestly with our Lexus Hybrid we've just gone to Lexus.


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    Pricey

    Quote Originally Posted by pin:
    Honestly with our Lexus Hybrid we've just gone to Lexus.
    Thanks. They are very good but also very pricey. Costs 3800 HKD for a standard maintenance package for my model, including oil and filter change.

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    If you're just after regular maintenance I'd stick with HP. Straightforward, honest and reliable over many years. If anything ever went wrong with the hybrid system you might need a specialist but he'd tell you so.


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    SK Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Peaky:
    If you're just after regular maintenance I'd stick with HP. Straightforward, honest and reliable over many years. If anything ever went wrong with the hybrid system you might need a specialist but he'd tell you so.
    Thanks!

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    The one time that we had a hybrid in Hong Kong, we took it to Toyota in Tsuen Wan, and did a couple of factory recall free fixes on top of regular servicing.

    Hybrids are a little bit more involved that the self taught manner of small garage staff just don't know enough about and end up messing things up, costing you more in the long run ie damaging traction battery's and inverters etc.

    If your just doing, oil changes, tyre changes and suspension related maintenance, any garage can handle that, anything more technically related to the hybrid system ie cooling of, battery management etc best to leave to trained staff.

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    Thanks! As you once said, always let the trained staff at Lexus/Toyota refill the coolant of the battery system.
    How often did you clean the fuel system of your Pirus (I assume your Pirus is structurally very similar to my CT200H and so should have similar maintenance schedule)? Someone on the internet said every 5000km, which seems rather frequent.


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    All HK cars have comically frequent service intervals from the manufacturers... I'm sure it's part of a cartel agreement somewhere between all the concessions here. Personally I've always ignored it and followed the service schedule from other markets, normally at least half the frequency. Obviously if it's newish and still under warranty you are tied in.


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    Thank you. I agree that lots of the manufacturers exaggerate the frequency of service intervals. Mine is actually 9 years old and past warranty. People on the internet say my model CT200H should average at 4.5-5.5 L/100km, but mine has always been around 7.2 since I bought it as a used car a few months ago. I wanted to go to the Crown Motors to figure out why (by doing a standard maintenance there) but am also thinking if a private mechanic could do the same job at a much lower price.


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    That's 62mpg (imperial) in units I'm used to... unless you're doing longer highway runs at steady speeds for a significant chunk of your mileage then it sounds utterly unachievable in HK with the hills, stopping and starting and relatively frequent acceleration in excess of what the hybrid motor will deliver. I think you are doing pretty much as expected at what you're getting, which is 40mpg. Those hybrids are much more effective at flat 20-30mph trawls through town or boosting economy in crawling traffic.

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