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If you have around $75,000 burning a hole in your pocket and want to spend it on a supercar, we suggest checking out the Lexus LC 500. Brand new, this Japanese supercar retails for around $106,000, but a used one costs far less. However, if you were to buy one of these cars, how many miles could you expect it to last?

The LC 500 lasts as long as you would expect a Lexus to

2023 Lexus LC 500 rear corner view
2023 Lexus LC 500 | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

It’s widely known that Lexus vehicles are reliable, and the LC 500 is not an exception. The LC 500 is powered by the same 5.0-liter V8 that Lexus has used in many platforms over the years. That means the design has proven reliable for many years and miles, and finding replacement parts is relatively easy.

Many owner reviews on claim that the Lexus LC 500 is reliable, and a couple even said the car “exceeded expectations.” That’s high praise, considering these are car enthusiasts who have owned Aston Martins, Bentleys, and Rolls Royces (per their reviews). Some reviews state that the car’s performance is great and the car is the “best” they have owned.

That said, it should be no surprise that an LC 500 could easily last over 200,000 miles without many huge issues. Granted, it could cost a pretty penny to keep one maintained for that long, but we’ll get to that later.

For now, the highest mileage LC 500 we found for sale on Autotrader has 89,000 miles on the odometer. The car looks great, but there aren’t any remarks from the seller regarding its current mechanical condition. Either way, we’re the car drives well.

How much does it cost to maintain a Lexus LC 500?

Maintaining an LC 500 is relatively cheap, considering it’s a $100,000 car. According to Edmunds, the average five-year cost to maintain a 2021 LC 500 is $12,474. That’s a small chunk of change for five years, especially if your pockets are swollen enough to afford this type of car. As for repairs, LC 500 owners can expect to pay around an average of $2,344 within the first five years of ownership.

One Lexus LC 500 owner on the Lexus Owner Club forums stated that the cost for a 30k service at their local dealership was $700 and the 60k service cost $1,400. Additionally, LC 500 owners can look forward to paying around $1,700 for a set of tires when the rubber gets worn out. The Lexus LC 500 may not be as cheap to run as an IS, but that should be expected.

Common LC 500 complaints

A front corner view of the 2023 Lexus LC 500
2023 Lexus LC 500 | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

Some of the most common owner complaints about the Lexus LC 500 include:

  • Infotainment system: Many owners reported that the infotainment system would crash or freeze, making it difficult to use.
  • Transmission issue: Some owners have complained that LC 500’s transmission hesitates or shifts roughly over time.
  • Poor audio quality: Some LC 500 owners reported low-quality audio, with speakers that rattle or produce distorted sound.
  • Brakes: Some owners report the brakes being noisy or squeaky.

Ultimately, the Lexus LC 500 is a long-lasting and reliable supercar with not many complaints or concerns to consider. Then again, many used examples you’ll find on Autotrader only have around 20,000 to 30,000 miles on the clock. Either way, if you have around $75,000 burning a hole in your wallet, spending it on an LC 500 is not a bad idea.