Lexus IS200 SportCross | Part Five

Lexus IS200 SportCross Rear


Servicing And Maintenance

Thanks to the advanced VVT-i technology, the IS200 SportCross does not require a first one thousand-mile service and major services are at 20,000 miles, or two-year intervals.

Every 10,000 miles, or 12 months the vehicle requires a safety check that takes just 0.6 hours. This involves an oil and filter change and safety items check that includes brake pad thickness, lights, levels and tyre wear. The IS200 SportCross uses long life 60,000-mile spark plugs and the timing belt only requires replacement at 100,000 miles. Total labour for servicing over a five-year / 50,000-mile period amounts to only 5.4 hours.

The 2.0-litre 24v straight six VVT-i engine also has a number of maintenance free components including hydraulic valve lifters, direct ignition and fuel filter. The exhaust system is made of stainless steel and the brakes incorporate long life pads. The engine only requires regular mineral grade oil, not the more expensive synthetic or semi-synthetic type.

Although Lexus is a premium brand, it does not believe in charging premium prices for servicing and parts. In fact, the aim has been to make the servicing and parts replacement costs for the car appreciably cheaper than its rivals.

Not only is the IS200 SportCross an intelligent choice in the showroom it is also an intelligent choice when it comes to servicing and maintenance.

Insurance Groupings And Security

The IS200 has been designed to satisfy the highest security requirements in the world – namely the UK’s. IS200 meets the UK Government’s Home Office policy to deter and prevent vehicle theft (New Vehicle Security Guidance). What Car? Magazine tested the IS200’s security features and awarded it 100 out of 100 perfect points score as the most secure vehicle on sale in the UK in 2000 and 2001. Insurance group for the IS200 SportCross is a highly competitive 13E.

A key embedded transponder engine immobiliser is fitted as standard to IS200 SportCross along with a factory fitted Thatcham-approved category one alarm system with its own battery back up.

A double locking system with freewheeling locks is also standard fit on all grades. All alloy wheels have locking wheel nuts and the audio and navigation systems are unique fit items and will not work if separated from the vehicle.

All grades display a visible VIN plate and all windows are etched with a security code. Additionally, up to 60 parts are covertly marked to aid police identification of the vehicle. The boot can also be separately deadlocked.


Active and passive safety was a major priority in the design of the Lexus IS200 SportCross. Precise steering, positive suspension and powerful brakes are all integral parts of the safety package.

Standard equipment includes switchable traction control and four channel anti-lock brakes. Driver and front passenger SRS airbags, Curtain Shield airbags plus side SRS airbags are also standard equipment along with pre-tensioned front seatbelts with force limiters.

Customer Support

Lexus IS200 SportCross, like all other Lexus models is backed by a comprehensive customer support package, which offers complete peace of mind. The three-year, 60,000 miles mechanical warranty is standard and Lexus boasts a 12-year anti-corrosion perforation warranty. A three-year paint warranty is also included.

Published 10 November 2002 Melanie Carter

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