2013 Lexus GS 350: Resetting the Maintenance Reminder
October 16, 2012
I started up the 2013 Lexus GS 350 last night, and what do you know, time for service. Wait, didn't we have that done last week? Ah, yes we did.
But in the midst of rotating the tires and doing the mandatory checks, our Santa Monica Lexus service tech apparently forgot to reset the maintenance reminder.
Well, that'll be easy to take care of myself, right?
It is, if you where to look. Initially, I looked up "Maintenance" in the index of the GS 350's main owner's manual (it's still paper and pretty much a set of encyclopedias) and couldn't find any relevant topics. Forget that, I thought, I'll be able to figure out how to do in the navigation system's settings menu.
So I clicked Settings, then Vehicle, then Maintenance and that brought me here (see above photo). And then I tried to plug in the date (10/10/2012) that we had the oil changed and tires rotated. Nope. This area is apparently only for setting future reminders. You're supposed to swap the oil and filter every 10,000 miles or every 12 months, whichever comes first (tire rotations are every 5K miles). We'll hit the mileage first, but just for the heck of it, I put in 4/10/2013 while I was here. Obviously, I still need to change the interval from 5,000 to 10,000... there's no telling how many settings I screwed up while fumbling around here. I'll be fortunate if the radio still works.
The next time I started the engine I realized I still hadn't solved the maintenance reminder puzzle. So I went back to the index, this time searching under "Reset..." instead of "Maintenance" and, sure enough, there's an entry just for that.
And here's how you reset the maintenance reminder in the 2013 Lexus GS 350, though evidently only if it's a U.S.-spec car. Any Canadian readers out there with a new-gen GS 350... is it actually a different process?
So yeah, I'd call the reset process a bit complicated (but then, midsize luxury sedans are supposed to be complicated) and I can kinda understand why the service tech didn't bother, but there's no question, that yes, he/she should have bothered because it's his/her job to bother with such details.
Regardless, the reminder is now reset, so we shouldn't see it again for another 5,000 miles or so.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 4,652 miles