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Old 03-19-13, 12:09 PM   #1
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Apparantly Lexus is aware of low battery and it is being investigated.
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Interesting! This is good to know. Keep us posed of what their solution is. My GS350 already had the original battery replaced with another different looking "Lexus" battery
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Old 03-19-13, 11:37 PM   #3
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Thank you for the update. At least Lexus is finally acknowledging the issue. The first step to solving this is for Lexus to admit there might be a problem.
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I just had my 5k service done and had to jump start my battery 2x within the past month for my GS350 that is just my weekend driver. Turns out that I had a bad cell in the battery and Lexus dealer swapped it out with a Lexus 84-month battery. Charging system checked out aok. Perhaps Lexus got a bad batch of batteries for the OEM one that came with the car?
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Please post TSB and fixes in this thread when it becomes available, as this thread is linked to the FAQ. Thanks.
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I just had my 5k service done and had to jump start my battery 2x within the past month for my GS350 that is just my weekend driver. Turns out that I had a bad cell in the battery and Lexus dealer swapped it out with a Lexus 84-month battery. Charging system checked out aok. Perhaps Lexus got a bad batch of batteries for the OEM one that came with the car?

Someone on the Battery Dead thread posted the oem battery is a $800-$1000 Panasonic and the replacement isn't a Panasonic.
I don't know why the OEM Panasonic battery is $800-$1000 (if true) but I'd want what came with the car vs a replacement Costco type ordinary $75 battery.
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Someone on the Battery Dead thread posted the oem battery is a $800-$1000 Panasonic and the replacement isn't a Panasonic.
I don't know why the OEM Panasonic battery is $800-$1000 (if true) but I'd want what came with the car vs a replacement Costco type ordinary $75 battery.


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Old 04-17-13, 05:37 PM   #8
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http://lexus.sewellparts.com/oem-cat...S350-2013.html

Part # 28800-38100
BATTERY 80D26R-MF
$777.81 before CL discount & shipping. :-P

The original Panasonic came with the car have the model 80D26R-MF on top of the casing.
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[TE=onexcite;78Panasonic nic icl]http://lexus.sewellparts.com/oem-catalog/8201827941-Electrical-GS350-2013.html[/url]

Part # 28800-38100
BATTERY 80D26R-MF
$777.81 before CL discount & shipping. :-P

The original Panasonic came with the car have the model 80D26R-MF on top of the casing.[/QUOTE]

Interesting that Lexus puts in a regular battery and not the Panasonic that was in the GS.
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Anybody willing to buy a slightly used one for a super-special discount price of, say, only $499.99?
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If my OEM battery dies out of warranty, I'm going to install an Optima instead. Maybe Lexus should retrofit all the GS models with the Optima YellowTop battery since it can handle frequent discharges.
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Does the OEM Panasonic battery have to be "registered" with the car's computer to maintain a correct rate of charging. This is the case with the BMW's and it means buying "their" very expensive battery plus another couple hundred to get it registered to the car. If this is not the case with Lexus, I would think any after market battery would work fine.

The "In-Store" price for the OEM battery is $1193.94 Is that a rip-off or am I just not up-to-date on the price of batteries?

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Does the OEM Panasonic battery have to be "registered" with the car's computer to maintain a correct rate of charging. This is the case with the BMW's and it means buying "their" very expensive battery plus another couple hundred to get it registered to the car. If this is not the case with Lexus, I would think any after market battery would work fine.

The "In-Store" price for the OEM battery is $1193.94 Is that a rip-off or am I just not up-to-date on the price of batteries?
The OEM Panasonic batteries have a history of "sucking".. to say the least..

No one ever buys the exact OEM battery from the Lexus parts counter....
Those batteries are what they instal at the factory.. (made by Panasonic)

Most Lexus Dealerships carry the OEM equivalent replacements on the shelf...
Here in SoCal, Interstate has a contract with most (if not all) local dealerships.. So if you buy one at the dealership, you’re getting an "aftermarket replacement" for the known going rates similar to what’s found at AutoZone, Sears or any other decent battery retailer...

No point in buying the same factory fitted Panasonic, since it will keep occurring..


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The OEM Panasonic batteries have a history of "sucking".. to say the least..

No one ever buys the exact OEM battery from the Lexus parts counter....
Those batteries are what they instal at the factory.. (made by Panasonic)

Most Lexus Dealerships carry the OEM equivalent replacements on the shelf...
Here in SoCal, Interstate has a contract with most (if not all) local dealerships.. So if you buy one at the dealership, you’re getting an "aftermarket replacement" for the known going rates similar to what’s found at AutoZone, Sears or any other decent battery retailer...

No point in buying the same factory fitted Panasonic, since it will keep occurring..


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Yep same at my dealership, but they sure don't have the green interstate batteries they are cloaked in black and clear, guess to raise the price.
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Anyone have issues with jump starting 2013 GS? Woke up this morning and my car won't start no power. Tried to jump start my car and still no luck. Anyone know if any special procedures are required?
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