Only RM26k to convert, here's how to tell a cheap fake from a genuine Lexus LM

Eric · Mar 13, 2022 02:00 PM

Only RM26k to convert, here's how to tell a cheap fake from a genuine Lexus LM 01

  • Lexus LM conversion kits are readily available, priced from RM 26k
  • Almost a 1:1 replica, but there are differences
  • Legit LMs are far and between

With prices touching RM 1.1 million, the Lexus LM is not a cheap MPV by any means. Which is also why some Toyota Alphard and Vellfire owners decided to convert their MPVs into the more upmarket Lexus LM.

Only RM26k to convert, here's how to tell a cheap fake from a genuine Lexus LM 02

These conversion kits aren't cheap

A quick check on several marketplaces reveal that enterprising sellers are offering a conversion kit for the Alphard and Vellfire to look like the Lexus LM. Mind you, these kits aren’t exactly cheap, as they cost anything from RM 25k onwards.

Also Read: Malaysia launches 2021 Lexus LM 350 - 2x an Alphard's price, but seats just 4

Only RM26k to convert, here's how to tell a cheap fake from a genuine Lexus LM 01

Looks like a real deal, eh? But this is a convert. Via: Akasia Garage

At such price point, one would think that the conversion job would be flawless, no? Well, not quite. There are ways to tell a converted Lexus LM from the real deal.

Also Read: Pros and Cons: Lexus LM 350 - A dressed up Alphard? Hardly

Only RM26k to convert, here's how to tell a cheap fake from a genuine Lexus LM 02

First and foremost are the legit LM’s 18-inch alloy wheels finished in hyper chrome metallic. According to Lexus, these wheels aren’t just for look, as they boast a noise-reducing feature. Replicas of these wheels probably won’t offer the same feature.

In fact, owners of the actual Lexus LM in Malaysia are unlikely to swap out their wheels, let alone modify one.

Also Read: Priced from RM 1.1m , over 20 Malaysian tycoons bought the Lexus LM, 10 more paid for Kiriko glass in LS

Only RM26k to convert, here's how to tell a cheap fake from a genuine Lexus LM 03

Note the missing chrome trim on the converted LM. Top photo: Akasia Garage

Then there’s the eye-catching chrome trim on the B-pillar of the LM. Regardless of which conversion kit that’s installed on the Alphard or Vellfire, it does not include this crucial identifying bit. The lack of the chrome trim is an easy way to tell apart the fake LM from the real deal.

Only RM26k to convert, here's how to tell a cheap fake from a genuine Lexus LM 04

Only RM26k to convert, here's how to tell a cheap fake from a genuine Lexus LM 05

A legit LM will wear number plate frames with Lexus Malaysia written on it

Another difference would be the number plate frame. As mentioned in our earlier recond vs official Toyota Vellfire article, the Lexus LM is fitted with the Lexus Malaysia number plate frame. Converted units aren’t fitted with this rectangular plate, instead, they are usually fitted with the Japanese format square number plate frames.

Only RM26k to convert, here's how to tell a cheap fake from a genuine Lexus LM 06

Only RM26k to convert, here's how to tell a cheap fake from a genuine Lexus LM 07

Also, colour of the Lexus LM plays a role. Lexus only sells the LM in two colours: White Pearl Crystal Shine and Black. If the Lexus LM you saw is any other colour, chances are that’s a convert.

Only RM26k to convert, here's how to tell a cheap fake from a genuine Lexus LM 08

You can convert, but it won't have the same air of luxury to it

If you’re unsure, the legit Lexus LM has a general majestic character and air of opulence to it. You will know one when you see one.

There’s just something about how the overall legit Lexus LM looks, compared to a converted job. Even if you can’t quite put your fingers on it.

Also Read: Regular Malaysians won’t understand - Nearly 20 orders collected for RM 1.1 mil Lexus LM 350

Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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