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Lexus SC 430



  • dh50dh50 Posts: 5
    You certainly are stuck! Where did you see a brown SC 430? That color does not exist on a SC 430. I must admit, when I first saw the concept car, I thought that it looked like a cockroach. But now I love the look of the car. Your sister has good taste. It's doubtful there will be many coming off a lease since the car has only been available for ten months.
  • This is what I'm saying... super hot SC430!

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  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    I saw a bunch of them in Beverly Hills this weekend. Whatever people think of them, they sure are being snapped up and paraded around over there. Overall they actually look nice, definitely stealing attention from the SLs and Z3s. They look a *lot* like Porsche Boxsters when buried in a sea of traffic, and you sense that was the aim of the SC430, to apply 'luxury cruiser' to a Boxster.
  • It does have a beautiful roofline, but even with that said, I still feel like the styling is only "almost" there. I think the worst offending areas are the headlights, taillights, and that ugly lip spoiler.

    Anyway, it is a nice ride, and I do like the interior, but I will never say its a good looking car until they fix those three things.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,478
    You've definitely flattered the car with the angles of the photos. Somebody post a full head on or butt-on and let's have another look.

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  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    Well, almost no car looks good from the front or the rear. Side profiles are 90% of the story because it's from an angle that people see the car 90% of the time.
  • hvan3hvan3 Posts: 630
    Yep. That's one heck of an ugly black beetle. The only thing that looks great are the wheels.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,478
    Oh, c'mon, a car can look good from all angles, even from the top looking down on it. Why not?


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  • What is that picture you posted? It looks an awful lot like a slammed Supra or something. :)
  • a slammed supra looks like that ferarri?
  • hvan3hvan3 Posts: 630
    Everyone knows that's a Ferarri! It's internationally known.

    Unlike the SC430, it can be mistaken for an ugly bug. LOL
  • After you use the internet, and/or write for a while, you may notice that certain people will say things that they don't necessarily mean literally. They will often suggest this with this symbol :) This is referred to as satire.
  • hvan3hvan3 Posts: 630
    This piece of BUG is not worth $60K! You can get TWO Nissan 350Z for the same price! The new Z is way better sport vehicle for those who demands performance.

    Unlike the SC430, this BUG is for poseurs who can't afford the SL and want to be group with the elites. I guess my sister is one of them. LOL
  • rezo00rezo00 Posts: 103

  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    A very frustrating car for me.

  • zuma13zuma13 Posts: 35

    I just saw the pictures you posted of your vehicle. It is absolutely awesome. Those are the most complementary wheels I've ever seen on the vehicle.

    Could you please advise the board who is the mfg. and where they can be purchased and installed? What was the cost?

    I have a 2002 Indigo Blue with Ecru. I never found fault with the original wheels until I saw your posting. Mag-nificent.
  • They are Auto Couture Magnifique's, currently only available in Japan but there is a guy on ClubLexus getting them for his SC.

    Very expensive and for that look, you'll need to lower your car as well.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Desert SWPosts: 2,704
    ...are finally coming down. Whereas, locally here, they were asking more for the slightly used low mileage car than the factory new one, things are changing. The "gently used" asking prices were from $72- 78,500, and are now coming back to earth with asking prices of $63- 65K. One can now expect to possibly get $1K or more off sticker now. Obviously the previous short supply, and to a lessor degree, recession and post-Sept. 11th factors are influencing these prices.
  • Were those Japanese License plates on those pictures? Did you import your car?
  • squidd99squidd99 Posts: 288
    A few months back, there was a discussion about ways to remove the airbag decals from the sun visors on the SC430.

    We resolved that heat and a steady razor knife could take off the ones on the top of the visor, but no one had any idea at all about removing the ones on the bottom of the visor. These are the ones visible to the driver and passenger when the visors are in the normal position.

    Thanks to some friends with a BMW group, I have found out how to do it, and it works great. You use a product called "Goof Off" which is a solvent designed for removing dried paint. It is readily available at Home Depot. I just used a terry cloth rag, and rubbed the edges until the solvent softened the decal, which then started to peal off from the visor. It takes a few minutes for it to start to work, but the solvent does not seem to effect the visor at all.

    Very clean and no knives.

    The visor looks much more better.

    And let's don't talk of lawsuits from subsequent buyers. Really!

    I do not know if this works on the stickers on the top side of the visor, because I removed them some time ago with a hair dryer for heat, which softened them and allowed them to be peeled off. This is much harder and takes longer than using this "Goof Off." My guess is that the solvent would work fine for both visors.

    I wish I had known of this earlier.

    You're welcome.
  • I am that close to ordering a Carrera Cab that is a financial stretch. I got to drive one and was hooked. I have been a SC430 fan for some time but haven't driven one, Has any of you driven both? How did they compare.
  • autos3autos3 Posts: 24
    We have a 01 S2000 that is in storage for the winter, and have decided to trade it in this spring for something that better suits us. We have only 3,000 miles on the car, but feel it is to uncomfortable for long summer trips. We are both in our mid 30's and are looking towards a new SC (we also have a 02 ES300, which we love). Can any current SC owners tell us if they have been in a S2000 and how they would compare the ride, interior comfort and overall driving experience between the two. I understand these cars are not comparing apples to apples, but I am willing to bet we are not the only ones who have compared the two. For us the joy of owning a "toy" car, part of the equasion has to be "comfort".
  • On my way to HD now to look for Good Off.

  • I test drove an S2000 before purchasing my SC430 and you are right, there is no comparison between these two cars. That's not to say there's anything wrong with either, they are just completely different. The S2000 IS a "toy"--low to the ground, you feel the road in every positive and negative sense of the word, fast, responsive, etc. But it's also loud, rough, not at all luxurious. On the plus side, as you know, it's also a hell of a lot cheaper.

    The SC430 is simply a joy to drive. It's heavier and thus less responsive than the S2000 but vastly more comfortable and smoother. And that's not to say that there isn't plenty of response from the steering wheel or accelerator, because there certainly is. And if you enjoy the "comforts" of your ES300 you will not at all be disappointed with the SC.

    Bottom line: if you want a true weekend sports car, the SC is not the best choice. But for an optimal blend of performance, comfort, and luxury, I do not think there is a better car on the market.
  • squidd99squidd99 Posts: 288
    You will find "Goof Off" in the paint department with the clean up stuff. It's a yellow can with red lettering.

    Also, there is a product called Goof Off 2; this is a less strong version for less drastic circumstances. I don't think that it will work. Get the hi-test; you won't use all that much, but it looks to be handy stuff to have around.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,478
    I'm reading a can of Goof Off right now. It says:

    "May damage palstics, vinyls and oxidized metals. Eye protection recommended. For plastics, vintyls and other incompatible surfacs, try low oder Goof Off2 or Goof Off Citrus Goo Remover"

    It also says you aren't supposed to drink it, so keep that in mind.

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  • squidd99squidd99 Posts: 288
    It says you're not supposed to drink it? Did you get a wiff of that stuff? Who would even think of drinking it?

    Anyway, yeah, it disolves the plastic/vinyl warning sticker. It will turn gooey and eventually rub off. At least on my Lexus, it did not damage the visor itself. Maybe if more were applied it would, or maybe it's just not the right solvent if you want to disolve your visor, and I'm sure there are some visors out there that this stuff might start to soften right away.

    All I know is that the BMW crowd told me it works on their stickers, so I tried it on mine and it works fine to get rid of that ugly sticker (that I first read carefully, them memorized, then removed.)

    My guess is that you would not want to put a match to it, either.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,478
    And it also says not to squirt it in your eyes.

    But seriously, just test it on your car's interior is some inconspicuous spot.

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  • Yeah, I goofed off this weekend, too. I don't know what's in this stuff, but it basically smells just like turpentine (and I hope we didn't all pay a bunch for turpentine in a fancy can). Anyway, the stickers in my SC atop the vanity mirror covers more or less dissolved while the ones on the other side disintegrated. No damage to the visors themselves whatsoever, although the smell was pretty strong until I washed the visors with some water and then put a little Zaino's leather treatment on them....that's done the trick nicely.

    Thanks again, squid.
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