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Lexus SC 430



  • My runflats were shot at 25,000 miles. I hated the ride on these runflats and wanted desperately to change to regular tires, not runflats. I read the Edmunds long-term test of the sc430 and one of the staff members opted out of runflats and put on Pirelli PZero Neros. Well, I went for it and just put on 4 new Pirelli PZero Nero M+S. What a difference these tires make. The ride is sooooo much better. This is a no brainer. Go for it. Yes you won't have a spare or runflats but that's what AAA is for. By the way, I've been driving for 25 years and have never once used my spare tire.
  • All is well. Something was wrong with the car I tested. the entire car shuttered going over the smallest bumps. However, I just purchased a 02 SC430 -- black with saddle, in mint condition, and 26,000 miles. It has Dunlop 5000M DSST on it and drives great. No problem with normal bumps in the road. Seems pretty quite. The other car had Goodyears on it. Were they the original tires used by Lexus? I assume the Dunlops are run flat, but it dosen't say on the tire. I'll look it up. What a great car!!!!! Now I have to figure out the nav. My other nav unit allows you to look up addresses within a state. This one appears to only let you put in an address and then gives you a list of possible addresses. And some obvious ones are not there. Maybe I need a nav update? One thing is that the owner (a leased vehicle) didn't make the last 7500 checkup. Wonder if this impacts the warranty? Need to get it in to Lexus I guess.
  • milsey2milsey2 Posts: 12
    Has anyone tried to lease an SC430 for less than 48 months? The list is about $65,900 and can be bought for about $62,000. What would a lease price be with 0 down, 12K miles per year.
    Thank you.
  • i just leased an 05 sc430 in june for 36 months and nothing down but signing fees!!!!and my payment is 842 a month!!!!!!!!!!!!!this is for 15000 miles a year!!!
  • I realize that the message I am replying to is dated, however I am having the same problem. I have owned two SC 430's new, 2002 and currently a 2004 model. I have replaced two windshields on the 2004 model. (At $1100 each)

    Both were cracked toward the center of the glass. One from the bottom, the other from the top.

    I have much experience with RFT's sensors and wind noise from the cellular antenae on the windshield. The other problems I have had are:
    1) Trunk lift supports replaced 2004 model 2x
    2) Tire wear 11k miles avg
    3) Front disk brakes warp - they tried to convince me it was because of my aggressive driving and running through water puddles, pochuuuushshshshshsh

    Other than those problems they have been great cars. We are on our 7th consecutive Lexus now, between my wife and me. We will be staying until we find better.
  • Hello,

    I'm new here and currently drive a 2001 Mercedes CLK 55 AMG Coupe. I am seriously considering getting a Lexus SC but probably not until the 2007 Model Year. I have a couple of questions that I'm hoping some of you might have some insight on:

    Will there be any major changes to the 2007 Model?


    1) New engine: I heard rumors of a 460 engine that might go into the Lexus line across the board
    2) New Navigation (Version 5? like the one that in the current model GS, etc.)
    3) Start/Stop button and Keyless access like the current GS, etc.

    Also new color combinations. Personally I love thsi one that's on the Japanese lexus site:

    silver with red interior. hopefully they bring that one over...

    Thanks in advance for any clarity on the above.
  • lexusilexusi Posts: 65
    Concerning the new engine, this wont be until the complete redesign of the SC which is in 2009. Same goes for the smart keyless access, but we might see the new Nav. in the 2006 model.

    as for colours, they should be available worldwide,

  • I recently bought a used SC430. Black with saddle. I love just about everything about it. Including the Dunlop 5000s. The ride is very nice with them at 38 lbs. However, I don't particularly like the wheels. Sitting next to my Merc 5 spoke wheels on the S500, they look very clunky.

    I read a posting from several years ago that talked about center hubs over the wheels that made the car appear to have spoke wheels. Then looked at the design and realized this was possible.

    Does anyone have information on how to purchase these center hubs?

  • The red interior (pimento) shown on the Japanese site was standard in the 2005 Pebble Beach special edition with a black diamond exterior. [To view, do a Google images search for SC430 Pebble Beach]
  • You got a great deal! I cannot get that here in South Florida! Would you mind me asking you where you are located and/or what dealership you used? Approximately how much are the signing fees?. Thank you so much -
  • vkanvkan Posts: 1
    Just a question for anyone who has this car -- how does it perform in the rain? i.e. Does it have good traction? Skidding problems? How does it brake etc.

    I live in New Jersey and it rains atleat 2 times a week a here
    so thats a concern for me. Obviously I'm not going to drive this car in snow, but I most probably will have to drive it in rain on a consistent basis
  • Last week I just leased a 2006 SC 430. With a down payment of $2000 and a trade-in of a 94 S500 with pretty high miles worth $7000, total down is $9000..And my monthly is 940 since my credit score is okay (48 months, 15,000 per year).. I have never heard of anyone putting 0 down payment on a Lexus that is worth more then 60,000. It all depends on credit, down payment (which is a must) and how much are you willing to pay per month.
  • I have owned 6 Lexus and I have experienced problems with the run flat tires on my 2005 SC 430 enough to make me leave Lexus and move on to another automobile. At 5,000 miles I had a flat and had to replace one of the tires. Now at 15,000 miles, the car is pulling to the side and has begun to rattle enough that the rear view mirror becomes distorted. I have experience excellent service from my Lexus dealership over the years, but they say nothing can be done to the tires to correct the problem and have become rude about after replacing all the tires and rims. No one seems to care to help. In another 5,000 miles, the car should rattle to pieces. More and more rattles and squeaks come forth every day, and the car is handling like a log truck. This is a $65,000.00 + car. What should I do to correct the problem. If I purchased regular tires, what would work best. Is anyone thinking class action suit again Lexus here?
  • LEXUSGUY: I respect your comments. Looking to replace the Bridgestone RunFlats on my 2004 SC 430 with another set of runflats. I have had my car for about 18 months, and don't drive it during harsh NJ winters (I drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee from November to mid-April). I am looking for comfort first, and handling second. I have read many of the postings, and would like your comments.

    Thanks - Jon
  • I have a 2003 SC430 with 22,000 miles and suffered through the original Dunlop funflats until just a couple of months ago. I finally broke down and replaced them with the Pzero Nero's (non-runflats). What an incredible difference! I've always loved the car - now I actually enjoy driving it. Just in time to put it away for the winter.

    The down side of the tire replacement is that I picked up a large screw in the right rear tire almost immediately after replacing them. The sensor came on after a few days when the pressure slowly leaked down to the 4 psi differential. So, I aired it up and waited for a convenient time to take it in for a replacement at NTB. I do have my can of fix-a-flat and a small compressor in the trunk, but suspect I can go as far on these Pzero's with a nail as I could with the runflats.

    I am amazed that Lexus installs the not-ready-for-prime-time runflats on the otherwise fantastic SC430.
  • Rander14: Thanks for the comments. I still need to stick with the run flats. I drive a lot for business at weird hours of the day, and don't want to have to wait for AAA.

    Anyone with comments on replacing run flats with run flats would be appreciated.

    Thanks - Jon
  • hi jtmav;
    I am also interested in 03 CPO. But I was discouraged by the advertising price at $58K. Its awfully high considering that some has reported that you can get brand new one for $63K.
    Can you shared with us, how much you paid for the car?
  • jtmavjtmav Posts: 18
    Sure, my '03 had 29k mi and is CPO'd. I also had a trade so that complicates it a bit. I paid $47k with $25k trade for my '04 Saab 9-5 Aero with 34k mi. I worked the dealer hard(they started at $16k for the trade) and waited until the last day of the month. The Saab trade was generous according to KBB and Edmunds. KBB said $20,700 for trade-in so I would think mid to high 40's depending on miles would be about right. I am in MA, if that makes a difference. Also the 30k mile service was done at no cost to me.
  • zuma13zuma13 Posts: 35
    I have a '02 SC430 with run flats. The vehicle originally was equiped with Bridgestone run flats and rode terribly. The dealer exchanged them for the Dunlop run flats at no charge and the vehicle's ride was improved but not perfect. I was able to get 22,000 miles out of the Dunlops. This time I shod the SC430 with Goodyear Eagle
    F1 run falt tires. These tires are amazing. In my opinion they ride as smoothly as a conventional tire and handle better than any other run flat in the curves. All this with 40 pounds of air in them. I strongly recommend them.

  • etc42etc42 Posts: 8
    Hi, have an opportunity to get an 04 sc 430 with 41K miles for low 40K$, going to dealership for a checkup prior. Looks like in real good shape, any recommendations? seems like a deal to me. much appreciated for your input.
  • etc42etc42 Posts: 8
    Hi, anyone know cost of extended warranty thru lexus and if it's worth it's, it's for above 04 sc 430, 41K miles, going to get it for the approx 38K$
  • Etc;
    This is only my opinion and you know what they say about opinions! In any event I bought a new 03 SC430 and I purchased an extended warranty (Platinum) for $1800.00.
    Any consumer savvy person will tell you that extended warranties are a rip off. No1. However,I do like to sleep at night!!!
    No2. I plan to keep the car for 7 years.
    A car as complex as the SC can be very expensive to repair.
    Example: Should anything go wrong with the top mechanism you could eat up $1800.00(cost of warranty) real quick.
    Lexus are very reliable but, they are only machines and over a period of years/miles things will go wrong.
    So, you have to answer these two questions:
    1. How long do you intend to keep the car?
    2. Are you willing to stand the cost of repairs should something break?
    Yes, I paid $1800.00 up front but I can sleep at night knowing that for the next 7 years repairs are covered should a failure occur. Incidentally, normal wear and tear items brakes, filters, etc are NOT covered by the warranty.
    Hope this helps and does not further confuse the situation.
  • A couple of points to consider:

    (1) Before buying any extended warranty, make sure the dealer / Lexus / the insurance company will readily accept and pay for claims. I know of several people who have had disputes with Lexus on items that should be covered under the original warranty. One of my employees had to go through 3 1/2 months of legal action before he finally got Lexus to buy back his GX470 which was exhibiting the "clunking" and resonant vibration problem common to those vehicles. Another associate had to fight to get Lexus to replace failing suspension components on a GS430 that Lexus initially claimed were "normal wear" after only 45,000 miles.

    (2) I respectfully disagree with ron36330. The SC430 is not a "complex" vehicle compared to most $60k+ vehicles. The engine and drive train are common within the Toyota / Lexus line-up, as are the major suspension components. That is the major gripe of some who think the SC430 falls short of what it could be if Lexus were to build a ground up sports car / coupe without borrowing so many spare parts from other models. However, that is good news relative to ease of repairs.

    The other good news is that ron's $1,800 7/100 extended warranty is pretty reasonable. My brother in law paid $4,200 for one for a new 911S, which really is a far more complex car. But my neighbor only paid $1,000 for an extended warranty on a Honda S2000, which is a completely unique ground up car. If you need to sleep at night with no worries, go for it. But try to negotiate in price (there is usually a 50-100% mark-up) and get some references on claims resolution.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,436
    Or, take the cost of the extended warranty and invest it in conservative, short term vehicles (e.g. CDs, T-Bills...). Once the original warranty expires, if you do need an expensive repair, you can tap your invested funds. If you don't need an expensive out-of-warranty repair, you stil have YOUR money, plus interest, to do with as you please!

    I'd "self-insure" and keep my money in my pocket (i.e. investment vehicle) for as long as possible. But, if you really won't be able to sleep at night, negotiate the best deal for your extended...

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • etc42etc42 Posts: 8
    I would like to thank everyone for their most informative input.
    obviously, it is a complex matter, with multiple factors involved, personal, financial, mechanical, integrity of dealership.
    I will have to do alot of research into the situation.
  • Etc;
    Haven't had anything go wrong on 03 SC. I do have issues with RFT's regards hard ride over bumps but I intend to cure that with different tires when the OEMS wear out.
  • I took delivery of an 02 SC 430 in March 02, the first one delivered in the DC area. I like the car, only has 20,000 miles..but I had problems...the tires (Bridgestone) were pulled 90% of the time..after a while and no cooperation from Lexus, I switched to Dunlops which are a lot better..rides pefect 85% of the time..still pulls occasionally..took 2 years to get Lexus to pay the $1106 they cost me..also had suspension problems, they replaced some part in back twice before it was ok. also have a recurring rattle in rf seat..been worked on 3 times, but still the cars still current in style..I bought it in Red and I receive many compliments on the car. would trade in a heartbeat for another one if they would change the body style, which they have not..also have an 05 RX 330 and mywife loves I like a luxury sedan better, but if you're married, you know what I mean.....
  • took delivery in March 2001
  • I have the same problem. Have seen other posts that refer to this problem. My dealer looked at it twice and couldn't locate the cause.
  • z5470z5470 Posts: 28
    I am thinking about getting a 2006 SC430, but a friend of mine had a 2005 and constantly is having problems with the run flat warning light. He has been back to the dealer 7 times. They never find anything wrong with the tires. They tell him its a tire pressure problem that triggers the light.. When there is about a 4 lb diff in pressure the light goes on and has to be reset. Has anyone else had this problem? Thank you
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