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Lexus SC 430



  • I am thinking of purchasing an sc430, Either a 2002, 2003 or a 2004. I know all three model years look the same. Is there any differences between the three years from a mechanical point of view?
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  • I recently had my 430 valdalized and now need the hood repainted due to a small area with paint damage. I have a clear bra on the lower part of the hood no where near the damage. The body shop (insurance) wants to tape the bra and paint the rest of the hood. Is this the correct thing to do?? Should I insist they remove the bra and paint the whole thing? Will insurance pay for replacement of something like a bra that is aftermarket? I would appreciate any advise. Thanks
  • I've been catching up with the postings (thinking about taking off my runflats) and saw this note. The original disk center hubs could be replaced for around $500 with a spoke design at purchase. It looks like the '06 has done away with the covers altogether (from a picture) and has a spoke wheel. It was a bolt-off, bolt-on replacement. If this is still something you're looking at I'd try - (a Lexus dealer in PA who will sell parts at reduced prices); your local recycler (there may be a wrecked one where the wheels are OK or the local dealer (most $)
  • zgxl04zgxl04 Posts: 4
    I will purchase an '02 SC430 on Friday. Black on black with chrome wheels, 22,000 miles (paid $39.25K) Has anyone hooked up a MP3 player to play music through the car stereo system, if so what adaptor system did you get.
  • I have 2002 SC430 with 39000mi. When you starting the car its always slow to crank. I have Lexus check it and they said that it is normal and car is performing self check. Is anybody has got this. Thanks
  • Hi, I just bought an '03 SC430 and really want to put XM into it. Can you tell me, does the mounting of the control unit allow the door to still close and cover the unit? Is it possible to see a photo of the install? Any help is appreciated.

  • Where can you buy a used spare tire and cover for 03 sc430
  • I have a 2005 Pebble Beach edition and have never had this light come on.
  • Hey I just picked up my certainly not new but new to be SC430 and I am wondering what you guys can tell me to help me out.

    Also what features dont I have opting for the used versus the new which made my pocket book much happier??

    It is Black with the Saddle? and Black Interior and best that I can figure is loaded.

    It does have 53000 miles on it but also must have had an owner like me cause it looks brand new.

    I did spring for the extended 48000 more miles warranty so I could sleep at night but got them down to 1600.00 for it and it is the deluxe covers everything one so I am okay with it I guess.

    So anything good or bad you have to tell me. This was my dream car so I am excited.
  • I love the SC430, it is everything that I have every wanted in a convertible. I like it better than the Mercedez 500 CL.
    However, the run-flat tires are very dangerous on this car in light snow. The car has virtually no tracktion. I tried to stop at a stop sign one day after it had lightly snowed and Slid right into the intersection. The only thing that saved me was that it was a side street and the pick up truck that would have crused me, was going slow and went around me. SOMEONE OR SOME COMPANY REALLY NEEDS TO MAKE A RUN-FLAT TIRE FOR THAT CAR THAT HAS AT LEAST SOME TRACKTION IN AT LEAST LIGHT SNOW. IF NOT THEN THE RUN FLATS NEED TO BE DISCONTINUED ON THE CAR FOR SAFTEY REASONS. THE CURRENT RUN-FLAT TIRES ARE GOING TO GET PEOPLE KILLED IN LIGHT SNOW CONDITIONS.

    DR. LISK
  • etc42etc42 Posts: 8
    Hi, just got an 04 SC 430.
    Does the lights go auto off?
    I had the running lights on and it did NOT turn off overnight.
    Also, I was driving with the headlights on for daytime safety and it did NOT turn off after I pulled the key and was walking away.

    I think if switch is on "AUTO" that it does but does it if it's on the first or second click?
  • etc42etc42 Posts: 8
    Frequent Radio recommendations are that Hi Octane is needed in only a few circumstances. is the SC 430 one of them? this is my first V8.
  • etc42etc42 Posts: 8
    Hi, for the 04 SC 430 can you get the Nav system to work WHILE moving?
    Is there a dealer correction that can be made?
    I find it really inferior compared to my Garmin 2620. I'm planning to take my portable while I'm riding this car. I don't want to pull off the highway into a strange and probable bad neighborhood when I decide I want a short detour.
  • sosksosk Posts: 42
    TO NEWBIEGURL, or any other '02 owners:

    I'm thinking seriously of buying an '02 SC430 with 47K miles, with the platinum extended warranty. I was planning on getting the new IS250 but the looks of the SC430 blew me away. I tend to keep my cars a good ten years or so and have a soft foot. As an empty nester, a coupe works fine for me. I don't want to be impulsive.

    Do you '02 owners like your 430?

    Thanks for any info!

    Sue in Dallas
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    My wife's SC430 is 5 years old and has been extremely reliable. She loves it. It's a great car. Some criticise it for not being a "sports car."
  • sosksosk Posts: 42

    Thanks so much for your remarks! I've seen so many horror stories on this forum, and they seem to all be related to the run-flat tires. Do you have them on your wife's car? How often have you replaced the tires? And how's the gas mileage? I really had planned on putting down a deposit for the new IS250, but then the SC430 blew me away!!

    Sue in Dallas
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    I'm not a big fan of run flat tires. I replaced the original ones at 20,000 miles with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires in the original size, and I also replaced the wheels with HRE wheels. The result was a smoother, quieter ride. I have read that the newer run flat tires are better than the originals. I don't know what the gas mileage is.
  • Hi Sue, I have a 2002 SC430. It has 68,000 miles on it and it still drives like it is brand new. I have changed the original run flat tires to regular tires. The change in tires made a big difference in the ride of the car for the better.But in 5 years nothing and I do mean nothing has gone wrong with my car. I change the oil on time and I put in premium gas into the tank and thats about it.I sometimes read these messages and wonder if these people indeed bought the same model and make I did or maybe they got a Kia or Hugo by mistake.I have owned lots of cars in my 49 years and nothing compares to the fit and finish of the SC430.It is not only a great car but what makes it that much better is the fact that its a hard top convertible.The inside of the car is trimmed in the finest leather and woodgrain. For the money I have had many years of endless enjoyment out of my 2002 SC430 and I would buy one again without hesitation.Do what I did and go with that impulse and feel the rush of the wind in your hair, you won't be sorry! Bruce...
  • sosksosk Posts: 42

    Thank you SO MUCH!!!!! What tires did you put on it? Did you have to change the wheels too (please pardon me if that's a dumb question!)? After reading so many not-so-favorable posts, I was really getting depressed. I appreciate your remarks and any other suggestions you might have. Sue
  • Hi Sue,
    The tires I put on my car were Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 and you do not need to change the wheels. I did change my wheels because I didn't like the look of the factory wheels(they look like manhole covers) so I went with the Zinik Z5 Ikeda. The car looks like a million bucks with this combo but it didn't come cheap!And Sue you will hear a million complaints about the regular tires that if you don't have a spare, what are you going to do in case of a flat? Please, do what I did and get a $5.00 dollar can of fix a flat or better yet become a member of the AAA, its cheap insurance for roadside emergencies.
  • sosksosk Posts: 42
    Thanks again, so very much, for all the info! I think I'm going to ask them to just go ahead & take off the run-flats. I've had a can of Fix-A-Flat in my Buick for years and have always used it instead of trying to change a tire (fortunately I'm talking about only once or twice). We've been AAA members for years. From a lot of gloom & doom on the forum, to your encouraging words.....NOW I'm getting excited! Thanks again, Sue
  • jtmavjtmav Posts: 18
    Be careful with the can of Fix-A-Flat on the SC 430. Each wheel has a tire pressure sensor inside and the use of that type of product will ruin the sensor. At $150 a pop for a new sensor you'd be better of with AAA. I am planning to ditch the runflats in the Spring. I am leaning towards the Goodyear F1 or the Dunlops. I will take my chances without a spare, I have both AAA and Lexus Roadside.

  • sosksosk Posts: 42
    JTMav, good point regarding the sensor. We have AAA and I think Lexus Roadside too. I haven't taken delivery of my SC yet, but I think I'm going to go ahead & tell them I don't want the run-flats............Sue
  • sosksosk Posts: 42
    I just wanted to tell you that I'm picking up my '02 430 on Tuesday afternoon. Egyptian Sand with ecru. Almost got an '04 Amethyst but it had sold earlier in the day (yesterday). I'm a very practical person & this car doesn't seem too practical to me, but the "wow factor" could not be ignored! Thanks for your guidance!! Sue
  • jtmavjtmav Posts: 18
    Congrats, I have an'03 Egyptian Sand/Saddle and it is great. Practical is overrated, be prepared for a lot of fun. Nicest car I have ever owned and as reliable as can be.
    Good Luck
    P.S. what did you do about the tires? :confuse:
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 965
    Sue, could I ask what you paid? I've been thinking about buying the new Volvo C70 but started wondering if perhaps a used Lexus might be something to look into.
  • You cannot program a new destination while moving, but if you select a previous entry or home, the navigation will re-route you. You probably should not be entering info while driving considering the number of pages it takes. Hope this helps. I've had my SC 430 Black/Saddle since 5/01 and experience this issue as well.
  • sosksosk Posts: 42
    JTMav, thanks for the encouraging words! As I was cleaning out my "practical" '95 Buick Regal today, I was thinking I've lot my mind! Whenever I'm not at the Lexus dealership, I think I've lost it & should call them and tell them nevermind the SC and I'll get an IS. And when I've gone there, I fall in love with the SC again! We decided to keep the Dunlop run-flats that are on the car, and when it's time to replace them, we'll do so with "regular" tires. We drove on the Dunlops for almost an hour & they felt fine to us....granted it was just an hour.

    Biancar, the car is an '02 with roughly 45K miles on it, and it's certified, for $37K. I think we got a fair deal. I don't think we 'stole' it. I think we hit a number that everyone was comfortable with. We felt that our salesman worked really hard - he put up with all my anal-ness!

    I'll pick it up either tomorrow or Tuesday. We have 5 days before it rains again - I gotta get some play-time in!!

  • Hi Sue, You have made the right decision! Just this weekend I took my SC out for a little exercise in the mountains of San Diego County with the top down...Probably the most fun I can have legally!If you enjoy your car half as much as I do, you will be very satisfied with your purchase. And as far as the practicality goes,are you going to ride the merry-go-round your whole life or choose the roller coaster!
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