Drive – Lexus SC430 Used Car Review

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Lexus SC430

David Morley

Our rating: 3.5 (see ratings key below)

Effortless performance from V8 and smooth-shifting transmission.

– convertible roof gives of both worlds.

– well equipped.

– of active and passive safety

– Good prospects for reliability.

– Looks a bit and off-balance from some angles.

– Expensive to

– Rear seat accommodate bigger kids or

– Still lacks of Euro convertibles.

Selling cars to well-off people involves a fairly conservative But when you are trying to do just and you are the new kid in town, conservatism becomes a

And so it was when Japanese giant unleashed its Lexus brand on to the market in 1990.

Initially a one-model brand, the was conservatism embodied. There was confronting about the car, mechanically or image-wise. But the LS400 was the car that brought Lexus’ standard of quality to our attention.

Lexus efforts such as the were also vehemently and it was only when the company us its BMW 3-Series-competitor, the IS200, that we to see any overt styling flair.

But the IS200 could not prepare us for arrived in 2001 in the rather shape of the SC430.

Not only did the SC confronting styling, it also the sportiest and fastest Lexus on the The two-door Lexus looked a conventional coupe, but like the SLK and Peugeot 206CC, its metal top fold away to reveal a convertible. Two cars in one?

That’s what the makers of things would have you and there is a bit to it, since you get the full and weather-proofing of a hardtop with the thing just a push of a away.

In the SC430’s case, the in question took about 25 to lower the roof, stash it out of sight and have the vehicle to tackle the nearest boulevard.

The job was the work of Toyota’s design based in southern France. We are yet to anybody who thinks it is the prettiest car have ever seen, but than a few have expressed a than complimentary view.

The lines make the SC look big and and, roof up or down, are some clumsy angles. The wheels and some of the detail is a bit ostentatious too, and the Lexus looks as if it is trying too hard. in the optional pearl-white exterior and pink interior and it can be a bit too much.

Powering the SC430 was Lexus’ V8 engine, which uses overhead camshafts, four per cylinder and a range of high-tech to the problem of making it feel and whisper-quiet. They succeeded, and the efficiency and lack of intrusion of the is probably the SC’s most element.

It can scoot along, and even with a standard automatic transmission (there was no option) and a kerb mass of than 1700 kilograms seems a lot for a two-door, but the steel and its mechanism contribute plenty of the 210 kW provided by the engine made it quite purposeful.

Trim levels are among the you will find anywhere, leather, standard satellite a superb stereo and powered including the front seats.

Lexus SC430

the SC was loaded with safety including ABS brakes, Electronic Distribution, Vehicle Stability and Brake Assist. You also got front, side and curtain

When it comes to handling, it to remember that the SC430 was first and foremost with the American market in mind. So, it is set up to a ripple-free ride on smooth rather than any race-track Its mass will also to tell when you begin to it around, although it always reasonably stable and predictable.

Lexus called the SC430 a but that is drawing a pretty bow. Certainly the rear are OK for kids over a short but that’s really about it. Of carting around a family is what the SC430 was all about, but you help feeling it might been a bit more convincing as a cruiser had it been just a bit prettier.

Nuts ‘N’ – Lexus SC430

4.3-litre V8

Transmission: 5-speed

Fuel economy: City/Highway to government tests) 12.0/8.5 km

Safety rating: ( Not Insurance rating: (RACV, a 40-year-old, rating 1 driver in a medium-risk suburb) $1348.58

Need to know

Lexus’ technology is impressive stuff and to a great finish. But crash need to be done by somebody who their stuff to get a proper

The engine needs regular oil to be a long-term proposition. Any ticking in the engine or black, sludgy oil be treated with absolute

It is important the correct coolant has been used in the engine.

sure the roof operates We haven’t heard of one that but it’ll cost a … if it wrong.

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