I never keep a new car past 4-5 years. I have owned my 2002 SC430 14 years. I still struggle if I want a convertible again, what is better?? I have pampered it like a baby and it still looks new. If you can find a well kept one, buy it.
Bought the car 1 year ago @ 12 years of age with 100K and loving. All original equipment is still functioning perfectly and car is running strong, with the exception of 3 busted speakers that I replaced.
As long as you are okay with purchasing a
grand tourer instead of a sports car , you'll love it too.
Smooth, quite, quick, bullet proof reliability and averaging about +21 mpg in mostly spirited highway driving.
Vehicle Stability Control is pretty amazing, put the pedal down in a turn and the over-steer will become evident, luckily you'll hear a couple beeps followed by some ABS clicks and car will correct
itself perfectly every time.
Easy to do preventative maintenance on.
Replacing the runflats is a must, and OEM wheels while you're at it.
Original speakers are cheap and stereo has custom ohm rating, making non-OEM options troublesome to find.
Suspension is way too soft for a "sports car".
Ok, I've owned this "02" for only about 3 months, but only drives it for weekends only. I also own a "91" LS400 which is still running like new with a 140K plus. The SC is a all that and more from the modern exterior to the flawless interior (except for the cup holder, no biggie). Every time I drive, I'm always stopped to ask whether it's a 2010 or what? This most definitely was ahead of its time for a "02" I'll tell anyone, once you drive a LEXUS, you wouldn't want to drive anything ELSE!