2002 Lexus SC 430 Consumer Review: Close to Perfect

2002 Lexus SC 430 - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (4.3L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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Close to Perfect
By Lexus_B on


2002 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


This Lexus is outstanding. My sc430 handles nice, is comfortable, and is very reliable thus far- all of what you would expect from a Lexus. The hardtop operation is stunning. The luxury appointments are breathtaking. In terms of performance, the car won't blow you away, but the sc430 is adequately powerful and fun to drive. The car also feels very safe and drives very strong in the rain and snow. I immediately changed the run flat tires to Kumo Grand Touring Platinum tires, and the new tires greatly improve the ride, traction, and handling. Even with the new tires, the ride is a bit harsher than I expected for a Lexus. Overall, this car is as close to perfect as you will come for the price.

Best Features

Hardtop operation; reliability; interior and exterior styling; handling; comfort; safety driving in poor weather.

Worst Features

The suspension is too stiff and choppy. Changing runflats will increase comfort dramatically. The sc430 could use a bit more power and especially low end torque.
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