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2003 Lexus SC 430 Convertible

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Lexus SC 430 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.3 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 300 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Lexus SC 430

  • Though lacking the ability to provide an invigorating driving experience, the Lexus SC 430 does provide a serene top-down experience for a price considerably less than the competition's.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Luxurious comfort and convenience features, beautiful interior, silky V8 engine, retractable hardtop, Lexus quality.

  • Cons

    Sparse cargo space, cramped (and nearly useless) rear seats.

  • What's New for 2003

    Other than the Lexus Link emergency and concierge service becoming available, there are no changes for the SC 430.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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In 2013 still turns heads

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

These cars were so ahead of there time in 2002. It is a great car overall and for a used convertible this is the best value you can get for a used convertible under 15k (2002 to 2004 used ones). Do not use in snow at all. Not even once inch it will crash. My friend who had one told me this. It drives smooth and refined and its reliable. If you buy a German used convertible you'll spend a lot in repairs. You won't with this. I don't have the run flats but I hear they are a problem. The top is up and down in 25 seconds.




Great car! but expensive repairs!

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

Runflat tires do cause a bit of hard ride. I hit a pothole without seeing it and it bent the rim very easily. Dealer wanted $600 for just the rim. I average 18 MPG as it stated I would. No big deal coming from a Tundra with 13 MPG. Convertible parts are very expensive. Overall I do enjoy driving the car alot and will probably keep it until it dies out on me. I haven't had any major mechanical issues at all with the car.




A dream car

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

I bought my 2003 SC430 with 50k miles on it for $20,000. Everything is immaculate on this car, always serviced when needed. The drive does have that sport car ride to it due to the low profile RFT's. The sound system sounds amazing although it is very expensive to replace just 1 speaker at $320. The rear seats (golf bag holder) are useless for people to sit in. The trunk surprisingly does have decent space when the top is up. Being that the model is still the same as of 2010. I will upgrade some of the standard parts to the newest style.




Amazing

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

I've always love to drive at night with the sunroof open. This car blows a sunroof away. Amazing power. Dead silent cabin with top down at high speed. Completely exhilarating. I look forward to the commute to work.




Never too late

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

Received this beautiful little red car for my 65th birthday. I fell in love just looking at her but when I took her out for a drive... that was it. Had a Corvette when I was in my 30s and this car far surpasses it in feel, looks and fun to drive! I feel like I've gained 20 years back. Never too late to have fun on the road.




Glad i bought it!

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

Owned several Corvettes, a TR-6 and an Austin Healy. This car takes the cake. Sometimes I have to look for things to do since no time is spent repairing this one.



Full 2003 Lexus SC 430 Review

What's New for 2003

Other than the Lexus Link emergency and concierge service becoming available, there are no changes for the SC 430.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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