I purchased this vehicle used and it had been serviced by a Lexus dealership. I immediately put Pirelli all season non run flat tires on it with a new spare tire. What a difference; it is now the perfect retractable hardtop; rides just as nice as my previous ES 330. Could not have imagined how many looks we would get sitting in traffic or driving down the interstate!
Navigation is better than newer Lexus voice navigation; love the music system.
The front end is non existent and you will end up replacing $400 every time you hit a pot hole. It is beautiful, great acceleration, but the tires and wheel covers will be replaced numerous times. The tires which never go flat get lousy overall mileage. It costs over $400 just to put snow tires on in the winter. That is without buying them at $400 a pop. So if you have thousands to waste because the front end was made for a show room this is a great car.
Nice stereo, great hard top which goes in the trunk automatically, great pick up. Smooth handling and a great look.
Get tires that don't cost $400 each and generally last under 15,000 miles. 2003 model could not take a bump. Tires got bubbles all the time and had to be replaced. At $400 apiece that is no joke. Wheel covers scratch up and look bad because of low front end. Need extra bucks to replace new tire.
With top up, it is difficult to look backward to park because of the hump. Run flat tires are a very hard ride, and not suitable for winter- pothole/cracked streets. When tire hits pothole, you will need to replace tire and rim for approximately $1,000 each. I replaced three tires at a cost of $3,000 in one year.
Get rid of hump on trunk lid to improve visibility. Go with regular tires instead of run flat tires. Get tire warranty.
Recently purchased a 2003 SC with 13k miles and have driven it 4k in 6 weeks. Initial impressions, this is the best car I've ever owned and fun to drive. Only complaint I had was the runflat tires that came with the car. The runflats were noisy and rode very rough. Changed to Pirelli PZero Nero's and WHAT A DIFFERENCE.. Quiet and smooth, like a different car. Opted for no spare and purchased a small tire pump and repair kit for $20.
Styling, convertible top, sound system, comfort and ride (with new tires)
Get rid of the runflats and design in space for a spare