2002 Lexus SC 430 Consumer Review: 2002 SC 430 owner review

2002 Lexus SC 430 - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (4.3L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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2002 SC 430 owner review
By jayarbee on


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


I was attracted to this car purely by its looks and still love it for that reason. After 27,000 miles the only failure of any part has been the gas springs for the trunk. Driving is excellent and stable at high speed. Low speed driving suffers due to relatively stiff steering (no "two-finger" driving for this car). Brakes are the best I have ever experienced. For all the good things there are things my previous car (Buick Reatta) had and did that I miss. I could get more information out of my Buick computer than the Lexus' and I could drive with my elbow out the window, which is very uncomfortable in the Lexus. Rear visibility suffers in the Lexus, also.

Best Features

High speed stability, the hard-top convertible.

Worst Features

My Reatta had visors that stayed where I placed them. The Lexus visors stay where they want to. It would take a re-styling to accomplish, but the rear visibility is terrible, what with the high body rear end and the permanent rear "seat" head restraints blocking the view.
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