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Lexus SC 430, Convertible
#1171 of 1200 Re: SC 430 blue/saddle [scsc430]
Mar 19, 2008 (8:53 am)
I'm also going to be taking the plunge on an '06 SC 430. Since it's been about two years since your posting, I was wondering how you've enjoyed or not enjoyed your car the last two years. Any regrets? Have you had windshield cracking problems? Did you find run flats not worth replacing once they've worn out?
And would you recommend the extended warranty? I'm looking at a used '06 with 12k miles. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Your posting below:
#1099 of 1170 SC 430 blue/saddle by scsc430 Jun 12, 2006 (6:43 pm)
I took the plunge today, and put down a deposit for an '06 SC 430 blue/saddle. I'm from South Carolina, but the car is coming from Florida by truck within the next 7-10 days. (I'm probably not going to sleep a bit until I get the call form the dealer.) I've been reading all of these postings carefully, as well as doing a lot of Internet research, and it seems that, in spite of some problems, most people are very satisfied with their cars. This will be my first Lexus, and I'm eager to see how their service after the sale stacks up.
A few questions...
1. Is it wise to purchase an extended warranty for this vehicle?
2. Are the run flats not worth replacing once they've worn out?
3. Are Zaino car care products the best ones on the market?
Thanks for y'alls input everyone! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts...
#1172 of 1200 Re: SC 430 blue/saddle [sp1010]
Mar 20, 2008 (6:47 am)
I own an 06 SC with 25k, my second as my previous was an '03. To answer your questions:
1) depends on how long you want to keep it. While extremely reliable they are not cheap to fix. If you were to have any problems with the roof, for instance, that might cost the equivalent of the extended warranty. I am covered for 5yrs/100k.
2) I ditched the run flats on both my SCs, never looked back. Keep both a ContiComfort kit(Tire Rack) as well as a puncture repair kit. Completely different ride with standard tires.
3) Simply put, YES Zaino is all I use at this point, my SC is black/black. I have tried most everything out there and Zaino gets my vote.
Good luck and congrats,
#1173 of 1200 Re: SC 430 blue/saddle [jtmav]
Mar 20, 2008 (7:14 am)
Thanks! And the black/black is really sharp. That's exactly what I'm looking at too. I appreciate the advice. Thanks again.
#1174 of 1200 2005 SC 430: Antenna Goes Up, then Retracts - ?Normal
Apr 01, 2008 (8:23 pm)
Hi all...new to the SC 430 family. Just got a 2005 silver SC 430 with 22K miles - a very nice machine! A quick question. I notice that when I turn the radio on, the rear antenna extends fully, then retracts about 1/3 of the way back. Is that normal operation? Or does this need to be checked out by the dealer?
P.S. Any particular quirks on the SC that I need to know about?
#1176 of 1200 Engine Cooling/Left Fan Belt
May 13, 2008 (7:08 am)
Hi! I own a 2002 SC 430 - it has 66,000 miles and my left fan belt or the cooling engine fan is riding a little rough. This problem just started and so I have been riding around the last 2 days with out running my air conditioner (in Florida). I'm not sure if the fan belt needs to be replaced or if a bracket is loose. Has anyone experienced this?
#1177 of 1200 Newbie Lexus owner
May 27, 2008 (11:24 am)
Ok...I'm about to become an owner of a 92' SC 400. It has been a friend of mine's for the last 15 years and babied. It's black w/a grey interior and extra matching wood in the console inset. It has all the options except the Nakamichi (sp?) stereo. He's updated it w/the chrome rims from the 95' edition. The beauty has been dealer serviced the entire time as my friend works in the car sales industry.
My question is why there is not a separate SC300/400 forum discussion. I know that the SC 300/400 a very popular and sought after so I'm curious.
Newbie in Seattle,
#1178 of 1200 Re: 2005 SC 430: Antenna Goes Up, then Retracts - ?Normal [docrock143]
Jun 12, 2008 (3:35 pm)
Hi there ... I'm new to the SC 430 too--got a 2008 in tigereye a few months ago. My antenna does the same, so I guess it's normal. The weird thing, though, is that it also moves up or down when I push different buttons to change radio stations. I'm going to ask about this when I go for service next. It seems like a bad idea, that the antenna could wear out in time. I only had one other car with a retractable antenna, and the antenna did eventually wear out. It might have been after 100,000 miles, though--I don't remember exactly--but still!
#1179 of 1200 Antenna Retracts
Jun 13, 2008 (9:53 am)
This is normal. The antenna extends shorter for AM stations and longer for FM stations. It will automatically retract a certain amount based on the strength of the FM signal. This is all automatic.
#1180 of 1200 Gas Mileage is UNBELIEVEABLY GOOD!!!
Jun 14, 2008 (6:50 am)
My wife's SC430 (2006 with 15K miles) has always gotten about 22 mpg in day-to-day use and about 27 mpg on the highway. I stumbled across a gas additive (I know, I know, they're all snake oil) and decided to give it a try. I have an RX400h (2006 with 40K miles). I put it in her car and she began to get 31 mpg in her day-to-day use and on the highway she got 45!!! This is getting in Prius territory. I didn't believe her - I assumed the computer was somehow being fooled by the additive so I drove her car a few times to work and manually calculated the mileage. Bingo, I was right!! the computer was off - I got 34 mpg in the day-to-day drive cycle . Honestly, this is JAW DROPPING mileage for a 300 hp 4.3 liter V8.
I then put it in my RX and saw a much more modest increase. it went from 28 mpg to 30. This still makes it worthwhile, but man! you have got to try this stuff in your SC's - it's goofy high mileage!! The product is called "EthosFR" and it advertises itself as a "fuel reformulator".
The website is http://www.ethosnw.com
Just be prepared when you open the website they have a car horn honking so turn your volume down. I don't have any idea who thought that was a good idea.
I really can't explain how we got such a stupid increase, but I'm jazzed about it and wanted to share it with other SC owners. It doesn't seem to have the same affect on all cars (my RX for example, but that may be because it's a hybrid and is already very efficient), but the stuff seems to work really well in the '06 SC430.
Give it a try and hit me back to see how you do!