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Lexus SC 430, Convertible
#1191 of 1200 2002 SC430...Haunted?
Aug 12, 2009 (5:17 am)
This is the scenario that occurred this morning: My daughter took my SC out this morning, putting the top up after she pulled out of the garage. As she came to the stop sign about a block from home, she stepped on the brake and the car completely shut off. She put it in park, turned the key and it started no problem. She turned the car around to bring it back home and every time she hit the brake, the car turned off.
I drove the car last night and it was fine. The car has approximately 47,000 miles on it.
Anybody have any suggestion as to what it might be for when I get home tonight?
Thanks in advance.
#1192 of 1200 Re: 2002 SC430...Haunted? [dchuka]
Aug 15, 2009 (9:08 am)
Since you've driven since, and it's fine ... I'd suggest that a "top position sensor switch" might have been involved. Since you indicated that she put the top up, did it ever do anything like this with the top down? Has it done it before or since? A transitory, non-repeating problem isn't so bad ... if it shows up intermittently, much more of a problem. If it doesn't happen again, I wouldn't worry too much. All modern cars are FULL of electronic sensors. Not unlike your home computer ... a "control, alt, delete" exercise is good for them. My wife''s SC430 probably has as many as my RX Hybrid ... good case for extended warranty IMHO.
#1193 of 1200 Noise coming from dashboard
Sep 02, 2009 (11:21 am)
I am hearing an intermittent noise coming from the proximity of the tachometer. It sounds like a spooling noise that I would hear from a worn out speedometer cable. The problem is that I hear it while the engine is running and I am in PARK. I am baffled. I highly doubt there is anything mechanical that runs to the tach. Any ideas?
#1194 of 1200 Does a Lexus SC 430 have an automatic light shut off timer feature ?
Oct 15, 2009 (8:08 am)
This is in regards to something I have been looking for, my Dr has a 2003 Lexus SC 430 convertible. Does it have a timer on the headlights that will automatically turn off the headlights after say 1 minute. Cadillacs & other cars have this feature, it gives the person time to say get in their homes, or somewhere else without being left in the dark. I have searched through the owners manual & have not found anything about this.
#1195 of 1200 Re: Does a Lexus SC 430 have an automatic light shut off timer feature ? [dustdemon]
Dec 24, 2009 (3:35 pm)
#1196 of 1200 Re: Does a Lexus SC 430 have an automatic light shut off timer feature ? [dustdemon]
Jan 02, 2010 (12:11 pm)
#1197 of 1200 To the lack of Golden Ratio in SC430
Mar 09, 2010 (10:26 pm)
Some posts indicated that SC430 may be not too aesthetically pleasing. This is not surprising because the use of the golden ratio was ignored in car's design. I ran a simple analysis and found that SC430 proportion is some 33% off the Golden ratio.
Here's a link to the image: car.bappy.com/sc.jpg
Have a look at the picture and decide which car you like better, the one on the left or on the right. The one on the right you may say is an instant classic. It is much closer to the golden ratio than the one on the left because I have shifted the cabin backward until it looked good to me. What I also noticed was that the ratio of the hood length to the trunk length happens to be 2:1 on the right image, and the ratio of the cabin+trunk to the hood is close to the golden ratio.
Lexus may have moved the cabin forward to allow the engineering innovation of a convertible hardtop to fit in the trunk, or perhaps tried to go for the mid-cabin supercar look. Nevertheless, SC430 is an excellent luxury GT comfortable for long travel and for daily trips.
Jul 06, 2010 (9:17 am)
I have just realized why I like my SC430 so much: it is very well-mannered. Yes, it would get me to 60 miles per hour speed in under 6 seconds but it would never make a rough move along the way. This shows not only the good engineering but also the good breeding.
I bought it for the classic curvy looks but I am enjoying it for the powerful smooth ride.
#1199 of 1200 It's all a matter of personal preference
Jul 09, 2010 (6:00 am)
My wiffe is now on her second one ... this one is a '09 SC430 Pebble Beach. She absolutely loves the car. I drive an 2010 RX450h and like the larger car and the utility of a crossover. But she wouldn't go for anything else. When it was time to trade in her '06, I tried to get her interested in Porche, MB AMG, Audi, and even a Corvette ... no luck. Her "ideal" fun car is the Lexus SC430 ... it's fast enough for her, sporty enough for her and sexy enough for her, the folding hardtop is icing on a delightful cake. We're each on our 2nd Lexus and have done nothing to either of them but normal service and the dealership is EXCELLENT! What's not to like?
#1200 of 1200 Re: It's all a matter of personal preference [rcraft]
Jul 24, 2010 (8:52 am)
My wife just got a 2010 SC430 to replace her 2007 that came off lease. She also looked at the competitive vehicles from MB. BMW, Porsche and Audi and decided she had loved her SC so much that she wanted another one as your wife did.