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Lexus SC 430, Convertible
#738 of 1200 new to Lexus
Mar 06, 2004 (9:57 am)
Hello, i am going to buy my first Lexus sometime this year and was wondering if you thought it would be a good idea to wait until 2005,with all of the tire problems. i am interested in the SC 430 and i am wondering if Lexus will correct these problems for the next year model? or do they try to work out problems as they arise within the year?
#739 of 1200 Tire problems?
Mar 08, 2004 (6:34 am)
I don't think there are any significant "tire problems". My wife's SC430 got about 21,000 miles out of the original set of Bridgestone run-flats with no problems. However, I put new HRE wheels on the car and MPS A/S tires, for more style and a smoother ride. The ride of the car as delivered was not overly harsh, though; the wife wasn't complaining about it. She was complaining about "tramlining", which was eliminated with the new tires.
#740 of 1200 Tire Problems
Mar 12, 2004 (6:17 pm)
Listen to ipsadoodle folks on tire issues with SC430.. Switch to Dunlop 5000 DSST and ask Lexus dealership for a refund.. Bridgestone RFT(runflat) /GoodYear EMT(Extended Mobility Technology) tires are trouble..I switched to Dunlop last year after driving 30K miles on my 2002 SC 430, no problems thereafter..
#742 of 1200 first test drive
Mar 18, 2004 (7:34 am)
i drove my first Sc430 yesterday. i love the car so much, but i was surprised at its lack of comfort; the seats being semi hard and the road ride. After driving the BMW which was very cushy compared and handled sooooo well. i love the SC so much more though in all of the other categories. i am wondering how this car is on long distance? Are most people just using it as a second weekend car? it would be my only car and i do drive a lot. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?
#743 of 1200 Excellent long distance runner!
Mar 18, 2004 (7:52 pm)
First: The SC 430 with run-flat tires will ride better using 36-38 psi.
Second: The seats become more comfortable the more it is driven.
Third: I do not use mine as a daily driver but do use it for long trips during the summer. The ride is great and I never get fatigued at the end of a long trip. I find the the seats very accomadating and I am 6'00'' tall.
Fourth: Nothing , but nothing beats cruising down the highway with the top down ac on and the ML knocking out the tunes.
Fifth: It is a great car. I bought mine new 15 months ago and have not had the first problem. The only time it has been back to the dealer is for scheduled maintenance.
Mar 19, 2004 (3:41 pm)
The problems on the SC 430 tires were all corrected in the 2003 model year..it is the best car of its type regardless of price..you dont have to wait..if you have the money buy it now..the car will be here next year, but you might not....good luck..its a great car..I know..I have owned lots of good cars..this is the best...the nicest interior..handles great..good value..real good compared toMB SL500...I know, I drove MB for over 20 years..nice cars..but lots of maintenance....
#745 of 1200 Long trips in the SC
Mar 19, 2004 (4:49 pm)
Where do you find room for luggage when you take long trips in the SC 430? When I saw the trunk size with the top down (particularly with the spare in place)I ruled out the SC430. I now drive a Jag. XKR which has been trouble free and has ~ 10 cu.ft of trunk space with the top up or down. It allows for week long trips up the Ca coast with no concerns re luggage space. The performance and handling aren't bad either.
Mar 21, 2004 (5:29 pm)
You lay your clothes flat under the safety panel. I have the runflats so there is then plenty of room aft of the top for shaving kits overnight bags, etc.
I have always owned a convertible but I will never again have one with a cloth top. That is just one more reason why I prefer the SC 430.
#747 of 1200 rain & tires
Mar 22, 2004 (10:42 am)
i do have another concern, before i commit to the SC...i live in California and we do have on occasion torrential rains storms. is it dangerous in the SC to be in heavy rains on the freeways or in the cities? or is Snow and ice the only place tires are compromised?