Lexus SC430 - what's your opinion?

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Lexus SC430 - what's your opinion?

Postby gt4play » Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:42 pm

I know this strays a little off topic, but I was curious what other peoples' thoughts (maybe first hand experience) were about this car.

The wife and I are considering offloading the Mini Cooper (resale value on that thing is great) in favor of something a little more (okay, a LOT more) plush. It's kind of ridiculous, but these SC's lose a good 75% of their initial value (02's and 03's) even if their mileage is still under 60k to 70k miles. We went and drove one the other day and what a fanTASTIC car. It's just this particular one had the crap beat out of it - shame.

Some people think they're ugly - others think they're gorgeous. This one I looked at yesterday, (despite the fact that it looked like somebody let their muddy, 200lb husky run rampant through the interior) looked quite sharp with the top down.

I think the one thing that disappointed me the most is their attempt to call this car a 4-seater. The back seats are nonsense. Unless you want to wrap yourself around the steering wheel while driving, nobody could comfortably sit behind the driver.

At any rate, just curious what peoples' thoughts were. :)

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Postby BoostedBlueToyotas » Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:51 pm

WTF, 7am, what did you do play video games all night .......

Its not what we think, its what lynn wants ..... :D
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Postby gt4play » Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:22 pm

BoostedBlueToyotas wrote:WTF, 7am, what did you do play video games all night .......

Its not what we think, its what lynn wants ..... :D


Hhahaha - contrary to popular belief, "I" am buying this, so I have some say (I should hope).
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Postby Mafix » Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:53 pm

personally, i think they are hideous. but they run like hell. and it is all "plush". up to you. i'd rather have a sc400 or a sc300.
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Postby ___Scott___ » Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:36 pm

Mafix wrote:personally, i think they are hideous.

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Postby gt4play » Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:44 pm

You know, at one point I thought the same thing. But slap a nice set of wheels and tint out the windows and you have an altogether different looking car. From 02 to present, I have yet to see a nice looking stock set of wheels on those.

But really, you guys think this looks hideous?

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Postby Wicked Toys » Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:10 pm

Never been a fan of the 430's styling either. SC300 or 400 gets my vote anyday.
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Postby LegacyofDan » Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:24 pm

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i hate those rims...they are awful...imo the stockies look so much better..again in my opinion.... :|
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Postby WarTowels » Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:27 am

It's a very two faced car.

Sometimes it looks awesome, other times it looks like a granny mobile.

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I think the car suffers from not looking quite aggressive enough, and the color choices they used on the cars are often very dull and bland.

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Postby alltracst185 » Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:46 am

it looks good with the right wheels :D staggered of course :smokes:
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Postby BoNkErZz » Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:59 am

forget a 430 get a sc300 with 5 speed - thats my vote
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Postby gt4play » Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:05 pm

BoNkErZz wrote:forget a 430 get a sc300 with 5 speed - thats my vote


Baaah, SC300 is too old school at this point - and boring (unless a Supra motor gets swapped in). People are suggesting 300 and 400, but what about the convertible aspect? Is this just being overlooked? Is 'wind in the hair' (and in my case, sun beaming off my bald head) considered over-rated?
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Postby Mafix » Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:31 pm

you realize you are asking "sports car" enthusiasts whether or not they like convertables. i have yet to meet one.
i just think it's the overall look and shape of the car none of us like. but if you and lynn are set on one then get it by all means. anything is better then the mini in my eyes.
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Postby gt4play » Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:50 pm

Mafix wrote:you realize you are asking "sports car" enthusiasts whether or not they like convertables. i have yet to meet one.
i just think it's the overall look and shape of the car none of us like. but if you and lynn are set on one then get it by all means. anything is better then the mini in my eyes.


Haha - you really do not like that Mini do you? lol. Well, yes - it's a forum for sports car enthusiasts (of course). And believe me, it's something I appreciate: a built MR2, now 2 alltracs and the G35...guess I'm looking for some variety. :)

BTW, is a SC300 really all that much more 'sports car' than a 430? The 430 will dust the hell out of a 300, convertible or not. It's just a hardtop with less-plush if you ask me.

I do agree that these cars can look like Grandma's daily grocery getter - these pale colors of gold and tan and that other pinkish hue...ugh. Horrible. Silver might be acceptable, but the BLACK (with the right wheels) do it justice.

We're keeping an eye out. Prob gonna put the Mini up for sale this week to see what kind of traffic it gets. Contemplating selling the bike (instead of the 2nd alltrac) as (1) it's worth more and (2) I have determined I am so much more a car guy than I am a bike guy...
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Postby kickyah » Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:59 pm

gt4play wrote:
Mafix wrote:you realize you are asking "sports car" enthusiasts whether or not they like convertables. i have yet to meet one.
i just think it's the overall look and shape of the car none of us like. but if you and lynn are set on one then get it by all means. anything is better then the mini in my eyes.


Haha - you really do not like that Mini do you? lol. Well, yes - it's a forum for sports car enthusiasts (of course). And believe me, it's something I appreciate: a built MR2, now 2 alltracs and the G35...guess I'm looking for some variety. :)

BTW, is a SC300 really all that much more 'sports car' than a 430? The 430 will dust the hell out of a 300, convertible or not. It's just a hardtop with less-plush if you ask me.

I do agree that these cars can look like Grandma's daily grocery getter - these pale colors of gold and tan and that other pinkish hue...ugh. Horrible. Silver might be acceptable, but the BLACK (with the right wheels) do it justice.

We're keeping an eye out. Prob gonna put the Mini up for sale this week to see what kind of traffic it gets. Contemplating selling the bike (instead of the 2nd alltrac) as (1) it's worth more and (2) I have determined I am so much more a car guy than I am a bike guy...



It's not about being a car guy or a bike guy. It's about a car guy with a bike that is faster then most cars. Oh yeah...the 430 is great...for a 60 year old ;)
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