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Long Term Review - SC430
Pros: Bullet-proof reliability
Cons: Seating and performanceWanted a 'sports coupe with some luxury'. It delivered somewhat on the luxury, but 'sport' is nowhere to be found in the SC430. Floaty suspension, numb handling, terrible throttle response, and quite possibly the worst seats offered by a premium make. Rear seat should be removed - really only a package shelf. Anemic engine output for such a heavy car. Overall, a reliable but unfulfilling ride.
Pros: Stand out sculpture styling (not for the status quo buyer), Made in Japan rock solid Quality, Gorgeous Interior, Beast Motor, best stereo on market...it simply has to be heard to be believed, lots of looks from the plebs and SUV lemmings.
Cons: Seats should have more lateral support and bottom seat cushion stitch seams are too thick also cup holder not deep enough and wipers are too slow.
Advice: A great value.This is the best car I've owned...and currently I own two Mercedes (E3204Matic Wagon & C280). The car has an anvil like feel and the engine power never seems to end. The high-end quality of the interior and its overall fit and finish are much superior to Mercedes...which seems to have gone down hill in the past several years (lots of ill fitting plastic and visits to the mechanic). Also, my 11 month and 3 year old's car seats fit in the back seat quite well for weekend drives to the Beach.
Pros: Hardtop convertible
Cons: Steering sensitivity
Advice: If you get one, get the silver or the 'sand' colors since those paint jobs are by far the most eye catching. The car looks hideous in black, and the red version looks like a Miata.This is hands down the most pleasurable sports car I've ever driven. Smooth, quiet, and powerful, and it gets a lot of attention as you drive down the road. My only beef is that the steering could be tighter - it's got the loosest steering of any sports car I've owned.