Lexus Sports Cars Ratings
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2004 Lexus SC 430 - Base
Pros: Navigational system/DVD player
Cons: only having two doors
Advice: Make sure you got the best deal availibleI LOVE this car. Its perfect! Gas mileage could be better but other than that, its Great!
2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base
Pros: The interior refinements
Cons: ZERO complaints
Advice: RUN...don't walk to buy one. But be selective about the color.Easier to resell down the road.This is my fourth Lexus in ten years. And among those was a '93 SC 400 which was a fine touring car I thought until I drove this beauty! It is simply put, Outstanding. I cannot explain adequately enough what a gorgeous,sexy,elegant vehicle this really is. The finish work literally blows away the German rides.Granted, it's not a Porshe in the performance end of things but who cares. I don't want a ticket nor do I need people thinking I'm a kook for flying past them.Although this is still a 150+MPH car! This is a car to be seen and seen in.When you spend 65 thousand dollars on a car you don't want to be a blur. Not too surprising is the importance of color selection but each to their own. This car is so much nicer than the old SC although they are still a beautiful car. Some people complain about the seats being not bolstered enough but what the hey...you're not racing this thing.If you want to be travelling at Warp Speeds, then this is the wrong category of car for you.We've had the two kids in the back seats.They seemed happy enough although they are young and small, 4 and 7.The trunk is small-ish but so is every car like it in it's class. And if you're thinking a Corvette gets the girls then you must still be in high school because this car will make your lady feel like one.Controls as with all Lexus are supreme.Transmission is silky smooth.Interior noise is so low you'll wonder if the machine is even on.The Levinson stereo system is pretty darn good.I do not have the run flat tires because of stories I'd heard and hey,what are the odds?Knowwhatameanbubba? The top...ohh the top! It is very very cool.And works flawlessly. People,it's a Lexus remember? There are a lot of cool cars out on the market and each has some unique feature but there is nothing that comes close to this car at this price.I keep thinking that I'll drive this car until I'm 90 but with Lexus..it takes only a couple of years before they blow us away with their uber fine quality and improvements. Kiss the Bimmer and the Merc and the XK8 buh-bye...this car is awesome.Don't forget one thing.This car is for touring. It is a touring sports car. You drive it casually.If you want to tempt the police and have stratospheric insurance premiums,then you want a Porshe, about 40$ thou more. If you want this sort of luxury but the performance too, then you'll want to think about spending 160$K on an Aston Martin. Anyway,just a thought.By the way, I've also had an XK8 and this is wayyy nicer.And if you want a sedan...the Lexus can enthrall you with that too.Gorgeous classy vehicles.Superb value.Everyone of them.
2004 Lexus IS 300 - Auto Sedan
Pros: Its quickness and looks.
Cons: There were quite a few problems (most little things) when I first got the car. A hesitation problem I had to take the car in 3 times before it was properly fixed. It was a computer problem.
Advice: Get ready to have fun and get lots of looks.I actually bought my IS300 a few years ago(2001) and I have had very good luck with it. It has an incredibly smooth shifting of gears and just feels like a million bucks. I have had so many people come up to me and compliment me on the looks of the car. Lexus staff are always very nice and would go out of their way to safisfy the customer.
2004 Lexus IS 300 - Manual Sedan
Pros: Smooth, powerful I6 engine and wonderful manual transmission clutch/shift linkage.
Cons: Hood prop rod and space-intruding trunk hinges.
Advice: Get the limited slip differential (and vehicle stability control for the automatic transmission model)First 3,500 miles in my '04 IS300 manual have been sheer magic. Absolutely fun to drive and drive hard. Outstanding brakes, ride, handling, steering, engine, and transmission. She could use more power (supercharger?), a 6-speed manual transmission (just to keep up with its competitors), fold-down rear seats, and a deeper overdrive (to lower RPMs at highway speeds for better fuel economy), but she shines as a serious all around high performance sport sedan. Great family sedan. Reliable. Stylish. Space efficient. Great car for the money!!! Loved my wife's '03 IS300 automatic so I had to get a manual for me!
2003 Lexus SC 430 - Base
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.
2003 Lexus SC 430 - Base
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.
2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base
Pros: Quality! Interior, exterior, sound system, nav.
Cons: Flat, unbolstered seat; dull steering; run-flat tire noise & stiffness.
Advice: If you want comfort, switch out tires; if sportiness, upgrade suspensionThis is a luxury convertible first, a sports car second. Plenty of power, but setup for cruising, not cornering. Perfect for a sunny day meander, good daily commuter (but terrible gas milage in city driving). Back seat is fine for extra cargo space most two-seaters lack - there's even a pooch cover! - but don't expect even small children to sit back there.