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A pioneering entry in today's luxury retractable-hardtop segment, the SC 430 enters its ninth year of production by continuing to offer both a sporty character and a comprehensive array of features. Still one of the most evocatively styled vehicles in the entire Lexus portfolio, this V-8-powered, rear-wheel-drive 2+2 boasts the ability to transform itself from coupe to convertible at the push of a button. While the overall genre of high-end open cars has expanded in recent years, true upper-echelon competitors for this distinctive Lexus remain few. Heading the list is the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, with the BMW 335i Convertible, Volvo C70 and Infiniti G37 Convertible offering a more affordable alternative for those willing to accept a six-cylinder engine.
By Eddleman on Wednesday, January 30, 2008
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"After having owned a BMW, a Jag, and various other vehicles, one might think I would find the SC 430 average, but far from it. It is the best car I have ever owned. I fell in love with the styling when I first saw it in 2001, and wanted one since then. I could talk all day about all the great features, but if you are really a automobile enthusist, you will want to know the week points. Before I criticize, I must say, I believe this is the best car value on the road today! The weak points. The rims are hideous. I replaced them with aftermarket. The back seats are only good for VERY limited use or small children. The spare? Isn't room for one if you want to use the trunk. The handling is a little soft in high speed cornering. That's it . . . I can't find anything else wrong with the car. Fair gas mileage. Great if you consider the high performance V8. Fast, convenient hardtop up and down. Great interior design and comfort. You won't find an overall better car unless you jump into the $200,000 plus range, and even there I would say it competes well!"
15 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By LIZ on Friday, May 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I am not a person who takes good care of their car. I mean this, truly. I wait months (once over a year) to change the oil. I am very haphazard about maintenance and this car has NEVER let me down. This is without question the best vehicle I have every owned. I bought this 2003 model in 2008 and in the 5 years I have owned it I have had zero problems. I did change the tires from run-flat to regular tires for a high-performance vehicle, and they not only cost less but they provide a better ride. The sound system is awesome, the paint is still beautiful, I cannot say enough about this car and about Lexus products. Paying for service at a Lexus dealer once the warranty runs out is a pretty major cost, fortunately I have had next to no reason to go back to Lexus. I plan to run the wheels off this one. And what fun-love it when I can put the top down!"
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By cargirl on Thursday, October 16, 2008
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I bought my 2002 Lexus 430SC used in 2006 and immediately had part of the body repainted due to stone nicks. Otherwise, the interior was perfect and the body had no dents or dings. I couldn't be more pleased with this automobile. It rides smoothly, has plenty of zip and is comfortable for a person with a touchy back. The service is beyond compare. Always a loaner and omelets, bagels juice, etc. in the morning at the service department. Buying used saved a lot of money and because the body style changes very little, the car still looks current. I have the gold model and people remark on it. Very few are in my area and it really stands out. Guess you can see I love a nice car, especially this model Lexus. It is one gorgeous convertible?"
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful