"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!"
"I have a 2003 and I absolutely love it with one exception. The run flats are a killer. I have only been getting between 12-15k on them and most recently had two cracked rims. Lexus service dept. claims they have never encountered this problem. I find it hard to believe I am the only SC430 owner with cracked rims. I'll have to give the high performance Bridgestone Potenza a try."
"The downside, no spare. Therefore reluctant to take on an extended trip without a spare. Bought the extended warranty from Lexus. I shudder to think how much the convertible roof mechanism would cost to replace/repair."