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Old 05-03-14, 09:55 AM   #46
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Smile Great information if you plan to purchase an sc430

I saved sooooo much money by reading this post over and over and over again, before purchasing my 2007 SC430.... I was well informed and knew exactly what to look for, listen to, and ask questions about each time that I physically touched or test drove one. This Post Saved Me A Lot Of Money because most of the vehicles had problems mentioned in this post.
I didn't want to barter anyone down, I wanted a well maintained (documented) Low Mileage Vehicle, that was no older than 2007 and I was willing to travel if the price was right. Well I found one in Long Island, NY. With less than 39K on the odometer it was by far the best deal I found in 1 year of really looking for this car, so I paid a company to inspect it for me before I traveled to see it personally. Needless to say the second owner was younger than I and wanted something more sporty then the SC430, he'd only put 5K on it since purchasing it 5 years ago, and wanted to dump the SC for a convertible benz....... I got the SC for 20K cash, an I attribute this post for helping me pull off that maneuver, because without all the information I learned from this post I would've missed out on this deal, and purchased an SC430 with all kinds of hidden damage! Thank You scdroptop This "Post Is Still Working Wonders" Glad I read it and put what I learned from this post to work http://www.clublexus.com/forums/atta...60384_0018.jpg
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Old 08-10-14, 09:44 AM   #47
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Default Bluetooth in SC models

I am beginning a search for an SC 430. First of all, my compliments to the author of this section! This is the best write up of this sort I've seen anywhere.

I am having trouble figuring out Bluetooth cell phone capability in different model years. I know Bluetooth streaming did not happen until the later years. That's easy to resolve with after-market products. However, factory cell Bluetooth is usually superior to after-market products. When did the SC's start coming with cell Bluetooth? 2005, 2006, 2007 or 2008??? The Lexus model specs refer to Bluetooth being included in 2005 navigation voice-activated DVD or something like that. I'm not sure what that means: Something for nav only or phone use as well?

How well does the cell Bluetooth work? This applies to the top being in the up position, since background noise seriously affects sound quality. We had a 2011 Infinity G37X Coupe and the Bluetooth was terrible. The awful Bluetooth and transmission prompted us to get rid of this car. The Bluetooth in our Lincoln MKX is outstanding.

Thank you for any insights the members can share!
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Old 08-10-14, 02:00 PM   #48
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Bluetooth was available in the 2005 model sc430. You can voice activate some things like audio. limited navigation commands ask for POI. There is a button on the steering wheel that you press and the ask for what you want. It kind of works I dont find it that useful. Others may chime in.
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Old 08-11-14, 01:45 PM   #49
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I installed a Parrot Bluetooth on my 2003 SC. It's better than the factory Bluetooth that came out in 2005 because the Parrot allows me to stream music wirelessly from my smart device. The factory Bluetooth does not. I'm selling my SC, but I had a lot of good times with the car being able to play the music I want at my fingertips, as an alternative to listening to the same six CDs in the ML stereo. I can even listen to a YouTube video on my iPhone through The car stereo. The phone conversation sound quality is better than the factory set up too.
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Old 10-23-14, 10:03 PM   #50
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I think I can get the car for $19,500.
AT 19,500.00 I sure hope you bought it. If not is it still for sale. Heck I can get another one in my garage!!
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Old 10-26-14, 10:22 PM   #51
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Great thread! I'm active on the LS460 Section and in the market for an SC430. I took a look at 2002 silver with black interior. Has 132k and they are asking 10,500 plus tax and license. So approx 11,800. I offered 10,500 out the door. Good deal? They don't have any idea if the timing belt was changed. I looked up the vin and it doesn't show major services done at the dealer. Minor things were done from 2002-2005. Then it shows up again with work done in 2012. That doesn't mean it wasn't done...just not at the dealer. As of right now I think I must assume it wasn't. Drives good but steering feels quite heavy. Once I get one it won't stay stock for long. Wheels, air suspension, and kit are planned. I want to make a educated decision. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 10-29-14, 10:25 PM   #52
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Great thread! I'm active on the LS460 Section and in the market for an SC430. I took a look at 2002 silver with black interior. Has 132k and they are asking 10,500 plus tax and license. So approx 11,800. I offered 10,500 out the door. Good deal? They don't have any idea if the timing belt was changed. I looked up the vin and it doesn't show major services done at the dealer. Minor things were done from 2002-2005. Then it shows up again with work done in 2012. That doesn't mean it wasn't done...just not at the dealer. As of right now I think I must assume it wasn't. Drives good but steering feels quite heavy. Once I get one it won't stay stock for long. Wheels, air suspension, and kit are planned. I want to make a educated decision. Any input would be appreciated.
...in my opinion that would be a good deal,if you could get it for that price. When I bought mine,there was a service gap of about 40k, that wasn't accounted for. I split the difference in the mileage,then started to do the maintenance up to the mileage that was on the odometer when i purchased it. If the belt was changed, it should have a new water pump & possibly pulleys also,I don't know if it would be visibly noticeable. Either way, for the money you're saving, you could have the timing belt done.....good luck in your search
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Old 11-02-14, 12:09 PM   #53
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Default Buying A Lexus SC-430 Pebble Beach Edition w/ 111K miles

My family owns one lexus and it is already at the 145k mile mark. It runs very well and we've never had an issue with it.

I am looking to buy a Lexus for my fiance as it seems they are very reliable and hold value well.

I came across what I know would be his dream car, a 2005 Pebble Editon SC-430. It is absolutely beautiful and only a few hours away from where we reside.

That being said, it's got 111K miles on it with a price tag of 21K. All maintenance has been done already and the vehicle is in excellent condition.

Is the car worth this price? The KBB is incredibly low, and I can't find the option for PB in nada guides.

As you are all the experts, please inform me as to whether it is a good idea to buy the car at 111K miles for $21,000.00.

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Old 11-03-14, 09:35 PM   #54
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I think it is way over priced. But, something if worth only what someone is willing to pay. KBB is just a tool, a guide. What does http://edmunds.com say? Another good tool. I just purchased a 2002 w 56k mi for $12. I think I got a real good deal. I love it and and am thrilled. Best of luck to you.

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I'm from Australia but there seems to be no local fora like this (well, not any more) and I'm just busting to share. After narrowing my search down to 3, I went with a 2003 model.

Mechanic's report came back positive. In fact, the guy came across as a little bored - I'm guessing brakes and tires are about all he can find fault with on Lexus's.

My contribution to scdroptop's excellent post (thanks mate!) - my car had a blown driver's side mid-range speaker which was just producing pure distortion. Dealer agreed to fix (and service the car, fit new tires and brake pads, hee hee). Cranking up the music on the way home I noticed another speaker was distorting a little. So make sure you put your ear to ALL the speakers.

The car is absolutely amazing. I just love it! The only other thing I can find fault with is very slight wind noise emanating from somewhere close to the driver's side pillar. Only becomes noticeable in excess of 60mph so I'm not that bothered. Otherwise, I'm in heaven.
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Old 07-04-15, 03:14 AM   #56
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I'm from Australia but there seems to be no local fora like this (well, not any more) and I'm just busting to share. After narrowing my search down to 3, I went with a 2003 model.

The only other thing I can find fault with is very slight wind noise emanating from somewhere close to the driver's side pillar. Only becomes noticeable in excess of 60mph so I'm not that bothered. Otherwise, I'm in heaven.
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Old 09-27-15, 05:20 AM   #57
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Question When is it too many miles to purchase a SC430

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I am in the market for a SC430. It will be a second car for me as I have a Honda Pilot for my everyday driving. Looking at the market today I am finding a few with mileage above 100,000, e.g.

year is 2002 at 111,000 miles with a price of $14,900 US
year is 2005 at 167,000 miles with a price of $12,900 US

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I know the life of a car is dependent on how well it is maintained. If good maintenance is a given what can I realistic expect for the life of a car with over 100,000 miles? I have always wanted a SC430 and therefore would purchase with a plan to keep.

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All,

I am in the market for a SC430. It will be a second car for me as I have a Honda Pilot for my everyday driving. Looking at the market today I am finding a few with mileage above 100,000, e.g.

year is 2002 at 111,000 miles with a price of $14,900 US
year is 2005 at 167,000 miles with a price of $12,900 US

Questions:

I know the life of a car is dependent on how well it is maintained. If good maintenance is a given what can I realistic expect for the life of a car with over 100,000 miles? I have always wanted a SC430 and therefore would purchase with a plan to keep.

Thanks,

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....welcome to the forum....I have 224k on my 2002 Sc & haven't had any major issues. I try to do all the regular maintenance that have been recommended. The only "unexpected" things that have occurred....#1) replaced a leaking radiator....#2) replaced a a/c compressor....#3) replaced an alternator, with 224k mile, I can live with that. If you decide on either car you mentioned, check to see if the timing belt,water pump,etc...have been changed. If they haven't, this should be your first service done.I also once owned a Ls400 & put 315k miles on it,before I sold it, so these cars can be very dependable....good luck in your search
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What a wonderful post. Thanks so much!
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....welcome to the forum....I have 224k on my 2002 Sc & haven't had any major issues. I try to do all the regular maintenance that have been recommended. The only "unexpected" things that have occurred....#1) replaced a leaking radiator....#2) replaced a a/c compressor....#3) replaced an alternator, with 224k mile, I can live with that. If you decide on either car you mentioned, check to see if the timing belt,water pump,etc...have been changed. If they haven't, this should be your first service done.I also once owned a Ls400 & put 315k miles on it,before I sold it, so these cars can be very dependable....good luck in your search
Thanks for your reply. I just picked up a 2006 SC430 with 99,999 miles, one owner, all records showing every 5k maintenance done at the dealer which in this case was Woodfield Lexus of Illinois. This include water pump and timing belt replacement. The car is in excellent condition.

Matador Red with Ecru/Linen leather interior, Bluetooth was also standard for this year. It looked as good as the ....

White SC430 2008 for $28K
Black SC430 2010 for $32K

Price $16,700. So all in all pleased with my purchase and with the way we were treated at the dealer. We were able to negotiate a zero deductible, 3 year/36,000 mile gold service contract for $2200. I must say my wife insisted on it. In 2016 I am, looking forward to some spring and summer cruising.

I will say Google and the Forum threads were a immense help. In addition, I was patient and waited to find the car that was right for me.

Big thanks to all the contributors on this forum.

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