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Forum: GS - Second Generation Today, 09:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 103
Posted By MattyG
That's a tough call. The 400 has always looked...

That's a tough call. The 400 has always looked more substantial to me. Very upscale and "Germanic". The 98 was a good year. They updated the styling a little bit.

I test drove a 91 years before I...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-24-14, 08:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,209
Posted By MattyG
Well let's see how long we can drag out this...

Well let's see how long we can drag out this thread then... :D

You can't put a price on nostalgia and if it comes driving up a curve with a smooth roar that says $15K, that's gonna be tough to go...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-24-14, 11:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,209
Posted By MattyG
Decisions indeed, but a nice problem to have :)...

Decisions indeed, but a nice problem to have :) Yeah a twin-turbo conversion is a lot of work and it looks like you don't have a reputable local shop.

If you go to the Canadian site, trader.ca...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-22-14, 07:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,209
Posted By MattyG
Well egs, it's your money so if you gotta have...

Well egs, it's your money so if you gotta have it, you gotta have it. Just to play devil's advocate: I still think that's a steep price for a 10 year old car with 15 year old technology.

The...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-20-14, 08:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By MattyG
It's funny you say that because the change is so...

It's funny you say that because the change is so subtle, you don't quite notice it. I started mine up this morning and it was slightly overcast and in the shade. I'm in deep winter mode here in...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-20-14, 06:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 901
Posted By MattyG
It's for certain territories not a blanket...

It's for certain territories not a blanket recall. High humidity + a cheaper substance for airbag inflation in extreme temps = problems.

https://repairpal.com/lexus/sc430/recalls
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Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-20-14, 05:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,109
Posted By MattyG
They are good looking rides... but of course they...

They are good looking rides... but of course they present challenges. Now it looks like the Takata airbag recall covers a lot of them. 01-05 3 series. It's the last thing a Bimmer owner needs to...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-20-14, 05:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 197
Posted By MattyG
It really depends on your car's maintenance...

It really depends on your car's maintenance history and where you're driving.

A cold snap in my area drove the temperature down to -4F recently. I normally won't drive my car when it gets down to...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-19-14, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By MattyG
I do wish my dash was a little brighter at night...

I do wish my dash was a little brighter at night too but there is a method to Lexus' madness here.

A bright dash impairs your night vision because your eyes are compensating for it and that means...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-17-14, 04:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,109
Posted By MattyG
That's a very good perspective on German car...

That's a very good perspective on German car brands. Those dodgy electronics dull the great driving experience and wear a little thin over time. I think the Japanese manufacturers definitely put a...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-15-14, 09:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,209
Posted By MattyG
Absolutely. That's the best way to buy a car is...

Absolutely. That's the best way to buy a car is be patient and keep an eye on things. These cars are old school now.

But if you drive the V8 make sure you don't buy on impulse because it is a very...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-15-14, 05:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,209
Posted By MattyG
I think you should actually use the Blue Book...

I think you should actually use the Blue Book pricing as a rough ballpark. That's the market talking. Yes, it is a rare find at just 50K and the last year of production, but it's not a collectible...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-14-14, 06:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,109
Posted By MattyG
Well you know that the internet does bring out...

Well you know that the internet does bring out the fanatic in any brand. What I found with the BMW crowd is that they equate Lexus to Toyota. But there is no Toyota I've ever driven that performed...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-11-14, 06:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,109
Posted By MattyG
mveale welcome and sweet collection of rides. And...

mveale welcome and sweet collection of rides. And despite the cool Bimmers, I gotta throw some love at that Toyota 4x4. Love those trucks for rugged looks and ability.
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-10-14, 08:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 477
Posted By MattyG
And just an update GRANNYZ400. We've had some...

And just an update GRANNYZ400. We've had some horrible winter weather yesterday and today. Temps are at about 14F. I finally threw in two 50lb gravel/sand bags right over the rear axle. Definitely...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-10-14, 06:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 793
Posted By MattyG
Yeah basically as gsean400 says, the car's engine...

Yeah basically as gsean400 says, the car's engine still holds up well compared to newer vehicles. The 4.0/4.3 has very few peers and as you already know, put the hammer down and...

On the safety...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-10-14, 02:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 793
Posted By MattyG
Ripper it's a beautiful car that's for sure....

Ripper it's a beautiful car that's for sure. Looks like it rolled out of the showroom just yesterday. But it is going to look dated because it was likely designed in the mid-90's for the 98 debut.
...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-06-14, 04:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 477
Posted By MattyG
From what I've read, people really like Blizzaks...

From what I've read, people really like Blizzaks and X-ice - about $500 on Tirerack but you still need to change over or get dedicated rims.

But to the OP, some weight will make a difference...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 11-05-14, 06:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 477
Posted By MattyG
The GS is not the ideal winter car for the...

The GS is not the ideal winter car for the reasons you pointed out already and here in Southern Alberta we get some nasty weather where it is pretty much over-matched no matter what rubber it's...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 10-31-14, 09:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,756
Posted By MattyG
I'm sure the OP has fled by now but hey, that's...

I'm sure the OP has fled by now but hey, that's how it goes. People do that on other forums too. Sometimes a tourist asks for directions and gets the shortest route, the easiest route, and the scenic...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 10-29-14, 09:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,756
Posted By MattyG
This question of 300 vs 400/430 would have been a...

This question of 300 vs 400/430 would have been a harder decision 16 years ago when the price difference between the two cars could have been as much as $10K! They cost a pretty penny, $38-48K.
...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 10-27-14, 05:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,756
Posted By MattyG
Oh yeah. Don't ever believe the GS300 is down...

Oh yeah. Don't ever believe the GS300 is down market. The one I drove briefly was silky smooth and I nearly bought it. The six dates all the way back to the Crown, Cressida, Supra years.

The...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 10-27-14, 10:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,756
Posted By MattyG
And the funny thing is Toyota could have brought...

And the funny thing is Toyota could have brought over the twin-turbo version of the Aristo over to North America, but I think they were worried about stealing sales from the 400/430 and potential...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 10-25-14, 09:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By MattyG
I love those cars. Very nice drool worthy...

I love those cars. Very nice drool worthy styling, ride and interior. But I don't have a few thousand sitting in the bank account that I would need to fix potential problems. Even the MB forums...
Forum: GS - Second Generation 10-24-14, 11:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,756
Posted By MattyG
Having driven both the GS300 (a 1998) briefly on...

Having driven both the GS300 (a 1998) briefly on a test drive, and now owning a GS430 (2002):

They both handle similar because it's basically the same platform. Curb weights are within 65 pounds...
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