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Old 04-27-13, 11:04 AM   #1
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So everyone on here has modified sc's, so i was wondering what i should look for when looking at a stock 1999 SC300 with 125k miles. Car has had timing belt changed, new radio, good brakes, new tires, not driven in winter, body is really clean. I have a 2jz in my GS300 but SC's in general i don't know much about. I about the cracked vents and door panels, doors sagging, but not much more then that. I'm fairly positive the dim dash was only a 96-92 issue and that 98+ got the 5-speed auto and the VVTI? Any other input would be great, its red on tan with 125k miles for $4500 and has aftermarket wheels
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For $4500, I'd check everything and be meticulous about it. 99 SC300's are also 4 speed not 5, only the 400's got the 5 speed for the VVTi's. If you have a GS, every engine set up is the same. Check for leaks, worn out bushings - vibration in the freeway, etc..
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Ya, the tires need to be balanced and its not leaking i checked timing belt and valve covers for leaks. and i could have sworn 98+ sc300s had a 5 speed auto interesting.
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Burnt out cluster needles, bleeding with air conditioning board, hazed headlights. Look for rust around and under the vehicle.
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I'm pretty sure the 98-00 SC300's were 4 speeds, because people with pre-'98 SC's who swap out to gated shifter, get the one for the 300's so it wouldn't look funny with 5 gear selections when they only have 4. Oh yeah, I'm one of those people, LOL. Other than that, 98-00 SC's are the way to go due to their rarity and VVTi engines.
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Hmm not too bad for 4500. I say go ahead and get, after you do the common checks and stuff
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Is it local?....I want to see it ASAP if you grab it!
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Pretty sure it's the one on craigslist right? I've seen that...$4500 is the listing price...knock him down to $3800.
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Not a bad price for a 99 SC with those miles, but as with anything I buy, I would do somewhat of a thorough check of the car first. For the most part it sounds pretty well maintained despite a few items overall it doesn't sound like there are any major show stoppers? Take it for a spin, and see how it drives, how it sounds, any leaks, and so on...check all the controls: AC,heat, etc. Either way, good luck and keep us posted.

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Ya the red one it has a salvage title but that doesn't bother me cause i know the person who originally repaired it haha. The car is for my brother, i figured since its so cheap I'll take a look. Theres also a 2004 es330 at northtown I will look at once exams are over, my main concern is the RWD and if my brother can swing that. 2TurboZ how the black sc300 doing?
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any photos of it?
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owner now used to be a mechanic at northtown lexus/toyota and now at the nothtown land rover dealership. I have to talk to the insurance company as this would be for my brother
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owner now used to be a mechanic at northtown lexus/toyota and now at the nothtown land rover dealership. I have to talk to the insurance company as this would be for my brother
Wow! That looks really nice good luck hope everything works out and you're able to purchase the Sc.
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Get it. My $0.02... Do be very wary about rust, this is NY, you know.
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