Originally Posted by Prasha
Replaced the timing belt yet? I have 02 with 62K miles. Since I drive about 4k annually I am considering replacing with 2006+ with higher miles (100K?) but same price.
I replaced the TB right after I bought it same time as I had the airbag recall performed. Way early to do TB based on 30k miles but for $1,000 at my local Lexus (using 15% off coupon) I thought it worth the piece of mind since the TB was 12 years old. I knew I was keeping the car for likely 10 more years and driving 5-7k miles per year so it made little sense to wait since doing it immediately meant I likely would not do it again.
I personally feel the 2004-2005 models may have been the highest quality SC430s particularly with regard to the leather used on the interior. And I like the old style wheels (with twisties not the fugly pie-pans). There are features in the 06-10 models that are desirable like the 6 speed AT, way better lighting, and easier to integrate/modernize audio system but I prefer the leather interior, old style wheels, and an easy to drain and fill AT complete with attached with a dip stick : ) on the 01-05s.