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1992 Lexus SC 400 4.0L V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired196000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Head Turner

Faults:

I bought the car privately from a lady who got herself a new SC430. The SC400 was sitting on her driveway for 3 years. Her son in-law changed the timing belt, radiator, 4 rotors and the water pump as a general maintenance before selling it. The 12 CD Changer that came with the car did not have a cartridge inside it. I Called the Lexus dealer who quoted $2,000 + 15% tax for a replacement CD changer. So I bid for a Lexus 12 CD Changer on Ebay and won it for $286 from a private seller in Toronto. He also installed it for me. I still have the old one. The paint on the wheel arches and door trims was worn out, I guess due to sitting idle for 3 years. I took it to a good body shop and got the whole car repainted for a very reasonable price. Also got the interior of the car detailed. Now the car looks like new. I'm loving it. I also need to replace one of the rear speakers. I can do it myself. There is condensation problem inside the front lights. But I am not really worried. As general maintenance I changed the oil and filter, all the Spark Plugs and the Air Filter.

General Comments:

SC400 is a smooth car. Too heavy to be a fast sports car like Eagle Talon TSi, Mustang GT, Corvette, etc.. It is more like a luxury car that looks gorgeous. Lexus SC400 takes around 6.9 seconds. Slow for a V8. It is so smooth that I feel frustrated sometimes as it does not roar like my old Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE. I don't push it hard as it is very heavy and also because I want it to last a long time. It is fuel efficient for a V8. The Nakamichi Premium sound system is nice. I cleaned the engine manually using WD40 and cloth without using water in anyway. SC400's and jet spray engine wash do not go well even if one covers the electrical parts well. It does not handle well in rain or snow. SC400's are rare, but one can use the LS400 parts for it. As on another comment, buy one, fix it up and it will run another 150,000 km.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2005

15th Sep 2006, 18:31

Update on my posting...It has been 1.5 years since I owned my Lexus SC400. All I did is change oil, filter regularly and that's it. Nothing has gone wrong so far except the "Traction Off" and electrical light comes on by default. Not really worried as I always switched off Traction Control. I can see from my research that other SC400 drivers also experience this problem after driving this car for over 200,000 KM. Not a big deal. One of the reasons Traction Control can go bad if you got wheel alignment done through a non-lexus dealer and the job was done poorly so the car's T-Control goes haywire and shuts off. I am planning to take it to my local Lexus dealer to get it scanned and fixed. Another problem I find is that I am so obsessed with it looking spotless, I keep on spending too much time cleaning it with proper cleaning stuff. Anyways, I would still recommend this car to anyone.

1992 Lexus SC 400 4.0 V8 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance76500 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Great car

Faults:

Nothing! Only owned for a week.

General Comments:

I love this car it is great. Power is awsome. I just have a question. Is there anything I should watch out for (problems, ect.)? I paid $8700 for the car. Is that a fair price? It only has 76000miles and looks like new. It just had the a/c done ($2200), new brakes and power steering pump.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2005

26th Jun 2005, 15:06

Just updating everyone. I have now owned this car for almost a month. I've already had several offers from people who know their cars to buy this one. I can't get enough of this car its amazing. The features it has for a 92 is amazing. I unfortunaly broke the CD changer and was a costly repair ($600+).

1992 Lexus SC 400 4.0L V8 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance108400 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Classy

Faults:

Minor cosmetics... but it's a '92.

General Comments:

I bought this car because of the engine. It's extremely fast and has a lot of potential, even at +100k miles.

Handling is good, but I don't push it since I know it's heavy.

Interior noise is quiet and the sound system rocks.

This engine is so smooth, I floor it, go to +100mph and the engine sounds even smoother.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2005

13th Jan 2005, 14:19

Nice going!!! I have the same year SC400 love it. Smoothness is there as you said I am sitting and 110K and its running fine.

6th Mar 2005, 22:56

I have the same year and model-almost 150k miles and she still runs like a champ-as the other 2 people stated, no major mechanical malfunctions-i don't think I will ever buy another car other than a lexus!!!

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 10 reviews