1993 Lexus SC 400 4.0 V8 from North America


Love the car, fast but expensive upkeep, engine can't be killed


New drive shaft at 210000.

Alterator went.

New plugs coils caps; the car was smoking and misfiring.

Seats are very badly worn out.

Rear end went.

General Comments:

Car handles great and is quick. Air intake and mufflers make a big difference to the car.

Comfortable, but low gas mileage is not very good at all.

Great car if you have the money to take care of it; engine lasts forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2008

1993 Lexus SC 400 4.0L V8 from North America




Pretty much nothing!! Seriously.. replaced brakes when first purchased (front pads included with car) all other maintenance was taken care of by the previous owner.

A little wear on the driver's seat, but that's to be expected with a 93 with original seats.

General Comments:

Turns heads like no other, it's sleek, fast, smooth riding.

My only complaint is on the person that thought it's be a good idea to place the CD changer in the trunk. (very bad idea); when you go over bumps it skips like crazy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2008

1993 Lexus SC 400 4L from North America


Great car, but for foul weather handling


This is easy - a short list:

- Battery (twice)

- Starter motor which was more expensive (~$700 at dealer) because it is not right at the bottom of the car like GM, etc.

- Drive electric window motor (~$500 at dealer)

- Electric antenna (~$125 at local mechanic)

- Tach needle lamp is out, speedometer lamp is intermittent too, seems to be too expensive to bother to fix.

- replace all rotors at about 50,000 miles during a complete dealer brake job (~$850)

- rear struts at 110,000 miles (~$400), I'll do to fronts soon for about $500 - less than half what the dealer quoted.

- I have done the other usual things, tires twice Goodyear GT+ $450 per set of 4, 30K, 60K and 90K service at dealer.

General Comments:

I have never owned such a reliable car. when I bought the car I thought it would cost a lot to up keep the car - time has proved this to be wrong.

The handling is great, it's quiet, powerful and comfortable.

When I was commuting 100 miles a day, I could make the drive and not feel beaten up.

Around town gas mileage has not been great, and highway trips seem to get about 19 mpg sometime 21 mpg.

Do not drive this car in the snow; it will not work. It is dangerous, not great on wet roads.

Coming from a Chevy truck that seemed to be enrolled in the repair of the month club this sc400 has been great!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2008

1993 Lexus SC 400 V8 from North America


If you can buy one for a reasonable price, do it!


155K steering wheel motor gear to adjust steering wheel brakes, still adjusts, only its difficult.

170K AC unit broke after getting heater fixed from body shop.

170K same time as previous, CD changer breaks after getting out of shop. (I think shop broke it, but it my word against theirs)

179K exhaust has holes needs to be replaced, probobly from bottoming out on speed bumps.

188K New water pump and $1000 tune up needed from engine mis-fire.

194K New alternator installed.

196K car running strong and trans seems to be strong, but for how long I don't know. Hopefully a few more years...

General Comments:

I fell in love with this car when I first saw it, bought it in 2004 with 146K on it for $6900, now its at 196K and 50,000 miles later still running great.

The lifters click in the engine and have since I've owned it and they never seemed to be an issue.

Has lots of Power... car speed will top out at exactly 157 mph. speedometer goes up tho 160mph though. (*warning, use Z rated tires*)

I still love it, but its got so many miles now, I planned to keep it till 250K, but I've got extra money saved up and I am going to buy my friends 97 M3 or a 2003 IS300, just test drove one today, much quicker then the sc400 but, that may be just due to my cars age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2007

19th Apr 2007, 19:16

Go with the IS300. The BMW M3 will have a lot more problems and will cost a lot more to fix. I drive a 2001 IS300 with 100K and have had no problems. I paid to have the 90K service which was the only major expense.