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What is a 1993 Lexus SC400 like?

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What is a 1993 Lexus SC400 like?

Hi,
I'm a budget baller. I like nice things but i can't afford them... so i buy older versions and keep them really nice :)
Like my 2001 Lexus IS300 with 415,000km. Thats now totaled :(

I saw this 1993 SC400 in mint condition. I plan on using it as a summer car!!!

How does this thing handle? Its a pretty sharp looking car. The V8 back then was only 250hp... but its solid as a rock. LS400 with the same engine go to 500,000km easily!
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I remember sitting in friend's ones decades ago back in highschool (rich parent lol).
It's been more than 2 decades so my memory is fuzzy Face With Tears Of Joy , but I recall it being a very nice, luxurious car. Definitely better than BMW 5 series at the time.

Keep in mind tho, you are talking about a car that's A QUARTER OF A CENTURY OLD

Unless it has been babied and in storage most of its life, there are going to be tons of issues and parts needing replacement as it ages more. There are tens of thousands of parts in a car. You really can't replace everything.
Also, metal eventually rust even if you babied the car. Along with all the rubber, hose, gasket, etc, they deteriorates and lead to leaks and other problems.
25+ years is a really long time....
Just because the bodywork looks good doesn't mean all the mechanical parts inside are still good. A simple paint job, or a good detailer can make an old car shine and looks great on the outside.
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Toyota Solara is also a good buy if you get the 2.2l 4 cylinder engine. Body is borrowed from the Lexus SC, and more economical. Don't get v6, they suffer from sludge. Also Solara very cheap on insurance. For the same price as 1993 sc400 you get a 2001/2002 Solara, newer so should be more reliable.
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Get an early 2000's GS... they can be had for right around ~5k. Take your pick between 2JZ(-300) and 1UZ(same as LS400)

The SC is not going to be much cheaper but you're talking about 10 years older...
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it's a very nose heavy car from what i can remember. they were very cool tho back in the 90s and i wanted one. if you like it and its in good shape, by all means
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OP, what's next a 1975 buick? :)

You seem to be going back in time.

My brother bought a used one in the late 90's and he liked it, coming from a brand new 94 Camry.

I liked the SC300/400 but already had an Integra with 4AT.
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elkhaze wrote:
Dec 5th, 2017 6:12 pm
Toyota Solara is also a good buy if you get the 2.2l 4 cylinder engine. Body is borrowed from the Lexus SC, and more economical. Don't get v6, they suffer from sludge. Also Solara very cheap on insurance. For the same price as 1993 sc400 you get a 2001/2002 Solara, newer so should be more reliable.
er34er34 wrote:
Dec 5th, 2017 6:21 pm
Get an early 2000's GS... they can be had for right around ~5k. Take your pick between 2JZ(-300) and 1UZ(same as LS400)

The SC is not going to be much cheaper but you're talking about 10 years older...
Agreed here, the Solara is a poor man's SC300 haha. I'd actually recommend getting the V6 though, I had a 1999 Solara V6 for 4 years, it was damn reliable and no issues. And the insurance is cheaper than the 4 door Camry its based on.
The GS300 is another great choice, my brother had one. Decent power, luxurious inside, solid engine. Its just a bit more difficult to find parts for since its kinda rare, compared to your run of the mill ES300's and Camry's. I love my GS350 but sometimes wonder as it gets older where am I going to source parts from since there aren't many in the junkyards, etc.
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Dec 5th, 2017 8:55 pm
Agreed here, the Solara is a poor man's SC300 haha. I'd actually recommend getting the V6 though, I had a 1999 Solara V6 for 4 years, it was damn reliable and no issues. And the insurance is cheaper than the 4 door Camry its based on.
The GS300 is another great choice, my brother had one. Decent power, luxurious inside, solid engine. Its just a bit more difficult to find parts for since its kinda rare, compared to your run of the mill ES300's and Camry's. I love my GS350 but sometimes wonder as it gets older where am I going to source parts from since there aren't many in the junkyards, etc.
GS350 shares alot of mechanical parts with IS350, nothing to worry there.
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I remember it when my dad took one for a test drive when I was in grade school!

At the time it was like a poor man's 928.
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pinkdonut wrote:
Dec 5th, 2017 4:43 pm
I remember sitting in friend's ones decades ago back in highschool (rich parent lol).
It's been more than 2 decades so my memory is fuzzy Face With Tears Of Joy , but I recall it being a very nice, luxurious car. Definitely better than BMW 5 series at the time.

Keep in mind tho, you are talking about a car that's A QUARTER OF A CENTURY OLD

Unless it has been babied and in storage most of its life, there are going to be tons of issues and parts needing replacement as it ages more. There are tens of thousands of parts in a car. You really can't replace everything.
Also, metal eventually rust even if you babied the car. Along with all the rubber, hose, gasket, etc, they deteriorates and lead to leaks and other problems.
25+ years is a really long time....
Just because the bodywork looks good doesn't mean all the mechanical parts inside are still good. A simple paint job, or a good detailer can make an old car shine and looks great on the outside.
Thanks for the tip.
I do know what i'm getting myself into when it comes to old cars. I bought a 285,000km is300 and ran it till 415,000km. It would have hit 500 if it wasnt for that accident (not me driving!)

My main concern is with how fun is this car.
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250 HP 4 liter V8, 3700 lbs, that thing will be slower and hungrier than your RAV6, and hauls less stuff around.
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See if you can find an original LS400 from 1990/91. There's lot of history in that car.
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Underpowered and poor safety systems by today’s standards, overweight, 25 year old car.

As with all cars, proper maintenance records will be important.

Personally, I wouldn’t touch it with a 20 foot pole, but whatever floats your boat
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Like? Ugly AF. Overweight pig.

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