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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Hi all,
Ok, I am in doubt about buying a second car just for fun. My current one which I use a lot for work is very reliable but boring. The car I have seen is a Lexus SC400 from 1992, with a nice V8. The thing is, it has never been sold in the Netherlands and I can't find good reviews anywhere. It is imported to holland in 1998 though and is relatively cheap as well since it 16 years old. You don't see this car often in holland, just very occasionally.
It is originally from the US, so my question especially to the US tp members is if this car is reliable. Maybe you know someone who has one? Can someone help me before I make wrong decisions?
Thanks a lot! Michael

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 8y

Michael,

I checked Consumer Reports, an independent and highly regarded testing lab here. They only have tests for the Lexus SC models back to 1998, but all models for those years were rated superior (highest rating). The only complaint was for the 2003 model year....the sound system sucked. Otherwise, they rate the SCs quite highly.

How many miles (multiply km by 10,483 to get miles) does it have on it? Is anything about to rust off the body? Does the undercarriage look sound? Can you have a mechanic check it out? Are there bloodstains anywhere on the interior? These are all things I check before deciding on a purchase......

Good luck, and the only bloodstains you really have to worry about will be on the drivers seat or steering wheel....... it is an American car after all......

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

I agree with Beerman on everything, including the bloodstains. Also, if you can, ask about the type of conditions it has been driven in - snow, ice, salted roads, ocean areas, etc. Not that I am now "gun-shy" but the brake lines on our '97 Neon rusted through causing me to have no brakes whatsoever. Honest, I'm just a concerned TP member.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Thanks Beerman!
I will watch for those bloodstains
By the way, it has already 160.000 miles on it. But I guess, if like you said also this Lexus has a high rating, it won't be a bad buy. The only thing I don't know yet is if most parts are easy to get in the Netherlands. I hope they are, it's just a very nice car and without any major changes since it was sold new. I hate those spoilers and big tyres or anything else that ruins the original looks of a car.
Cheers! Michael.

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Quoting Isadora

I agree with Beerman on everything, including the bloodstains. Also, if you can, ask about the type of conditions it has been driven in - snow, ice, salted roads, ocean areas, etc. Not that I am now "gun-shy" but the brake lines on our '97 Neon rusted through causing me to have no brakes whatsoever. Honest, I'm just a concerned TP member.

Yeah, that must have s*cked, I've read it somewhere else on the forum. And I totally agree with the horrible experience with that Chrysler PT Cruiser....man, the looks of that car...horrible, total nightmare

6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

hey Michael,
will you have some money left for travelling after filling up at the gas station?
or is this your new adventures travel style?;)
cheers,Marlis:)

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

There are one or two around where I live. I walk past one of them everyday.

They were considered a good car in their day, and were sold as both a Lexus SC400 and a Toyota Soarer.

8. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 8y

the Lexus being a posh toymotor was designed in the US to take on the luxury German brands of BMtroubleyou, Audibore & Mercedies Brokendown.
As such, Toyota put stringent quality controls onto the design and manufacture of all the Lexas branded cars, as they knew they didn't have the heritage of the European brands. Therefore they created one of the most reliable and well put together cars on the road (I think only Subaru has a better customer satisfaction rating on reliability in most car survery's).
They aren't the most exciting cars, but they were never designed as such. Like buying any car check it's service history, take it to a mechanic/AA for a check if you don't know much about them.
160,000miles for a V8 is, (depending on the service intervals) approx 60 to 80,000 miles (90 to 120,000km) away from a rebuild. but this will depend on how's it been driven, maintained you could get more or it could blow up tomorrow

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

These cars were never sold by Lexus dealers in Australia. They arrived in the country as second hand (or third hand) "grey imports" and bypassed the whole Lexus dealer network.

Therefore they have an unknown history. The kilometres might have been wound back, it might have been involved in an accident, it could have had a hard life and been thrashed - you'll never know.