lexus sc300 : The SC300 isn't anything when compared to the SC400...but the priceis the major factor...and for the money..I guess the SC300 is "OK"...I'dstill stick with a pretty Vette for the price...#1 IT IS AMERICAN, #2 IT ISFAST, #3 IT LOOKS MORE EXPENSIVE THEN IT IS, #4 IT LOOKS GREAT, #5 YOU'LLLOVE IT.The newnewss of a vette willnever wear off...and personally, the SC400/300aren't that great <too bubbly>. I got an even better idea..just go out and test drive everything in sight.BUY what you like and can afford.--Generic Signature:Marshal Perlman - Huntington Beach - California - USA - Earth - Milky WayyaW ykliM - htraE - ASU - ainrofilaC - hcaeB notgnitnuH - namlreP lahsraM :erutangiS cireneGMotorweek just reviewed the SC300 and said that it was as fast as theSC400 (mostly because of the 5 speed transmission which isn'tavailable in the SC400). It has a 225 HP V6 which is supposed to bethe new engine that toyota is going to use in some models. Anyhowthey did 0-60 in 6.9 sec and it stopped from 60 mph in 106 feet (theymust have glue on their track!).It's supposedly the exact same running gear (chassis) as the SC400.
lexus sc300 : I'm looking for recommendations on a refined GT car that would be idealfor 300-600 mile trips on weekends etc. That is, it should get you there witha minimum of fuss or stress, without "beating you up" so to speak --- no"bump-bump" stiff suspensions (on our less-than-ideal roads) or intrusivenoise (either engine or road). It should handle as well as possible in a widevariety of weather conditions, be utterly reliable and have plenty of power(here, anything over 200hp is probably sufficient). It should also have enoughspace to hold two people plus a reasonable amount of luggage (and four peoplefor short trips). Oh, finally, it should look reasonably nice and actually itdoesn't matter if it has four doors or two.Given the practical limitations of a brief test drive, my reference for thiswould be the Lexus SC300 (with traction control). Actually, I only got totest drive its big brother, the SC400. The Lexus basically meets all myrequirements for refinement, power and space. Also, as a bonus it is beautifulto look at. But, is all this only available in the $35000-40000 range? I'd liketo find something (considerably) less expensive.(However, I have one negative comment. Surprisingly, on my test drive therewas quite a bit of road noise coming through --- I could hear and feel everybump on the road. Now, repeat that for 300 miles... Strange for a Lexus, if onedidn't mind this, then I'd go for an out-and-out sports car like the new MazdaRX-7. Perhaps it's just the relatively wide, high-performance tyres on theSC400?)
lexus sc300 : Other cars? The Infiniti J30t I also test drove seemed more refined, but isless powerful (but still sufficient) and I'm not sure if the lack of tractioncontrol would make it unstressful to drive in inclement weather. The LexusLS300 is cheaper, but was noisy when pushed and not powerful enough.Similarly, for the Infiniti G20. I haven't tried the Acura Legend Coupe, onpaper it seems close to the SC300, but it's not significantly cheaper. Germancars I haven't tried yet, but are they likely to be as trouble-free after100,000 miles?---Dr. Sandiway FongNEC Research Institute Inc.4 Independence WayPrinceton NJ 08540If you think the SC400 is too noisy, try the LS400. the only othercar left that is quieter is the new Benz S Class. You'll pay like$100K for that quietness. The Audi 100 is also very quiet, but is notvery powerful. Anyway all these cars are way more than what you arewilling to pay, so it is moot.With regards to noise suppression, I suggest that you look at otheraspects as well. If you buy a car that has very soft springing itwill do well soaking up the bumps. If, however it does not haveadequate damping, you will be oscillating in it after the bump. (thephenomenon most popularly identified with water transportation) Idon't know how much this will do for fatigue levels, but I'm sure itwon't help any. If the car does not feel happy going 75 mph, you'llend up driving at 65 instead for a given comfort level, which meansyou spend more time in the car. Lexii are more 55 mph-mobiles thanthey are 105 mph ones. Fatigue comes from more than one source.
lexus sc300 : There's a difference between quality control and design life. TheJapanese cars have excellent quality control but short design lives.Design life is how long the engineers *intend* the car to last. It isnot ideal from the $$$ point of view for a car maker to build a carthat will last forever. The shorter the design life, the faster a newmodel can be introduced to tempt you to trade. German cars have muchlonger design lives; also their mechanicals are based on thespeed-unlimited autobahns, while the Japanese cater very exclusivelyto 55mph American conditions. If you want to talk about how long acar will last (i.e. how many miles you can put on it before it fallsapart in a big way) I'd say the Germans have the advantage. If youwant to talk about how well the individual parts are assembledtogether, I'd say the Japanese have the advantage.In article writes:The Legend Coupe is not bad and it is a few thousand dollars less.It is FWD which supposedly lets the driver feel more secure in lessthan ideal road conditions. It has a very nice (if unexciting)interior and a nice stereo. Good trunk volume and a little spacein back for rear passengers. Power is not bad. However, if youare not necessarily stuck on getting a 2 door, the 4 door modelshave pretty much the same thing for a couple of thousand less $$$.
lexus sc300 : I've had my Lexus SC300 for six months and 7300 miles now, so Ithought I'd give y'all an up-close-and-personal on it. FYI, myprevious car was an '88 Honda Prelude Si 4WS.The rumors are true: They don't like to negotiate ("at least wedon't add ADM like many popular-car dealers do", the salespersontold me). I finally got them to throw in the trunk and floor matsand the wheel locks (which come on all coupes, even though they're"options") for free. Of course they forgot they had agreed on thatuntil I reminded them when they produced the paperwork. The baseprice with automatic was $32,000, plus I added the CD changer($900), traction control ($1,600), and leather/memory package($1,700), for a selling price of $36,600. A healthy chunk ofchange, in the price neighborhood of the 300ZX TT, 525i, 100CS,and 3000GT VR4. Interestingly enough, though, is that after my50% down and accounting for inflation, 3 years of payments are lessthan they were for 5 years on the 'lude. A comparably-equippedSC400 (bigger engine and wheels) would have been $6,200 more. Aguy that lives close by won a free SC300 by hitting a hole-in-oneat a recent golf tourney; must be nice. Now with the only majorunpleasantry about the car out of the way, let's move on.
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