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A fun Lexus? by cal_poly_speeder on 11/22/2010. Trim: 1993 Lexus SC 300, Owned 1 year.
Pros: In the 5-speed manual, 1st gear has lots of power, and the clutch/gearbox have much feel to them (way more than any 3-series bimmer I've ever driven does). Fairly quiet at freeway speeds, has perfect amount of power in 5th gear. Has had minor leaks, but it's very cheap to maintain, as I take it to a Toyota mechanic. I live in SLO and it is such as smooth, yet fairly sporty-handling car to take on 1, side roads, and through town in general. Stereo system is fairly good being stock (pioneer), tried replacing front speakers with JL's, stock sounded better. Feels better than most cars at 18 years old and 155,000 miles. Switched to mobil-1, revs much better.
Cons: power mirror ecu went out, gauges were replaced w/lextech blue's, minor radiator leak, power steering leak, oil leaks (all fixed for less than 500). First gear feels like it has a little too much inertia to get it going, 2nd gear loses power, and hs synchro grinding problem, unless the shift is extremely slow. Seats are terribly bolstered for 6'0" person, All seats are just too cramped. Feels slightly too boaty when taking sharp turns.Gas mileage is terrible. Subwoofer is terrible. Door locking mechanism broke, spent 220 on used part/labor. CD changer going out, small trunk, too. Nothing major to hate, though
Overall review: I love this car. It was $5000, then along with tires, repairs, and taxes, $7600. It had 143,000 miles on it and was 17 years old. Beautiful drive from Bay Area to SLO, sporty and quiet. May do the supra twin turbo engine swap if it lasts long after I graduate, but this engine suffices for now. 2nd gear synchro is incredibly annoying, maybe its just my W58, will swap out for a V160 or R154 if I ever get the money, Blue instrument cluster gauges from lextech aren't really worth it, unless you use them at night, but I couldn't deal with burnt out gauges. I also have a burnt out temperature gauge. 1st gear races are fun, but 2nd loses too much power. My friends 1995 325i, while slower to 60, felt more alive and powerful in 1st and 2nd. Ultimately, it is a very good car, doesn't do anything incredibly well, but got a lot of things right in the design and engineering. Great stick shift to own
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