About to buy a used car in the future and need your help.
04-08-2008 12:35 AM
Are the LS400 and SC 400 just as good?
04-08-2008 12:35 AM
the old acuras are kinda similarly styled to the lexus and very reliable too
04-08-2008 12:50 AM
If not better. You would be hard-pressed to find a better vehicle. Good luck and drive safely.
Originally Posted by Konvicted
04-08-2008 02:03 AM
To me, foreign is the only way to go if you want an older reliable car.
Originally Posted by Hurleyboy05
04-08-2008 02:05 AM
Good one man, I love the early 90's model Legends.
Originally Posted by warnerve
04-08-2008 03:31 AM
Yeah I think those LS400's are pretty damn fast too.
04-08-2008 07:33 AM
only true in the smaller car segments. in the full sizers v8 engined full frame cars like he was originally talking about is where the american cars really shine. We just suck at smaller engines and unibodies theres a reason american cars get used for police cars + taxis...
Originally Posted by AFJON
04-08-2008 07:43 AM
And for something completely different...get a diesel mercedes and do this to it.
I'm going for a diesel truck myself in the not to near future.
04-08-2008 10:51 AM
i had my 96 es 300 till 175,000 miles on it. still ran like a champ! not to mention suppose some freak accident happened and you needed a new engine for it.... i bought an entier engine and transmission with 45000 miles for only 875 bux. i spent a total of 2200 bux on that car and had it for 4 years without an issue
04-08-2008 12:54 PM
Originally Posted by EasyEJL
Because they are cheaper to repair?
04-08-2008 01:40 PM
yeah, over the lifetime of them, given purchase cost plus repair cost per mile driven, they are the cheapest. Only the full size v8 based american cars is this really true for. We just aren't that good with the smaller stuff
Originally Posted by T-Bone
04-08-2008 01:45 PM
The thing is the last time I went to purchase a car, a 2003 Hyndai Sonata...I told the salesman I wanted a "foreign" car. He told me that nothing is really engineered overseas anymore, even Toyotas are made in America the guy told me.
04-08-2008 01:51 PM
well, thats true, the design work is done overseas though even if assembly is done here. we're cheaper labor here than in japan, thats for sure, particularly factoring in shipping costs.
04-08-2008 02:51 PM
bump for honda/acura,toyota/lexus recommendations.....SC300s/Sc400s are getting very cheap these days and are damn near bulletproof with regular maintenance
PS...if given the choice,go with the 400 as it gets pretty much the same fuel economy as the 300. i've owned 2 of each in the past as well as 3 MKIV Supras and absolutely loved every one of them. And about the cadillacs? pass on them unless you love swappin HG's(headgaskets)
04-08-2008 02:58 PM
the sc400 is a quite nice car, I remember the initial design stuff on it. the dude who designed the body was a japanese american in california, and he said he wanted a car that even the people with money would enjoy washing it by hand. the original body models were done with clay in large ballons, oiled on the outside to give the smooth flow feel.
04-08-2008 03:55 PM
I think the sc 300 uses a non turbo supra engine like the 2JZ that engine is insane
04-08-2008 04:04 PM
for all intents and purposes, they are essentially the same motor(2JZ-GE vs 2JZ-GTE) but aside from the GTE obviously having lower compression and twin turbos/oil squirters etc, it also received a stronger bottom end. still, the 2JZ-GE's found in the N/A Supra,Lexus Sc300's and GS300's have been used to reliably hold 550+rwhp...not too shabby
Originally Posted by NateWA
04-08-2008 08:01 PM
there is a company that will trade you blocks plus some money and make it a true supra motor.
Originally Posted by ntrlmuscle
also the trannys are slightly different.
04-08-2008 10:33 PM
Originally Posted by motive
the trannys are VERY different in fact...the W58 in the manual N/A supra is extremely weak(lol, speaking from experience of having a singled NA-T as one of my previous cars) VS the 6spd in the TT holds in excess of 900rwhp. the auto N/A's are good up until 300rwhp(or less) while the TT autos generally can withstand up to 450rwhp,give or take 50hp
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