2004 Lexus SC430

  • 2004 Lexus SC430 Base Hard Top Convertible

    Base Hard Top Convertible

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2004 Lexus SC430 Review

Graceful, luxury cruiser built for comfort and not speed.

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The 2004 Lexus SC430 is a two-door coupe convertible that can seat up to four passengers in its 2+2 layout. It is a personal luxury coupe that features a front-engine, rear-drive design and is equipped with a retractable metal top. For the launch of the 2004 model, a new limited edition of the Lexus SC430, called the Pebble Beach edition, was introduced. It was created in partnership with the Pebble Beach Company and only 400 cars were produced. Other than the addition of the Pebble Beach model, the coupe remained unchanged from the previous year.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lexus SC430, Lexus SC Pebble Beach

What's New

For 2004, the new Pebble Beach edition is unveiled. By working with the Pebble Beach Company, Lexus designs a unique exterior and interior for this coupe. The exterior of the 2004 Lexus SC Pebble Beach features Azure Pearl paint, a rear spoiler, and run-flat tires. Ecru leather upholstery is used for the interior. Unique badging is used throughout the limited edition, and it comes with a black leather golf bag.


The 2004 Lexus SC430 is a hard-top convertible that has a retractable aluminum roof that is operated with the touch of a button. The exterior design is streamlined, and the side profile was designed to channel air around the cabin when driving with the top down. It is equipped with 18-inch aluminum wheels. Optional run-flat tires increase the amount of cargo space found within the trunk. The humped shape of the trunk with the brake mounted on it may cause some visibility issues for some drivers due to the low driver seat position.


Just as the exterior of the 2004 Lexus SC430 exudes an elegant confidence, so does the interior. An all-leather interior with brushed aluminum accents and burl walnut or maple trim greets passengers as they enter the car. A Mark Levinson premium audio system, DVD-based navigation system, and power heated seats are just some of the luxury standard features that can be expected within the 2004 Lexus SC430.

While the coupe has a 2+2 layout, the rear seat is very small. In most cases, it will only be useful for children, as most adults will find it difficult to get into the rear seat, and legroom is cramped. The trunk is adequate when the hard top is in place, but is reduced significantly when it’s down. Opting for the run-flat tires is one way to improve trunk space as it gets rid of the spare tire.

Performance & Handling

Both the standard model and the Pebble Beach edition are equipped with the same engine and transmission. The sole powertrain for the coupe is a 4.3-liter, V-8 engine that provides 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available is a five-speed automatic transmission.

Although the 2004 Lexus SC430 is a heavy car for its class and heavier than previous generations, the V-8 engine provides more than enough power to compensate for the weight. Acceleration is good, although some may find initial take off slower than expected. Over distance, the 2004 Lexus SC430 continues to pick up speed impressively though.

Steering is responsive and handling is good with 18-inch wheels, which provide excellent grip on the road. On the bumpiest surfaces, some jolts may be felt, but overall, the suspension and seats provide a smooth and comfortable ride. Wind noise and buffeting when the top is down is among the least of all convertibles in its class.


Standard safety equipment found on the 2004 Lexus SC430 includes anti-lock brakes, front side airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, traction control, and stability control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus SC430: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • High-quality interior materials
  • Standard luxury features
  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Powerful V-8 engine

You Won't Like

  • Cramped rear seats, good for only children
  • Small amount of cargo space
  • Difficulty to enter and exit backseat
  • Low driver position relative to trunk

Sum Up

Graceful, luxury cruiser built for comfort and not speed.

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