I've have an '01 es300 for many years. How does maintenance and parts for this car compare to the maintenance of an '02 SC430?
I recently saw a nice and (apparently) well-maintained '02 sc430 with 75k miles, so that's why I ask.
I have never personally seen or thought about either of these cars before. Knowing this, I use the internet.
A basic search reveals: https://repairpal.com/lexus-es300-2001/problems#common-problems
Most commonly complained about thing on the es300 is a mix between oil consumption and failing oxygen delivery components (IAC for example.)
Per https://www.clublexus.com/forums/es-1st-to-4th-gen-1990-2006-179/ which i just learned exists, the front suspension sucks to work on as well.
For the sc430, its a lot of brake replacement questions and someone trying to replace a head gasket.
Back to https://www.clublexus.com/forums/sc430-2nd-gen-2001-2010-63/ it sounds like these things react to cold weather like reptiles, which could effect you depending on where you live/drive.
It sounds like the sc430 is probably more fun, if it still works, while being harder to maintain. I'll close with recommending an internet-based automated diagnostic utility like https://www.google.com/ for more information.