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.


  • So what are you looking for? Cost ? Availability? Service times? Trained monkeys? Sorry service technicians...
    – Solar Mike
    Jan 29 '18 at 15:41
  • You tell me. If I mention cost, you'll put the question on hold again.
    – rbhat
    Jan 29 '18 at 15:52
  • But generally speaking, I would like to know if parts cost more and if they're readily available.
    – rbhat
    Jan 29 '18 at 15:53
  • Then both of those bits of information are local to you and it is that aspect that causes this type of question to be closed : what is easily available in my area may not be easily found in yours...
    – Solar Mike
    Jan 29 '18 at 16:01
  • Generally speaking, are parts for an SC430 more expensive than for the ES?
    – rbhat
    Jan 29 '18 at 16:26

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.

  • Thanks for the info. Is this internet-based automated diagnostic utility free or does he accept checks and money orders?
    – rbhat
    Jan 31 '18 at 14:59

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