From the get-go, Toyota established Lexus as the brand to go for when you wanted true luxury. The Lexus SC300 was styled as a personal luxury coupe, and it went on be a capable alternative to more costly luxury brands. The SC300 was offered as a "light" alternative to the original 400, and it featured a smaller nut nonetheless equally capable engine. The reason for the SC300's popularity can be pegged to the fact that it was a classy enough car to be seen driving around in without the too-heavy price tag that one would associated with such vehicles. Listed here are two of the most common troubles that one encounters with the SC300.
The 1997 release of the Lexus SC300 was found to have a fault specifically with the bracket holding the undercarriage exhaust pipes in place. This bracket, when heated, had a tendency to expand and eventually crack. In some cases this led to further troubles when the exhaust itself collapsed. This is a potentially dangerous problem as it can cause road mishaps to occur should the exhaust drop while in the middle of a drive-a fish-tailing effect can occur and cause the car to careen off-course.
Since the fault lies in the design of the bracket itself, the first option available in resolving the problem is to bring the car to the dealer for replacement. There are, however, aftermarket alternatives of better quality that present a second, more affordable option.
For those who do not yet know, overdrive allows your car to cruise at a set and sustained speed with no increase in the engine RPM-this results in better fuel economy, lower noise, and lower wear. This particular component failure is most visible in the 1993 version of the Lexus SC300. While failure of the overdrive won't too detrimentally affect normal driving conditions, it does keep the engine RPM levels rather high which could lead to quicker overheats or even engine trouble in the long run.
The best solution is a replacement of the overdrive module from the dealership. Alternatively, the aftermarket produces a lot of high-quality Lexus SC300 parts, including an overdrive module, so one can opt for that as well.