Three Helpful Tips to Keep Your Lexus SC400 in Top Shape
The Lexus SC400 is a luxury coupe that stole the hearts of luxury car enthusiasts. With its ultra-smooth engine, amazing brakes, top-grade interior materials, and quiet ride, it's no wonder Lexus fans continue to sing praise for this car even after its production has stopped in 2000. For owners of this beautiful vehicle, it is only top priority to give their car proper care to maintain its performance and aesthetics.
- Avoid inconveniences by caring for your battery.
The battery of your Lexus SC400 is what powers your car, so you need to take good care of it in order to avoid any unfortunate incidents. To maximize the lifespan of your battery, park your car in a thoroughly insulated garage in order to keep it warm especially during the winter. Don't bother getting a heated garage, as it will only rust your vehicle. However, if you don't have an insulated garage, you can just insulate the battery; it's a cheaper way to protect the component. You should also keep the battery clean from grease, dirt, and oxidation. A dirty battery connection tends to weaken the charge and stop your car from working. Another way to lengthen the life of the battery is to recharge it, and you can do it with an inexpensive solar charger. This refills your battery's charge with solar energy so you don't have to pay for any fuel. You could also add some water to maximize its usability.
- Save on gas by sticking to your car's maintenance schedule.
Aside from keeping your Lexus SC400 from breaking down, maintaining your car will also help you save fuel. Get your engine tuned and make sure that the oxygen sensor is working, as it can increase or decrease your vehicle's efficiency by as much as 40 percent. Also, keep your tires properly inflated. Underinflated wheels can badly affect your mileage as they increase resistance by making it more difficult for the engine to move your car along the road. Inspect your tires whenever you fill up the tank and rotate them every 5,000 miles to increase their lifespan. Lastly, replace the air filter every 12,000 miles. This component catches dirty particles from going into your engine and damaging it, but its effectiveness decreases as time goes on. Replacing it regularly can keep your car's performance consistent and its engine free from damage.
- Flaunt your luxury car by cleaning the exterior and interior.
You should also look after your Lexus SC400's appearance as much as you keep an eye on its performance. Wash your car once a week and wax it every two weeks to keep it looking shiny and new. When cleaning your vehicle, it's best to do so while your car is parked in a cool, dry place with shade. Also, only wipe your car using microfiber towels, as these are gentler to your vehicle's finish than a cotton cloth or chamois. Don't use the same towels as the ones you use to clean your home, too. Keep stock on microfiber towels that are exclusively for your vehicle. Finally, do a thorough detailing twice a year to clean the interior as well.
The Uniquely Styled and Highly Reliable Lexus SC400
The Lexus SC400 is the first generation under the SC series, a grand tourer that features a rear-wheel drive and a front engine. The SC series was in production from 1991 to 2010, but the SC400 variant was only produced from 1991 to 2000. At a time when Lexus was still feeling its way around since it was just founded in 1989, the launching of the SC400 reflected Toyota’s determination to compete with the mid-size coupe segment’s big boys, namely Nissan, Honda, and Mercedes-Benz.
To expand Lexus’ product lineup, it came up with a mid-size luxury coupe that could compete with the Infiniti M30, Acura Legend, and Mercedes-Benz SL. With the help of the California-based Calty Design center and under the leadership of design chiefs Erwin Lui and Denis Campbell, Lexus came up with a vehicle design that was based more on “emotion and feeling” instead of on technical aesthetics. The result was a uniquely styled first-gen SC400 with almost no straight edges. One journalist actually hailed the model’s distinct style as an influential automotive design at the time of its introduction.
Launched in 1991 as a 1992 model, the SC400 was equipped with a 4-L V8 1UZ-FE. Because of its unique design and powerful engine, it was included in Car and Driver’s Ten Best List from 1992 to 1998. In 1992, it was hailed as Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year.
Over the years, early SC400s received few minor upgrades. These included a restyled spoiler and new tail lamps during a mid-cycle refresh.
1996: Style and engine changes
In 1996, the SC400’s original engine was redesigned to increase the horsepower from 250 hp to 260 hp. This redesigned engine was partnered with a four-speed automatic transmission. In the same year, several cosmetic upgrades were added: a new front grille, a modified bumper, and restyled rocker panels and side skirts.
1997: Engine upgrade
In the following year, the SC400 was upgraded with a VVT-I engine. This resulted into a higher hp (290 hp) and increased torque (300 lb/ft.). Based on tests, the model’s acceleration from 1992 to 1995 was 0-60 mph in just 6.9 seconds. For 1996 and 1997 SC400 models, acceleration was 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds. For 1998 to 2000 models, acceleration increased to 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
In 2000, the production for SC400 was ended to make way for its third-gen successor, the SC430. Despite its discontinuation, the SC400 continues to attract buyers and enthusiasts who fell in love with the model’s unique design and reliable engine performance. As a matter of fact, the SC400 today is quite popular among hobbyists who restore vehicles because of its easy-to-find and affordable components, as well as maintenance-friendly engine.