1997 Lexus SC 400 Overview

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The Perfect Blend Of Sports And Luxury, Perfect For The Refined Enthusiast... by collingodchild
 — The perfect blend of sports and luxury, perfect for the refined enthusiast... This car, as many other Lexus', is equipped with virtually every ammenity standard. It both looks and performs near perfec... Read More
The Apex Of Car Styling by Brendon
 — I bought this car only a few months ago, but I've been obsessing about it for years. I love almost everything about it from its timeless styling to its quality. One drawback is its somewhat average po... Read More
If U Like Luxery But Still Want To Be Sporty This Car Is A Must by Kevin
 — sticker price is $62k in 1997. only 2048 made. premium fuel only. in 1997 they changed the body style a little to make it more modernized. has real 23k gold badges, antenna trim, and muffler tips t... Read More

1997 Lexus SC 400 Overview

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1997 Lexus SC 400

The 1997 SC 400 featured some new exterior styling that gave it a more aggressive and athletic appearance. Adjustments included a new front bumper, restyled foglamps, and aero-style side skirts. A trip computer was added, and the seats were softened. This was the last model before some significant engine improvements and the addition of a new 5-speed manual transmission.

A 4.0-liter V8 powered the SC 400, generating 260 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The SC shot from 0-60 in under seven seconds, which was not too bad, considering its 3,840-lb. curb weight. All SCs were 2+2 notchback bodies with rear-wheel drive. The RWD was perfect for highway cruising and accelerating through tight turns, but adverse weather conditions could present some frightening problems. The heavy body provided stable and solid feel, but weight could become a liability on slick terrain. Lexus did offer optional traction control, which helped a little.

Fuel efficiency was fair. The SC averaged 18 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. Some drivers reported having to frequently change air filters to prevent fuel economy deterioration. Inside the SC, many found their driving experience enhanced by the sporty layout of the snug (but not cramped) wrap-around cockpit and its user-friendly ergonomics.


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Does Automatic Transmission Fluid Need Changing?

I have a 1997 Lexus SC400. It has 127,000 miles on it. The (Toyota) dealer is saying I should change the transmission and brake fluids.

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The factory alarm in my car kept going off when car is packed. Dealer couldn't figure cause of problem. any suggestions?

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