1998 Lexus SC 400 Overview

SC 400

Looking for a Used SC 400 in your area?

CarGurus has 84 nationwide SC 400 listings starting at $2,995.


Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.



3 national listings

Lexus SC 400 Experts

#1 Mick Ireland
Mick Ireland
Reputation 50
#1 Murco Murray
Murco Murray
Reputation 50
#1 tenspeed
Reputation 50
View All

Have you driven a 1998 Lexus SC 400?

Rank this car!

Average User Score

55 stars

Based on 1 review

A Future Classic by gellywen
 — I have a '98 SC400 that is in perfect showroom condition, inside and out. Pearl white with all the options. It is a joy to drive and reeks of quality. The design is elegant and timeless. I have a 99 R... Read More

1998 Lexus SC 400 Overview

Overall User Score

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars55

Based on 1 review

1998 Lexus SC 400

In 1998, both Lexus SCs underwent substantial revisions.  The celebrated 5-speed manual transmission was no longer offered in the 300, but finally became available in the pricer 400.  Both SCs had their engines upgraded, but the most significant improvements were under the 400's hood.  The already powerful V-8 received a dramatic boost in both horsepower and torque.
While using essentially the same 4.0 liter V-8, the SC 400 now boasted 290 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.  The additional power was attributed to new Variable Valve Timing technology.  This system was a first for a production V-8. Its benefits included lower emissions, improved fuel economy, and of course more power due to variable camshaft timing.
For years the SC received criticism that it was not a true sports car.  It weighed a hefty 3840 pounds, which hindered pick up and created some body roll.  The new engine improvements helped the SC keep pace with competitors, but the rapidly growing market began to leave the luxury coupe looking a bit outdated. The stylish interior appointments and soft quite ride were certainly desirable Lexus luxury attributes that no on seemed to mind.  By now, the SC was considered more of a luxury coupe than a true sports car like its competition.


What's your take on the 1998 Lexus SC 400?

People researching a 1998 Lexus SC 400 contacted a dealer about

Picture of 1998 Lexus SC 400 Base, exterior
Lexus SC 400
17% of the time
Lexus SC 300
8% of the time
Ford Mustang
6% of the time
SC 400
Looking for a Used SC 400 in your area?
CarGurus has 84 nationwide SC 400 listings starting at $2,995.

Lexus SC 400 Questions


Noise When A/c Is On Inside The Cabin, Louder When Engine Is Reved

The vehicle has less than 90K miles. The A/C when turned on growls, you can't hear the noise outside, I thought it could be the compressor, I was told no. Is there a fan inside the dash that could b...

18 views with 1 answer (last answer 9 months ago)

How Do I Deactivate The Alarm System On A 1998 Sc 400 Lexus

The car will not say anything. The radio works, the lights works. the power door lights works. the power seats work but the security light constantly flashes and when you put the key in the ignition...

142 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)