2002 Lexus SC430 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Lexus SC430

2002 Lexus SC430 Problems

Creaking Type Noise From Front Suspension

A creaking type noise may develop from the front suspension when driving over uneven road surfaces. Our technicians recommend inspection of the front sway bar bushings for deterioration and related hardware for correct tightness.

Sofrware Upgrade For GPS, Radio, and Heater Operation

Various user interface issues regarding GPS, radio system, and heater controls, along with bluetooth operation have been addressed with a software upgrade. Our technicians recommend that if you have issues with these systems, checking for the latest software should be the first step in diagnoses.

Electric Trunk Release May not Function Correctly

The electric trunk release may not function correctly. Our technicians tell us an additional ground wire can be added which should correct this concern.

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2002 Lexus SC430 Questions

The head lites, door ajar, foot well lights an stay on & drives dr well not lock (1 answer)

Ele. system does not recognize that the drivers door is shut so lights will not go off. Lexus can't figure out. Changed the rectifier? ($550) nothing. Now wants to diagnose at $150 hr. with no estimate of time. Anyone have any ideas. Car has 90,000, just put in new battery.

recently I noticed that fan the radeator starts frequently (1 answer)

while driving .fan runs .I never noticed it coming on before? Turns off after a while but frequency has increased.

What are the in and out arrows on the lever on the left side of the steering wheel. Nothing pulls or pushes in or out. I must be a dummy... (1 answer)

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2002 Lexus SC430 Recalls

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator to correct this concern. If a replacement inflator is not available, as an interim measure, the dealer will disable the front passenger air bag and advise the customer not to use the front passenger seat until a replacement inflator is installed.

Concern With Passenger Front Airbag

When deployed, excessive pressure can build in the passenger front airbag. This could cause the inflator to rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury to vehicle occupants. This recall affects both originally installed passenger front airbags as well as those that were installed as replacement service parts. Toyota and General Motors will replace the passenger front airbag inflator on their respective vehicles involved in this recall.

Injury Due to Airbag Deployment

Airbags use a chemical reaction contained in an inflator module to create the pressure necessary to inflate the bags when deployment is required. These vehicles are being recalled because the front passenger airbag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure when deployed. As a result, the inflator module could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace any defective passenger front airbag inflator module found.


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2002 Lexus SC430 Reviews

This is a luxury convertible coupe that could be confused with a sports car if it weren't for its heavy chassis and sedan-like handling. Nevertheless it is a joy to drive and in my experience has been very reliable. Drivetrain is very smooth and powerful considering the chassis weight. It has a 5-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly and precisely. The materials used in both the...
This car is my Baby! It gives me no problems!!
best car I've ever driven --- totally worry-free

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