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Used car review Toyota GT Lexus SC300/SC400 1991-2000

?Smithy? Smith reviews the Toyota GT Soarer Lexus 1991-2000, its fine points, its and what to watch for when buying it.

Much to the disappointment of local buyers Toyota chose not to import the stylish GT coupe or its Lexus SC300/400 Much to the disappointment of many buyers Toyota Australia not to import the stylish Soarer GT or its Lexus SC300/400 cousin, but who still desired the sleek coupe could still own one to the specialist importers who took on compliance of the cars.

Presumably believed it couldn’t sell of them to turn a profit on the if it brought it in, but that simply the door open for the importers to the void and satisfy the demand local buyers. Judging by the on the road that demand has quite strong.

Buying a ‘grey’ import can be a harrowing but shouldn’t be if you do your homework and err on the of caution when you set out to buy.

changes to the import rules made buying a second import a much safer but that doesn’t mean you be careful.

It pays to buy from a recognised in these cars, one that has doing it for some time and has a reputation with the people who buy and them. To find out about who is go to the clubs and talk to members their experiences with the and with the importers and dealers.

launched the Soarer and its Lexus in the early 1990s. It was designed in and aimed at affluent Americans who a stylish well built and equipped coupe.

In the Japanese it was badged a Toyota, the Soarer to be and was conceived as a sporty model, but on the side of the Pacific it carried the badges of Toyota’s premium and was a luxury model.

The cars come here are Japanese but some have been as the Lexus SC300/400.

Whichever way you at the two-door four-seater Soarer/Lexus it’s elegant. Its lines are and languid its proportions are perfect.

from some minor changes during the model’s life span there is to tell one model from

The choice of powertrains offered heady sports performance of a six or the more laid-back effortless of a V8.

The ST-T was the tearaway of the Toyota its 2.5-litre twin turbocharged overhead camshaft, 24-valve six pumping out 157 kW at 6200 revs.

asked the 1560 kg rear-wheel coupe will reach 100 in a little over six seconds, but continue to pull hard beyond that, reaching km/h in no time at all.

The of the normally aspirated 3.0-litre six GT is more sedate, it will almost 17 seconds to cover the 400-metre sprint, which is four seconds more the turbo requires.

The quad-cam V8 is the same engine as sold in the Lexus so it should be familiar to buyers. It’s a silky unit that is equally at cruising around clogged streets as it is at speed on the open

Most have a four-speed automatic gearbox, but the 2.5 GT-T is available for a five-speed manual

Independent suspension was under ends, with coil on earlier cars and airbags on ones.

Variable ratio and pinion steering ensured precision; the sportier twin Soarer was the most precise. The Lexus rolled a little in the interests of overall ride but none-the-less still handled assurance.

All Soarers were well with a range of features, air-conditioning, anti-skid brakes, control (optional), tele-tilt column, power windows and and a rear window demister.

All had a airbag; some also had a airbag, which came as of the option pack that traction control.

For the 3.0-litre GT pay $8500 to $18,000, add $3000 for the V8 model and another $2500 to up to the equivalent V8 GT Limited with all the

To experience the thrill of the twin 2.5-litre GT-T you’ll to pay $11,000-$21,000.

The first thing to is that these cars are here as second hand some of them now with mileage on their odometers. The odometer is relatively easy to and without a previous history hard to pick, so be careful and sure the car looks like done the mileage shown on the

An old car with a low odometer reading be regarded with suspicion the owner can provide evidence of its A 1991 model car would have in excess of 200,000 km on the a 2000 model around


Many were landed in the and have been here for time, which makes it to establish their early before their arrival. makes it imperative that you buy someone you trust.

They have plenty of zip and being inexpensive many have within the reach of younger who have used up all of that performance potential.

While the mechanical package is pretty it’s well worth a check carried out by an expert to the state of play inside the in particular.

LEXUS SOARER

All engines require octane unleaded and the consumption can be high, especially if driven Driven carefully you could get L/100 km, but don’t be surprised if more like 14-15 km.

Water pumps can be a problem at mileage and they’re expensive to

Power steering pumps can be a as well, so have a good for oil leaks in the vicinity of the pump.

can also be a problem. The headlamps from condensation build-up, the locking often gives up the and the EMV screen is another item often stops working and is to repair.

It’s a good idea to the operation of all the accessories to ensure actually work.

The leather can be a where fitted. It’s through a lack of maintenance in the early life, probably the Japanese know they’ll be out of their cars after a short period of ownership so don’t bother looking them.

The mix of high performance and exuberance is a potent one with the Lexus, but thankfully it has a very chassis with powerful and anti-skid brakes to help a collision.

All have at least one for the driver, and some have airbags providing the front passenger with some in the event of a crash.

Peter was looking for something different in a car in 1988 and settled for the Soarer due to the looks and exhilarating performance. He the car is a dream to drive in and around the but what a difference when you put foot down. It is a no frills, black beauty with km on the clock. He has done 85,000 km in it and has had no whatsoever.

Frank Pettiford has a 1991 Soarer TT manual. It turned over 145,000 km and is perfectly. He has the oil and filter changed every 5-6000 km and uses based oil. He says he has had no in three and a half years, and it offers excellent value for in that it still appears gives 8.5L /100 km on the and is extremely reliable.

• elegant coupe

• altered odometers on mileage cars

• that don’t work

signs of hard use

• robust and reliable

• 200SX 1994-2000 $12,500-$28,000

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