Funny you mention that Nakamichi was known for cassette decks in the '80's. The Nakamichi in my '95 SC400 sounds incredible playing cassettes (even the couple old, worn-out ones I still have left) and only very good with the standard 12-disk CD changer mounted in the trunk. And the cassettes don't skip over every moderately-sized bump you encounter either! 🙂
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My '95 SC400 was a daily driver for the first 10 or so years of it's life and a weekend toy thereafter. I bought my Diamond White Pearl SC400 in 2013 after wanting one for years. Mine is unusual in that it is completely stock and in excellent condition. So many of these have unfortunately been modified by someone thinking they're the "next Chip Foose" and/or heavily neglected by people who can afford the purchase price of a used luxury car but not the maintenance of one. Fortunately, Lexus products don't suffer the same bankruptcy-inducing repairs as many other luxury competitors do but everything requires care - especially as they start to hit the 25-30 year old range. The major things I've replaced are the power steering pump and the A/C compressor. The LCA's are getting to the point they could also be replaced. But at 25 years old and 207,000 km (129,000 miles), it's never leaked a drop of engine oil and starts and runs after sitting for five months of winter storage like it ran the day before (isn't fuel injection wonderful?). I would also say that, with double-wishbone suspension at all four corners, it is a capable handling car but this is a GT, not a sports car and was never meant to be one. It handles much better than the contemporary Eldorado's, MARK's and SL's of the era even if it isn't a BMW. The 4.0L V8 is approved by the FAA for aircraft use due to its smoothness and durability - not many car engines can say that. I think it's one of the prettiest cars of the '90's. Oh, and the exhaust note from the factory exhaust is both wonderfully throaty and muted from that silky V8 as it was tuned differently than the LS sedan.
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