Here’s What Toyota Luxury Cars Were Like Before Lexus

Here’s What Toyota Luxury Cars Were Like Before Lexus


it’s time for show-off Sunday, where
everyone has a chance to show off their own car and here’s this week’s winner,
hi everyone my name is Jen’s Wakefield and this is my 1983 MX 60 to Toyota
Cressida in Sydney Australia, this has been in my family since it was brand new
with my grandparents purchasing it when it was a new car, it’s now done three
hundred and fifty nine thousand kilometres and today I’m going to be
talking about some of the interesting features of this car and work I’ve done
on it, the Cressida was sold as a luxury car in markets such as Australia and the
United States, and preceded the Lexus lineup as Toyota’s luxury offering, it
was powered by a inline 6-cylinder engine with rear-wheel drive in true
luxury car style, as I mentioned before this model series is called the MX 62
with x in that model code standing for the model series, M standing for the
engine code, and 62 the particular model in this series, as you can see the
styling is very 1980s and has a functional look to it, the headlights and
Grille are unique to the Australian and European model Cressida while the
United States had different headlights and Grille in their Cressida,
one of the unique features of Toyotas at this particular time was they had unique
emblems on individual model series, so this is the emblem you see on Cressida
of different generations in the late 80s Toyota introduced the emblem we see
today which is seen on all current model Toyotas let’s face it there’s not many
of these cars left and regional condition and that’s my plan with this
car I’m going to leave it in a regional condition I’ve been doing different work
to it to bring it back to it new car look one of the things that I did is I
replay the front grille in the original metallic gray color which is actually an
Alfa Romeo color however these sight indicator lights
they’re not original they’re reproductions
unfortunately the originals were broken I do have one for the right-hand side
which is an original made in Japan Toyota OEM side indicator light but I
don’t have the left side so if you know where I can find one of those please let
me know in the comments below or use my contact details at the end
of the video so let’s open up this bonnet and rev this engine this Cressida is fitted with a 5 MP
engine the e stands for electronic fuel injection and this was a very advanced
feature when this car was built in 83 Toyota also fitted this engine to the MA
61 Supra so these engines are quite reliable although they do have a
tendency to blow head gaskets I’ve had a few things done under the bonnet here
one of the things I had done was replacement of the exhaust manifold
because that had actually cracked and was letting emissions which were being
sucked in through the air vents into the cabin so obviously that was a very
serious issue I ended up finding one when I kept searching and searching and
searching online in the Netherlands of all places and I want to keep the car
original so I had that shipped over and fit it to the car I’ve also replaced a
lot of the piping and vacuum lines here with a regional om Toyota parts and I
found the engine runs a lot better now and I think that comes down to the
electronic fuel injection system working a lot more effectively now there’s no
cracks etc or air leaks in any of these hoses or pipes when I first got this car
had a number of issues in terms of taking a while to heat up as well as
overheating problems and had these overheating problems for a long long
time in terms of the overheating problems when I first got the card had a
generic auto parts store coolant in it now if we look at the original Toyota
manual that came with this car it has a big sticker in the front of the manual
that’s labeled important and this relates to the importance of using the
genuine Toyota coolant in this car I had the generic coolant replaced with the
OEM Toyota coolant and this addressed the overheating problems this car had so
if you do have a Toyota and you have overheating problems probably the best
place to start is to replace the coolant with the genuine Toyota coolant
anyway a few other interesting things under the bonnet here this vehicle was
originally imported into Australia by York Motors Toyota York Motors was an
official importer of Toyota vehicles into the Australian market this vehicle
is made in the Motomachi Factory in Japan another interesting thing we see
under the bonnet here this vehicle is has an air pump
this air pump pumps air into the exhaust system therefore increases the volume of
air coming out of the exhausts and also therefore reduces the relative amount of
pollution that is in that volume of air obviously it doesn’t do anything to
reduce the harmful pollution that’s coming out of the exhaust but a lot of
manufacturers at the time this car built were complying with legislation that
basically set limits on the amount of pollution in terms of parts per million
and by pumping more air into the exhaust system they reduce the parts per million
pay work on this cars largely original they kind of spent most of its life in a
carport rather than a garage and the paying workers stood up quite well over
this period of time it’s called apricot metallic and it’s the stuff of panel
beaters its nightmare’s because it tends to fade in different ways depending on
where the car is kept consistent with the area of the card has large plastic
bumpers and it has these big side strips down the side of the car which are
really good in car parks because you avoid door dings etc to give this
procedure the new car look I’ve repainted the black on the badging the
black on the opera glass windows the black that goes around the bolts on the
hubcaps and the black on the front of the side mirror housings over here I
have a reproduced version of the original dealer sticker the car was
originally purchased from ronstan Toyota ATLA Kimber in New South Wales Australia
over here I have my Toyota car club sticker a member of the Toyota car club
of New South Wales and we display our vehicles every year at the Australia Day
carnival which is held at Parramatta Park the Toyota Fest which is run by the
toy mods car club and the Shannons Classic at Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek as you can see these taillights are really easy to see when I
first got the card has some reproduction taillights in it because the original
ones have been broken in a small Bingle problem with these aftermarket
taillights as they tend to fade with Australia’s strong UV radiation I
managed to track down these tail lights in Los Angeles fortunately the american
procedure backed our lights are exactly the same as those of the australian
model so they right in the only difference is they
have a connection for the side lights we don’t have any side lights in Australia
so I simply unkicked that the other thing I’ve done here is I’ve recovered
this rear strip using silver vinyl wrap because it was faded when I first got
the car to give it’s an original new car look the car is really well equipped and
has automatic windows all the way around including automatic function on the
driver’s side and it has central locking as well which was certainly an
innovation for this period of time power windows also stand on this model and
even after all these years they still work as you can hear the electric motor
were away this is the original interior in this car and for a car that’s done
359 thousand kilometers in this colour it looks in great shape the only thing
that have had to have recovered is the Sun visors which had deteriorated over
time when I first got the car the transmission tunnel here was completely
black with boot polish I got some McGuire’s interior cleaner and a soft
toothbrush and that cleaned right off it goes to show what great quality these
cars are this car has an am/fm radio it also has a tape deck and it will
automatically reverse the tape deck you can also record onto a tape so if you
have things that you want to note down you can use the record function there as
you can see that ventilation controls are really easy to see and use up here
so you have the recirculate fresh air function you have the choice in terms of
whether you want to heat the cabin etc the degree of temperature you want as
well as the fan speed here now this car didn’t come standard with air
conditioning it was a dealer fit option the towers for foreign made cars in
Australia when this was sold on 93 were quite high so that was the reason why
Toyota didn’t fit standard air conditioning in this particular case now
my grandfather when he bought this car didn’t like air conditioning so this car
has never had air conditioning fitted as you can see the boot of the Toyota
Cressida is quite large this is an original tool kit that goes with this
model of caseta it’s not the original tool kit that came with this car because
that one deteriorated and got a bit rusty over time I bought this of a
previous owner of a Kersey and so it’s period-correct to this
particular model as you can see it came with a few interesting things that comes
with a wheel stop if you change one of your tires it comes with other tools as
well like a screwdriver all made in Japan obviously and high-quality stuff
unfortunately we don’t see tool kits that have this much stuff in cars
anymore the car also has a full-size alloy spare as you’d expect with the age
of the vehicle which is there now one of the things that you need to watch out
for if you buy a car like this is that what it tends to get into the seals that
are around the top of the boot as the rubber deteriorate over time and that
water can rust the metal that’s behind those cells as well as run down the back
of the car in the back corner down the back of this boot and rust that section
and that can be quite difficult to get out now that’s been repaired in this car
but if you are looking at buying one of these you certainly need to look at that
and you should probably pull off this plastic bit at the back of the boot to
see if there’s any rust down there so let’s now take the Cressida for a drive
so this car goes quite well it’s got 103 kilowatts and 226 Newton meters of
torque and while that doesn’t sound a lot by today’s standards this car
anyways twelve hundred and fifty kilos so with the way it goes quite well so
when we go around corners you don’t get a lot of body roll in this car yes it is
a luxury car yes it was made for comfort but but that wasn’t at the expense of
poor handling so as you can see when we go around some of the corners around
here the car remains quite stable the brakes
are quite good they’re quite progressive and firm it has front disc brakes and
rear drum brakes steering is quite direct it’s got a nice feel to it it’s
fairly moderately weighted it’s quite a nice car to drive and go to cruising in
as you can see we’ve come around here the car holds quite well around the
corner as I mentioned before this car has a 4-speed automatic transmission and
back in the day 993 or 4-speed automatic was certainly a lot of gears and
automatic transmission this car came standard with an automatic transmission
in Australia but in other markets like Europe etc you could get four-cylinder
Cressida you could get four-cylinder diesel Cressida and they were fitted
with manual transmissions and I also sold in other countries in Africa
because they’re quite tough cars and I’ve some with a variety of different
smaller engines than the six-cylinder we have in this car
now as you can probably guess that the transmission is shifting quite smoothly
one of us got this card actually shifted really rough which is a bit of a concern
given transmissions are quite expensive to to rebuild but
what I did was I actually got the transmission fluid replaced and the
transmission filter obviously and after that the transmission now she’s really
really smoothly after doing some investigation it appears that the wrong
transmission fluid was put in the car now the reason why this car appeared to
have the wrong transmission fluid in it before it was changed was that the u.s.
model in 83 had moved to the next generation of transmission and that
required a different transmission oil to the Australian 83 model of Cressida, now a
lot of the oil guides online specified the u.s. base model rather than the
Australian one so that’s why the wrong transmission oil had been put in this
car so after putting the right transmission oil in this car the car is
very smooth the transmission shift really nice as we come around this
roundabout you’ve a bit of power so we can see how it goes
up here as you can see the car accelerates quite
well very smooth very quiet very refined it’s amazing how good it is given its
ton 359 thousand kilometers the car has really held up well and shows you how
good quality these cars were back in the day so thanks for having me on your
channel today Scotty and thanks for all the great videos you make happy and safe
motoring everyone and thanks for watching
well that was this week’s video and remember to have your car video
highlighted here on my channel check this out so if you never want to miss another one
of my new car repair videos remember to ring that Bell!

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  2. My parents owned this car in the 1980s and early 1990s. They were solid cars. The only weakness was their transmission, which went (like clockwork) at 150,000 miles on American roads. They did not completely go at that point, they started leaking transmission fluid and shifts were delayed at times. Fluid was changed every 60,000 miles on schedule, but the transmissions were not great. The inline 6 was great however, just rubber seals being replaced (overhead, front, rear was still original).

  3. Was from Tassie for university & I've seen a few good number of these in Launceston & Hobart (in the middle) running ( though a bit rougher shape than yours). But it is good to see 80s cars like these being take care of, where else if you were to come to where I live (Malaysia that is),most cars below year 2000 get junked and not restored because it is more expensive to purchase cars like these , plus spare parts further. And it was common to get scratched if the multitude of motorcycles & fast divers around , so scrapes are more common.

  4. That's a nice 83 Cressida, James. My mother purchased a new 1989 Cressida and when sold, it had 350K on it. The head gasket needed replacing and the top windshield frame rusted out due to Canadian salted roads in the winter. It was a smooth driver, but did not get great gas mileage.

  5. When I was a kid in early 80s Sydney (wonderful time) I was obsessed with cars equipped with power windows and these immediately came into my radar of cars I admired and I would salivate at the sight of those power window switches visible on the door cards! I liked the premium looks of these cars. You could have your sports coupes etc.
    I also loved the big daddy American influenced Toyota Crowns of the same period.
    This car is a total credit to you mate. I wish I your dedication.
    My 89 Laser Ghia sedan turns 30 next month and it's looking tidy fire a daily shopping jeep, but not to this extent!

  6. He"s right about the air pump playing the percentage for emmision compliance, but pumping air into the exhaust does reduce pollution some. There's an afterburner effect, because the added oxygen helps the leftover fuel burn.

  7. Nice car, but the owner's technical narrative was incorrect on 3 points: Emissions air pumps, cooling systems and engine application. He claims the emissions air pump exists simply to dilute the exhaust as a means to trick the emissions test. This is incorrect. The air pump flow is negligible compared to the exhaust volume, so dilution is not a factor. . Air pumps introduce fresh oxygen into the exhaust at the hottest point to help any un-burned or partially burned fuel, to reduce hydrocarbons. It works, although its less effective than catalytic converters. Back in the 70's and 80's air pumps were used with or without catalytic converters, depending on the car design and the emissions standards in the country they were sold. USA cars rarely saw cars with air pumps, but no converters, due to strict American emissions laws . However, it was common in Canada at the time to see this configuration, as Canadian laws were less strict.

    Also changing the design of coolant on its own probably won't cure overheating, since properly mixed coolants generally have the same heat absorption characteristics. For the car in this video, there was probably another reason why overheating was fixed by changing the coolant. There may have been air pockets or clogs in the cooling system that were relieved when the coolant was changed.

    Finally, that engine in that car was not used in the Supra. I own an '83 Supra. Virtually all 81-84 Supras used the double overhead cam version. (5M-GE) The Cressida engine is the less powerful SOHC version.

  8. This is nice from Down Under. The Cressida has held up so well thanks for good maintenance culture. You'd make a great automotive journalist. Keep it up.

  9. The first car I have had in my life since childhood
    اول سياره امتلكها في حياتي منذ الصغر
    ❤️💔❤️

  10. Wow. A great car.
    Great work bringing it back to pristine shape.
    I’d sure try to find an OEM A/C system if I lived in Australia.
    I love that color name.
    Apricot Metallic.
    I’ll bet the Toyota marketing people loved that name.
    I do like it, however.

  11. scotty i have a 2000 audi a4 quattro 2.8 with 120,000 miles on it it had sat for 4 years and dosent have any body rust, what do you think? thanks.

  12. And THAT right there is what a proper "show off your vehicle" should be like! Cressida is not my favorite car, but this is the best video I have seen on your channel, Scotty! Be like that guy, do it right people!

  13. Excellent. I guess that indicator you can find here in South Africa as those cars where so popular here and I see a lot in townships. post the parts details I will look for u! Admire u Cressida car

  14. Great tour of the 1983 Cressida. I had to laugh to myself: back in 1983 when I was a young guy I wouldn't have given a thought about this car. Now, 36 years later, the Cressida looks like a comfortable and practical car for the "maturer" adult. I kinda do like that beigey-coppery-brownish-silvery-grayish color. On the color chart I would call it "Sporting Old Man-ish". A very fine and informative presentation!

  15. naaaw, my dream car as a kid, the toyota crown, was faaaaar more luxurious than the cressida. And so was the toyota celsior. which by the way, was marketed in north america as the lexus LS series. I did love the cressida as a kid though. however that australian grill is most unfortunate.

  16. I had a Toyota Cressida ! North American version, of course. Ran perfect until I scrapped it. Still ran and drove well, but was completely rotted out. I live in the salt loving rust belt. Why don't they just use sand and make ppl learn how to drive…

  17. I bought an ‘85 Cressida in 2000 with 65k miles. Maroon on maroon. Digital dash. Everything worked until it didn’t. Valve seals were shot. Front main seal went out. Rear disc break caliper failed. I dumped it after that. That I-6 was not their best work IMO.

  18. Really interesting car thanks for your video. Quite a bit of things that were quite unique and not common on cars of the day. I'm not sure how that air pump is designed to run at that time. However many cars have them now which run at cold startup to heat the catalytic converters up faster. If belt driven it may run constantly keeping the exhaust hotter and converter more efficient.

  19. Creseeda! Crikey that's not how we say it! Awesome tip about the coolant, I had a "83 Celica that over heated and I was never able to figure it out so I sold it. I wonder if it was the coolant?

  20. what's the significance of that symbol in the middle of the Toyota car club sticker at 6:07? We have an old toyota forklift and it has that same symbol on the engine oil cap.

  21. My father bought one for my mother new off the showroom floor back in 1982, it was a DX Diesel. This video brings back some many memories…. lasted forever and it was a tank… I think he payed $27K US… Diesel was so slow and sluggish. Got replaced by a 1992 Camry XLE Dominican Republic.

  22. The inline 6 Supra engine is known for being strong enough for a lot of added turbo or supercharger power, if it has a manual transmission. The new Supra is a rebadged inline 6 BMW.

  23. My Grandad had exactly the same car : GLi-6 auto and they were made right here in South Africa.
    My Dad had the GLi-6 shape after thís one – it was a GREAT car!
    You'll be able to get parts for your car here in South Africa too.

  24. The leaky trunk seal is exactly what's plaguing my old 1995 Cougar 4.6 XR7… I need to do something about that ASAP, thanks for reminding me.

  25. Youll get the tail light from ajman uae. Sanayya branch .Toyota auto part store. I have a 92model cressida bought on 91 dec

  26. God almighty, this is a man who loves his car. Hats off to this gentleman! Love the level of work he's put in keeping things original and how things like replacing lenses has caused an absolute adventure. There's so much I like about this car. It's so 80s (edit: in styling…it's so far ahead of its time everywhere else. Toyota really weren't messing about. When I remember my dad's MK1 Ford Fiesta from the same year that didn't even have a rear wiper…nuff said!). Possibly the chrome and black-backed mirrors are my fav.

  27. I never use A/C either. The RX-7 burns enough fuel as is just driving. Honestly need heat more than cooling and the engine gets hot pretty fast so no worries.

  28. I didn’t know that they drove on the wrong side of the road over there.
    Which countries drive on the wrong side? Does anyone know?

  29. Those Were Great 4 Door Sports Cars,Along With/ the Older Maximas W/ Rear Whl.Drive.Had A 83 & 84 Maxima,Loved Booth of Them & Got Over 400,O00 mls.on Them Both Before Selling Them.

  30. Great presentation. The Cressida was a wonderful car. Unfortunately, very few good examples survive. Most of those I see have engine problems and need extensive repairs. The US models had those awful automatic seatbelts. I love the alloy wheels on these cars, they are so classy and unostentatious.

  31. I had a 81 Supra with that 5ME motor,and it was well worn…..I wish I knew then how rare the motor was,and how expensive it would be to replace at the time.

  32. My name is Cressida and I know nothing about cars. I'm glad I'm learning more and more though … I will have to say this guy did a fine job keeping his Toyota Cressida. And it makes me soooo happy to hear him say the name properly .. Cress-eee-da! lol … cheers everyone!

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