1999 Toyota Mark II Grande 3.0 G 3.0 I-6 2JZ-GE

Summary:

Flawless Japanese engineering

Faults:

Front TEMS (Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension) shock absorbers wore out..

Aside from that... NOTHING.

General Comments:

This car is really comfortable. The build quality is at par or even better than most European cars. Too bad it wasn't available with leather seats.

Also, The fuel economy is excellent for what it is. I did 390.2 kms with 32.0 Litres of 95 Octane fuel (calculated) from Ohakune to Auckland with a fully loaded car (snowboard, bags, etc + 4 passengers).

It's got all the luxury bits to make long drives an ease.

It's just a breath of fresh air every time I drive this. (I do have a Chaser Tourer V and a 79 Datsun Fairlady)

If ever I have to get rid of all of my cars, this one is the last one to go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2010

23rd Jan 2011, 14:33

I have just ordered for a Toyota Mark II GF-GX100 1999. Can you advise me on its performance, especially fuel economy? My email is irkiyimba@yahoo.co.uk

1993 Toyota Mark II Tourer V 2.5 turbo petrol

Summary:

Best choice for sedan speed freaks

Faults:

Normal replacements only - brake pads etc.

General Comments:

In my humble opinion, this is the best value hi-performance mid-sized sedan in the world. It's only drawback is it's extremely rare outside of Japan.

The engine is a 280hp stock 1JZ-GTE 2500cc twin turbo unit, identical to the unit in the current Toyota Supra (my other car), except with a shorter stroke giving 500cc less total displacement. It's an easily upgradeable motor too - a few simple tweaks have taken my car up to the 350hp range.

Stepping on the gas pedal at any speed causes the car to leap forward with frightening turbo thrust. This can be a problem in the wet however; even the traction control can't stop 300+hp to the rear wheels from kicking the tail out wildly.

In stop-light battles, it's virtually unbeatable. German sports sedans (even BMW M-series cars) rarely present any problems, and Honda Accord Type-R's, Nissan Maxima's etc just aren't in the same league with this turbo monster.

The interior is comfortable, although not hugely interesting or impressive design-wise. The cars worst feature is evident here, that being the plastic-wood finish on the center console. It looks very close to the real thing, but it's still just a plastic copy...

The exterior is attractive and smooth, but perhaps a little understated. It looks a bit like a more up-market version of a Camry, giving little hint of it's serious performance. However, this is an advantage for "sleeper" fans - you'll get challenged a lot in this car, and virtually never lose (I will admit a Lancer EVO got the best of me once, but it was close).

My advice - if you can find one near you, buy it. If you can't, do what I did: go to Japan and bring one back with you!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2002

28th May 2002, 01:30

The latest edition of Hot Imports available here in Australia has an article on this car. Can you please let me know how you obtained yours? Please email rdemaid@excite.com.

5th Jul 2002, 08:57

I just bought a Toyota Mark II Tourer S. I should have known about the V series.

There are companies here in Japan that specialize in looking for the car you want, upgrading it to US standards if necessary and shipping it to any destination.

About conforming to US standards for importation to US, The US customs have those informations.

Rmilano@hotmail.com.