Bought an Altezza last year (1G-FE auto) at 57,000 km. A year later, at 78,000 km, front lower ball joints have excessive play and need to be replaced. I'm still happy with the car.
2001 Altezza AS200i,(same as Lexus 200) bought it new in Japan, owned it 7 yrs and it has performed faultlessly without costing me a single cent beyond normal servicing. Splendid car, beautifully built, handles very well. This was Toyota/Lexus response to the 3-series BMW, and it is entirely a superior car.
We too had the ball joint problem, it's common on Altezza's apparently, but inexpensive to put right. We are not happy with the tiptronic transmission however. Frankly, it's a real dog that blunts the engines considerable performance. The transmission dithers around hunting for gears most of the time and causes delays in power delivery almost like turbo lag. Get a manual one, the autos are all show and no go.
I've had my RS200 for 7 years, and have had to do no unexpected maintenance. I do the oil changes myself.
Stylish, quick and great handling, a superb touring car.
There is a club for them, which is an excellent source of information at altezzaclub.org.nz.
My 1999 Altezza RS200 went for a warranty yesterday, and only failed on the lower ball joints.
So, I currently drive a Camry. Had a Corolla with 5fwd manual, now I'm in an auto, I miss my gears.
I'm seriously considering an Altezza between October this year and sometime next year. I need unbiased opinions, how good is it on gas, (Camry has in a 3S) performance stock I assume will be slow, but how expensive is it to get it to go faster (BEAMS). Do many of them come with a sunroof? My current car has one and I don't want a car without.
I would ideally like one in blue or white, TRD front bumper, sunroof, 6fwd manual, BEAMS and preferred stock so I can make it what I want.
Can email me unbiased comments and ideas @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Why the hell are they so expensive as used cars???
Bought a second hand Toyota Altezza 1998 model 2 litre capacity. I bought from a second hand car dealer in Durham, South Africa.
The car is great, and I love the looks and handling.
The one thing that troubles me however is the pinging/pinking sound the engine produces when am accelerating! Mechanics haven't been helpful.
Someone help me or at least advise. I love this car. Please, you may advise me at email@example.com
I also own a 1999 Altezza, and am experiencing problems with upper ball joints. Need to purchase, but do not know the part number. Need someone to give me that number.