Awesome, yet incredibly understated, luxury car
The air suspension had issues at 75,000 miles.
Had to replace the steering rack at 110,000 miles, which wasn't too bad.
Parts can get costly.
Servicing can be a pain, parts must mostly be imported from Japan.
Have trouble holding their value.
Picked up in 2008 on a trip to Japan for only a bit over $13,000, and haven't regretted it. The car is beautiful and comfortable, yet incredibly rare. The V12 engine is powerful and reliable. Honestly, I think it's better than my old BMW in most aspects, even though they have trouble with depreciation.
The car isn't as much of a status symbol as Rolls-Royce; its styling is very similar to a Cadillac, which is kinda disappointing for a car worth around $100,000 new, but then again, the car is built with the Asian principal of modesty in mind. Still, I love it, and it's still extremely fun to drive, even if it won't get you tons of looks while rolling around town. I really don't care though, because I'm not that kind of person anyway.
It's sad that such awesome and classical luxury cars like this are virtually unknown to the general population. I know they don't really sell outside of Japan, so they don't bother with making it a left hand drive. I know it's not really a typical luxury car in the fact that it's not really marketed as one.
Despite the small problem with obtaining parts, it's a great car that rides very well and handles decently for a boat. It's nice and comfortable to drive, and it's designed with passenger comfort in mind, so that's saying something.
All round, I love my Toyota Century. I wouldn't trade it in for anything, and I intend to keep it as long as possible. These cars were built with incredible care (a lot of the car was hand made) and last a long time. I love the styling and the interior (I have the rare leather interior option, most Centuries have cloth).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th December, 2011