1979 Toyota Cressida 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Excellent pseudo yank styled cruiser


Water pump failed at 65000.

Bodywork gets rusty if left near a damp cloth!!

General Comments:

Very reliable old car, owned for four years and was reliable as your grandmother.

Never let me down, in all conditions, never overheated, or ran rough, even when neglected and abused. I Altered the suspension for better handling and appearance, (see photo above of my silver car. GAL 177v) because with stock soft ride, motion sickness was a problem.

Body wise rust was a problem even when cared for. If Toyota used better grade metal, there would still be thousands of these still running today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2007

29th Jan 2007, 04:03

Not necessarily. I think Toyota have always used fine quality metal in their bodies. The problem is trapped water and mud. The Cressida was not the best design for keeping water out, and subsequently, trapped moisture ate away at these cars very quickly.

1979 Toyota Cressida 6 cylinders inline with overhead cams from North America


A larger import car that runs and runs


The head gasket blew at 150000 but the car was still running well enough to make it home. I had to stop and add water, but I was not stranded.

General Comments:

The drivers seat still looked new when I sold the car.

This was the only car that went up a lot in value when the new "blue book" came out for the last year I owned the car.

The head gasket can be change with general tools is the backyard without any special expensive tools. I did use the shopmanual because I am not a mechanic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2003

30th Jan 2006, 11:25

I have a Cressida RX30 1968cc which I have had since 1981. It is a 1979 November brown metallic car and has around 44,000 miles on the clock.

It is just such a good baby that I feel like keeping it for ever, except I suppose, soon the parts will become difficult to get. At present I don't have a problem with parts, even the clutch master cylinder was easy to get.

She has never broken down, when she has had a problem, she has at least got us home... limped home after the clutch master cylinder seals went...15 miles!!

We all love her and she lives in our garage, but we might let her go to another loving enthusiast.


14th May 2009, 04:02

Well in fairness the GM X-cars like the Buick Skylark cost far, far less than a Cressida. But the Cressida is a nice little car.