1986 Toyota Cressida GLX-i 2.8 straight 6 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


Overall I say this has to be the best "Grandpa" car you can get


Alternator needed replacing, however no Cressida one could be found so a Subaru one was modified to fit. Since then no problems have arisen with it.

Shocks are a little soft so cornering too hard is somewhat unwise.

3 major oil leaks. (Sump, Rear oil main, and Crank shaft all at once).

I got wedged onto a poll so right doors are both mashed flat.

General Comments:

This car was accuired from my girlfriends father.

At first I was a bit worried about buying a car that was made in 1986, however I was very quickly reassured once I was behind the wheel and driving.

I used to borrow my mothers Holden Commodore, and our Cressida handles much better by far, it's engine sounds better and is actually without being biast seems to be more powerful.

The Cressida has power steering, power windows, power mirrors, sunroof, disk brakes, cruise control, 5M-GE engine that has given many other cars including BMW's a run for their money.

I never thought of myself as a rev head, but since I have been in this car I have become greatly interested in restoring it to it's former self. It's 2.8 litre 5M-GE engine, as above, gives many other cars (of similar age and some 90's models) a hard time keeping up. Once I hit 80km/h it seems to hit another gear and accelerates rather quickly.

Even know the car still has the 3 major oil leaks, and has done for nearly 20000kms, it has not had anymore problems (except a new oil filter). I am amazed at this as usually such a problem would great more as you neglect it.

Very comfortable, front seats adjust to just about any position you desire. Unfortunantly back seats are designed for smaller ppl and when your 6 foot tall they are a bit too uncomfortable.

Fuel's not so bad, around town it averages on about 6-7kms per litre, but on highway or freeway it averages on about 10-11kms per litre.

This Car has awesome performance, as above the shocks are a little soft so hitting a corner too fast tends to drag the mud-flap into the road (not a good idea). Power steering makes up for the shocks and gives it a much better turning circle then say your average "Datsun look alike corolla".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2005

1986 Toyota Cressida GLXI 2.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


I love it!


Electrical windows are all broken down.

Immbobiliser are borken down as well. Due to the electrical failure.

Air condition is not working any more! we simply didn't fix it.

Body rusted.

General Comments:

Apart from above problems. There are no other major problems at all.

However I would like to point out the reliability of the car. The engine still sounds perfect. It is very quiet and powerful.

At the other hand It is very comfort as well! Good car to drive around! Especially for long trip.

I just sold this car! but I had falling love with Cressida. So I bought a 1991 Cressida! The Shape is pretty. And ofcourse the engine is still perfect!

Highly recommend to own one of this!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2005

1986 Toyota Cressida Sedan from North America


Great car wish I had bought one sooner!


Front end makes some noise (thinking its ball joints)

Rear driver side window will not go down. (very cosmetic and not important)

General Comments:

This car has been great! I got a steal of a deal on it and it has never let me down. the interior has kept up really well and is very comfortable on long drives.

Gas mileage has been excellent since replacing spark plugs and plug wires.

All in all a great car that I hope to keep for years to come.

More reliable than my 2003 ford focus!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2004

24th Apr 2005, 00:41

My Cressida GLX-i 1987 straight 6 sedan, owned since 1999. It has had no major trouble as yet, touch wood. This always had regular servicing, except for a coolant leak currently at 165786 kms. Runs well, and I hope to have it for some years yet to come.

As a first car, it's done well. Even does well overtaking the latest V8 Fords, BMW's, and not to mention Avalons. Very good on fuel & k's. Had a few offers, but won't part with her yet.

Bronwyne Davies

Wagga NSW.