1990 Toyota Cressida MX83 Series 1 7MGE from Australia and New Zealand
Without a doubt the KING of the road - Absolute marvel of Japanese Engineering
Head gasket blew at 200,000.
This is to be expected of the Cressida, as the 7MGE engine is known to blow head gaskets.
The other minor issue with the car is a relay, which is damaged and does not allow the idler fan to come on in traffic, and causes the car to overheat - only in summer. In winter the car is perfect.
Everything else on this car is unbelievable, an absolute testament to the miracle that was Toyota engineering in the early nineties on their benchmark vehicles like the Cressida.
Let me start by clearing up a few things. I am not a grandfather and I am not a teenager. I have loved cars all my life, and continue to peruse with passion the right cars to update to every year. I can't afford a Porsche yet, but I am saving towards a good one. Yet I have driven and owned most of the premium Japanese sports and luxury sedans on the modern market, and have sampled some second hand Europeans from the early to mid 2000's, which I have driven over the last few years.
However, one day I went out and bought a 1989 Toyota Cressida MX83 for a few months to drive on a major highway in Australia once a week for about a year. I did this as I didn't want to put kilometres on my new car. The car had 250,000kms when I bought it. I put 20,000 kilometres on this car in less than a year, and every time I drove this car on the highway, I marveled at the amazing feat of engineering by Toyota.
I then sold this car to update to a lower kilometre Cressida with the interior and exterior colour and condition that I had in mind.
I then got one, and this car is unbelievable. When I get out of this car and get into a modern car, I miss my Cressida. I absolutely appreciate all the modern engineering and creature comforts that my other car gives me, however I am forever comparing cars to my Cressida.
Everybody thinks I have gone mad, but if you really KNOW the Cressida, then you really KNOW what I mean. An absolute modern classic, which should be respected and appreciated by each and every owner, and be realised as the classic that it is. I really do believe if you have the opportunity to get your hands on one, get it and save it from going to a wrecker, because this is a car that set the benchmark for the launch of the Lexus brand, specifically the LS400, in the early 1990's. However, whilst the LS400 has so many computer controlled functions and the electric gremlins, which go along with these electronic options, the Cressida is the KING of the road, as it is a simple design that ticks all the boxes and keeps on going on.
I have the original radio, original wheels, original Toyota delivery booklet and logs, the original spare with the Dunlop Sport tyre, and all the original Toyota Denso air conditioning stickers etc. I service it religiously, and although my mechanic thinks I am mad, I have never had an issue, and my Cressida has never let me down. I have tried to convey what this car is about with my words, but they really don’t do this car justice. The KING of the road, the KING of Toyotas, and a benchmark for Japanese and European cars of its time, and well beyond its time.
Remember the VN Commodore, lovely car, but it was the competitor of the Cressida in the 1990’s – it’s hard to believe they were made in the same decade. Cressida’s have a cult following in the Middle East and Japan, based on stories of their reliability and engineering excellence. Next time you pass a Cressida, don’t stereotype the driver, the driver may well have an exotic sitting in their garage, yet they choose to drive the Cressida because it is the KING of the road.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th July, 2011
You said it. I won't give up my beloved 1990 Cressie, and everyone except my octogenarian Mum - who gets driven around in this wonderful marvelous car - thinks I'm mad, obsessed. (Mum loves the Cressie almost as much as I do)
You just have to own one. I wrote a glowing review of my Cressie on this site years and years ago. I still love my wonderful, faithful Cressie. If you can find one, GET ONE!