1976 Toyota Crown Review

1976 Toyota Crown CS 2.6 Carburettored petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.6 Carburettored petrol Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Previous carToyota Crown


A unique Japanese cruising machine


Blew up gearbox

Brake Booster failed in 1994

Interior cracks and deterioration

Rusts around back boot and window area.

General Comments:

You cannot kill the motors in these cars, absolutely bullet proof.

Watch out for demon rust that attacks the window areas.

The interior is quite comfortable and feels quite cozy.

Look for a fully imported model, they are less likely to rust (due to less time sitting in yards with just undercoat for protection), also the imported auto vehicles were equipped with the Toyoglide 3-speed instead of a weak Borg Warner transmission that was probably intended for the 4 cylinder variants, not the six.

Otherwise a nice big car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2004

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review