I bought this car as an insurance write-
off. It had been front-ended and
subsequently rebuilt. After checking
with the body shop (who supplied me
with the maintenance records from day
1) I realized theat Cressidas were
built like tanks! Controls felt like
new (35000 km on car). Nice surprise -
newer motor with 50000 km installed
when car rebuilt.
This car was to have been just
a "beater" until we could afford
something better for wife but has
become primary transportation and will
be restored to as new over next couple
If you find a good 1998-91 Cressida at
any price, BUY IT! You won't be
If you eat up cars like I do driving 50k miles a year you have no business wasting big dollars on high priced new cars. Still want style and comfort, look to the Cressida - it is a poor mans Lexus and the build quality is excellent. If you can find one in good shape and take care of it, it will last 240k or more. I am getting 26 mph highway with mine which is good for a 3.0 6 cyl The seat comfort and ride handling made a 1000 mile trip back from where I bought it seem easy. This car was way ahead of its time when it came out in 1989 and 1992 was the last year for the Cressida. The Avalon was its replacement.
Bought this car new, and it has been a
pleasure to own for fourteen years.
It remains good looking to me despite
the years, and I still find it fun to
drive, as it is quiet and handles very
well. It has been very reliable, with
the possible exception of the need to
replace the air-conditioning
evaporator, although that might be
effect of the South Florida climate
more than anything else, as I had the
same problem with several other cars I
have owned here.
I can't really bring myself to get rid
of this car.