Likes

  • Incredible value for money.
  • Superb and premium driving experience.
  • Most available will be loaded with features.
  • Typical excellent Toyota reliability and build quietly.

Dislikes

  • Being a grey import can bring with it concerns.
  • Certain part availability can be challenging.
  • At this age, safety and technology are felling their age.
  • Verifying the car’s history can also be challenging.

Stuff you should know

  • The Toyota Crown, produced in Japan since 1955, holds the title of Toyota’s longest-running passenger-car nameplate, with the 16th generation released in 2022.
  • The focus of this cheat sheet, the 10th generation, known as the S150, was produced from 1995 to 2001.
  • Crown models fulfilled various roles in the Japanese market from simple taxi cars to premium transport for executives.
  • This results in Crowns featuring a wide range of various equipment and features.
  • The S150 was the first Crown to utilise a unibody style platform instead of a body-on-frame setup.
  • The S150 designation also encompasses the 2nd generation Crown Majesta, a more upscale variant of the Crown.
  • Primarily targeted at the Japanese market, but increasing international presence due to the grey import scene.
  • Most locally available models feature Toyota’s renowned 1JZ-GE or 2JZ-GE inline 6 engines, with the Majesta offering a 4.0 L V8 option.
  • Additional engine options in Japan included 2.0 L petrol, LPG, and 2.4 L diesel, mainly used for taxis or fleet vehicles.
  • Rear-wheel drive configuration is predominant, with some four-wheel-drive versions produced.
  • In terms of size, the Crown is slightly smaller than a current Mazda6 sedan.
  • At this age and budget, the S150 can be compared against competitors like the BMW E34 5 Series, W210 Mercedes-Benz E Class, Holden Commodores (VX, VT), and Ford Falcons (AU, EL).
  • Despite Toyota’s reputation for reliability, grey imports and age (over 20 years old) can pose risks, requiring careful consideration when purchasing.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

  • Rust is a significant concern, especially for cars from snowy regions in Japan. At nearly 30 years of age, rust can develop if the car has been scratched underneath and driven on salted roads. Avoid purchasing a rusty Crown.
  • Popular in the tuning and drifting scene, so check for cheap or poorly done modifications and inspect for accident damage and questionable repair work.
  • Getting parts for exterior repairs can be challenging, requiring sourcing from specialised importers like Cult and Classic or Go Garage.
  • Despite potential challenges, the exteriors generally hold up well, with owners praising the paint quality and minimal reports of electrical issues, reflecting typical Japanese build quality.

 

Interior:

  • Leaking capacitors within electronics can cause headaches, particularly since many components like air conditioning and engine systems rely on electronics.
  • Updating the infotainment system can be cumbersome, as original systems are outdated and may lack phone connectivity. Imported models may have aftermarket systems, possibly with Japanese-only functions.
  • While sporadic electrical issues are reported, they are not widespread complaints.

 

Mechanical:

  • Both 6 and 8-cylinder engines are highly reliable, with the 2JZ-GE engine considered nearly bulletproof, especially in stock form. However, excessive modifications can compromise reliability.
  • Routine maintenance includes timing belt replacement every 100,000 kilometres and platinum spark plug replacement at the same interval.
  • With age, gaskets and seals may degrade, leading to oil leaks, and plastic/rubber components in the engine bay become brittle.
  • Transmissions and drivelines are robust and can last around 300,000 kilometres with proper servicing.
  • Suspension, brakes, hoses, and hydraulic systems may require attention due to age and climate exposure. Well-maintained examples can still offer reliability surpassing many newer vehicles.

 

Import Concerns:

  • Beware of unscrupulous importers; ensure the car comes with an Auction Report, Export Certificate, and compliance plate, and verify all details match.
  • Odometer tampering is a risk, making it challenging to obtain accurate vehicle history, emphasising the importance of purchasing from reputable importers.

Exterior:

  • Rust is a significant concern, especially for cars from snowy regions in Japan. At nearly 30 years of age, rust can develop if the car has been scratched underneath and driven on salted roads. Avoid purchasing a rusty Crown.
  • Popular in the tuning and drifting scene, so check for cheap or poorly done modifications and inspect for accident damage and questionable repair work.
  • Getting parts for exterior repairs can be challenging, requiring sourcing from specialised importers like Cult and Classic or Go Garage.
  • Despite potential challenges, the exteriors generally hold up well, with owners praising the paint quality and minimal reports of electrical issues, reflecting typical Japanese build quality.

 

Interior:

  • Leaking capacitors within electronics can cause headaches, particularly since many components like air conditioning and engine systems rely on electronics.
  • Updating the infotainment system can be cumbersome, as original systems are outdated and may lack phone connectivity. Imported models may have aftermarket systems, possibly with Japanese-only functions.
  • While sporadic electrical issues are reported, they are not widespread complaints.

 

Mechanical:

  • Both 6 and 8-cylinder engines are highly reliable, with the 2JZ-GE engine considered nearly bulletproof, especially in stock form. However, excessive modifications can compromise reliability.
  • Routine maintenance includes timing belt replacement every 100,000 kilometres and platinum spark plug replacement at the same interval.
  • With age, gaskets and seals may degrade, leading to oil leaks, and plastic/rubber components in the engine bay become brittle.
  • Transmissions and drivelines are robust and can last around 300,000 kilometres with proper servicing.
  • Suspension, brakes, hoses, and hydraulic systems may require attention due to age and climate exposure. Well-maintained examples can still offer reliability surpassing many newer vehicles.

 

Import Concerns:

  • Beware of unscrupulous importers; ensure the car comes with an Auction Report, Export Certificate, and compliance plate, and verify all details match.
  • Odometer tampering is a risk, making it challenging to obtain accurate vehicle history, emphasising the importance of purchasing from reputable importers.

Exterior:

  • Rust is a significant concern, especially for cars from snowy regions in Japan. At nearly 30 years of age, rust can develop if the car has been scratched underneath and driven on salted roads. Avoid purchasing a rusty Crown.
  • Popular in the tuning and drifting scene, so check for cheap or poorly done modifications and inspect for accident damage and questionable repair work.
  • Getting parts for exterior repairs can be challenging, requiring sourcing from specialised importers like Cult and Classic or Go Garage.
  • Despite potential challenges, the exteriors generally hold up well, with owners praising the paint quality and minimal reports of electrical issues, reflecting typical Japanese build quality.

 

Interior:

  • Leaking capacitors within electronics can cause headaches, particularly since many components like air conditioning and engine systems rely on electronics.
  • Updating the infotainment system can be cumbersome, as original systems are outdated and may lack phone connectivity. Imported models may have aftermarket systems, possibly with Japanese-only functions.
  • While sporadic electrical issues are reported, they are not widespread complaints.

 

Mechanical:

  • Both 6 and 8-cylinder engines are highly reliable, with the 2JZ-GE engine considered nearly bulletproof, especially in stock form. However, excessive modifications can compromise reliability.
  • Routine maintenance includes timing belt replacement every 100,000 kilometres and platinum spark plug replacement at the same interval.
  • With age, gaskets and seals may degrade, leading to oil leaks, and plastic/rubber components in the engine bay become brittle.
  • Transmissions and drivelines are robust and can last around 300,000 kilometres with proper servicing.
  • Suspension, brakes, hoses, and hydraulic systems may require attention due to age and climate exposure. Well-maintained examples can still offer reliability surpassing many newer vehicles.

 

Import Concerns:

  • Beware of unscrupulous importers; ensure the car comes with an Auction Report, Export Certificate, and compliance plate, and verify all details match.
  • Odometer tampering is a risk, making it challenging to obtain accurate vehicle history, emphasising the importance of purchasing from reputable importers.

Should you buy it?

If you’re considering purchasing a 5-Series BMW, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, or even a Commodore or Falcon, think again. Opting for a Toyota Crown from the 10th generation S150 series might just be the wiser choice.
While sourcing certain parts may pose a challenge, this is a common issue with most 30-year-old vehicles. Moreover, apart from model-specific components, the mechanical parts are largely interchangeable with various Toyota and Lexus models available locally.
Compared to European and Australian counterparts, the Crown boasts unparalleled build quality and reliability. Its uniqueness and potential for performance enhancements make it a compelling option. With just a few modifications, the engine and platform can deliver incredible results.

If you’re considering purchasing a 5-Series BMW, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, or even a Commodore or Falcon, think again. Opting for a Toyota Crown from the 10th generation S150 series might just be the wiser choice.
While sourcing certain parts may pose a challenge, this is a common issue with most 30-year-old vehicles. Moreover, apart from model-specific components, the mechanical parts are largely interchangeable with various Toyota and Lexus models available locally.
Compared to European and Australian counterparts, the Crown boasts unparalleled build quality and reliability. Its uniqueness and potential for performance enhancements make it a compelling option. With just a few modifications, the engine and platform can deliver incredible results.

Should you buy it?

If you’re considering purchasing a 5-Series BMW, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, or even a Commodore or Falcon, think again. Opting for a Toyota Crown from the 10th generation S150 series might just be the wiser choice.
While sourcing certain parts may pose a challenge, this is a common issue with most 30-year-old vehicles. Moreover, apart from model-specific components, the mechanical parts are largely interchangeable with various Toyota and Lexus models available locally.
Compared to European and Australian counterparts, the Crown boasts unparalleled build quality and reliability. Its uniqueness and potential for performance enhancements make it a compelling option. With just a few modifications, the engine and platform can deliver incredible results.

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What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

Finance estimate ~

$30

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Models, pricing & features

Toyota Crown_10th-gen-3

Royal Saloon G

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Standard features:

  • 8-way power adjustable drivers seat
  • 4-way power adjustable passenger seat
  • 40/60 split power adjustable rear seat
  • Rear headrests
  • Driver’s seat lumbar support
  • Crown Super Live 7-speaker system
  • 12 CD Changer (Boot mounted)
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Rear seat audio controls
  • Dual-zone Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning Purifier
  • Auto swing air vents
  • Electric folding mirrors
  • Conlite
  • Halogen headlights
  • LED fender driving lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • ABS
  • High Mounted 3rd brake light
  • EMV with GPS
  • Space Vision (Digital dash)
  • Progressive power steering
  • Microcomputer Preset Steering
  • Tilt and telescopic steering w/memory
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather shift knob
  • Cruise control
  • Remote door locks
  • Driver and Passenger air bag
  • Speed sense door locks
  • Illuminated entry
  • Illuminated vanity mirror
  • Cupholder
  • Centre split storage w/accessory socket
  • Reading light
  • Woodgrain centre console
  • Power windows
  • Power mirrors

 

Package Options:

  • F Package: Power rear seats and dual zone A/C
  • Q Package: Aluminum Alloy wheels, Woodgrain interior trim, A, B and C pillar and ceiling fabric garnish.

 

Options:

  • Electric Sunroof
  • Fender mounted mirrors
  • Rear fog lights

Royal Saloon

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Adds:

  • Cassette, AM/FM, CD
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Air Purifier
  • Twin Lens Analogue Dash
  • Engine speed sensitive power steering
  • Telescopic steering wheel w/memory

Royal Touring

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Adds:

  • Manual seat adjustment
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Polished wheels
  • Royal Farm tuned suspension

Royal Extra

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Adds:

  • Antistatic and deodorant seat fabric
  • 4-speaker stereo
  • No Auto-swing air vents
  • Steel wheels with hubcaps
  • Aluminium alloy wheels (Optional)

Royal Saloon Four

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Essentially just a Royal Saloon with 4WD

Royal Extra (4WD)

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Essentially just a Royal Extra with 4WD

Majesta

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Adds:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Two-way steering column
  • Electric front seats
  • CD player with a cassette player
  • Wood trim
  • 15 “alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors and seats
  • Leather interior
  • Head up display
  • Electric sunroof
  • CD changer for 12 disks
  • Navigation system
  • Multi-color LCD monitor

Tech specs

Engines:

  • 2.5 Litre Inline 6-Cylinder petrol (1JZ-GE) 147 kW (197 bhp) and 251 N⋅m (185 lb⋅ft)
  • 3.0 Litre Inline 6-Cylinder petrol (2JZ-GE) 169 kW (227 bhp) and 298 N⋅m (220 lb⋅ft)
  • 4.0 Litre V8 petrol (1UZ-FE) 206 kW (276 hp) and 365 N⋅m (269 lb⋅ft)

Transmission:

  • 4-speed Auto
  • 5-speed Auto

Fuel Consumption:

  • 9 – 15 L /100kms

Length

  • 4820mm – 4900mm

Width

  • 1760mm – 1795mm

Height

  • 1425mm – 1430mm

Wheelbase

  • 2780mm

Kerb Weight

  • 1530kg – 1670kg

Engines:

  • 2.5 Litre Inline 6-Cylinder petrol (1JZ-GE) 147 kW (197 bhp) and 251 N⋅m (185 lb⋅ft)
  • 3.0 Litre Inline 6-Cylinder petrol (2JZ-GE) 169 kW (227 bhp) and 298 N⋅m (220 lb⋅ft)
  • 4.0 Litre V8 petrol (1UZ-FE) 206 kW (276 hp) and 365 N⋅m (269 lb⋅ft)

Transmission:

  • 4-speed Auto
  • 5-speed Auto

Fuel Consumption:

  • 9 – 15 L /100kms

Length

  • 4820mm – 4900mm

Width

  • 1760mm – 1795mm

Height

  • 1425mm – 1430mm

Wheelbase

  • 2780mm

Kerb Weight

  • 1530kg – 1670kg

Engines:

  • 2.5 Litre Inline 6-Cylinder petrol (1JZ-GE) 147 kW (197 bhp) and 251 N⋅m (185 lb⋅ft)
  • 3.0 Litre Inline 6-Cylinder petrol (2JZ-GE) 169 kW (227 bhp) and 298 N⋅m (220 lb⋅ft)
  • 4.0 Litre V8 petrol (1UZ-FE) 206 kW (276 hp) and 365 N⋅m (269 lb⋅ft)

Transmission:

  • 4-speed Auto
  • 5-speed Auto

Fuel Consumption:

  • 9 – 15 L /100kms

Length

  • 4820mm – 4900mm

Width

  • 1760mm – 1795mm

Height

  • 1425mm – 1430mm

Wheelbase

  • 2780mm

Kerb Weight

  • 1530kg – 1670kg

Warranty & servicing

N/A

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