While it might be strange that the Toyota Cressida is named after one of the most tragic characters to ever feature in a Shakespearean tragedy, one can understand the association with a classic character from hallowed antiquity. Toyota might not have intended it early on, but the naming seems to foreshadow the "classic" status that he Cressida would achieve long after it stopped rolling off the Japanese giant's production lines. When it came out in 1977, the Cressida set a new standard in class and reliabilityit looked good and drove absolutely smoothly. This flew in the face of the 70s standard of clunky looking cars with clunky performance!
All throughout its 3 decade run, the Toyota Cressida proved to be consistent in three criteria: design, performance, and fuel economy. To look at each generation of the Cressida in its production run is to look at the slow evolution of car design through the decadesand this Toyota gem managed to always be the most elegant in each stage. The engines that the Cressida bore under the hood in those 30 years were always a balanced compromise between performance and fuel economythe most powerful being a 3.0-L 7M-GE inline-6.
Even today, the Toyota Cressida still exudes a palpable sense of luxury that appeals to a lot of people. It's still comfortable, graceful, and classy enough to go bumper to bumper with many more modern makes and models. It is so popular that there are a lot of Toyota Cressida parts and accessories available in the market to meet any replacement and upgrade needs that you might have. Considering that these are from some of the most respected parts manufacturers in the world, you can be sure that your Toyota Cressida will remain relevant for many more decades to come.
What are the advantages of using bigger exhaust pipes on my Toyota?
Larger exhaust pipes can make the system more efficient and less restrictive. This allows the engine to push the gases out more easily, without that much restriction that are common in smaller stock pipes. The size of the exhaust pipes should, however, be compatible to the vehicle. It should match the requirements of the engine and the specs. You shouldn't just get the biggest pipes. Instead, shop for performance exhausts that are designed to optimize the exhaust flow and scavenging in the system according to the exhaust design and specs of a particular Toyota model and year.
My Toyota Cressida has a punctured tire. How will I know if the tire can still be repaired or if it would be better to just replace it?
The damaged tire is no longer up for repair and should instead be replaced if the puncture measures more than ¼ inch or 6 mm. If there's damage beyond the repairable tread area, tire repair would not be the best option. Check for pre-existing or improper repair and for wear on the tire's treads wear indicators. If there's wear to the 2/32 inch or 1.6mm remaining tread depth in any area, then you must go look for a new tire replacement instead.
Would a patch be enough for repairing a punctured tire? Would this work?
You shouldn't just use a patch for tire repair. This wouldn't be enough. You'll also need a plug or stem to fix the tire properly. Apply the patch to the inner part of the tire. Other than the patch, it's important for the hole to be covered with a plug or stem filler so that pressure won't be lost. This will also help prevent contamination. To properly repair a punctured tire, the tire must be removed from the wheel. By demounting the tire, you can do proper inspection. Check the interior for any form or sign of damage in able to fix it.
When I took a closer look at my tires, I found wear on the inner edge. I also noticed that the steering wheel isn't straight—it's a bit off the center. What could have caused this? What should I do?
Get the measurements from different alignment angles. This will most likely tell what kind of adjustment should be done. The inner edge wear is typically caused by excessive toe-out. This will be noticeable on both tires on that axle. If the steering wheel isn't straight, this could mean uneven adjustments. More adjustments could have been done on one trackrod compared to the other. This is typical when only tracking, an across the axle check of total toe, has been done. In this case, only one angle is measured, as opposed to the four-wheel alignment that measures more angles.