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I will provide some basics of the car before I go into a detail review,

Model Code: GRS182
Trim: Royal Saloon G
Engine: 3GR-FSE
Transmission: 6AT

Mods: 
•    Buddy Club coilovers
•    Monza Japan Wheels wrapped with 235/45R18 Goodyear Eagle F1 Directional tyres
•    V*P Table
•    Carrozzeria tweeters
•    Carrozzeria secondary head unit (You cannot replace the head units in these cars as the AC controls and other car settings are built into the head unit)
•    6000K low beam and 3000K fog lamps
•    Aftermarket exhaust until the muffler (It came from Japan with a complete aftermarket exhaust but had to fix an original muffler back in as it was deemed to be too noisy to pass the roadworthy, it also had flaps with a switch to adjust the loudness which is also illegal in Australia)
•    Every single interior and exterior light had been replaced with LED
•    Few Junction Produce goodies

I recently got myself a Toyota Crown GRS182 Royal Saloon G. The 182 is powered by the 3GR-FSE which churns out 256 horses and 313NM torque, the power is sent to the rear wheels via a 6 speed automatic tranny. The GRS182 was offered in two standard trims, Royal Saloon and Athlete. The Royal Saloon is the luxury comfy trim while the Athlete is the sporty version, sort of like Premio and Allion but in this case you get different suspension tuning as well. Mine being a G trim it gets few extras which the standard Royal Saloon didnt get or was offered as optional only. 


The Crown has plenty of power and its always eager to get up and go, its very responsive even when you are driving on the standard mode. Switch into power mode and it becomes even more sharp and rev happy. If you launch this hard you’ll notice  the traction control kicking in even with 235 thread low profile tyres, of course you can turn off the traction control if you want to do some burnouts. Handling and stability are spot on with coilovers and grippy tyres, it will go through corners without a worry. It’s also well stable and sits happily at freeway speeds, you barely feel the speed even when you are doing 100km/h. It’s a big car with a big heart but it’s still fairly economical, urban driving returns around 7.5km/l while highway driving returns around 14-15km/l, however it strictly requires 98 octane fuel.
The seats are very soft and when you sit down you sink into the seats sort of like sitting on a plushy sofa, also there’s plenty of adjustments on the driver seat for the driver to get the perfect driving position. In addition the rear passengers can recline the rear seats like in Premio/Allion but in this its done electronically with the press of a button.
Even on coilovers and low-profile tyres the ride doesn’t feel harsh.


The car is a complete feature fest, I’ll name a few:

Comfort access to unlock the car
AFS headlights
Dual zone fully automatic climate control system
Backup camera with front and rear sensors (You can even adjust the sensitivity of the sensors)
Air purifier
Rear AC and head unit controls for rear passengers
Fridge/Cool box
Sun blinds
Swinging A/C
10 speakers + centre speaker and subwoofer with an amp. Plus another pair of Carrozzeria tweeter has been added to my car. 
10 airbags
Front and rear electric seats (The rear seats can be tilted with the press of a button)
3 memory settings for driver seat
Electronically adjustable telescopic steering wheel
Cruise control
Wooden trim steering wheel (optional extra).
Tyre pressure monitoring
Speed sensitive door locking

Crown is an import to Australia so it picks up lot of attention on the road and at car parks, I have had people ask me what kind of car is it or what brand of car is it. Among the JDM community there’s a fair bit of following for the Crown and if you need any help regarding the car there are groups on FB with fellow Crown owners to sought out your problems (Haven’t had any yet though). For parts there are places who stock import car parts, of course prices aren’t cheap as parts for an Australian delivered car. Similarly, there are mechanics also who have an understanding of import cars. However, the problem with owning a JDM vehicle in Australia is that they are very popular among thieves so full insurance is a must and only a handful of companies provide insurance to JDM vehicles.

In terms of second hand market and resale value JDM cars are among the top, there’s a prominent fanbase for JDM cars in Australia and they tend to hold their value well. Lately JDM cars have in fact gone up in value during the pandemic.

Theres only one common problem with the 180 series Crown, that is dashboard cracks. Toyota used a very soft material for the dashboard which cracks as it ages, this problem was there on the 120 series Mark X and few other Toyota vehicles from this period as well. Only solution for this is to use a dash mat.

 

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Damnn 😍

Now thats a looker!

Swinging AC? Care to show us poor mortals? 
 

congrats bro!

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4 hours ago, fiat fan said:

Damnn 😍

Now thats a looker!

Swinging AC? Care to show us poor mortals? 
 

congrats bro!

The two vents on the middle could be made to move left and right automatically

watch from 4:08

 

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1st time I’m seeing it! Super cool. Do the germans have this? Also haven’t seen it on any new lexus models. 

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1 hour ago, fiat fan said:

1st time I’m seeing it! Super cool. Do the germans have this? Also haven’t seen it on any new lexus models. 

Not sure about Germans, this feature was there in Crown since the 80s.

There are little quirky features too like the front passenger could be adjusted from the rear seats, there are buttons on the right had side of the front passenger seat, You can see those buttons on this pic

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Theres also a button inside the glove box to lock the trunk. Apparently this button is there to keep the luggage in the boot safe when handing over the car to valet parking.

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Nice....

About the Crown....around the 90s when the Crown went wide body....Toyota pushed the Crown to be a range of large sedan/estate cars; so the Crown was a family of different cars.  Under this range, you got the Athlete, Royal Saloon, Majesta, Crown Sedan, Comfort, etc.... So Royal Saloon and Athlete were not necessarily a trim level but a variant (like you said, Allion and Premio are different variants of the same car but not different Trim levels).

The series of Crown you have (S180 series) is called the Crown Zero. It is called so because after many years of simply refreshing previous platforms; the 180 series got a complete ground up redesign and for the most part believed to have gone back to the core essence of what the Crown was...a large (mid-sized) executive sedan. Some of the features you talk about are there because it was designed to be a car to be driven in (thus the front seat controls for the rear passenger; front headrests that fall down, etc...).

Yes, the Royal Saloon is a very soft ride compared to the Athlete which has stiffer suspension. However, it still does not offer 5 series or E class like handling tightness. It is very Japanese in its ride..leisurely :) After driving your variant, you will hate being in a 4GR variant. It is pretty good but you feel the engine slightly strained.

So....have you looked in to what it would take to Supercharge it ? ;) 

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8 hours ago, iRage said:

Nice....

About the Crown....around the 90s when the Crown went wide body....Toyota pushed the Crown to be a range of large sedan/estate cars; so the Crown was a family of different cars.  Under this range, you got the Athlete, Royal Saloon, Majesta, Crown Sedan, Comfort, etc.... So Royal Saloon and Athlete were not necessarily a trim level but a variant (like you said, Allion and Premio are different variants of the same car but not different Trim levels).

The series of Crown you have (S180 series) is called the Crown Zero. It is called so because after many years of simply refreshing previous platforms; the 180 series got a complete ground up redesign and for the most part believed to have gone back to the core essence of what the Crown was...a large (mid-sized) executive sedan. Some of the features you talk about are there because it was designed to be a car to be driven in (thus the front seat controls for the rear passenger; front headrests that fall down, etc...).

Yes, the Royal Saloon is a very soft ride compared to the Athlete which has stiffer suspension. However, it still does not offer 5 series or E class like handling tightness. It is very Japanese in its ride..leisurely :) After driving your variant, you will hate being in a 4GR variant. It is pretty good but you feel the engine slightly strained.

So....have you looked in to what it would take to Supercharge it ? ;) 

My bad I worded that wrong, yes they are two different, Toyota even lists them as two different models, Crown Royal and Crown Athlete. 

Interesting, I came across the term Crown Zero, I thought it was a special edition of the 180 series or something :D 

Yes you're right leisurely is the ideal word, for example it has tiptronic but you dont even feel the gears changing, its like changing gears in a video game. I assume the tiptronic is designed to limit the car to a certain gear. You're better off just leaving it in D at most times.

Haven't driven a 4GR variant of Crown, but the 3GR-FSE has plenty of power, it sprints 0-100 in around 6 seconds which is pretty impressive for a car thats 16 years old and weighs around 1600kg.

I assume you are referring to the supercharger which came on the Mark X? If I need more power I would most likely settle for a GRS184 with the 2GR, but so far the 182 seems to be an ideal blend of power and fuel economy for Aussie roads.

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Yes...the 120 series Mark X SuperCharger super charger kit. Quite a popular upgrade for the Crown boys over here. Also was compatible for the IS.

But the stock 2GR is no comparison to the Super Charged 3GR or even the Supercharged 2GR. The 2GR, although it has about 315hp, is still a rather leisurely engine. If memory serves me right the 2GR itself has only a slight increase in torque than the 3GR. The super charger kit adds about an additional 100-150Nm of torque which is lovely :) 

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It has 63NM of torque more than the 3GR but it makes its peak torque at a higher rpm. There seems to be a supercharger from HKS is that the one you are referring to?

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1 hour ago, Magnum said:

It has 63NM of torque more than the 3GR but it makes its peak torque at a higher rpm. There seems to be a supercharger from HKS is that the one you are referring to?

There is a HKS one as well as a TOM's one. The TOM's one is what Toyota put in

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On 10/6/2020 at 8:44 PM, iRage said:

There is a HKS one as well as a TOM's one. The TOM's one is what Toyota put in

I have seen some pics of Crown's with TOM's emblem, didnt really look into it in detail

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18 hours ago, Magnum said:

I have seen some pics of Crown's with TOM's emblem, didnt really look into it in detail

well..there were other TOM's offerings for the Crown sold by Toyota dealerships...most were suspension and exhaust upgrades...

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Nice car. Really goes together with Magnum's OCD. The LED interior lights kinda kill the mood. I guess it originally had yellow interior lights. I can remember Magnum had a thing for Crowns as he was always talking about a pink Crown in Sri Lanka

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On 10/22/2020 at 10:37 PM, MaleCortana said:

This car is so pretty, I feel comfortable just looking at it!

Thanks man

On 10/23/2020 at 10:31 AM, sathyajithj99 said:

Nice car. Really goes together with Magnum's OCD. The LED interior lights kinda kill the mood. I guess it originally had yellow interior lights. I can remember Magnum had a thing for Crowns as he was always talking about a pink Crown in Sri Lanka

The LED interior lights go well with the exterior because there isnt a single filament bulb in the car, plus that fancy front map lights is available only as LED.

Haha I must have been talking about that pink Crown because it's a special edition. Theres one for sale in Australia too, the ad has been up for a long time. 

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