Toyota Crown S170 series

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2004 Nissan Elgrand Rider S

Hi Ben,

I meant to let you know sooner that we now have the Elgrand and it is a very nice vehicle. I occasionally look at the auction listings and still haven't seen one I like better.

Both yourself and Richard did an excellent job and were both great to deal with. I keep looking for excuses to go out and drive it. So glad we didn't buy a Kia Carnival or similar.

Thanks again Ben. We hope to deal with you again when purchasing our next vehicle.

All the best.

- Tony C Queensland, Australia 2004 Nissan Elgrand Rider S


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Toyota Crown (Majesta, Athlete and Estate)

The 170 series crown started production in 1999 with 2003 models being the latest importable in this series. Being one of Toyota's top luxury models these cars were anything but cheap when new, and came in both sports and luxury versions to cater to different tastes.

The Crown came in three major variants which can be imported:

  • The Crown Athlete V (JZS171 chassis), which was the 2.5L turbo sports version. Although all three share a very similar chassis and a lot of components, the Athlete has different headlights, wider tail lights which run across the boot lid and slightly different body panels.
  • The Crown Estate Athlete V (JZS171W chassis), being the station wagon version of the Crown Athlete V. This is the JZS171W chassis type.
  • The Crown Majesta (UZS171 airbag suspension and UZS175 normal suspension chassis). This is the more luxurious 4.0L V8 version with narrow, taller tail lights, different headlights (with a small strip of orange along the bottom), different grille and other minor aesthetic differences.

Both the 2.5L turbo and 4.0L V8 have the Japanese maximum limit of 280kW, the 2.5L turbo engine is the 1JZ-GTE with VVT-i as found in the Chaser, Mark II and Soarer so there is plenty of parts availability and aftermarket support, and is mated to a 4 speed tiptronic transmission. The 4.0L V8 is the 32-valve 1UZ-FE as found in the Lexus LS400, Soarer and other Toyotas so again this is a well known and well supported engine, mated to a 5 speed auto.

Features on these models can include:

  • Dual airbags (curtain side airbags optional)
  • ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • Stability control
  • Height adjustable air suspension
  • Climate control (dual zone optional)
  • Leather interior
  • Power front seats
  • Power rear seats
  • Sunroof
  • CD player (dual on some models)
  • Cruise control
  • Rear wheel steering
  • Rear power shade
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Rear climate and audio controls
  • Heads Up Display
  • Factory touch screen
  • Power steering column


Crown Athlete V
2.5L turbo model with 208kW and RWD tiptronic transmission This model is allowed for import
Crown Athlete VX
Rare 2.5L turbo with tuning by Modellista with an additional 20kW, different suspension, strut tower brace, a different steering wheel and 18 inch wheels as standard This model is allowed for import
Crown Athlete V Premium
2.5L turbo model with some of the high end luxury features from the Majesta variants. This model is allowed for import
Crown Estate Athlete V and Estate Athlete V Premium
Station wagon versions with 2.5L turbo engine These models are allowed for import
Athlete, Royal Saloon, Athlete G, Royal Extra Limited, all 4WD variants
2.5L non turbo and 4WD models These models are not allowed for import
Estate Athlete, Athlete G, Athlete E, Royal Saloon, Athlete FOUR
2.5L non turbo and 4WD station wagon models These models are not allowed for import
Crown Majesta 4.0 A Type
4.0L V8 model RWD 5 speed transmission, and normal spring and shock suspension This model is allowed for import
Crown Majesta 4.0 C Type
V8 model with height adjustable air suspension, dual zone climate control, rear steering and rear power seat as standard. Leather optional. This model is allowed for import
Crown Majesta 4.0 10th Anniversary Special Edition
C Type specifications with leather and sunroof standard instead of optional. This model is allowed for import
3.0L variants and 4.0L i-FOUR 4WD variants
These models are not allowed for import