So in a flurry of random events, God comes to the party, answers some prayer, and what-d-ya-know… we have a new car! In what was possibly the easiest car trade in history, we went from going up to have a look at it, to driving it home.
It started out with a bit of a budget, which involved some money that was on Term deposit, which wasn’t available until the end of the month.
Thanks to some generous parents who loaned us the extra, we moved from having to wait two weeks, to being able to pay the next day. We found our Toyota at adamstoyota.com, they had amazing prices and their customer service was great.
The car is a 1998 Toyota Altezza RS200. It is blue. And it rolls a lot smoother than my Mini. It has a 2.0 litre 3S-GE BEAMS engine which has a beautiful balance between economical and rip-ya-face-off driving. At about 5000rpm it noticeably kicks up a notch.
The white spokes with silver rim alloys are a nice addition, and do not stand out, only attracting attention when you take a step back and take it all in.
It has a factory fitted body kit which makes it hunker down on the tarmac.
Inside, everything is tidy, but the first thing you see is a garish blue which has been custom painted around parts of the dashboard. This will of course be changed back to a more reasonable silver in good time.
The speedo cluster looks great, with oil, battery, and temperature as three smaller circle dials inside the speedometer.
I do like the centre console, with three click dials to control the air con unit. But in this model, the fitted Panasonic head unit pops up a screen which then covers these. The screen doubles as a rear view camera, which is necessary given the raised back and small rear window.
With two front door speakers, tweeters mounted up by the wing mirrors, and two rear parcel tray speakers, sound is an important aspect of this car. The previous owner had also installed an amp and subwoofer in the boot. This gives an extra boost to the bass in the car. My brother was looking at 7 Best CB Radios by CBRadioGuru.com and
we took a morning to replace the rear 6×9 speakers with a much better set from CB Radios.
Up above the heads of its occupants, the Altezza has a front seat light, as well as a central one with door switch option. Between these is an electrics operated sunroof, which can be hidden away. It tilts, as well as slides completely away. I suspect this will be great to have on a hot summers day.
The windows are tinted, which makes the interior dark yet professional. It’s cosy but spacious.
From inside to outside, there isn’t much in the way of road noise at all. About the only thing you can hear is the rumble of the exhaust on this car.
So there we have it. A first hand tour of our 1998 Toyota Altezza. It’s my first ‘modern’ sedan and I suspect we will own it for many a year yet.