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May 25, 2002 (9:52 pm)
Thanks for the imput. Lately, I've been putting alot of rubber on the road and unable to respond on this board immediately. On Tuesday, I'm headed to the Smokies and a rafting ride down the Nantahala.
MD, I too have wondered about the replacement cost of that fancy smancy hydraulic system on the LX470. It might last forever for all I know, but have yet to read or hear of any problems...or anything else for that matter. I have heard that the new GX470 will have it, and ditto for the new 2003 4Runner. I'm wondering if Toyota is going full tilt in this hydraulic direction for its upper scale SUV's? I'd like to learn more of the pros and cons of this system.
Most of all my experience with checking out SUV's has been at the local Toyota Dealer when I'm getting my frequent oil changes. A few months ago, I ran into this fellow with a brand new LX470, Black (not my favorite color for living in Florida), and loaded with all the toys. I mentioned to him my keen interest in Cruisers, and he told me he had shopped them thoroughly but got his LX470 for nearly the same price. That comment, favorable reviews from Edmunds,Consumer Reports, etc. and feedback from Lexus owners had got me thinking about the Cruiser's kissing cousin. Still, I'd like to learn more, especially about the hydraulics.
Kjack, Sequoia already uses the Tundra truck frame. Both made in the same brand new factory here in the USA, but it's a stretch for me to see the Cruiser going that way. On the other hand, I can easily imagine Cruisers going retro and reverting back to its original purpose...a move in the right direction IMO. The Toyota Land Cruiser already has retro versions around the world, only they are not imported to the US. I'd like to see the diesel version over here too.
Whatever I buy you can bet it will get many years of service until it begins to reach that magic 275K range. That's when I start getting antsy about buying a new one. I use my vehicles for business and pleasure, and so far Toyota has been the best ticket I've ever bought! Congrats all around for your recent LC purchase, and look forward to reading your updates. JB
#1757 of 5282 decisions, decisions
May 26, 2002 (11:06 pm)
We have been driving a 99 LX470 for three years, and our lease is about to expire. We love the car and have had no problems with it in all this time. There are 45,000 miles on it. All of our driving is in the city and freeway -- I don't anticipate ever driving off road or towing. We are now considering: (i) buying a new Sequioa, (ii) buying a new Land Cruiser or (iii) buying out the lease (our buy out price is $36,000). Due to changes in our economic condition, replacing it with a new LX470 is out of the question. The Sequoia seems slightly too large, the Land Cruiser is slightly too expensive, and the buy out seems too risky in terms of future maintenance. What should we do?
May 27, 2002 (6:52 am)
Lexus has a GX470 coming out in January 2003 in the $45-50k range. Early reviews is that it will be a great riding truck - maybe best of them all. Edmunds has already done such a review. Why don't you see if you can cut a deal with Lexus to hold the LX470 at a reduced lease price if you can swing the GX470 assuming that truck suits your tastes. There is a message board already started on the GX470.
#1759 of 5282 Lease extension
May 27, 2002 (7:06 am)
LFS will extend your lease for up to 6 months at your current payments. They also add to your mileage allotment when you do this. All that is required is a phone call to them and they will fax a form for your signature.
May 27, 2002 (7:10 am)
Very easy decision! You know how well you took care of the LC. Are there any problems? If not buy it; they'll last at least 'til 200K if maintained. If possible get an extended warranty.
#1761 of 5282 1996 LC questions
May 27, 2002 (9:10 am)
I have been looking at a 96 LC with 98,000 miles. What potential problems should I look for? Also, what does everyone feel is a fair price for this vehicle. it is loaded. Any general suggestions on buying a used LC are greatly appreciated. I want to make ure I get something that will last a long time.
May 27, 2002 (2:40 pm)
I agree with Olizer on this one. I would take the buy out. Have you noticed what the resale price is on a 3yr old LX? Try in the low to mid $40's. Not bad considering. I would go extended warranty 6yr/100k and drive it. The only bad thing is the air suspension, but if it fails in warranty you are fine.
#1763 of 5282 LAGuy, AKA5505sic
May 29, 2002 (6:42 am)
You might even be able to negotiate of your buyout down further. Look at the two top online pricing services, Edmund's and the other one, for an honest trade-in value. Olizer makes a good point of your knowing how well the truck has been taken care of.
We used our '99 leased Landcruiser on the recent purchase of an '02. The miles were 5000 over, but after talking with a dealer here, they wanted our 99, so we bought it out and are now waiting on this thunder cloud colored one to come in. AKA, LC availability is limited here in the South. So, that would be a great price for down here. After all is said and done, we got one for right at your price with a 100,000 mile warranty included.
I wanted to get a new one, because after having the first one, which was fantastic, I wanted one to baby for 200,000 miles; not exactly how I treated the leased vehicle.
#1764 of 5282 1996 Land Cruiser Questions
May 30, 2002 (7:38 am)
I have a 1996 TLC. Here in Mid TN, with 90-100K they will go for about $17 to 18,000 with a good history in good shape. A real nice one will be maybe $20,000.
#1765 of 5282 Thanks for 1996 info...
May 30, 2002 (10:06 pm)
passed on the 96 as I have a solid lead on a 97 40th anniversary edition. Any truth to the rumor I hear that the 40th got a boot in HP? any major differences i should be aware of. Also, what are these vehicles going for in your area?
Hope to be an owner soon!