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#2162 of 5282 Unreliable 2000 Land Cruiser
Nov 26, 2002 (12:52 pm)
I have been monitoring the various technical comments on this message board recently and have found them to be very informative. Since this an active board, I would like to share some of my issues and also try to find out if anyone else has had similar problems (and as a result, some kind of acknowledgment from Toyota).
My 2000 TLC has experienced quite a few of the problems already mentioned on this message board. Accelerator Position Sensor failures (twice), Transmission failure, dashboard noise, seat heater stops working after a set time, rear brakes thumping when applying brakes under load, rear brakes squealing, transmission high-frequency pitch and transmission vibration. The first two problems (2 Accelerator Position Sensor failures and the transmission failure) left me stranded on the road 3 times. Of course the Toyota dealer fixes (or attempts to fix) any of these failures by simply replacing the malfunctioning part. Needless to say that the dealers testing of any repair is essentially non-existant. Hence, repairs are often followed by more repairs. Who benefits from this? You got it - the dealer.
I am quite disappointed with the overall quality of my vehicle and am considering going for arbitration as part of the Lemon Law. Anyone have any thoughts/experience with Toyota in that area? Incidently, I did call the Toyota 800 number for customer service. The rep basically said that all he can offer is to find me a dealer that will fix (or continue to fix) the vehicle. In addition, he offered to sell me extended warranty for the vehicle. I think that the latter offer raised a flag for me.
#2163 of 5282 1999 vs. 2000 TLC
Nov 26, 2002 (1:55 pm)
Looking to replace my ' 87 4Runner (stolen and stripped this year--boo-hoo!) with either 1999 or 2000 Landcruiser. Without a doubt, it's a great rig either year. Side airbags a plus for the 2000--I'm big on safety and airbags. One of the points to consider in the purchase is the difference in 4WD systems. The question is: is the 4WD ActiveTrak/VSC system on the 2000 model a significant enough improvement over the older system to tip the decision towards the 2000? We're on-road >off-road. Would appreciate advice on this. Thanks!
(This question was also posted on the discussion of Toyota 4WD)
#2164 of 5282 DVD Nav System Update
Nov 26, 2002 (4:00 pm)
Can anyone tell me what the current revision is for the TLC DVD Nav System?
I am having lots of problems with my 2002 nav. The local dealers and the Toyota help line are not with the program. I have 2000 V.1 and am hoping that an upgrade will solve my problems, but the dealer tells me I have the latest version.
#2165 of 5282 rear window defroster
Nov 30, 2002 (4:45 pm)
I would greatly appreciate advice on repairing the rear window defroster on my 96 LX450.
Its only faintly defrosting some small patches. The local autoparts store suggested I look for breaks in the heating elements on the window. I carefully inspected those and failed to find any breaks.
Could it be the relay ?
Where is the relay located ?
Can I troubleshoot the source of the problem with a Fluke meter ?
Nov 30, 2002 (6:35 pm)
just wear out over time? Every time you run something over the inside of the glass top clean it, you wipe away a little more of that heating element, until eventually it is not doing much defrosting of anything. I doubt it is the relay if you are getting some defrosting, and probably the most sure-fire way to fix this problem is to replace the window glass with one that has a new heating element on it - this will be close to $200 for some glass, but the new one will work just like it did the first day you drove that truck out of the dealer's lot.
#2167 of 5282 SUV Cover? + Key Blanks
Nov 30, 2002 (6:36 pm)
Well, have had the '98 TLC for a week. I am quite pleased with it. Took it out and played in the sand a little this afternoon. Seems to do better than my former '95 Jeep Wrangler, that I had set up with a locking rear diff. What a blast.
Question 1: Anyone using a car cover that they like? Toyota has one for $120. Pep Boys has a substantially cheesier one for $60. Any thing else out there to consider on an internet delivery sale? Unfortuately, my garage is full, and I park under some sappy pines.
Question 2: I have two of the programmed transponder keys + a valet key. However one of the transponder keys has the back cover missing. Toyota could not help, except with a new $271 key, and an additional $74 to program it. Does anyone make an aftermarket blank that I could swap my transponder from the broken key into? Or at least switch the cover off of? If anyone has an extra key you'd like to part with, with a bum transponder, please drop me a note at wentwoyahoo.com
Dec 03, 2002 (10:27 am)
Sears will sell you a chainsaw for about $125....
Dec 03, 2002 (1:13 pm)
Doesn't it bother you that Toy saw fit to put the lowest quality plastic ever made on the most expensive key ever made? The plastic back on one of my keys is already broken from simple use - no abuse. If there is somewhere that could only sell me the blank housing to the key, I have yet to find it. My guess is that there is probably a greater demand than supply for such an item.
Wonder what a machinist would charge to mill one out of aluminum?
#2171 of 5282 97 TLC questions
Dec 03, 2002 (5:55 pm)
have a 97 with 108k on it. my power windows seem to take forever to power up or down. What could this issue be? Second, was the 97 40th anniversary available with keyless entry? if so, is it expensive to get new fobs as I did not receive any when i purchased the vehicle used. thanks