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#2830 of 5282 Need help - Looking to buy '96 Toyota Land Cruiser
Jun 27, 2003 (7:58 am)
I'm looking to buy a 1996 Land Cruiser or any other model years ranging from '95 to '97, I've did alot of research and browsing on the internet and found serveral high mileage 1996 LC's with about 90k to 120K for about $13000 to $17000. Can any one give some opinion on which is the best model year form '94 to '97. Is mileage over 100K on a 96 or 97 model worth looking into? How much should I paid for these high mileage model years?
Thanks for the help.
#2831 of 5282 Reply to 2827
Jun 27, 2003 (8:35 am)
I think he is running 305's or 315's. Same lift as mine, 1.5 inches. I need bigger tires. I did not know the bigger ones would fit. 315's barely rub at full flex.
#2832 of 5282 Reply to 2827 again
Jun 27, 2003 (8:36 am)
O yeah, he is running 315's with GY MTRs which look much better than bfg at's.
Jun 27, 2003 (8:51 am)
I have the 96 and until just recently, the 97 models. I also have the 94 model. I have a friend that has the 95 model. 94,95,96,97 models have performed very very well. If you want to buy on price go for the earlier models, if you want to buy on mileage that is ok also.The 80 series has been know to consume brakes (fronts) faster than say the 60 series. I could get 60k from a 1987 TLC and for the 80 series 45 is about tops.
Jun 27, 2003 (12:51 pm)
OK Steelcruiser, looks like you're correct. Name your poison pardner.
If Toyota wants to kill the Golden Goose that helped build the company, then so be it. I just find it hard to believe these rumors. The Land Cruiser has been winning awards, Edmunds Editor's Pick, and God knows what else acolades from auto critics. It simply does NOT make sense to kill off an extremely popular model that took many years to develop a rock solid reputation. This has me scratching my head...go figure.
Jun 27, 2003 (3:40 pm)
James--I'm all the way over on the "left" coast, so collecting will be hard =)
My spin on the LC here is......lots of rumors are saying no more, but these same rumors were around toward the end of the 80 series run and we got the 100 series. And as you say, why would Toy/Lexus get rid of such a legendary vehicle? They sell lots of them worldwide, so it's not like they've got to re-tool to make just a few for the US. My hunch is, we'll see a next generation LC here with a bigger engine, side air bags, nav sys, 18" wheels, rear viewing TV camera etc, etc as an '05 or '06 model. They may dribble in a few 100s in '05 and make the new series an '06?.
If the LC sales were so lousy, I think we'd be seeing some LC advertising and incentives. Don't know about your area, but here in CA, I've never seen any ads ala RR for the LC. Toward the end of the model year, I've occasionally seen 1 or 2 LCs discounted in a dealer's ad, but that's pretty rare.
Another thing, I don't think that Toy would just give up the luxury SUV market to RR. I've heard talk of Toy splitting off their truck/SUV lines for separate sales facilities. To me that "FJ" concept will be another vehicle in the Toy lineup.
I'm very guilty of inserting my own wishes here, but I hope I'm right and we'll see a next generation LC.
Maybe the marketing "problem" here is the fact that to some shopping for a Toy SUV, there isn't anything that separates the LC from the larger Sequoia?
#2837 of 5282 Tire Rotation
Jun 29, 2003 (12:46 pm)
With regards to tire rotation, what advantage is there to a 5 tire pattern vs. a 4 tire pattern, other than approx. 25% longer interval between replacing tires? My 99 LC recommends the 5 tire pattern. What do you do if you have to replace a blown or bad tire with, say 10-25K miles, since they should all match? Would you then go to the 4 tire rotation pattern?
Also, has anyone tried the Bridgestone Revo A/T tires? I am looking for a more aggressive off road pattern than the Michelin LTX M/S or Cross Terrains for snow, sand, and mud in the mountains. Tirerack doesn't give many other optioins. What is the equivalent tire size for the LC in the standard measurements (ex.: 33 X 10.5 X 16) to the stock 265/70/16? Thanks.
Jun 29, 2003 (6:28 pm)
Steelcruiser, I too hope you're correct on the future of the Cruiser here in the US. How are the prices on Land Cruisers in CA? In my immediate area, we have a smaller dealership that gets in one Cruiser every blue moon, and doesn't deal much on their vehicles. I doubt I'll be buying another Toyota from them, but at least their Service Dept. has been good to me over the years.
Jun 29, 2003 (6:35 pm)
I do a 5 tire rotation to keep the tires roughly the same size. I don't want to put a new tire on after a flat and have the diameter be much larger than the other 4. It tends to make my locker and transfer case upset. It gets more interesting as I'm running directional tires.
Stock tire size is ~31x10.5.