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#2945 of 5282 Don't haze me for asking this:
Aug 01, 2003 (8:08 am)
In considering our next SUV, power folding mirrors are a nice feature, especially in the rain. We currently have them and use them every time we pull into the garage, as it is a tight fit with two cars. I know that the LX470 has them and the LC does not.
Given the similarities between the two, is it possible to buy the parts to convert the LC mirrors.
Also: When searching "2004 Land Cruiser", I see an article on Autospys showing what they claim to be a 2004 Land Cruiser, which is clearly a GX 470 with a Toyota badge. Given that the article is from 1992, what's the deal? Is that old/dead news?
#2946 of 5282 Buying a '97 LC - Any concerns?
Aug 01, 2003 (1:06 pm)
Thanks to everyone who put down such great pointers and thoughts on the LC, it's made picking a LC infinitely easier!
I've found a nice '97 LC that has 105k miles on it and has been well maintained.
While I learned a lot from this forum, I'm still worried that there will be something waiting for me as the vehicle racks up the miles.
Are there common/expensive repairs for a 100k+ mile LC that I should know about?
Also, how do maintenance costs stack? I looked at the recommended maintenance every 5,000miles, and that's more than reasonable. But does Toyota charge more for LC parts than, say, 4Runner parts?
Any help is appreciated, thanks!
Aug 01, 2003 (1:22 pm)
fj100--just my thoughts, but I do have some Toy contacts and have been told there will be a next generation LC here, but I think what you've heard and I've heard elsewhere too, may not be idle rumors. OTH, I just find it so hard to believe that Toy would abandon the LC name. And again, (repeating myself), if LCs weren't moving, how come I seldom see any at the dealers, in any major newspaper or TV promotional ads, and very few used ones in the LA Times. I'd like to think that there are still enough "informed" people that know of the legend of the LC to warrant continued importation of them to the US. Repeating myself once more, I'm very guilty of exposing my very obvious biases =)
Another thought occurred to me. What if "they" decided to quit badging LCs/LX470s separately, and just called them Landcruisers? Conceivable, we could have more options to consider? Gee, wish they would take some customer inputs =)
rugeti: the pictures you've seen via the link posted here a while back are of the Landcruiser 90 Series (Prado), our 4Runner/GX470
follow this link and note the top picture
Aug 01, 2003 (4:44 pm)
As to concerns about your "new" LC. If the vehicle has been well maintained by the PO, you can have every reasonable expectation of a lot more miles. Also, if you've never owned one before, you can adjust your driving to minimize one prominent "problem" with the 80 series LC.....brakes! These are heavy vehicles and the pads and rotors can take a beating. Birfields also need attention from time to time. If it hasn't failed yet, you may need to give your starter some attention. Also, P/S pump might be starting to leak. Due to full time 4WD, tires don't last all that long either.
I never really had any thing that I would call major with my 80 series. Just go by the book and I'm sure you'll pat yourself on the back every time you get in and turn the key =)
#2949 of 5282 Thinking about a Land Cruiser....
Aug 01, 2003 (5:58 pm)
Any advice welcome!! I am thinking about looking for an older Land Cruiser... I like the body style of the late "80's. Am I nuts? If I could find one that is well maintained? People seem to be very loyal to these cars. Should I look for one that has a new engine, or re-built? Should I be concerned about high mileage on an original engine? Again, any advice welcome- thanks for your time!
Aug 01, 2003 (6:52 pm)
All I can tell you is that my LC (Fj80 of 1991 Vintage) had a hell of a clicking noise but after repacking (which took the dealer three goes - it was expensive but the second two attempts were on the Toyota repair guarantee) the clicking noise went away.
Aug 01, 2003 (9:45 pm)
Post '94 fzj80s seem to be more susceptible to head gasket failures, possibly due to re-designed radiators that clog up with deposits. If I were buying a '95 to '97 TLC, I would have the cooling system checked for exhaust gases, indicating a leak between the combustion chambers and the cooling system. Change the coolant frequently and keep a close eye on the rad. If you need to replace the radiator, consider going with the '93/'94 style, or aftermarket, all metal rad.
Brake pads wear quickly, but they are easily changed. The braking system itself works very well. Front axle seals are a maintenance item on all 80 series rigs.
#2952 of 5282 99 TLC vs 2000 TLC: Traction Control, but why?
Aug 06, 2003 (1:27 pm)
Traction control is not available on a 1999 TLC, but is standard in 2000. Is this a marketing gimmick of some sort? I may want to save money and buy a used 1999 instead of a 2000 ($5 - $7k price difference). The 1999 has an electronic full time 4 wheel drive system which redirects power the non slipping wheel (to the best of my limited knowledge) - isn't this the same thing as traction control? Can someone please shed some light on this for me?
thank you in advance.
#2953 of 5282 When will the 04's arrive?
Aug 06, 2003 (2:26 pm)
Anyone know anything definitive on a date for the 2004 models? My local dealer just says "usually September."
I have a lease that ends at the end of September so my timing is somewhat critical.
I check here often (along with the web) as far as any clues about new options for 2004 as well. The only thing I have seen is one poster saying there might be a rear-view camera wired to the nav system.
I was hoping for HID lights.
So any info someone has on those two topics would be much appreciated.
Aug 06, 2003 (2:30 pm)
Don't quote me on this, but I recall seeing some discussions that HID lights are not put on certain SUV's due to their height and the possibility of blinding other drivers.
As for the other issue, I'm with you and would like to know when they are arriving and what, if anything, is going to be changed.