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#3675 of 5282 New 2004 Land Cruiser Owner
Mar 26, 2004 (5:37 pm)
I just bought a new 2004 Land Cruiser, and boy do I love this vehicle! I want to thank everyone on this board for all of the information they have provided over the past couple of years. This information was very useful to me as I gathered data for my purchase. I was able to get my vehicle at invoice price ($54,900), fully loaded with nav, DVD, 18 inch wheels, rear camera, etc (long story). I totally love it. I didn't really want the navigation, but virtually all the vehicles available ship with it. Now that I have tried the nav, I really like it.
I also worried whether 2005 might bring big changes to the LC, but ultimately, I decided to buy the 2004 because of the great deal I was getting. The dealer told me that the 2005 models won't be much different than the 2004, but admitted that they don't always get the full story from Toyota ahead of time.
Thanks again to all the posters. I'm proud to be a member of the LC owner's club.
Mar 28, 2004 (5:41 pm)
congratulations on the buy and I hope it last you along time with many memorys. On a more technical note does anyone know if there are any CPU chips that I can put into an FZJ-80 to boost power?
Mar 28, 2004 (7:39 pm)
Check with Man-A-Fre.
Mar 28, 2004 (9:03 pm)
Is there a site i can find it at? Ill do a seach for it.
Mar 29, 2004 (5:17 am)
Just picked up a 97 LC with 100k. Second LC purchase in a year... wife took my 99!
On the 97, I'm experiencing noticable tire noise from the pasenger front when traveling straight, increases during left turns and disapears during right turns. Has brand new tires and alignment. The only thing I've noticed is that the driver side is riding 1-1/2" lower than the pasenger side. Could this be shock related? Any other insights?
One other quick question. Just turned the 100k and the check engine light came on. Can that be turned off by other than a Toyota Dealer?
#3681 of 5282 two things
Mar 29, 2004 (7:51 pm)
The shocks could be failing but its unlikely, but if it is Ive noticed that the front axle has alot less travel than the rear so you could be hitting your primary bump stops and therefor getting more axle related noise. Another theory is that the tire was not put on right, did they use a high speed spinner to align the tyre or a hunter machine? The 97 is the FZJ-80 design right? so it will have a solid front axle where as the 99' doesn't. this could bring up a few points, one the axle could be failing due to improper maintenance or bad oil in the diff. That is the last thing it could be though. First of all I would assume you are running P275's or P265's on the 97 so you might want to check the tyre pressures according to the manual (assuming that they are recommended tyres for the TLC) It could be that one is more flat than the other. Also what kind of tyres are they do they have a highly aggressive tread? I know of a few brands that make whiners. One visual check you should do is this; behind the front right tyre there is a rubber engine guard (to protect it from the elements) it should be loose on one end (the bottom) and flapping against the frame, it could be caught on the tyre and making the noise. And finally look for any unusual wear patterns on the tyre if there are then take it back to where you got it and see what they can do. About the 100k engine light, I didn't know that they were programed to come on. Mine didn't come on at 100,000, but Im sure that toyota can turn it off.
Mar 30, 2004 (6:30 am)
Decided to go to the shop and get a quick look at it. Since they are brand new tires, 275's, and new alignment, his theory is bad bearings. I'll have it looked at and fixed this weekend if that's the problem. Are the bearings open or closed on a 97?
I just assumed the light was programmed at 100k... only because that's when it came on. Maybe something just happened to trigger it at just that time. I'll have that checked as well.
Thanks for the help!
Mar 30, 2004 (6:03 pm)
Im not sure about the bearings but I belive that they are closed, and about the light they might have programed it, just because my modle didnt have it come on doesnt mean that they rigged it to do it in later modles, But still it is a good idea to check.
#3684 of 5282 Recommended Fuel
Mar 31, 2004 (4:57 pm)
I have a 2000 Toyota Tundra and A 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser. I thought they had the same engine (4.7 liter V8) After reading both manuals I discovered the LC call for 91 octane and the Tundra 87 octane. Why? What would happen if I ran my LC on less than 91 octane?