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Toyota Land Cruiser, SUV
Sep 20, 2004 (1:52 pm)
Against my better judgement, I purchased a 2003 Yukon XL. Now, 1 year later my wife of all people, is pushing for a LC. (Which is of course what I wanted in the first place, in fact it's the only car I've ever REALLY wanted). The one feature in the GMC that I really love is the integrated XM radio. I swore I would never buy another car without it.
Anyway, it is supposed to be an option on the 05 Land Cruiser, but I can't tell if it is a dealer installed option or factory.
I have downloaded an e-brochure from toyota.com and it isn't even mentioned. I asked the salesman, but of course he talked about them putting an aftermarket unit in, which, if you're going to spend that much for a car, you really shouldn't have to go out and buy aftermarket stuff to adorn it.
Well, I know this is minor stuff, but if I'm going to do make the leap, I'd like to have it equipped the way I want it. If it's a dealer accessory I'm guessing I could get an 04 and have the dealer put it in?
#4013 of 5282 I havent herd of
Sep 20, 2004 (4:31 pm)
XM being offered in an LC... maybe a the LX470 for 05 but im not sure about the TLC, I have an 03 and there was not even a mentioning of satilite radio... I agree that its a nice option when integrated, and maybe Toyota has somthing for the 05 but i dont think it was offered on anything below the 04īs atleast...
Sep 20, 2004 (5:10 pm)
I had XM radio installed in my LX470. It cost about $300. I used the Terk "XM Commander" unit, with the receiver located beneath the center (shifter) console. The control unit is located just aft of the low range shifter, and the antenna is located on the roof, just forward of the tail gate. It works great, and, in fact, we almost never listen to anything other than XM radio.
Sep 21, 2004 (7:15 pm)
FWIW, I ran into the GM of two Toy, and a Lexus dealership today. I asked him about next year's LC. He said that if there were going to be any major changes he would have heard about them by now. He said that as far as he knows there will continue to be an LC and LX. He does expect something with the engines next year and the usual "tweaks" here and there. This jives with what I and others were told at the various auto shows.
Will post more info if I get any =))
#4016 of 5282 88 TLC Engine Performance
Sep 22, 2004 (5:02 am)
My 88 TLC has about 80 thousand miles on it, and the body is in pristine condition (I bought it new and have always had it serviced on schedule at a Toyota dealer, kept it clean and in a garage when not in use). The mileage always has and continues to suck and its acceleration long grades is miserable (worse than when it was new, if that is possible). Recently, when I take it out in the morning, it falters and hesitates going up even the slightest grade until it warms up. I love this vehicle, but if I can't boost its performance I'm thinking it's about time to trade it in.
Any thoughts on what my baby might need to get rejuvinated? Would it help if I started to use premium gasoline? Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book say this vehicle is worth about $2,500, but given its great condition (aside from the problems mentioned above) this seems awfully cheap. Is the $2,500 estimate for selling this vehicle reasonable?
Thanks for any thoughts.
#4017 of 5282 Re: 88 TLC Engine Performance [88toylc]
Sep 22, 2004 (5:42 am)
Assuming you've checked some of the "obvious" things like, spark plugs, fuel filters, ignition wires, etc, switching to premium gas is at least worth a try. Or maybe you just need to drive it more? =)
#4018 of 5282 Re: 88 TLC Engine Performance [88toylc]
Sep 22, 2004 (6:00 am)
The only Landcruisers I've seen for less than $5,000, even on ebay, were junk. I don't think Edmund's is reliable in your situation. I looked at an 84 last year for $6,500 and thought it was worth it, and a 2nd owner 90 for $8995. If you do sell it in that price range, it needs to be running good, but if you get it running good, you probably won't want to sell it! What is the service history?
#4019 of 5282 Re: 88 TLC Engine Performance [hank14]
Sep 22, 2004 (7:29 am)
I appreciate the comments on selling prices. My baby is definitely not junk -- the original paint job looks almost new; the front bumper has a small dent from when I ran into a full size Mercedes about ten years ago (the rear of the Mercedes didn't fare all that well - the old accordion action - but I just got the small dent); and the rear bumper has a small dent from when I accidentally left the car in neutral when I parked it on a slight slope and it coasted about a hundred yards into a concrete and slate wall (substantial damage to the wall, but only a small dent in my rear bumper). I have had the brake pads replaced; my radiator was replaced in 1995; the speedometer went out in the early 90s and had to be replaced, but otherwise I have had no problems requiring significant service.
I think most people who are familiar with this model of Toyota Landcruiser would say it runs well, although anyone who would like to go the 70 mph on an uphill section of the interstate or who would like to get more than 15 miles per gallon would say it is totally impractical.
#4020 of 5282 The milage on alll
Sep 22, 2004 (10:20 am)
landruisers stink... I have never gotten my LCīs 94 and 03 to get above 15 and my 94 was lucky to get 12... As for the power, how many miles does your truck have on her? I belive the engine is a single cam push rod 4ltr inline six no? they were peged at 150 bhp... The prblems that these engines had were minor but enough to take power. For starters let me tell you that I had a 2000 honda accord with an I 4 posting 150 hp and it got to 60 in 7 seconds, that car weighs in arounf 2500 pounds, the LC is around 4500 for your modle year I beleive. You are not going to be amazed at the power out put, But now with lets say 150,000 miles on her she has a leaky head gasket and semi clogged throttle body and pistons that loose compression because they are wearing, Oil that is loosing pressure from the old pistons, and spark plugs and valves coated with carbon... This engine is going to need alot of cleaning to get back to a 150 out put, you can do carbon cleaning by getting cabon kits from the local auto parts store.. Dont ask me how they work but suposivly they do... consult your friendly auto parts story for more info, you can do a Throttle body cleaning if you have 2 cents in mechanical know how, using a tooth brush, and disconection the Air Intake from the TB then cleaning what you can, as for the pistons, cylinders, head gasket and the cam, there not alot you can do... Maybe a new cam, Im not sure if there is a cold air Intake avalible for your TLC but ther eis for mine and they make starting easier and tourqe is easier for the engine to achive if the Air intake is less restrictive. Thats All i can do for you now... comon every body lets help him out...
If you trade it in, look for a 1993-1996 TLC they have the revised 4.5 ltr DOHC 212hp engine that I enjoy alot! you can get these for around 11-22,000 in good condition, price varys due to options.
hope this helps!
#4021 of 5282 Re : The milage on alll
Sep 22, 2004 (10:34 am)
The original poster's truck only has 80k miles (per his first message) and shouldn't have all these issues. But then again, the truck has not been used much and this lack of regular use creates its own issues. My recommendation to the owner is to go to a good mechanic and get this puppy fixed. It is an excellent truck and the selling price will just not do justice to its true worth. Fixing it is better than buying another used car/truck and taking on someone else's headache.