#912 of 5282 100 vs everything else available
May 10, 2001 (2:37 am)
Having last enjoyed an LC some 20 years ago (79 FJ40), my new 2001 is quite the contrast, to say the very least. Did not have the opportunity to play with an 80, so I cannot make the durable comparisons with the 100. Most obvious "downgrade" is from a 6-lug hub to a 5-lug hub. But let's put all of this in perspective. If not a 100, tell me what's the next logical choice. Range Rover? Think not. Ford Expedition? Talk about a serious lack of built quality. Jeep Grand Cherokee? Not in the same league. Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon? Nice intentions, but bone-headed GM design blunders. (For example, folding the 2nd row seats. Did you try it in all the other vehicles? Toyota wins hands down for simple design and operation, not to mention safety. Only the LC totally covers everything under the seat. Don't have to worry about the kids slicing their hands on sharp metal edges...) Unlike most others, I plan on scratching the paint on my LC. Won't be adding a solid axle to the front end or any extreme suspension modifications, but I plan on using it for what it was originally designed to do most everywhere around the world. Yes, some of the "luxury" features are nice, but I would be quite content with the fine build quality, superb powertrain, a rubber floor with cloth or vinyl seats...and most importantly...the TURBO DIESEL not available in the US! The LC's not cheap, but I can't justify spending $10,000 less on something that I'm not going to be happy with (or worse yet, dread or even hate!) And in the spirit of all good things Land Cruiser, I've added an FJ40 "4 Wheel Drive" badge to the rear of my 100!
The Mercedes Galendaewagen is the obvious choice for a serious offroad machine. The price has been out of this world due to grey market importing over the years, but it's now coming through official channels. Pass that poseur M-class.
The 6 lug to 5 lug change on the 100 is not necessarily a downgrade as the 5 lugs are huge.
A brand new 78 series TLC with 5 speed and turbo diesel would be awesome, but I don't just don't see it happening. The current 78 doesn't have ABS or air bags (required in new US rigs), and it probably wouldn't pass through DOT inspection.
I just don't see Toyota making the effort to get that rig to meet USA regulations. The price would be too high, and most here would not appreciate such a utilitarian and expensive truck. I would . Better yet, give me a 75 pickup, too.
The TLC 70 would still get creamed by the Jeep Wrangler. Live axles with coil springs and fuel injected I6, and it would be cheap compared to the 70. Not going to happen .
#918 of 5282 part numbers from around the world
May 11, 2001 (2:47 am)
Thanks for the "down under" web sites. Not being a mall rat, I can fully appreciate the utilitarian nature of all the LC models. What I'm looking for now is a set of STEEL wheels for my 100. Can anyone get me a part number to take to my local US Toyota dealer to try to locate? (Really can't see spending the $$$ on alloys for winter snows...) Also, the part number for an Oak-colored tonneau cover with all mounting hardware (NOT a listed accessory for US 100s!) Thanks again!