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#49 of 72 Test drove the 2008 LC
Dec 14, 2007 (10:20 am)
Just arrived from Toyota of Melbourne dealership where they have one Land Cruiser , Salsa Red with the Grey interior the MSRP is appx. $69000.00
It was a nice drive it felt very strong, the doors close with a short thump with a masculine feel . The thickness of the steering wheel has increase , great acceleration , I did not find the driver's seat comfortable in spite of the added inches it did not felt bigger. The exterior looks better up close, just a bit.
The body side molding is an $300.00 option.
Definitively I would like to test drive the 2008 Sequoia.
The same for the LX570, I need hands on.
#50 of 72 new 2008 landcruiser
Dec 14, 2007 (9:44 pm)
I JUST PICKED UP MY NEW LANDCRUISER BUT BEING FROM DOWNUNDER (AUSTRALIA) I GOT A TWIN TURBO 4.5 LITRE V8 DIESEL. THIS ENGINE HAS MORE TORQUE THAN MOST TRUCKS AND CHEAPER ON FUEL THAN SOME 4 CYLINDER SUV. THIS IS MY 3RD.LC AND PROBABLY THE BEST LOVE DRIVING IT.
#51 of 72 Re: new 2008 landcruiser [rst1]
Dec 15, 2007 (2:41 am)
Twin Turbos Diesels fantastic !!
I am sure that you know that here in the States at this time, we can not get the LC with diesel engines. It has to do with the EPA.
Nevertheless, I wish we had the diesel choice.
Please keep post posted.
#52 of 72 Re: Playing the waiting game [bullethead]
Dec 15, 2007 (1:45 pm)
That's pretty much what I've been doing for years now. The Porsche/LC combo is hard to beat. I've got an '02 LC (my 5th LC) and an '06 Carrera S. I'm hanging on to the LC for now until something breaks, er I mean changes with the new LC. I may end up getting another 40 series LC--and if I do, I'll just put that new LC money into a new Porsche.
BTW, congrats to those with the new model LCs. Looking forward to more reviews of them
#53 of 72 Re: Playing the waiting game [steelcruiser]
Dec 15, 2007 (4:54 pm)
Any words of wisdom about the 911 options? (yeah I know I am off topic)... I have friend that says get the targa top, but I have always admired the ragtop....
#54 of 72 Re: Playing the waiting game [bullethead]
Dec 16, 2007 (5:47 pm)
At the risk of irritating the mods, I'll offer the following suggestions for you. As the 997 series has been out since '05, we are essentially in the 4th model year. While I'm not aware of any real issues with the '05MY, I personally usually wait for at least one full MY for any obvious bugs/issues to be worked out. So, having said that, I'd suggest you consider an '06 or newer and see if you can find one within your price range that you like. As you may know, ordering a Porsche can get pricey fast as just about everything is ala cart. So it's hard to really recommend options. The basics:
Carrera S =355 HP
Most will have Bose High end stereo, Bi-Xenon headlights, but the option list grows from there. Why not visit the Edmunds Porsche boards and pricing guide as well as KBB etc to get an idea of what these cars are selling for. Unless you really want the 996 series, try for a 997. It's a nice improvement over the 996.
I'm not a fan of either the Targa or Cab, as I prefer the uncluttered, clean lines of the coupe. FWIW, I think a Cab is probably more desirable than a Targa, but as I said that's my opinion.
Oh, be prepared to buy tires. These things eat them at the rate of about 10K--at least in the rear. You'll probably go thru 2 sets of rears before you need to change all four tires.
HTH and post any other ??s you have and I'll try to answer them or steer you in the right direction. Oh, I can tell you that oil changes are MUCH easier on Porsches than on LCs
#55 of 72 2008 Land Cruiser first drive
Dec 21, 2007 (7:10 am)
My current Land Cruiser is now 4 years old, and I am contemplating the purchase of a new one. I drove the 2008 LC yesterday. The car drives and feels much like the old one--but is much more powerful. It is beautifully made, the interior is well designed and finished, and the controls feel smoother than before. The front passenger seat has been made much shorter and less comfortable than before, and no longer has an adjustable lumbar support. In addition, the head rests are not of the pivoting type and one cannot rest ones head on them on a long trip. There seems to be no way to use and control an iPod properly, as can be done in a MB C-class. XM is available but the dealer said I couldn't get an integrated Sirius radio. The looks of the exterior is adequate, but I don't buy a car for looks. The interior luggage space with the 3rd row of seats is noticeably smaller than the previous model. It also seems to be a problem if you wish to remove the 3rd row of seats to open up more space. Why would you want a larger 2008 LC that offers less carrying room than before? The ride, handling, smoothness, and silence are marginally better than before, but on balance, I didn't find any reason to trade in my 4 year old LC for a new one. The power and pickup is greater, but I was never bothered by lack of power in my current LC. On balance, it was disappointing!
#56 of 72 Re: 2008 Land Cruiser first drive [allenbgold]
Dec 21, 2007 (7:37 am)
You are absolutely correct , I also found the front seat very uncomfortable.
A few days ago I test drove it and was not satisfied at all except the strong engine that was music to my ears.
I have been reading about the new Sequoia, I feel this could very well be my next SUV. With just about all the options this vehicle is a quite a few G's under the LC/LX.
I haven't set eyes on it yet , as soon as they arrive at my dealer I would like to give it a good test drive and hopefully this could be my Christmas present.
#57 of 72 Re: 2008 Land Cruiser first drive [luckylou]
Dec 26, 2007 (9:22 am)
My wife and I looked at an '08 LC and Sequoia to replace an '03 GX that we sold back to the dealer a few months back. We also have an '06 LR3. It is nice to read that other folks are struck by the paradox of a truck having less room than the "smaller" model it replaced.
I did not have quite enough leg room in the GX, but a lot of extra head room. On the LC and Sequoia, my head was brushing the headliner. I also had that claustraphobic feeling in the LC. Without adjusting the front I tried the back, to find that I had to splay my knees. The manager of the store came by at this point, and watched me have to semi-stand-up and turn my legs sideways and back out of the door; as my shoes were too big to turn toward the door to get out. He stated "pretty hideous for a $71K truck-eh?". It is disappointing. The second-row of the Sequoia is massive in comparison, but the third-row "seems" to have less room than our LR3. I did not play with the adjustable second row, but it was set about in the middle.
I do like the new look of the LC and LX, and my wife is absolutely ga-ga over the latter. I was hoping that the LX would have more headroom than the LC, but that does not look like the case.
If you are wondering, I've been stealing the LR3 so much from my wife, combined with putting AT tires on it, she has decreed that she needs her own truck.
#58 of 72 Re: 2008 Land Cruiser first drive [bgsntth]
Dec 26, 2007 (1:10 pm)
I'm hoping that tomorrow I could swing by Toyota of Melbourne and give the Sequoia a good test drive. I am really looking forward to sit down and see if I can feel comfortable, last week I drove the LC and agree with bgsntth the front seating did not feel comfy.
I am still looking forward to test drive the LX570 maybe in a couple of weeks, will arrive at the dealer.