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Old 03-30-2017, 03:42 AM   #21
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My brother has been trying to find one for months. People are either on crack with prices or lying about condition on most. If you find one you like your best bet is to buy it on the spot. They go quickly.
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Old 03-30-2017, 09:29 AM   #22
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the problematic adjustable suspension was on a small number of the land cruisers.
My GF had one. Might have been an 06. It did not fair well when passed on to her son. He trashed it. Suspension laid up, every dash light on, sap all over the paint...
It brought about $9500 wholesale, six months ago, with 115k.
That's a shame. Low mileage 100 series are hard to find, and that truck in average shape would be 20k all day long.
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Old 03-30-2017, 09:32 AM   #23
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My brother has been trying to find one for months. People are either on crack with prices or lying about condition on most. If you find one you like your best bet is to buy it on the spot. They go quickly.
Truth. I spent about 3 months looking before I found mine in October. Missed out on quite a few.

But don't buy based on pics alone. I looked at a couple that I went to with cash in hand, intending to purchase, and they were both terribly misrepresented online. Main thing to look out for is frame rust. TIming belt also needs to be changed very 90ish k miles.
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Truth. I spent about 3 months looking before I found mine in October. Missed out on quite a few.

But don't buy based on pics alone. I looked at a couple that I went to with cash in hand, intending to purchase, and they were both terribly misrepresented online. Main thing to look out for is frame rust. TIming belt also needs to be changed very 90ish k miles.

He looked at one last weekend. Guy said it needed a transmission and the price reflected that. Damned thing ended up being from up north. Looked like the floor pans were about to rust through.
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Old 03-30-2017, 11:48 AM   #25
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That's a shame. Low mileage 100 series are hard to find, and that truck in average shape would be 20k all day long.
I'm in the car biz. I could have gotten a little more but I'm painfully honest and accurately described it. I should have converted it to OME springs and dealt with what was likely a few bad sensors.
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Old 03-30-2017, 05:34 PM   #26
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You don't have the twin turbo 4.5l V8? That's a bit sad, its a great engine, heaps of power and fantastic economy, very popular here, it's also available in the pick up (or ute as its called here) very common for all sorts of tradesmen.
we also don't get the rear barn doors option here

I bought my '03 in 2008 or so... (memory ) I looked for a couple of years to find white ext/gray interior. Had 60K now has about 145. It had spent it's first few years in NY. The rust underneath isn't horrible but get's bad towards the rear. The interior for the most part is still in excellent condition. The leather on the drivers seat armrest looks worn. Tows my 4600 lbs of bay boat well. Other than routine maintenance, timing belt, brake pads, etc, I've had to replace the rear shocks, a couple of O2 sensers, the plastic caps that cover the roof rack bolts.

Getting the pins out that hold the calipers on (front brakes) was kind of a b yatch but they were in good enough condition to reuse.

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Old 03-31-2017, 01:35 PM   #27
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we also don't get the rear barn doors option here

I bought my '03 in 2008 or so... (memory ) I looked for a couple of years to find white ext/gray interior. Had 60K now has about 145. It had spent it's first few years in NY. The rust underneath isn't horrible but get's bad towards the rear. The interior for the most part is still in excellent condition. The leather on the drivers seat armrest looks worn. Tows my 4600 lbs of bay boat well. Other than routine maintenance, timing belt, brake pads, etc, I've had to replace the rear shocks, a couple of O2 sensers, the plastic caps that cover the roof rack bolts.

Getting the pins out that hold the calipers on (front brakes) was kind of a b yatch but they were in good enough condition to reuse.
Jesus, this must be the only thing we get that you guys haven't had for years! The V8 diesel outsells the petrol (gas) V8 by probably 10:1 the gas version is 4.7 litre, the diesel is a twin turbo 4.5 litre, don't really know where the engine comes from, but it is very powerful, great economy, and known to be trouble free, usually coupled to a 6 speed auto.
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Jesus, this must be the only thing we get that you guys haven't had for years! The V8 diesel outsells the petrol (gas) V8 by probably 10:1 the gas version is 4.7 litre, the diesel is a twin turbo 4.5 litre, don't really know where the engine comes from, but it is very powerful, great economy, and known to be trouble free, usually coupled to a 6 speed auto.


How about floating some of them over here.
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Old 05-03-2017, 06:07 PM   #29
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We bought a 2004 LC from a friend, who was getting a newer one, to have something for kids and dog going to farm and what not. It averages 12-14 mpg at best. Other than a few loose screws and an awkward to use radio system it's a fantastic vehicle. Also some wear on the exterior. I'm hooked and will upgrade newer but not new, in a couple years. Best thing is is that it is full of safety items for a 2004, makes the wife happy. Worst thing is being called a Yuppy by my bil at the duck impoundment, but who cares what he thinks. Friends have loved the Lexus too, but a little more maintenance to deal with bells and whistles and all.
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Worst thing is being called a Yuppy by my bil at the duck impoundment, but who cares what he thinks. .
reminds me of the ford expedition spark plug thread. I'll take being called a yuppie over having mechanics refuse to attempt to change my spark plugs any day, whilst checking them myself under my shade tree cause it's easy, (if yurr not a yuppy
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Is the 4.7 the same one they put in the 4Runners for those years? That engine is one of the best Toyota ever made...gobs of torque, incredibly smooth, and cast iron block, as it should be. I think actually the engine was in the LCs/470s first then made its way over to the 4Runner. I've never had an LC but have had more than a handful of 4Runners and pickups. They are all well built vehicles meant to be driven for hundreds of thousands of miles, the Land Cruisers, even more so.

Picking up an 03 4Runner Limited, fully loaded on Saturday with the beautiful 2UZ V8. Only 219K, plan to keep it til at least 400.



It'll be sharing the barn with my 95 with 3.4L swap, which just turned 300k.
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Old 05-03-2017, 11:17 PM   #32
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One reason that the LX Lexus' and the Land Cruisers are hard to find used is the sky high price they cost new. The last LX570 I rode in had a window sticker of $85K, and I had to sit in the back seat sideways. Lexus and Toyota dealers just don't sell very many of these almost identical vehicles.

Yes, they're incredibly well built, and they're great in the snow and mud with the front and rear locking differentials. But they're really not that large--for the money they cost.

But they're still truck based, and who needs a 4x4 SUV that's built like a Rolls Royce? If I'm going to spend as much as these vehicles cost with 150K to 200K miles, I'm going to buy a lesser SUV new or one with low mileage.

And yes, I'm driving my 3rd Lexus.
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Old 05-04-2017, 04:21 AM   #33
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I just bought a 2002 LC for 8K. It has 188K on the odometer, and a few dents. The interior though was clean. Had I done a little more research, I would have tried to find a 2003+(I think this is the right year). After that year the transmission has a 5 speed vs a 4 speed. My RPMs when traveling 80 are close to 2900. To me this just feels too high, and from what I understand the 5 speed helps this. Not sure if the fuel economy is any better, but at least you are not spinning the engine up to go highway speeds...Before I get flamed, I live in Tx, 80 is not an uncommon speed limit.
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I just bought a 2002 LC for 8K. It has 188K on the odometer, and a few dents. The interior though was clean. Had I done a little more research, I would have tried to find a 2003+(I think this is the right year). After that year the transmission has a 5 speed vs a 4 speed. My RPMs when traveling 80 are close to 2900. To me this just feels too high, and from what I understand the 5 speed helps this. Not sure if the fuel economy is any better, but at least you are not spinning the engine up to go highway speeds...Before I get flamed, I live in Tx, 80 is not an uncommon speed limit.
80 isn't too high, even in a 70 you'd just be keeping up with traffic around here.

The 4Runner we are getting has that V8 and a 5 speed. It turns right at 2k at 70...2900 is screaming for that engine (not that it can't handle it, it absolutely can...just MPG is gonna suck).

Toyota engines are fine at higher RPM...the 3.4L I swapped into my old runner hums along at 3400-3500 on the highway going 78ish. Been doing it for almost 100k miles. Needs to be regeared as it is 4.56 to accommodate the lack of power of the original 3.0 that was in it.

Passing isn't much of an issue though
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I've always thought our 1999 LC could use a higher top gear and it is revving pretty good at highway speeds. Averages about 17-18 mpg on the freeway if we keep it under 70. I'd be interested to see what others with the 5-speed get.
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I've always thought our 1999 LC could use a higher top gear and it is revving pretty good at highway speeds. Averages about 17-18 mpg on the freeway if we keep it under 70. I'd be interested to see what others with the 5-speed get.
From what I understand from a dedicated Toyota Land Cruiser forum, it does not sound like the fuel economy is much better. The RPMs are lower at highway way speeds. If you think about it at a given speed, the load is the same on the engine. More RPMs=more friction, but on a MPG, basis the difference is probably not terribly significant. Lifts, bigger tires, more aggressive tread...are all more significant..
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How does the LX tow?
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Easily one of the most reliable, toughest trucks/SUVs on the road. Wife's family ran a Toyota franchise for 20 years and they just can't be beat. We currently have a 96 we use for beach duty with only 156k that runs like a champ and will NOT get stuck.
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How does the LX tow?
the biggest issues is the tongue weight rating, which is only around 550. We have 5 LX470s, some are ranch only vehicles at this point, but have a low of 90XXX miles to 250XXX.

On mine, at 250,000 miles, I have never been to the shop short of water pump and timing belt which are regular maintenance. not one problem, knock on wood. Change the oil, filters, and add gas.

The cats probably need to be replaced, and fuel tank cap should be replaced too. Great car, hard to justify a new one. Mileage sucks. Electronics are old, even in the 2006.
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Got a power steering rack leak on our 99 at the moment. I could do it myself but it's a bitch to do so looking at $1K to have a shop do it. Been thinking it may be time for it to go now that it's at 235K.

Please talk me out of it....
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