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Old 03-27-2017, 04:34 PM   #1
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I'm kicking around the idea of finding a 2003 - 2007 LX470 Lexus or a Land Cruiser that's in decent shape to use for a daily driver. I bought a 99 LC in 2004 with 130,000 miles on it and added another 135,000 before trading it in on the wife's Highlander in 2008.
Other than hideous gas mileage, that vehicle was the cheapest thing to run I have ever owned. Nothing broke or needed fixing other than 2 ignition coils.
I liked the way it drove and rode and it took me down the expressway or through the swamp with equal alacrity and aplomb.

So what I'd like to know is....who currently has an LC or a 470 in that vintage and what kind of luck have you had with it. Any major changes or things you don't like? Any particular problems that have popped up?

Thanks in advance for your input and advice!
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Had 1999 land cruiser that went 280k with maybe $500 in repairs. Have a LX470 with 160k now that's been good to me. They do get sorry mileage otherwise they're tough to beat. I want a newer Cruiser with the 5.7.
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Had 1999 land cruiser that went 280k with maybe $500 in repairs. Have a LX470 with 160k now that's been good to me. They do get sorry mileage otherwise they're tough to beat. I want a newer Cruiser with the 5.7.
What year is yours?

Personally, I like the 100 series trucks. They get around in the woods easier than the newer, larger version.
The 5.7 model is based off the Tundra I think. I owned a first year production (2007) and it didn't treat me all that well.
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2002 I want the 5.7 for towing
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2002 I want the 5.7 for towing
Would definitely be better for that use. The 5.7 is a strong motor. Totally different beast than the 4.7
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Buy a V8 turbo diesel, then your fuel economy is great, and you still have the Landcruiser reliability.
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I had a 2000 that I drove from 100k to 240k and sold a few years back. Missed it so much I bought an 03 with 192k last year and have been driving it daily. Mileage is terrible, but I just love these things. It doesn't tow well.
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Buy a V8 turbo diesel, then your fuel economy is great, and you still have the Landcruiser reliability.

I wish! Us Americans don't have that option.

I had a 2003 model LC I loved. Hate the body style changes in 2008. They are starting to look a little better now. Interior is still fugly. But if they gave us the option of any diesel SUV over here in the states I think they'd sell like hotcakes.

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2000 Lex bought with 117k on eBay from Arkansas. Drove it back to Boston that night and have put brakes, tires, some other things I can't remember, and another 115k on it. Starting to get old and quirky but plan on getting another.

The only difference is the air ride height control, projection headlights and fancy badges. PO put a cold air intake on it- highly recommended.
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Looking at an LX470 tomorrow, what kind of real world mileage are those who have had them getting? Is 16-17mpg on the highway realistic?
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Looking at an LX470 tomorrow, what kind of real world mileage are those who have had them getting? Is 16-17mpg on the highway realistic?
If you keep it below 70 and are driving in Florida you might average that. I average ~13mpg overall.
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Looking at an LX470 tomorrow, what kind of real world mileage are those who have had them getting? Is 16-17mpg on the highway realistic?
If you're gentle on the throttle you'll do good to average 16.

When my lead footed wife was daily driving our 99 LC she was averaging 12mpg.
You have to understand these things weigh about as much as a Super Duty and they are full time four wheel drive.

We actually averaged a smidge under 18 on a road trip to Maine with me driving 100%.
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We have 235K on our 99, it's been cheap to own repairs wise, but as others have noted gas milage sucks. I've heard 98-99 was the best year from a Toyota mechanic who routinely works on them. A neighbor had a 2003 and had an engine go poof at about 150K so for some reason that one didn't last.
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My father has an 01 LX470 with 200k on it. No major repairs other than the shocks/struts. Those were about 4k if I remember correctly. He has said more than once that if he had known how complex and expensive the suspension components in the LX were he would have bought a land cruiser instead. That being said they make suspension conversion kits for them. He purchased it brand new in January 2002 and he does love it otherwise. He had an 84 fj60 and a 91 LC prior.
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I own a 99 landcruiser, I'm always looking for them and they are becoming hard to come by. The lx470 has the hydraulic suspension it was an option on the later landcruisers, I'd avoid it if possible. It's a reliable system I just prefer a conventional suspension. Friend of mine has an 08 and a 00 landcruiser, and his wife drives a 07 lx470, he likes the 2000 the best of all of them. The 08 and ups have a much more powerful engine but the earlier ones are a perfect size.
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I've got a 2000 LC, bought with 140k and now have 195k. Love the vehicle and it still drives almost like a new car, have put a few thousand into it for AC system and front end stuff but otherwise pretty low maintenance. I'd say average you put $1000 a year into one and it will be the best car you've ever had, like somone said it'sequally good on the road and off, overbuilt car for sure.
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I have a 2001 LX that I bought in October. I wanted a LC, but couldn't find one local. I have since replaced the factory hydraulic suspension with a Heavier duty 2" lift. I also put one a set of 33.5" tires. I don't drive it much, but do plan on towing the boat with it this summer.
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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.
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I wish! Us Americans don't have that option.

I had a 2003 model LC I loved. Hate the body style changes in 2008. They are starting to look a little better now. Interior is still fugly. But if they gave us the option of any diesel SUV over here in the states I think they'd sell like hotcakes.
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.
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We had two of the LX470's. They were great vehicles. We had a lemon law issue with the first one and to their credit Toyota tried everything they could to fix the issue and then we got the new one.
We moved into northern Mich last year and after checking around we decided to sell the Lexus as there is no dealer support and few options for service. I know you can find Toyota dealers and they can/will work on them but in the end we decided not to deal with the hassle. If it were me making the choice I would pick the Land Cruiser.
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