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Which Landcruiser is the most reliable one?


 
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Mr. Dabolina
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:50    Post subject: Which Landcruiser is the most reliable one? Reply with quote

Hello people,
I want to buy a Landcruiser because I think they're the most beautifull SUV's. But there is a lot of choise in the second hand car market. But which Landcruiser is the best and most reliable in your opinions? I've heard of a lot of 3.0 Diesel engines that can break down after 150K miles. So, would you guys recommend a gasoline Landcruiser? And are the V8's better than the 4 cilinders? And which are the best build years?
Overhere in the Netherlands it's cheap to drive on LPG. Are there people who have experience with that?
Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 21:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing wrong with the 3 litre so long as the injector seals are sorted, the injectors replaced if they are getting worn and it gets some regular oil changes, though its hardly alone in benefitting from good maintenance, every vehicle on the planet is the same in that regard.

Simple usually means reliable, so the less electronic stuff the better.
70 or 80 series for heavy duty models, you can still get 70 series new if you are prepared to pay for a personal import but big money there, 80 series is probably the toughest full size Cruiser ever made but they're getting on a bit now and things will naturally need fixing.
100 series is a lovely motor to drive but IMHO it got a bit too complicated for its own good, 200 series even more so, a 105 series on the other hand is superb.

Depending on your budget i reckon you'd struggle to beat a 120 series, preferably without the air rear suspension adjustable shocks or touch screen dashboard, with either the 3.4 or 4.0 litre V6 petrol engines for reliability and grunt.
LPG conversion could be an issue because so many petrol versions seem to have the fuel tank at the rear behind the back axle, which is otherwise the perfect siting for an LPG tank.
V8 100 series can suffer valve seat recession on LPG and it is by no means a cheap fix for that number of valves and seats if VSR happens.

The only things that have ever failed in any of my Cruisers, so far thats a 70 series 3 litre Diesel, 90 series 3.4 petrol, mk 6 Hilux 3.0 litre Diesel and the current 120 series Diesel, the alternator died on my 120 which cost me 126 for a Lucas recon unit and about 2 hours total time to remove and refit, nothing else apart from friction materials and consumables, oh and maybe half a dozen bulbs over the years.

Underbody rust is the biggest issue, mainly caused by neglectful first owners, other than that i can't think of a more reliable vehicle other than a 90's built Toyota Corolla/Carina.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the clear information. This makes my search a lot easier
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 14:02    Post subject: Hello Reply with quote

Mr. Dabolina wrote:
Thank you for the clear information. This makes my search a lot easier


Have you decided to go for a Landcruiser?
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