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  • huma2huma2 Posts: 24
    i am looking at a 1992 LC with 145000miles. does not have stock wheels, radio is missing, body and interior look in great shape otherwiswe. anything i should watch out for? is this worth looking into? thanks in advance for any help
  • steelcruisersteelcruiser Posts: 402
    Brakes, axle seals, Burfields, brakes, starter, brakes, oh, did I mention brakes :shades:

    And of course the infamous pain in the you know what heater hose
  • grantchstrgrantchstr Posts: 371
    I would be interested in the price - I have a 1991 Fj80 with 122,000 on the clock which is being valued by my town (for tax purposes) at around $7,000....
  • toyota_1toyota_1 Posts: 1
    I am currently restoring my 1972 FJ40 and nothing is wrong with the engine, but i am looking to replace it. I know everyone puts a Chevy 350 small block in the cruiser, but I wanted to know what other engine choices do I have. The engine I want to use is the 2JZGTE Supra engine.
  • steelcruisersteelcruiser Posts: 402
    Don't have their web sites handy at the moment, but check Specter Off Road, Man-A-Fre
    or Landcuriser Connection. Between these 3 if it's been done to a LC before, they'll undoubtedly know about it offer suggestions.
  • steenhsteenh Posts: 103
    You could also go to the IH8MUD.com forum. No doubt someone in there would know. Can't say I've ever seen anyone discuss anything other than putting a Chevy in.
  • grantchstrgrantchstr Posts: 371
    I just filled up - 20.3 gallons - and I had only done 184 miles since last topping up. I used to get 240 miles a tank (270 on highway ski trips). So whats going wrong? Is the summer heat and evaporation part of the problem? Any advice on tuning?
  • steenhsteenh Posts: 103
    Have you noticed mpg slowly decreasing or was it just this one tank. If this fillup was the first time it happened, seems more likely that you weren't full last fillup... maybe the nozzle clicked before full, and you stopped?

    Doubt seriously that heat would impact. I don't have much mpg change in summer even running AC on high all the time. Don't even know if gas can evaporate from an enclosed tank.

    good luck!
  • grantchstrgrantchstr Posts: 371
    I have noticed the heavier fuel consumption for a while now - low MPG - it just that I was surprised how bad it was when I actually measured it. < 10 MPG is not good.... :sick:
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    check out these Land Cruiser PICs. There some Bling cruisers with 20 inch dubs.

    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/880855
  • steenhsteenh Posts: 103
    Not mechanical enough to give any suggestions beyond taking it in. <10 mpg is just not right. Fixing it would pay for itself pretty quickly at $3/gallon.
  • Have you checked some of the "obvious" things such as fuel filter, hose connections etc?
  • grantchstrgrantchstr Posts: 371
    The car was fully serviced and checked out not that long ago. The fact is that I dont use it much any more. Owing to expensive gas I avoid the single trips that I would have made in the past. I just use one tank a month or two and its sitting out in the hot sun every day - so I thought that perhaps that (evaporation) might be affecting gas consumption. Thats the only difference - it used to be garaged in a nice cool spot but I have downsized my house (ironically as part of an energy and tax saving proposition).
  • amheck1amheck1 Posts: 44
    Hey gang. 2004 4Runner owner here. I was really hoping for a redesign on the Sequoia this year, but it looks like this has never happened, so now I'm kinda shopping around and considering the TLC. I just want some more room than the 4Runner has to offer.

    I personally have never really lke to buy used cars. My wife always says to buy a 1-2 year old car, but I usually find that shopping at or below invoice, you can actually get a new car cheaper than you can a 1 year old car.

    But I thought I'd give it some serious consideration this time and see what I can come up with. What I wanted to ask...is there a sweet spot for year and milleage for these trucks? Just a quick search on autotrader gave me some 2004's with around 50K miles for around $40K. Was the 2004 a good year for these trucks? I see the invoice on a new one is less than $50K. Is it even possible to get one for that low?

    Thanks in advance!
    Aaron
  • You can expect to pay at least 56K+ for a new Cruiser as they come fitted out w/most options. That's just how Toyota does its business in the US as this model is made in Japan.
  • mdsdmdsd Posts: 26
    bought a brand new one last May 2006, cost me $63,000 fully , fully loaded....sooooo awesome
    worth every penny !!!!
  • I have a 5500lb travel trailer that i am pulling with a 2005 LC. I am thinking about trading it in for the 2007 LC or the Toyota Sequoia do to the fact that it was 40 more horses and more torque. I am having a little difficulty pulling my trailer up steep hills and or going over the grapevine area (CA). Does anyone think those 40 more horses and torque make a difference in anything?
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    My opinion is that you start to see good values only after after the car is 3 years old anything less than 2 years is sells within about 5 - 7 grand of a new one and I'd rather get the new one. The 2006 model also has some of the options offered on the Lexus LX470 like Suspension height and damper settings etc (if you care about these features).
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    Don't waste your money as what pulls a trailer is the Torque and not the BHP. The new engine has the 275 HB bu the Torque is hardly changed.
  • amheck1amheck1 Posts: 44
    Hey guys, 1 more question. I'm sure someone here has compared the LC to the Sequoia. I plan to go in and test drive both, but until I do, can someone give me their thoughts? It seems as if I want to stay around $40K, I can get a new Sequoia or a 2004 LC. Like I said above, I have a 2004 4Runner now, and I really want something with more rear seat room and more cargo room, plus I want something that drives nicely. A nice "family" car. I was surprised to see the Sequoia was quite a bit bigger than the LC.

    Aaron
  • mdsdmdsd Posts: 26
    One thought for you:
    Tried the Sequoia against a TLC....not even a comparison
    Get the TLC, Quality does not come cheap so be ready to pay $60,000 or more like I did, but worth every penny !!!
    Paid $63,000 for a brand new 2006 model, the only thing this machine didnt have is a rocket launcher :)
  • runskirunski Posts: 4
    $63,000 - this price out the door? Just curious. Thanks.
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    I think the redesigned Sequoia is coming in a year or so. It will be based on the new full-size Tundra.
  • Grantchstr- your assessment seems to make sense given the change in driving habits etc. Now that you're driving it less, you may be able to live with this dip in mileage? I assume that your recent tune up checked the timing, vacuum leaks, injectors, etc? Hang in until the weather turns cold?

    Nedzel-FWIW, I was told by the sales manager at one of the Toy dealers near me that the re-designed LC was going in to production next month. Also heard from the area Tech Rep, who works out of Toy Hqs, that he's seen the new LC and that it will be a "luxury" ute like the current one. My hunch is the new version will offer the hybrid V-8 and perhaps that's what has held up the re-design? Since Lexus has a hybrid V-8 already, offering it in the LC makes sense given the way gas prices are going. Jim Press, President of Toy US, drives an LC and it's his favorite vehicle per the Tech Rep, so I imagine the new one will be pretty impressive. The only rumor that's still floating around is if the new LC will share platforms with the Sequoia.
  • amheck1amheck1 Posts: 44
    nedzel, yeah, everyone is hoping for 2008. I was on the list hoping that the Sequoia would be new in 2007, but oh well - didn't work out. That's why I sort of started considering the LC. I didn't really want to wait another year for a new vehicle.
  • Might see a "short" run of the LC for MY '07 until the redesign arrives? IIRC, this was what Toy did with the 80 series prior to intro of the 100 series.

    Only obvious negative(s) of the current LC (IMHO) are poor mileage and maybe HID headlights? Seems that LX 470 options from previous years eventually migrate to the LC platform. Imagine the rumor of an LX only (from Lexus) will re-surface too.

    It doesn't seem to make sense to gussy up a Sequoia LX, have an LX LC and a GX too.
  • Steel - did your Tech guy have any input as to whether the classic lines of the LC will be retained or is it really going to be FTX-based (Tundra concept) as a recent [non-permissible content removed]. mag. article has suggested. I would love to wait and see what the redesign will offer, but am concerned they are going to Tundraize it and that I may lose out on gettting one of the last classic 100s (new). You would think pictures of it would be out by now if it is truly going into production in September. Inventories in the Southeast are extremely low right now, so we shall see I guess.
  • FF4L-he was pretty vague. Piecing together his inputs, and some I picked up at the LA Auto Show, and other inputs, my hunches are:

    Luxury SUV will be retained
    Expect Hybrid technology (gotta think this is what has delayed the intro?)
    Lots of "what if" relative to fuel prices has been done by Toyota
    No indication that the LC/LX offerings will not be continued

    I'm concerned too about the single platform and my hope is that we won't see it ala Nissan's Armada/Titan. One positive is the large LC market around the world vs. the US made Tundra?

    Something "big" must be looming since info/rumors have been so scarce. And I concur that the Sales Mgr inputs on Sept production make you wonder why we haven't seen anything. But, it also seems to me that info on the 100 series was pretty limited until right before intro of it.

    The area tech rep that I know is a real Cruiserhead, and given that he works out of Torrance Hqs, I think his inputs are probably accurate. Since the President of the company drives one, I assume he has more than a passing interest in the next version, so he's probably being careful about leaking too much info.

    Hard to suggest what to do re: a new 100 or waiting for the next generation LC. Maybe hold off as long as you can? I suppose one indicator is the low inventory and how the used market is. Here in the SoCal area, there seems to be a lot less of them for sale than other SUVs, and those that I do see for sale, seem to be sold pretty quickly? The LC "community", at least here, appears to be as solid as ever. Makes me think the "word of mouth" following is still strong. And it doesn't look to me that the prices have taken a huge hit--at least the asking prices

    Sorry to ramble with way too much personal input and hardly any factual data. Since I have 3 other vehicles, including an 07 Camry Hybrid (like it a lot), I'm able to hold on to mine until the newer version arrives.
  • gollamgollam Posts: 29
    will there be a redesign of the lc for 2008 model year with a hybrid drivetrain, that is for next year @ dealerships?..

    a sequoia redesign as well for 2008?..

    true that lexus cancelled plans for lx470 redesign?

    anyone with details?.

    thanks
  • gollam- I think that's what we're all trying to figure out. there seems to be absolutely nothing leaking out about this. Would have to say that introduction of the V-8 hybrid in the Lexus line up and high gas costs would lead to a good bet that the next LC sill see hybrid technology.

    Inquiring mnds want to know--right?
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