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Toyota Land Cruiser



  • lisa54lisa54 Posts: 11
    I came back to my LC after a soccer game to find someone parked 4 inches from me - even though there was a whole pasture to park in. Anyway I didn't notice the "ding" in the door until I got home. Has anyone used the new paintless ding removal services I have seen advertised? Do they really work?
  • md2002md2002 Posts: 142
    I haven't tried the service yet myself, BUT my wifes 2001 Solara needs this service. Someone parked up close and personal to her card and put a nice quarter sized dent into the passenger side and scratched the paint.

    The dealership uses a company called Dent Wizzard, locally, and they swear by it, also they have a company who does airbrush paint work to color match stone chips.

    I will see what the cost and time to repair is.
  • xeriousxerious Posts: 1
    Hi All,

    I've been reading the messages this whole week from the beginning and would like to say that I learned quite a bit from all of you. I recently purchased a '98 Cruiser with 44k miles on it. It's a two tone white with all the options.

    I just added the full Alpine navigation and video system similar to nota4re. It's funny that he owned the same year as mine. I also bypassed the security system to allow video to be played while I'm driving. The video is sent to the rear screen for the 2nd and 3rd bench (the kids). The video can also be sent to the front screen for the wife as well. My bypass was done via a switch that I mounted inside the center console. I have to hit the brake and switch it on/off 2x. I found out that the laws are very strict concerning displaying video while driving. In fact, the Alpine rep informed me that they were warned to make the bypass much more difficult to enable.

    Anyway, I'm still debating on whether or not to use the TLC as a daily driver. I'm just a bit concerned about the gas consumption. Premium fuel is still not cheap. I was considering garaging it just for the weekend adventures.

    The only thing that was missing from the car was the Owner's manual. Can anyone tell me when the next big service is? I'm assuming it's around 60k. What services need to be performed?
  • lc2000lc2000 Posts: 33
    lisa54. I've had several dings removed on both my Mercedes and Land Cruiser with the Paintless Dent Removal system. It's magic. If you go to a Toyota dealer to have it done (most of them job it out) you will pay about $65 per ding (ten bucks went to the dealer, the rest to the guy who did the job). Some places want to charge as much as a $100 but that is a rip off. The guy who did my LC gave me his card and told me next time I needed him he would come to my house and do the work for a flat $55 per ding (no minimum). When its done (through some kind electrical gizmo) you absolutely cannot tell the car was ever damaged.
    Don't know where you live, but I'm near Orange County, CA. If you are in that area, let me know and I will give you a number to call.

    Good Luck
  • mnbuckymnbucky Posts: 16
    We had the same oil seal replaced on our 91. But it was done under warranty (at 45K). They did have to remove the transmission to complete the job. The reason I know this is because the mechanics were telling me how cumbersome it is to handle a 500 lb transmission. I don't know how long the job took because there was no charge to me.
  • ravickravick Posts: 18
    Fred, I live in South Orange County and would cirtainly appreciate the number for the ding repair guy for future reference.
  • eappleneapplen Posts: 1
    I'm looking at a 1990 4x4 TLC and was wondering what sort of gas mileage I should expect, and what sort of monthly maintenance costs. I haven't found out how many miles it has yet; anything in particular I should know before buying it regarding peculiarties of the TLC?
  • stacystacy Posts: 91
  • philg87philg87 Posts: 72
    Looking to buy a 02 TLC because I can't find my color mahagony pearl in 01.Does anyone have a ideal of what the invoice price would be?Some tell me I should consider the LX470?Whats your opinion?

  • lc2000lc2000 Posts: 33
    Ravi: I live in East Whittier so we're not that far apart. I think my ding repairman will go to South Orange County. He's very good, so it should be worth a try. Call TAYLOR MOTOR SPORT (DEAN TAYLOR)for a free estimate at: 949-455-6919 or page him at: 949-633-5598. Good Luck.
  • rbdejrbdej Posts: 2
    has anyone replaced their headlights with hid lamps? what mfr/brand/model to get? i have an 01 tlc. recently, we used my parent's '00 rx300 to drive from la to vancouver; less gas expense. i noticed that the lc headlights are dim compared to the rx. thanks
  • joeeblow1joeeblow1 Posts: 238
    '90 FJ62 will get between 10 and 15MPG depending on its condition and how you drive. The fj6x was the beginning of the "modern" Cruiser in that it was the first USA TLC to get power windows, door locks, auto tranny, and fuel injection. '90 is the best of the fj62 as it's the last year it was made. It also has 3 point seat belts in the rear seats, which is a nice feature. These modern features mean that the rig can be more painful to maintain as you have to look after window motors, etc., but they are reliable rigs.

    There's nothing really in particular to watch for on these rigs. No inherent flaws like the EFI relay on the early 80 series. Just look over the basics and budget some money for maintenance and part replacement.

    Some folks say the fj62 is the last of the real Cruisers :). I disagree.
  • I have been researching as best as possible the purchase of a used LC. I currently have a 99 series 2 LandRover Disco...of which I'm a little concerned about the long haul (reliability, etc.). I have heard that the LC (80 model range) is a comparable vehicle for off road excursions, but is all the more reliable. I have been looking for a 95-97 year model with the center diff lock option. Was hoping I could get some good advice on things I should look for, or if this is the right direction to go...
    I truly appreciate any time taken to provide a response...
  • joeeblow1joeeblow1 Posts: 238
    Randy, The center diff lock is not an option per se, unless you decide to mount the center diff lock switch on the dash as many have done. The center diff is locked automatically in low range, or with the switch it can be locked/unlocked in high or low range.

    You can also consider the '93/'94 model years, but they have some differences with '95-'97 80 series rigs. Most rigs in the USA have leather and ABS. If no ABS, then rear drum brakes/SF rear end. With ABS you get 4 wheel disc brakes and a full floating rearend. The major offroad option is the differential lockers. I would find a rig with these. '97 has available auto climate control is that appeals to you.

    Join the 80 series mailing list, but be prepared for some ribbing as a Disco driver :).

  • ecc1ecc1 Posts: 11
    Which years had the manual locking front and rear differential?
  • joeeblow1joeeblow1 Posts: 238
    For the 80 series, '93 to '97 had optional locking differentials.
  • joyeeblow1...
    Thanks for the info. I think I follow you. Having the ability to manually lock and unlock the diffs (I'm assuming front, center and rear) allows the driver to take the system out of defaulted locked diff mode even in low range? This I'm guessing is done under strick protocol based on certain circumstances. I'm currious, how do the newer LR Discos compare to the LC 80's build...i.e. axle size, frame size and thickness, overall strength and size of parts used...
    Once again, thanks for the time and help.
  • I am about to purchase a 1998 TLC for a great price, it is the top of the line. It is also the cheapest 1 that I've seen. I wanted to hear from owners if you have any problems with these vehicles. Also, it has 47K miles on it currently. How many miles do you think this vehicle can go realistically? Are repairs costly? 1 thing I don't like about the car is there is no A/C controls for the 3rd row, like in the '99 models. Please help, I have to decide by Friday. You can email me at
  • joeeblow1joeeblow1 Posts: 238
    You've got the center diff lock option down correctly. Normal mode is fulltime 4wd in high range (1:1 in t-case). Low range is 2.488:1, and you can lock the center diff in high or low, so you can have the viscous coupling working in low range or locked in high, etc.

    I've not gone through a Disco, especially a late model variety. Rovers are not known for stout transmission or axles, but perhaps that was recently changed. Toyota axles rarely break. Birfields (cv joints in front axle) were a weak spot in older rigs when running 35" tires and a locker up front, but the 80 series birfields are much larger.
  • fiery1fiery1 Posts: 31
    The main difference, color choices not withstanding, between the 2001 and 2002 LCs is that all 2002 will get NAV system. Much like the "BG" (3rd rear seat/rear air) package is an "option" but every single Landcruiser has it, same will go for the NAV system in the 2002. All '02 cars will have it in the USA. There are mahogany 2001 cars out there still. Definitely.
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