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  • Can someone tell me if the 2000 LC uses platinum or regular plugs. Also, is it equipped with a timing belt or chain?
  • I am in the market for a 99/00 Land Cruiser and am looking for you opinion on color combinations. There aren't any available in my area to look at and I need to figure out a color. I will end up doing most of my search/negotiation over the phone until I find something close. From pictures I think I would prefer a River Rock Green or Champagne Pearl exterior. How do these colors look "live"? Any opinions on what interior choice looks the best with these, either ivory or grey?

    It's interesting, when searching on the net many people say that River Rock Green is grey and that Champagne Pearl is silver. Thanks for your inputs!
  • In response to Carbitten's message.... I towed a 4000 pound tractor plus a 500 pound log splitter on a large dual axle trailer last week. I have a 98 TLC. I had the transmission in drive, not overdrive, and had the power button depressed. I was driving in upper Michigan so had no "mountains" to climb. I never went over 55 and everything went well.
  • In response to the towing question, I tow a 4000 lb. travel trailer with about another 600-700 lbs. in equipment with my LC, it tows great. I met up with another LC owner up at Lake Tahoe who was towing a similar set-up as I was and he also confirmed that his LC towed better than his previous Chevy Tahoe. I cruise at around 60-65 mainly in drive, although on a long straightaway I do allow the transmission to slip into overdrive. I have probably driven about 3K miles while towing and have not had a single problem. A benefit of having such a heavy vehicle is that there is hardly any swaying while driving, although the load distribution bars help in that area also.

    On a different note I had a question. Has anybody experienced with a different tire set-up than what is stock. I just saw a LC with BF Goodrich 285/75 16 K/O's and it looked like a tight fit. Has anybody tried lifting their LC either by aftermarket springs and/or torsion bars? Any information would be much appreciated.
  • Just purchased a 2001 cruiser (MY 5th LC) and feel the stereo is defective, bass causing the interior to rattle to the point of irritation. I used to work in audio and it sounds like a faulty EQ setting only there is no EQ that's user adjustable. Also it came with a Gold package and wood package both of which look trashy after only 29k miles is any of this under warranty? Other than these glitches it seems as great or greater than my 4 earlier LCs.
  • After reading many of these postings I am amazed at how much some of you know. ....
    I need Help.... I can't find any crash test data for pre 1998 Land Cruisers. It's as if no tests have been done.... Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks
  • Glad to hear the brake cap worked, and since they seem to fail at some point a new one was probably a good call as Toyota will often redesign things that fail.

    Joeblow - funny story about the Subaru, actually. The Reader's Digest version is that I'd ordered a Sequoia to replace the Montero when my mother asked me to find her a clean used car. I quickly decided on a Subaru AWD wagon for her. Found nothing but high mile vehicles for months. Then on the same DAY I found 2 creampuffs - one green with 23k miles, one quartz/rose with 48k. Gave Mom her choice and bought it for her. When I drove it home, I fell in love with it and spontaneously cancelled the Sequoia and bought the green one for myself. So now I'm a LandCruiser and Subaru owner.
  • rjcruise, I put a 2 1/2" lift with a spring and shock change, and am running 285/75R16 yokohama geolander II tires. The spring and shock change improved handling both on and off road. I am not kidding, you actually get it both ways. Old Man Emu and Offroad Australia both sell suspension packages. For the U.S. the Old Man Emu, (OME), are readily available and come in different spring ratings depending on the application (winch bumper,winch, aux gas tank, towing etc). They are not to difficult to install, but I recommend to get your mechanic to do it. Even though it looks easy it can be a real pain. There is alot of info on the net. Go to,,, or hit "old man emu" on The first three have exellent articles so check them out.
  • We leased a '99 LC in the Riverrock and found it a fantastic color. Hid the scratches in the bumpers where the wife backed into brick posts and such. It came with the gray interior which I would highly recommend. Now own a '02 Thunder Cloud LC which shows more scratches, but beautiful.
  • At highway speeds (Post: rjcruise 60-65 mph) without overdrive, what is your engine RPM? Aren't you concerned about straining/overheating the engine?
  • fj100fj100 Posts: 97
    I am running the 285 BFG ATs on my '99 with no problems. I do not have a lift at this point. I am planning on sway away front torsion bars and ome rear springs and ome shocks all around.

    The tires ride much better on and off road than the michelins, to me and the lc looks much better with tires that fill up the wheel wells. I am not suggesting 20's, I am just saying Toyota puts small tires on it's SUV's. The Sequioa looks so funny with it's little tires and huge body.

    And yes I off road quite a bit.


    PS - I do not tow anything, the bfg's are 32.9 inches tall and the stock michelins are like 31.7 inches. Just something to consider when towing. The bfg's are also about an inch wider than stock.
  • hicairahicaira Posts: 276
    No NHSTA tests have been done and none are planned. The IIHS had no plans to test either back when I asked them (some time ago).

    The 100 series was crash tested in Australia and would have rated excellent except for a fuel leak. The fuel leak was from an auxillary gas tank though that is not available in the US. Also, they crashed one with an I6 (IIRC). At some time the actual (real world statistics, not extrapolated crash test data) injury rate will be availabl at the IIHS sites but I cannot remember is they publish that data of just make it available to actuaries.

  • Thanks for all the response on the suspension.

    fj100 - I agree that a bigger tire would give the LC a much nicer look, that is my dilemma. Actually, I do have a set of OME springs sitting in my garage which I purchased when I put on the OME shocks. The reason I did not put them on was because I was concerned that there was not enough adjustment in the front torsion bars, as I was told by a mechanic from 4x4 warehouse. I haven't been able to locate a company that carries torsion bars for my 99 LC but when I do my plan is to lift it and put the beefier tires.

    seanslx450 - question - Did you adjust the front end or leave it at the stock setting with the aftermarket springs? I believe the shocks that I have in the rear are what they called the 'soft' as opposed to a 'firm'. I'm assuming that is to help keep some sort of softness with the stiffer springs.

    tsoar - I am pulling around 3000-3200 rpm at those speeds in 3rd gear. The LC temperature gauge has not budged even when going over some decent sized grades ( 10.5 hour trip to Lake Tahoe from the L.A. area and back). Its has just been in the near past that I have experimented with how strong the overdrive gear felt while towing on a level surface, it actually felt strong.

    One last note. For all of you who went with the bigger tires, did you stick with the original wheels or replace them with aftermarket? I have chrome factory wheels and am wondering how beefier tires would look on them. I do remember seeing a LC that had JAOS wheels with the bigger tires, not sure if I want to pay that type of money though for their wheels.
  • The website, has indicated that Toyota will show a new Land Cruiser at the Paris Autoshow at the end of the month. It also says it will have a new 4.0 liter V6 engine as well. Can someone confirm if this vehicle is for the rest of the world only or headed to the United States as well? Here is the link:
  • No V6 in the USA as Toyota never goes backward :). The 4l V6 is more than likely for the Prado, which is a glorified 4Runner.
  • I did install castor correction bushings. That is the only thing that changes with a suspension upgrade that lifts 3". If you lift your cruiser much higher you run into other problems. I stuck with the original wheels. They take larger tires, no problem. Oh, by the way it is recommended to tow with the overdrive off. This has to do with the transmission temperature. Automatics are suseptible to overheating, and towing with the overdrive off prevents this. The engine has no trouble, just the tranny.
    Regards, Sean.
  • Just moved to the U.S. from Europe and sadly had to sell my beloved 60 series Turbodiesel, a real torque monster and the best LC I ever owned (my 4th one), since I didn't find a way to register it in the U.S. with reasonable effort.

    Looking to replace it with a reasonably priced 80 series LC, most probably 100'-200'mls and wonder if there are any known problems with the newer 4.5 liter engine in '93-97 models. I believe the old 4.0 liter is running forever ... but at least for the Turbodiesel versions popular in overseas markets it's fair to say that older versions were trouble free with 250'+mls while newer versions turned out to require certain attention.

    Besides engine choice, is there anything I should specifically look for when buying an 80 series ???

  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    I tow a 4200 pound boat with a Tundra (same V8) with OD off. At 70 MPH, I'm between 3000 and 3200 RPM. The temp gauge has never moved near the danger zone, even on long trips in VERY hot weather. On the other side, I have seen my AT oil temp light come on when I had a T100 and a 3200 pound boat and had not learned to keep the OD off.
  • There weren't many options for the 80 series in the USA. ABS option in '93 and '94 will net you FF rearend and viscous coupling transfer case. Air bags available in '95 and later. Leather interior came in most of the rigs, but there are a few out there without. IMO the option to get is diff lockers.

    There are a few bj60s, hj60s, and bj70s running around the countryside if you're really wanting a diesel rig. Gray market imports from our friends up north.
  • The car shown is the new (2nd generation) Prado (i.e. in the South Pacific markets), also marketed as Landcruiser 90 series in Europe, hence the reference to the 3.0 liter diesel, a modern turbocharged common rail 4 cylinder already available in the first generation models.

    The body is identical to the upcoming 2003 Lexus GX470 equipped in the US with a V8. Watch out for the 2003 4Runner, it may be the same car and there a new 4.0 liter V6 would make sense. The current 4Runner was almost exclusively sold in North America, while in other markets the first generation Prado / 90 series was offered.
  • Aside from the usual service records, look at the Birfields to see if they're either dry or runny. They should have a light accumulation of grease. Runny means needs new seals ($600/side), and dry may mean out of lube in there ($$$).

    When you get one, do a search for "80s Cool" and find out more about your truck.

  • what is the largest tire I should put on a stock 97 TLC? 105k and neeing some new shoes. Thanks!
  • Dunno about should, but the largest tire you can run without a lift and not rub over every bump is 285 75.
  • Thank you for your response. That info seems to be hard to come by. Do you think that the design of a 97 TLC is a safe design? The new Toyota Trucks are being touted as very safe in crash tests...
  • 1995 w/ 118k miles
    took the rig in today because of occasional 2-3 second squeal when AC compressor engages.

    Service desk quoted me $1500 for compressor, clutch assy & filter/ drier.

    I asked to see the tech that conducted the diagnosis, some 18 yr old kid arrived.

    I asked him why compressor and not just clutch- "the clutch is bad and it wobbled which wore out the rod and bearings in the compressor... sometimes when we remove the clip that holds on the clutch assy it breaks in two....". Thinking that I was being fed a cookie cutter answer (or a line) I asked about the brown dust (keep in mind that this dust is limited to the immediate area of the clutch assy and resembles break or clutch dust) his answer was that it was road grime, needless to say I had heard enough from Jr. In fact once the Service Desk guy heard the lines I was being fed, he (Mr Desk) recommended that I leave my rig there until tomorrow so the normal mech (absent today) could check it out.

    Here is my thought and subsequent ????'s

    Replace the clutch and hope the compressor is good.
    1. Will the system need to be evacuated?
    2. Are there special tools or tricks I need to know?
    3. If I get in there what are indicators that the compressor needs to be replaced?

    Thanks in advance
  • I have also heard that once the AC system is worked on it is never the same. Is this the case or can I expect reliability? How can I best ensure a good job that will last another 118k?

    Saw another FZJ80 in the same dealer for a $10k new motor- ouch! To think that I thought that syn oil was expensive.
  • The best way to ensure the AC system for another 118k is to get it done by a professional. $1500 for getting the AC fixed on a 95 TLC is not excessive. You can always save a few bucks yourself, but you seem unsure. If you can't afford the $1500 bucks, then you can't afford TLC.
  • Let the pros do it. Trust me...the kid is probably more capable.
  • Mr Plano- Thank you for your concern of my financial status and well being, what I cannot afford is uninformed decision making, hence my inquiry in this forum. In the future kindly spare me your pearls of financial wisdom that you bravely spew from behind your monitor.

    Wishnhigh1- After further thought I agree with you that when it comes to the AC let the pro's do it. To clarify my position with "the kid" I did not question his ability, just his thought process and articulation in the diagnosis.

    As for those like myself who are here as LC enthusiasts, my suspicions were confirmed. In cases where the clutch assy is faulty for extended periods of time it will damage the compressor but mine will probably be OK (of course there is no telling). Each case is different, but the guaranteed fix or school solution is to replace the whole package.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Let's play nice!

    I don't think tedplano intended to be offensive though it's conceivable one might misinterpret his intent. Let's not jump to hasty conclusions about the intent of others as this medium is less than perfect at conveying ideas and information.

    I recommend a little more tolerance.

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