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Toyota Land Cruiser



  • zuma13zuma13 Posts: 35
    Wanted to report a reassuring episode I experienced with my 2001 TLC. Went skiing with group of friends to Mammoth Mountain, California. On the way up the mountain we encountered a heavy fog bank in which the rain we had been driving in had begun to turn to snow. Visibility was difficult and the water on the road was freezing and turning into black ice.

    The Cruiser defroster and traction control did not let me down. Made it into the village without incident though the road was spewn with cars and lesser sports utes that were compromised by the bad road conditions.

    Once I arrived at my destination I was amazed how well the Cruiser performed on glare ice. I did discover though, steep hills covered with ice and a dusting of light snow were best negotiated with the center locking differential button unengaged allowing the VSC to monitor and compensate for any loss of traction. Also the second gear start was very helpful.

    This vehicle just gives one the confidence that wherever you go, you know you'll be able to get there and back without incident or drama. This is one awesome vehicle.
  • I am trying to evaluate whether it would be safe to occassionally put my child's car seat in the 3rd row of seats. To install correctly, you need to hook the top tether over the back of the seat and onto an anchor. TLC has no designated child seat anchor in this area. There are, however, 2 cargo net anchor rings in the lateral area of the floor of cargo area. Are these rings anchored sufficiently to use as child car seat anchors?
  • fj100fj100 Posts: 97
    I had the same issue with the TPS on my '99 LC with 65k miles. I went to the dealer and they replaced it for $262 out the door. I have heard of others being quoted some absurd prices as well. I do not think $262 was that bad. Some Toyota dealerships are misrepresenting what has to be done. You can have a fax copy of my receipts if you need a little coaxing for your dealer and then you could explain how you will contacting Toyota with his shady prcatices.

    I think this should be a recall, this is a very dangerous situation, especially in heavy traffic. If this would have happened to my wife with the baby in the car she would freaked.

    '99 LC with Stuff
    Raleigh, NC
  • luckylouluckylou Posts: 308
    I have checked 90% of the land cruiser new inventory of Toyota dealers in the state of Florida, they all seems to use the same distributor.The difference between them is a mere $200.00. My sweet wife tells me that she love the TLC and please get [email protected]#&*$#@*&;## before i drive her crazy,so as i type i am getting dress ,so long...... I"ll keep you guys posted . WE only been married for 37 wonderful years. Thank you.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Perhaps it's because Florida is in the same region as the distributor down there (SET) - it may be that your local dealers just have the same owner. Also,

    "In the Southeast, large distributors control Toyota pricing, and take advantage of this monopoly by charging more money for destination and advertising fees. They also front-load many cars with worthless packages of cosmetic items that you don't need."

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You can always get one shipped to you from a more competitive dealer, Luckylou.

    Steve, Host
  • luckylouluckylou Posts: 308
    Steve, thank you for your advice. A salesman locally told me,that they sell ONE or TWO Land Cruiser a year.And that is why, MSRP is their goal. OUCH!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Ah, maybe there's not as much demand because there's not much off-roading down there except maybe parts of Ocala NF and some of the beaches?

    But lack of demand should mean lower prices :-)

    Steve, Host
  • I think I said $1K over was fair not great. Maybe LL can get a much better deal in TX, as I'd guess they sell a lot more of them there?
  • jgraveljgravel Posts: 54
    Hello everyone, it's been awhile since I've joined this board. If this problem has been discussed recently my apologies for "going back".

    I have a 2000 LC, bought new with ~55K miles on it. It's been a great vehicle. My wife drove it most of the time until a few months ago when I started taking it to work. I've noticed a definite whine at higher speeds(65-80) when the engine in under load that disappears if I take my foot off the gas. I've concluded the transmission is whining a bit and I'll take it in for service but... I was wondering if this is a common problem. It would be nice to have some ammo before I confront the service manger.

    Thanks in advance.

  • luckylouluckylou Posts: 308
    Steve and Steelcruiser,thank you for taking your time to answer my post.I am in no rush of purchasing the TLC,hopefully some dealer a few weeks or months from now will be willing to deal. I will take your advice and look out of state in the mean time. I have kept my 1990 accord for about 13 yrs., I can wait to upgrade to TLC.
  • jgraveljgravel Posts: 54
    I've found a Service Bulletin for what sounds like my problem.

    TSB NV00101 - transfer case buzzing noise. Issued in Jan 01.

    I haven't been able to find a site that has Toyota Service Bulletins ( for free).

    Does anybody have advise for this?

    thanks again,

  • LL keep us posted. I'll bet in July or August you'll find these guys much more willing to deal =)
  • Thanks for the reply regarding the intermittent failure of my TPS. I agree, $240 is not out of the question. It is 1/3 of what the local dealer said he needed to replace it.

    I've got a good data point now. I shouldn't need a copy of your repair record, but I appreciate the offer.
  • luckylouluckylou Posts: 308
    I just came in from reading the post for the Lincoln Navigator,so much complaining about this vehicle.It was like reading depressing novel and even the 2003 model. I mention this because at one time awhile back I was considering a Navigator ...OUCH .I must have been LOCO......
  • Lucky Lou. If you want to read about some real pain, check out one of the Range Rover discussion threads. Yikes!
  • I'm gettting ready to put a deposit on an '03LC.
    I was going to go w/ an '03 4Runner LTD but after several test drives, it was ultimately too tight for me especially in headroom.I'm 6'2" tall. No local dealers w/ the colors Atlantis Blue Mica or Galactic Grey. Are there any owners w/ the above colors that have pics they could e mail me or perhaps post a link that I may have a look at?

    Is the Atlantis Blue Mica metallic? Is this a color that is similar/identical to any other Toyota color? I can't stomach putting a deposit on a vehicle I've never seen the color of in person. It is a couple of states away and I have a dealership a few hundred miles away who will get the vehicle for me.I've seen the color Blue Meridian Pearl on an '03 Lexus GX470 and I thought it was fantastic. Could these possibly be the same but named differently for Lexus?

    I was told the Galactic Grey can be found on the Sequoia line.I'll be having a look at that color shortly..

    Also, I've seen a few posts about the extended warranty by Toyota. As this is a vehicle I plan on keeping for many years, I'm game on getting the 7/100 plan. My dealer stated his cost is $1395 and he'd be willing to sell it to me for $1495. I've seen posts stating same warrenty bought for $1195. Is this a price I'd be able to get elsewhere and if so, where? Thanks and any comments appreciated.(color is a subjective thing--I know)
    I'm looking forward to owning the LC and enjoying it's quality,durability, and ride comfort for many many years.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    There could not have been anybody with the 7/100K genuine Toyota Platinum plan who bought it for $1195. Your dealer lied about the cost, but not by much and rest assured $1195 is below cost. The Land Cruiser is the most expensive warranty we sell by a long shot. The next closest is the Sequoia which is $400 less.

    I think you are remembering a person who bought the 7/75 plan. That one can be had for $1195 and if you do some shopping, you can get that one under $1000.
  • I believe the $1195 was for an aftermarket warranty and was not a Toyota Platinum warranty.
  • We went and priced a LC today here are the numbers,sticker $61,237 he dropped this price to $55,000 and would give us $5,000 for my 94 4Runner with 107,000 miles. The LC was loaded with rear DVD,hood protector, navi, and more, it had 2,700 miles on it. Should I take the plunge at $50,000 ?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Our January Letters to the Editors mentions that you can cancel an Extended Warranty at any time. News to me - can you verify that Cliffy?

    Steve, Host
  • I think he's making money on both end's of your deal. Sounds like the LC is a demo w/2700 miles it. They should be offering somewhere around $53k on it. The 94 4runner price seems low to me. Hard to say w/o seeing what kind of shape it is in.
  • Thanks for the feedback they were really putting on the pressure. Now I know what to shoot for. Would $55,000 be a good price for a new LC? Also the dealership told me the LC's are made in Japan are they?
  • 9411794117 Posts: 39
    They make the highest quality SUV's in the world.

    As for price, punch your zip code in here and the amount you get should be your ceiling.

    In the SF Bay area, that would be an O.K. price if it had 0 miles.
  • caidwcaidw Posts: 18
    Does anyone know actual weight of Landcruiser (2000-2002)? Booklet only says curb weight of 5115lb. Thanks
  • I have a 2000 LC, bought new with ~55K miles on it. It's been a great vehicle. My wife drove it most of the time until a few months ago when I started taking it to work. I've noticed a definite whine at higher speeds(65-80) when the engine in under load that disappears if I take my foot off the gas. I've concluded the transmission is whining a bit and I'll take it in for service but... I was wondering if this is a common problem. It would be nice to have some ammo before I confront the service manger.

    Thanks in advance.
  • scuz2scuz2 Posts: 6
    I know this is a LC chat board, but thought someone out there might be able to help. What's my '99 LX 470 with 69,000 miles worth? It's in great shape, inside and out with Nakamichi, etc. Newer tires, all service on time and at the Lexus dealer... Also, were there any issues with these trucks, chronic problems, etc. I've had none, but my buddy who's looking to buy it asked me. Thanks
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Try the What is your car worth? link on the main page - it'll give you a customized appraisal.

    Steve, Host
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    You can cancel an extended warranty at any time. The only thing to remember is that the refund will be pro-rated, usually by time. This can seem a bit unfair but here is how it works. If you buy an extended warranty on the day you purchased it for... say $1235 on a 6/100 plan and you cancel it 48 months in, you get a refund of 24 months of coverage or $411.66. You do not get credit for the time it would have been covered under the standard factory warranty.

    If a person bought a non-Toyota warranty and wanted to cancel it, they need to go back to the dealer can ask that it be done. Then, he needs to check back in 3 weeks and ask why it wasn't done yet (trust me, I've seen this many times).

    The only other catch to cancelling a warranty is that unless you paid cash, you don't get the money directly back. The refund is applied to your loan balance principal.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Now what happens if you buy the warranty in the 35th month, have a claim in the 37th month on an item that's out of the factory warranty, get it fixed, and then cancel the remainder of the extended warranty?

    Learn something new around here all the time....

    Steve, Host
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    That is an excellent question and one I have never figured out the answer to. I have a sneaking suspicion that you would be really ticked off at the answer. My guess is that it would in fact be pro-rated based on 37 months of use but that is only a guess. Best to make sure you want it before buying so you don't end up in that situation.
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