Get it done in a Cruiser- enough said!
I have a 2019 GXL Landcruiser Cab Chassis with the Toyota heavy duty alloy tray and wheel carrier. The only dealer fitted options was a set of Big Red LED driving lights on an ARB bar, GME UHF, hayman Reece tow bridle, mats and Toyota canvas seat covers. I won't need a winch because I don't do that sort of driving.
Besides with a V8, low gearing and lockers as standard, I can really just about go anywhere. I just don't see the reason to flog an $80,000 ute that I plan on keeping a while. This is the reason my last one lasted so long.
I love driving it. From the step up into the roomy cab and the fact that the sun won't burn my upper body through the windscreen because it's not swept back like a sports car. A fact you notice when you kick the V8 into life and the idle sounds awesome. Ready for work.
Try ordering a Blue one, it takes 3 months to get here. Why, because this is a popular 4WD and people are prepared to wait. So I waited and am extremely happy with what may be, the last V8 cruiser ute. That's right, it has the 5 star ANCAP rating and is the most advanced cruiser ever made but Toyota can't keep doing that forever so my new car may just increase in value?
This car can do everything I want it to do in standard form. It already has a long range tank, good tyres and great wheels. The suspension is raised enough for most of the tracks I tackle. It can wade. I won't be submerging it so the existing Toyota snorkel will do me for the dusty roads it was designed for. I love the look of it.
Toyota capped price servicing at $340 for 10,000 km intervals will do me. Oh yeah it has a 5-7 year warranty depending how you service it.
My only other passenger is a Blue Heeler so he doesn't need a cup holder which is just as well as there is only one. Ya gotta dig that, a ute designed for driver and dog! That's right, if its cold outside the Dingo Dog gets to ride in the cab!
Finally, the lack of electronic gimmicks and buttons missing in the Landcruiser cab is pure joy. I don't need or want them. In other 4WD's my dog has learnt to press them in the centre consoles. Alarming. No the 2019 Landcruiser is old fashioned on the outside and perfect on the inside. If you're thinking of getting one don't wait, they are the best ute on the market today bar none.
Hughesie - Robinvale
Purchased in July 2019.
Had a 200 series 6 speed auto fitted
Since haven the auto fitted this vehicle it has turn into a dream to drive on road around town-highway uses and really going bush. Has dropped the fuel consumption considerably with the rpm down by 900 and not knowing why autos are not an option. We use the vehicle for touring-camping (not towing) around the out back coving 30kms a year and serviced by Toyota every 10kms. At this point there has not been any small and major problems it as I like to carry out preventive maintenance.
Purchased in May 2013 for $81,000.00.
Toughest 4x4 on earth, goes anywhere, insanely reliable
I bought this with 200,000km on it, I have had it for 9 years and it now has 412,000km on the original engine! This is by far the best 4x4 I have ever owned and the price of these vehicles is totally worth it, no other 4x4 comes close to the durability of the VDJ79. My mechanic showed me a comparison of suspension components from Hilux compared to my 70 series, the difference in strength is chalk and cheese. I have done basic services most of the time, this ute just goes and goes. The best thing about the VDJ 70 series is that they hold their value like no other vehicle... you can do 100,000-200,000 km and it might devalue $10k or less. Unreal.
Purchased in June 2011.
Not happy with what Toyota have left out
I’ve akways owned a cruiser Ute and do just bought my new one , the cost is extortion but can’t being myself to drive anything else. Upon arrival I found they’re no longer three seater, oh well I’ll just get rid of one of my kids . Dual tanks ? Not anymore thanks fir telling me . Tyres that come as standard I wouldn’t drive through a puddle you’d get bogged , they only last 35k anyway , the rear wheel with is still 40mm smaller than the front making a three point turn a five pointer , comin Toyota it been 12 years this shape get ur crap together, next time I’ll wear a dress to the dealership cause I like to look pretty when I get screwed
2012 VDJ76 6yrs of ownership and still going strong
After 6yrs of ownership (purchased new) I decided it was time for an honest first hand review.
If you are in the market for a comfortable 4x4 wagon look elsewhere, these are as basic as they come even in GXL spec as mine is.
I will start with the negatives,
- They are noisy on the hwy, (the gearbox is geared way to low) the handling and brakes are average at best.
- 1 cup holder for the entire family
- Basic seats
- Leaf springs in the rear and the shorter wheelbase gives poor ride comfort.
- No auto option from factory (aftermarket conversions cost $20,000 - $26,500)
- With factory difflocks these are extremely capapble straight from the show room floor
- The absence of all the electronic sensors & gadgets that fill cars today is a huge plus, a lot less to go wrong when travelling remote places.
- Manual locking hubs ( less to go wrong again)
- No automatic climate control, still basic slide/cable controls (less to go wrong again)
- Solid chassis, solid front diff and leaf rear suspension, these can take a beating even when fully loaded without any issues
- Low down torque and the low gearing make towing or 4wding very easy.
- These hold their value, at time of writing still approx 6mth waiting list from Toyota (depending on colour)
My 76 has been fautless over the years clocking up 135,000klms. The fuel consumption avgs 12L/100klm around town or hwy driving and towing our 1.5t van consumption is approx 16L/100klm.
The major consideration is to the servicing, I service mine every 5000klms to keep the internals of this engine clean. The 1VD does not like dirty oil and can lead to expensive repair bills.
Due to the primitive qualities they are not a 4wd that suits a lot of people but 70 series owners are rewarded with the solid construction and reliability expected from these 4x4s.
Having driven a huge bunch of cars I've chosen the best one
I used to have only good cars in my disposal. It was Mercedes-Benz and Toyota.
I cannot say that G class Mercedes-Benz worse than Toyota VDJ76, but.... when it comes to money , I wanna say: 'yes, Toyota is a winner'. Landcruiser VDJ 76 is the same reliable, well-done and awesome 4x4 car but in 3 times cheapper. Regarding other brands... I prefer not to say, don't want to offend other car owners. I know that for someone LC is not not cheap as well, but when we talk about a good car we must be honest and clear.
My model is ute with a service body, i use it for my electrical business and my tow horse. The vehicle as standard doesnt have as much power for towing as my v6 jeep, however all other aspects of towing are better. The 4 wheel disc brakes rear leaf springs and being manual suit my towing requirements.
I had to upgrade the suspension as over time the rear springs sagged.
I would purchase a similar model if something happened to this one.
There a good ute, but just remember they are a truck
Where do i start?
To me the two main cons is the wind noise on the freeway and only one cup holder. I found even filling the gap between the snorkel and cabin with some pipe lagging cut this down dramatic. I do find it frustrating that toyota dont address simple things like this but then again they are supposed to be a proper work truck therefor no apology from Toyota. I havent really noticed the rear track as much as others but once again i agree with most this should have been updated.
Now for the good stuff.
The whole car is so under stressed! With a few simple mods including a tune these things have some serious v8 grunt compared to any other dual cab ute i have driven. As for handling there more then fine straight off the shelf.
Fuel consumption averages 11-12 per 100km with gvm around 2.8 ton
Strangely enough when i pull all my tools out and load up caravan approx 1.8ton this figure doesnt seem to change much. Maybea 13-14 per 100.
There is one last thing to be aware of before purchasing and that is price. I reckon once you build one to basics you need to allow 80k but expect 65k return in 4-5 years with around 100k km.
Out of 10
Comfort-4 Turning Circle-3 Fuel Economy-2 Clutch-1 Reliability-8
Needs 6 speed gearbox
Was told by Toyota after market exhaust causes clutch to slip but just a way out of warranty I think.
Have owned 4 cab chassis’s since 1988 and apart from the reliability they have not changed much in that time.
Will never buy a toyota again
Had to have the rear brakes replaced and the rotors ground under 50,000K at my cost, the clutch is slipping under 60,000K and needs to be replaced with a heavy duty clutch and pressure plate at my cost, the brakes fail to stop the vehicle on rough gravel roads and are in my opinion dangerous, warranty void owing to after market exhaust and wheels installed. Will put another 100,000K on and trade it in on anything but a Toyota.
After looking at various vehicles decided on a dual cab cruiser . Very happy with our choice , Turnball Toyota in yarram were fantastic , Linda couldn’t have been more helpful , we went with the yarram dealership based on there after sale service , which we have found over the years to be outstanding .
This has a large engine so it has enough strength to carry a very large caravan. GPS is good but could be better with more specific details e.g. shop names, location names. There is plenty of legroom. Car is very reliable but running costs of petrol can be very high.
I picked up my 2007, 79 series V8 turbo Diesel ute around 7 years ago with 65,000kms on it. I've just hit 260,000km's. What an incredible work car it's been. Never let me down. Built like a tank, powerful engine & great to drive. Interior is basic, but suits my needs as a builder. I do things with it that shouldn't be done & drive it hard. I can't see myself changing to another ute anytime soon. The mods it had on it when purchased were a diesel chip, after market cruise control, tipper & rear airbags. I simply can't fault this car.
Most capable 4wd off the showroom floor
This is the most capable and reliable 4wd available in Oz. Yes it has a computer but still has the bare minimum electrics and a solid front axle, and doesn't yet come with a DPF and the nanny controls. The wheelbase, while longest of the 70 series, could still be a bit longer to avoid a pendulum effect with certain loads and spring rates. The motor can easily handle 50-100 extra kw via remapping etc, but handling becomes a bit of an issue then, as the rest of the car was designed in the 80's. With a campertop on fuel usage is still only 12-14 L/100 km. May the pre DPF cruisers will be spoken of in hushed voices around camp fires long after the EURO 6 other unreasonable emission control laws kill off the 70 series altogether.
Great for camping
I recently used this car to go camping with a caravan The car is clearly of great quality, as it hardly made any noise nor were there performance issues when it towed my very heavy caravan.
I wish that there was more legroom in the back seats.
Running costs can be high due to petrol
Caught on Fire
We had a 2014 dual cab v8 landcruiser gxl ute catch on fire in the middle of night had not been driven for 2 days prior not suspicious as we have aggressive guard dogs. Any body heard of this happening. was only 2 and a bit yrs old. Do the computers burn or are they like a black box and shouldn't burn????
Replacement for our written off Prado
Great car for towing our caravan and is very economical to run as it runs on both Petrol and LPG. All it needs now is a wheel alignment and an LPG check to make sure it's running well. Plenty of room to put our gear in when we go caravanning.
76 Cruiser Not Perfect but OK
Our 2012 76 has done about 110,000km and has towed an off road van for about 25,000km. We have not had the clutch issues that others have reported despite the extensive towing kms despite a combined travel weight of about 5.7 tonne when all water tanks etc are full. The engine/exhaust are standard and we cope pretty well although we have to use 3rd for steeper hills. We're in no rush though. We use top gear when towing but only on the flat or gentle inclines. Toyota don't recommend towing on top gear as it is an overdrive. Fuel consumption driving around home is about 10.5-11 lit/100km with about 400kg of after market gear and about 60 kg of tools etc. Not a lot of CBD driving though. Towing at about 95-100 km/hr we average about 17 lit/100km.
We have not had any issue with excessive engine oil use reported by some others, although I do wonder if a contributing factor is how ell engines are run in.
We have a Lovell Spring GVM upgrade that is pretty hard, particularly initially when they provided the wrong shocks....and have still never owned up to that. Now have EFS shocks which have helped soften the ride.
Internal space doesn't offer a much leg room for the driver or rear passengers and, really, only one blinkin cup holder...get real.
The difference of 95mm in front to rear track is another frustration although as we have not done a lot of sand driving it has not been an issue. It has certainly been very stable when towing our van with an ATM of 2500kg.
Diff breathers are not much chop and should be replaced with ones that offer genuine filtration and are raised higher. Then snorkel is not really a snorkel and should only be regarded as an elevated air intake due to the lack of effective sealing at the joints.
Would like a bit more stone protection than that which comes standard so have added some in a couple of spots.
Have added a reversing camera recently and should have done so a lot earlier. Great for hitching up the van and also for safety when reversing in car parks etc particularly where children may be around.
In general, though, the 76 has performed well off road and as a stable tow vehicle and we are happy to not to have lots of bells and whistles that just become another thing to fail when off road.
essential equipment out bush or in between
very reliable car, handles all kind of road conditions just brilliantly, running costs compared or in regards of usefulness very economical, well spreaded car all over the Australian continent so able to find repair specialist anywhere, haven't had any driver complaining about hard to handle, rather the opposite, everyone seems to be convinced about how easy and comfortable the vehicle is to navigate through any traffic/road conditions
Very disappointed, poor warranty, poor quality bearings.
Ive had the landcruiser from new, it now has 100k on it.
Problems, terrible fuel economy. 14.8l per 100km.
Poor quality suspension, sagging and squeeking.
Failed bearings, wheel, steering and i even done a rear diff.
Geared to low 2400rpm at 100kph.
Sucked dust through genuine air filter.
Poor warranty, would not cover diff because i had to replace suspension and it had 50mm lift. I think this was a dealer issue. Gowans toyota burnie. Really annoyed.
Windscreen is so straight its a rock magnet, had 2 of them.
Vehicle is very heavy and gets stuck in soft ground very easily.
Terrible steering lock.
Scheduled servicing is rubbish, they dont replace fuel filter and light will come on in about 18000km.
Pay a premium for rubbish, the only good thing is the resale.
Ive spent probably about 5 grand on mine i shouldnt of had to.
It has cost me around an extra 3 grand in fuel to run in a year, compared to a ranger or similar vehicle.
Ive done a deal to trade mine, not sad at all. The dealer will never get another sale from me over the diff.
Also doors were loose and chattered on corrigations, had to adjust. Then wife pushed dent in door when closing.
Dont write any silly comments this is all true and vehicle has been maintained and not abused.
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