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Very solid off road workhorse
Car is regularly used for outback desert, trips to farm and city driving.
Serviced every 10,000k no problems so far at 140,000k.
Carries 300L diesel and 150L water for outback trips.
Running 285/75 BFG AT.
Upgraded suspension both ends including air bags. 2” lift.
Other extras: under bonnet air compressor, steel roo bar, steel tray 2x2M, underbody radiator guard, slide out under tray tool draw.
Very hard car to stop.
Handled all recreational challenges I have thrown at it.
Drives well on the HW but cruise control would be handy.
It’s the industry standard for mining exploration.
Purchased in March 2013 at Toyota Dealers.
Dont buy a 79 series land cruiser unless you read this first!
Have a 2010 79 series. The vehicle isnt bad at all and I always dreamed of owning one. But when I compare to my mates 4x4 he has had no issues over a period of 7 years, I on the other hand had had plenty. As 4wders we go trekking often. I have had several hubs one diff and my gearbox fixed. Also injector problem somehow blew my engine at about 110000k's. Now sometimes luck plays a part but I can only say the price of repairs on this vehicle well"unbelievable compared to others, also the intial price of the vehicle. Each injector was near $1000...each for ect. Now in that time with the same size tyres +lift' my mates vehicle could get further and did not break a thing, only one flat tyre and bent rim, he has owned his similar a amount of time. So buy one if you like them as I did, but you better have deep pockets if/when something goes wrong.
Purchased in April 2014.
Pretty good- perhaps overrated
It's my first cruiser, although my job involves maintaining them, I've seen them devolve from the 75 series. Lighter and lighter in manufacture, but the reputation and hype ensures a high price for what you get.
I enjoy working on them, mostly because for maintenance they are well thought out, Accessible and logical.
I'd have to say that the suspension is archaic, the engine is poorly laid out- lots of afterthoughts.
Drives nice enough- but very basic and not as well 'tuned' as say a discovery 1.
Purchased in November 2019 for $19,000.00.
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 dri...
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
Purchased in March 2019 at Toyota Dealers.
- VDJ GXL Wagon (2007-2022)
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. ...
- VDJ GXL Wagon (2007-2022)
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 u...
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 .
- LandCruiser 70 VDJ (2007-2022)
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.
Questions & Answers
Hi, the gear changes in my 2018 79 series can be a bit clunky sometimes, like the syncro is not working properly but is perfect other times - depends on revs when changing gears.
Is this normal?
Hi guys I have a 2008 79 series single cab turbo v8. My car sometimes won't start it will crank not fire up or fire up then stall within seconds. If i disconnect the battery and re connect most the time does the trick but could sometimes take hours before it fires up and runs. Sometimes when I turn the car off and key is still in the ignition in the off position the 2 efi relays start clicking and sometimes the 2 glow plug relays aswell.. but will stop when I turn the key to on.. even the key out I've also noticed when I put my foot on the brake with the ignition in off the relays start ticking away aswell.. its really annoying I've swapped relays checked battery terminals checked fuses checked ignition switch checked immobiliser sprayed contact cleaner on everything and problem is still there please any help will be much appreciated
Hi ibby. I wish I could help but have no experience with this type of problem. My mates 09 79 series has been to 4 mechanics including 2 very reputable diesel mechanics, for a problem along similar ish" lines as yours but they cant diagnose. It can be so frustrating I understand! Especially when you/we have another mate whom has a old td42 gq that hasn't missed a beat' not one problem in 15 years that he brought for $1500 in bermagui, and we said he was mad to drove 6 hours to get it. He proved us wrong. grrr, goodluck with it mate.
I have a 2007 vdj79r workman single cab turbo diesel it keeps snapping the knuckle joint bolts I have used the strongest lock tight and ugger duggs but they still keep coming loose and snapping does anyone know what I can do? and why they do this is it a common issue?
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|Category||Cars and Utes||Cars and Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Cars and Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Cars and Utes|
|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||16" Alloy||16" Alloy||16" Steel||16" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||10.7 L/100km||10.7 L/100km||10.7 L/100km||10.7 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||130 L||130 L||180 L||130 L|
|Engine||8 Cylinder 4.5L Turbo Diesel||8 Cylinder 4.5L Turbo Diesel||8 Cylinder 4.5L Turbo Diesel||8 Cylinder 4.5L Turbo Diesel|
|Max Power||151kW @ 3400rpm||151kW @ 3400rpm||151kW @ 3400rpm||151kW @ 3400rpm|
|Max Torque||430Nm @ 1200-3200rpm||430Nm @ 1200-3200rpm||430Nm @ 1200-3200rpm||430Nm @ 1200-3200rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||3,500 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Ground Clearance||235 mm||235 mm||235 mm||235 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||235 mm||235 mm||235 mm||235 mm|
|Release date||Jan 2007||Jan 2007||Jan 2007||Jan 2007|
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