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Just clocked up 5000k on my 2015 VDJ76 and couldn't be happier! Too start I just want to highlight a few things for anybody reading these reviews who's looking at a new or fairly new 70 series as some reviews are dated.
Front ends coil sprung now, improves on road handling a fair bit.
They now have an up to date dash with driver and passenger airbags,not old (but cool) steel job.
They have ABS
At least the wagon has adjusted seating position and improved seat padding over earlier models.
The v8 no longer has oil usage problems, this has...
No frills do it all tough 4wd
Bought a 76 series GXL new over a year ago. I have owned 5 Patrols in the past and I couldn't be happier with the switch to Toyota. Would have bought another Patrol but the 3.0 diesel is gutless and the vehicle too heavy.
It has been faultless, have done almost 20k kms without an issue. Some very hard 4wding has been done and with the factory lockers, not much stops it unless you get hung up on the diffs. It is set up as a tourer as we have two young kids.
The kids LOVE it! I think mainly because of the large windows. I have to battle t...he wife for the keys because she also loves it. If you want a 4wd that will truly go just about anywhere in this country in standard condition this is the car. It has none of the fancy stuff you don't need, which saves weight and keeps it simple (read, less things to go wrong). I was a one eyed Patrol fan boy for a long time and this car has me more than impressed. Engine, reliable, simple, very capable 4wd, vision, seating position. Cost, if I have to be picky... my knee hits on the power window switches, no cruise control.
Nearly five years on since purchase as new vehicle and my lc gxl v8 turbo trayback continues to deliver on all fronts. A no frills unit supplemented by fitting cruise control and in dash unit inclusive of cd, radio, gps etc. Also fitted better handling tyres after factory dunlops were worn. Frankly the flak that this vehicle copped on release was in the main not well founded other than the lack of airbags. For the type of vehicle handling is very good. Power for towing best in class with tremendous torque. One has to remember this is not tight ...turning luxury sedan but is a proven workhorse. However comfort very good particularly on long hauls. Offroad comes into its own with handling and gearing. Tough no nonsense design, reliability, pulling power, resale value Pricing high however no comparative competition
Best 4WD ever owned. If you want something that is flashy with bling then this is not the vehicle for you.
If you want something that has great towing capacity, treats hills with contempt & gives you the confidence that you can go anywhere than you can't go past the TD V8. If you resist the urge to feel the power on acceleration the fuel consumption isn't an issue. Over 100,000km and hasn't missed a beat.
Reliability, resale value, simplicity
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You spend the money and would want to be satisfied. I am. For more than that, the ute is a great step-up and for once performs to the Toyota press releases. What you read is what you get. Steep sand dune hill climbs that would stall my old ute just seem too easy with this new ute. Dragging my 1 tonne work trailer on and off site is too easy. Overtaking triple semi-trailers when I am fully loaded with a trailer but still pumping 130km/h up hill - too easy.
I bought the GXL trayback. After owning two previous trayback utes this one is so much be...
My partner and I bought the Troop Carrier GXL in Sandy Taupe (beige). Drove it out of the showroom in Sydney and up to Cairns!! This is an awesome vehicle. Nothing comes close to this and never will. It's a stripped down, go-anywhere mean machine. The fuel economy is awesome considering you drive it normally e.g. don't pull away fast at lights, build acceleration evenly etc. Which really applies to any car. The engine is smooth, very responsive and gear shifting is easy. GXL has bucket seats which are comfy. Overall it's worth the price tag eve...n though it's a simple vehicle. I don't want the fancy electronics that's in most of the other 4x4s; the more you have, the more can go wrong. Thanks Toyota for keepin' it real!! Awesome TD V8 Engine, surprisingly good fuel economy (even when towing), simple easy to use dash layout, reliability, space, purposely omitted fancy electronics, driver visibility, fuel tank capacity, smoothness and quietness of engine. Get-the-hell-outta-my-way presence!! Tee hee!! Toyota only bring the Troop Carrier in three colours, while all the other shapes get great choices. I understand considering this shape mainly goes underground and mines only want white. No overfender flares... I mis-read the brochure and thought it had them being the GXL, but only applies to Trayback GXL. Air-con should be standard, that's just silly. 6-10 month wait from day you sign contract. Serious under-supply due to incorrect sales forecast by Toyota. The normal wait is 3 months. But it's worth it!
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