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.
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????
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 driv...ing 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.
76 track issues
Bought a new 2015 GXL wagon last year to replace my 2014 LS Challenger. Only reason I changed vehicles is I wanted bigger tow capacity and to put a tinny on the roof, everyone said by a cruiser. So I did big mistake in general it's ok but the track issues are concerning I have nearly lost my caravan using this vehicle where as the old challenger no issues at all. Hence after this my wife swore she would never get in the car if we are towing the van. I have found out that these vehicles are notorious for this as there is about 100mm difference b...etween front and rear track. I've had people tell me that when they are behind me it looks like I'm crabbing down the road, I just tell them that it's the "ooh what a feeling" build quality. I have tried to get Toyota to fix it but I've got a better chance of winning powerball. Would I recommend this vehicle to anyone no way it's first and only new Toyota I'll ever buy. To further add insult to injury the clutch in this model is really only meant for the previous 6 cylinder motor hence why they slip when towing. Toyota know it's an issue but won't do anything about it till it claps out.
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Clutch slip at 100,1000km
My clutch showed signs before 100,000km of slip, $73,000 vehicle,,my 5th L/cruiser and first to have a clutch problem.... Last service the head Mechanic at Toyota didn't know how to collaps the back seat in my troopy and still dosnt! I hope they make the right decision for their own good and learning..... And not mine. Stay tuned....
If you want comfort look elsewhere, this isn't a soccer mum 4x4. Very capable machine off road vehicle diff locks standard on gxl pretty much make it able to go anywhere straight off the showroom floor. The stock suspension is garbage, replacing it should done right away, expect a lack of flex with lots of wheels in the air regardless due to the solid axle setup. Gearing can be improved with 33 inch tyres. 255/85/16 works the best for me. If buying new shop around, dealers are thieves, some $6,000 variance in pricing for the same product.
I...f you intend of using this for its intended purpose (four wheel drive) you will be rewarded by its simple nonsense design. Positives: - Excellent off road - Plethora of modifications to suit the owner needs - V8 power and low down torque - Simple design spartan (Feel at home if you owned a circa 90's corolla)
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
Questions & Answers
Would you recommend a decoder on a 79 series
If your going on a lap of Oz
To get you out of trouble with limp mode issues
I haven’t even heard of limp mode on a 79 series and I’m not convinced it exists.
Certainly neither me nor any one I know has has limp mode appear on that vehicle.
thanks for that answers that Question.
is the rear axle an issue if you leave standard ?
Limp mode exists, off key on key will clear an intermittent fault but engine light will stay on till cleared
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?
G’day guys, I’ve got a single cab gxl Ute with 180,000 on the clock, I’ve found that when I reverse sometimes the cab feels like it’s jumping up and down, also when I look out the back window on bumpy roads I see movement between the cab and the tray headboard, wondering if there’s something wrong with the chassis or if anyone else has experienced this. Kinda hard to explain but hopefully you get what I mean
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|Category||Cars and Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Cars and Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Cars and Utes||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" Steel||16" Alloy||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||180 L||130 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|
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