Reviewer Photos & Videos
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 at Toyota Dealers.
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 .
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 for $81,000.
- 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.
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...
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 .
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.
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????
Land cruiser 76 series
Love this vehicle. Traded our much loved Prado (which had electrical issues and less than 50k traveled) my wife calls it the "tractor" most capable vehicle which is great for towing and 4wding is unstoppable. High praises. Upgraded version is better value than previous model that did not have the auto hubs and longer 2nd and 5th gear. Just love it.
November 5th 2018 Update: 76 series Landcruiser with DPF
Well we have had our cruiser now from new for 2 years- the upgrades are- suspension--bp51 ome-- parabolic rear springs--front bar from u...neek-- winch--3" exhaust with pedal torque and power module from torqit--and more..........I really love this vehicle named 'the beast'. With the upgraded suspension and chip its such a great truck to drive. We tow a van and are looking to make a Simson crossing July 2019, so I'll post another review then. 50,000k and still like new except for bush kisses!
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.
After having Gvm upgrade refused insurance
Very happy with vehicle preforms well and have had no trouble, only managed to get it bogged twice despite many off road miles. Had ARB 3700 GVM suspension upgrade fitted from new , when reviewing my comprehensive
insurance was refused by some major companies because of this modification, had to stay with company I was with despite much higher premium. ARB still sell this upgrade.
70 series dual cab GXL it's pretty much the perfect car for touring, camping, if you have kids (and maybe grandkids down the track).
Having upgraded tyres, suspension and all that I think the only thing he might consider looking at in the future is diff ratios......we had to change the diff ratios in the Jeep Wrangler to make it more derivable because it was actually pathetic going up hills!
Fuel economy is ok, about the same as the troopy v8 we had.
I have driven a lot of different toyota cars, and we have owned different Landcuisers ...(utes, 80 series, hilux, troopys) even a Jeep Wrangler! I can certainly understand why people might go for the comfort of a 200 series or Prado etc. But then I get into a workmate ute with the vinyl etc, and it's just so easy to clean, I kind of feel like carpet in the GXL for this kind of vehicle is a bit of a downgrade, however I don't think I'd go without central locking and power windows these days. For some reason jumping in a 70 series ute just feels like home, Hiluxes aren't that bad, the old one we had generally didn't carry a load and had an alloy tray so was drify on the rear end on pea gravel roads (when cornering). With the new ones I don't like the 6 speed manual gearbox much but I guess it just takes getting used to. In saying all that for city driving a well set up 70 series DC can be kind of hefty and sluggish. But you just have to work out what your main priorities are I guess. Or have more than one car.....n+1 with n being the number of cars you have and n+1 being the number of cars you need.
I own a my cruiser since 2009 Workmate GLX and drove from Charleville to Tassie and back without missing a beat Road handling was exceptional and fuel economy was fantastic. As far as oil consumption was concerned I use a synthetic I, as recommended for V8's and has kept it to a minimal use. We now live in FNQ Weipa and have just driven to Cairns return and just had major 140klm service with a good report .would live to hear other opinions cheers
Class of its own
Not perfect but only tough no nonsense vehicle currently available. Capable, economical, reliable and fun to drive. Does most things very well, an auto option would be great. Average around 10 liters per 100 around town and 12 to 14 when its fully loaded and towing camper. Never let us down and i have total confidence in taking my family to any part of the country.
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
Get an answer from our members and Toyota representatives
|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|
ProductReview.com.au has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence our content moderation policies in any way, though ProductReview.com.au may earn commissions for products/services purchased via affiliate links.