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Toyota Land Cruiser 2014: Is this a good car to buy second-hand?

Asked by Chris

I have a mate that has a 2014 VX LandCruiser that I can buy from him for $55,000. I know it has been kept well and serviced, but it has over 200,000km on the odometer. It has a few mods that would cost maybe $5000 to put on it and I'm quietly confident he has no idea what low-range is. The kilometres would be predominantly country driving. My 2011 Triton has 235,000km on it and is on its second gearbox, second clutch and second motor. I'm a bit gun-shy. Is the Cruiser going to last?

Answered by CarsGuide

11 Jan 2020 David Morley

I’ll take a punt here and suggest that the $55,000 price was the trade-in value at a Toyota dealership. Certainly, it’s about what a dealer would offer as a trade-in on a new LandCruiser, so it’s a good deal at that money.

The best thing you can do is sit your mate down, look him in the eye and get honest answers about how the vehicle has been used and what condition it’s in. This was a relatively early example of the turbo-diesel V8 and while they improved as Toyota made running changes, the early engines were known to burn a bit of oil. After his years of ownership, your pal should be well aware of things like that, so get some straight answers.

If it checks out, that’s great, but you’d still want to have a contingency budget for repairs as these were complex machines, and even jobs like replacing the starter motor (which lives up under the inlet manifold on these V8s) can cost a motzah to complete. That said, I love the idea that the vehicle has done mostly highway kilometres and that it’s never been off road. Seriously, that’s the second-hand LandCruiser you want to buy.

 

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