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Used Toyota Land Cruiser review: 1998-2002

The LandCruiser has a long and proud history in this country. The big Toyota arrived here in the 1950s when it was put to good use on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Project.  In some parts of the country there is simply no other vehicle that can compete with it.

MODEL WATCH

The LandCruiser's 100 Series is larger overall than earlier models. Weighing in at around 2.5 tonnes, it is perfect for heavy towing but is heavy on fuel unless you purchse a diesel model.  The LandCruiser isn't as roomy as its exterior dimensions suggest it should be.

The petrol engine choices consisted of a 4.5-litre double overhead camshaft 24-valve six which boasted 165kW peak power or a 4.6-litre double overhead camshaft 32-valve V8 which delivered 170kW of peak power.  If you chose the diesel route there was a 4.2-litre single overhead camshaft 12-valve six cylinder unit with 96kW, or after 2000 a 4.2-litre double overhead camshaft 24-valve turbocharged six which could belt out 151kW.

There was a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmissions with high and low range four-wheel drive and high range two-wheel drive.  Toyota offered a multitude of model options, including the base wagon RV, GXL, GXV. The entry wagon was a six-seater with split rims, manual front hubs, hard wearing vinyl trim, power steering and basic two-speaker sound.

Step up to the eight-seater RV and you drove home with styled wheels, cloth trim, central locking, full-time 4WD, centre diff lock, power mirrors, carpets and better sound.

The GXL features included anti-lock brakes, power windows, cruise, CD sound, front airbags and remote central locking. Add the V8 engine, auto trans, velour trim, cut-pile carpet, power seat, auto air, alloy wheels and a CD stacker and you were driving a GXV.

IN THE SHOP

The LandCruiser is bought by most people to work hard, so look for wear on the interior trim and general lack of care around the car like dings and dents on the body.  Inspect the underside of the vehicle for damage through offroad use. Look for sandblasting of the underbody from being driven on unsealed roads, if it's severe enough it can lead to rust in exposed steel panels.

Also look for bashed and beaten underbody fittings, like brackets, fuel tanks, suspension components, even the underbody itself. Inspect all drive-line joints for broken seals that could have let water into the joints.  Check for a service record and have a specialist check done before purchase.

Don't be surprised if fuel consumption is as high as 20L per 100km from the petrol engine models. Many owners convert their LandCruisers to dual-fuel to save money, but be careful as the cost of the more regular valve lash adjustments needed with LPG can rule out any cost saving.

CRUNCH TIME

A recent used car survey rated the 100 Series significantly above average in protecting its occupants, but much worse for the impact on the occupants of what it hits.

OWNER'S VIEW

Les Wilkinson owns a 2000 Landcruiser 100 Series with the turbo diesel six and auto trans which has what appears to be backlash in the drive line.  Brian Montgomery has a low-kilometre 2001 100 Series LandCruiser which has a chassis squeak when driven over slightly uneven roads.

TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 100 SERIES 1998-2002

  • Check for signs of off-road abuse
  • Check drive line joints for broken seals
  • Good off-road capability
  • Large towing capacity
  • Very thirsty petrol engines
  • High seating position
  • Tough and reliable

Rating

12/20 The big bruiser is still the king of the heavyweight four-wheel drives. It's great for towing, but its size also means regular stops at the petrol pump.

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2002 $9,020 $32,230
2001 $7,150 $23,870
2000 $7,150 $22,330
1999 $6,600 $21,670
1998 $6,600 $22,660

View all Toyota Land Cruiser pricing and specifications

Pricing Guides

$12,844
Based on 68 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$3,900
Highest Price
$24,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
(4x4) 4.2L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN 4X4 $7,913 – 14,990 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser 1998 (4x4) Pricing and Specs
(4x4) 11 SEAT 4.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN 4X4 $13,990 – 19,990 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser 1998 (4x4) 11 SEAT Pricing and Specs
DX (4x4) 4.2L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN 4X4 $8,910 – 12,540 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser 1998 DX (4x4) Pricing and Specs
GXL (4x4) 4.2L, Diesel, 4 SP AUTO 4X4 $3,900 – 24,880 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser 1998 GXL (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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