Toyota Land Cruiser Problems

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Toyota Land Cruiser fire risk: 23,000 70 Series off-roaders recalled over DPF issue

Toyota Land Cruiser fire risk: 23,000 70 Series off-roaders recalled over DPF issue

12 May 2020 · by Andrew Chesterton

Toyota has issued an urgent recall for almost 23,000 LandCruiser 70 Series with warnings the vehicles are at risk of catching fire when the DPF is operating.The recall impacts 22,971 vehicles ...

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Toyota LandCruiser 2016:

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Mar 2020

I don’t think this is an isolated problem, Andrea, as I’ve heard of exactly the same thing happening to other 200-Series Toyotas. From the look of things, this type of recurring limp-home-mode problem with the LandCruiser is usually down to one of three things.

The first is a damaged or faulty stepper motor which controls both the throttle and the variable vanes on the turbocharger. Sometimes the vanes can become stuck, refuse to budge and burn out the stepper motor’s electronics in the process. If there’s a problem with any of those components, the stepper motor – at the very least -t will need to be replaced. The advice there is to use the genuine Toyota part, not a cheaper copy.

The second possibility is a fault with the EGR valve, and the third is a faulty accelerator pedal which, unlike older cars, does not connect via a cable to the throttle, but ends an electronic signal to the car’s computer. Any glitch here can send the car into limp-home. The fact that you’ve had problems while in cruise control makes me suspect either the accelerator or stepper motor, so they’d be the components I’d be checking first. For what it’s worth, I reckon the police-scanner explanation is a load of rubbish.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series: What is the height of the running board?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Feb 2020

Here’s a figure you won’t find on the specification sheet on the brochure. The internet is no help either, so I took my trusty tape-measure around to a Toyota dealership and worked it out old-school. The answer is 400mm (40cm) but that’s for a standard vehicle. Bigger tyres and lifted suspension will throw that into a cocked hat.

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

Answered by CarsGuide 11 Jan 2020

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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Toyota Land Cruiser 1998: What is the towing power of this car?

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Dec 2019

By 1998, the LandCruiser had gained bigger brakes and a bigger wheel and tyre combination, making these later versions the best for towing. Pre-1995 versions were limited to towing 2500kg, but the upgrade took that limit to 3500kg which is still competitive even today. The transmission makes no difference to this limit.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 2006: How much would this car sell for?

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Nov 2019

As an estimate if it’s got a petrol engine it would be $20,000-$25,000, it the engine is a diesel it would be $29,000-$33,000.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 2009: Why is my car beeping when I touch the brake pedal?

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Aug 2019

Check the brake fluid level, it could be a warning for low fluid.


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What is the bet car for towing?

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Aug 2019

The car you want will need to have a towing rating of 3500 kg, which cuts the field down considerably. Your best bet is probably a used Toyota Landcruiser, it would tow your caravan, and parts are readily available in most parts of the country.


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Toyota Land Cruiser GXL 2018: Auto transmission issues

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Jul 2019

It could any number of things and the dealer should be able to identify and rectify the cause for you. It could be as simple as a faulty solenoid in the transmission, a problem with the car’s computer, or a dodgy electrical connection.

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