Toyota Land Cruiser 1985 Problems

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Car to drive around Australia

Answered by CarsGuide 4 Jan 2008

DRIVING around Australia today is a very different proposition to what it was in the 1970s. The roads are much better, communication has improved out of sight, and there are more dealers and service agents on the route you're likely to take. Back in the 1970s you went in a big Aussie six because they were tough and unlikely to break down. They were also easy to fix on the side of the road, and parts were relatively easy to get in the middle of nowhere. Today, if you're sticking to the blacktop, I would take a Commodore or Falcon and there are plenty available within your budget. But if I were going off the beaten track I would think about a four-wheel drive with its higher ride height for ground clearance, its ruggedness, and its drive system. Early Nissan Patrols, like an MQ, or early LandCruisers would be good, reliable and tough transport.

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Solid beast

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Jan 2007

THE HJ60 is a pretty solid old beast. Like all old LandCruisers it suffers from body rust, but mechanically it's a robust model. The engine is bulletproof, the gearbox is troublefree, but the transfer case can leak oil into the gearbox. Toyota fixed the problem by fitting a return line that pumped the oil back into the transfer case. Front swivel hubs can give trouble if they haven't been properly serviced, 8mm rear hub studs can break, but can be updated to 10mm to fix the problem.

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