100 Series Landcruiser turbo diesel

Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 01, 2006 at 16:18

Terry (WA)

Thinking of updating to 100 Series turbo diesel. Around 3/4 years old with 100/150 ks on the clock. Are there any common major problems with these vehicles I should look out for??
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AnswerID: 202314   Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 01, 2006 at 17:06

Tim@Stratford replied:


I've had my 100s from new (Nov 04) and had no problems at all, 40k km's now.

One thing to look for would be if the suspension has been replaced. There is a known weakness with the a-arms, predominantly with TD's. It seems more of a problem if aftermarket torsion bars are fitted.

The above is an easy fix with an ARB bracket welded on when the suspension is replaced/upgraded. When looking at second hand ones check the a-arm where the weld finishes - it looks like it isn't welded to the edge - because it isn't :-) make sure there are no cracks appearing.

The only other thing is the suspension does sag a lot if getting on or carrying a big load - but getting a good suspension system makes all the difference.

Tim - Stratford.
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AnswerID: 202315   Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 01, 2006 at 17:07

raunchy replied:

Hi Terry,
Bought same in Jan, 2001 GXV with extras. No hassles, try and get one with the bits as they are not really any more expensive. Mine had 100k and now 135k
Was happy when I discovered the UNICHIP and 3 inch exhaust though....
Only thing I would say for these vehicles is look at the service history. Tells you whether the previous owner has taken pride in the vehicle. If you can get the 5 speed auto in preference to the 4, mine is good, just a bit clunky, the 5 is much smoother.
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FollowupID: 461816   Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 01, 2006 at 18:29

Member - Toytruck (SA) posted:

excellent advise but I would not place to much faith in the service history in the book. I have been caught out where the service history was all up to date and all looked good but on my first service after buying...........lots a money cos the previous owner seems to have had freinds in the mechanics trade, and I mean basic stuff but lots of it. My mechanic, who I know and trust, showed me some of the bits he pulled out of it and it had not been serviced (properly) for a long time. Unfortunately I brought my vehicle while I was interstate and not near my mechanic. I did my trade in the Mechanics industry but there is stuff you jsut can't see in the car yard. Possibly uncommon BUT, I would always and I mean always get the thing checked out by a Mechanic first, don't beleive whats printed in a book. Now mine aint a turbo diesel....yet, but the advice stands, and that would go for any vehicle not just the cruiser obviously.

Always been a Cruiser man.

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FollowupID: 461819   Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 01, 2006 at 18:34

Member - Toytruck (SA) posted:

I bet the chip and the exhaust brought a little smile on the dial when you realised. Nice to have a win every now and again.

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FollowupID: 461918   Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 01, 2006 at 23:20

raunchy posted:

Yep, Chip did bring a smile, Noticed the exhaust though but didnt think the extra bit would really be there. Agree with the service history bit, although mine had the Toyota stamp in most spots. Different state each time in most cases. Suggested had been used on the highway (obviously) so all good. Service history is only good if the stamp comes with honesty....
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AnswerID: 202329   Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 01, 2006 at 18:17

Richard W (NSW) replied:

I've done one radiator with the fan blades on a Cape York water crossing and the second radiator has been hit as well on a shallow creek crossing in the Kosiusko NP. Luckily it passed a pressure test. Look for fan blade radiator impact damage bottom drivers side.
The front diff is known to be weak, particularly if snatching in reverse. They have also been broken by dropping a front spinning wheel hard on the ground. I understand a locker can strengthen the diff.
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AnswerID: 202428   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 02, 2006 at 01:21

Bilbo replied:

Firstly, I'd like to check your "Cruiser when you buy it. Mine was stolen and yours could be mine!! :)

But seriously, make sure it has a VERY capable entry alarm system on it and don't just rely on the coded key immobiliser. That's EXACTLY how mine got nicked. The coded key system ain't worth 2 bob when overriden by a professional car thief. Don't believe the nonsense that Toyotas tell ya.

Second, when trying before buying, check the brake pedal for LIGHT pulsing when you brake light to medium pressure. This could mean the brake disc rotors are warped. It's a common problem but an inexpensive fix - get 'em ground & fit new pads.

Third, if buying a manual g/box, the clutches are prone to light shuddering when driving from a standibg start, especially when cold. It seems that they all do it and ya can't get rid of it.

The usual stories about blown front diffs and cracked front wish bones abound, but if ya don't abuse it really hard, you shouldn't have a problem.

Get a wheel alignment done by a GOOD 4WD place, someonewho KNOWs how to set 'em up properly. Don't take it to Toyota. They set 'em up to Toyota factory specs and these are hopeless on highly cambered Australian roads. You'll scrub tyes out at an alarming rate otherwise.

If it's 3 to 4 years old get a High Rate Discharge Test done on the batteries and if they are weak get the car yard to replace 'em. That IHDTFE "Yota donk takes a heap of amps to crank 'em over and BOTH batteries are needed.

Check for a small "impact scratch" on the passenger rear door. If there is one then it's my old car!!

Enjoy the "Cruiser. They are a great car to drive. I miss mine something shocking.

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AnswerID: 202586   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 02, 2006 at 16:46

Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours replied:

I have a whiteT|D 5 speed auto for sale with lots of sensible extras if you are interested. Cheers Rob
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FollowupID: 462277   Submitted: Friday, Nov 03, 2006 at 00:36

Brooka27 posted:

Rob, would you have any accessories that you want to sell off for the T/D?

Im chasing rear bar, wheel carrier and bull bar.
Regards Jason Brooks.
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AnswerID: 203958   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 09, 2006 at 18:55

Terry (WA) replied:

Thanks everyone for your information. I will take it all on board when I find one.
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