AnswerID: 202428 Submitted: Thursday, Nov 02, 2006 at 01:21
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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