Landcruiser v Patrol
Submitted: Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 18:20
Good afternoon everyone,
I am currently looking at buying my first 4x4 and have whittled my selection down to what i consider two very good vehicles - the Toyota 79 series Landcruiser and the Nissan GU Patrol ute. And there lies my problem. Everywhere i turn for advice, it's either "Don't even look at Landcruisers" or "You'd be mad to buy a Patrol". This is due to the HUGE Toyota v Nissan allegiance and rivalry that exists between owners of these vehicles. i now realise these vehicles command absolute devotion from those that own them and I'm finding it very difficult to get non-biased advice in relation to them.
So if there are any Niki Lada drivers out there (or those who aren't blinded by faith!!) i would really appreciate some straight-down-the-line advice on the pro's and con's of each of these vehicles.
I submit this request hoping it won't start WW3, but then again, it might make for some good reading!! Thanks in advance!
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Reply By: Hairy - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 18:55
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 18:55
"You'd be mad to buy a Patrol"
Follow Up By: handy - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 08:28
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 08:28
couldnt help yourself hey, cheers
Follow Up By: Hairy - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 10:37
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 10:37
Hows the clutch?
Ill email you about the 9th.
Follow Up By: Hairy - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 12:37
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 12:37
The kids reckon your a movie star Handy!!!
Saw you on TV Saturday!
Follow Up By: handy - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 13:00
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 13:00
yeah mate, autographs are $10 each or 2 rum cans.
Reply By: Member - TonyG (Qld) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 18:55
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 18:55
My first coment would be both vehicles are very good, and it possibly would come down to the following:
- Patrol 3.0ltr good power for little engine, high tech
- Patrol 4.2 same power as 3.0ltr, low tech
- Landcruiser little less power but can be fixed in the bush with a bit of wire. Probably a little bit more truck feel than Patrol
If you are looking to trash the car in the push, and comfort and speed are not as important as reliability, then I would suggest the Lancruiser. But if you are over 6 feet tall, maybe cruiser will feel a bit squashy
I say this being a non biased Patrol owner
Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:01
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:01
You may have missed that he's buying a traytop - hence no 3litre and Landcruiser TD has more power.
Follow Up By: Member - TonyG (Qld) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:05
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:05
Hi Phil G,
Then I would probably go the Landcruiser unless Cabin size is an issue.
I had a mate who had a 79 series, and whilst I found the cabin a bit squashy, he could say enough good things about his car.
So I would go on the opinion of a mate who I trust and go for the Landcruiser
Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:29
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:29
Al the traytops are a bit squashy in the cab, and its a pain that the seats can't recline. Do you know whether your mate had the 75series or the 79series - the 79series took over in 1999, and the cab got an extra 5 inches of room. My son is 6'8" and fits in my 79series fine, so I wonder whether your mate had the 75series.
Follow Up By: Member - TonyG (Qld) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 21:07
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 21:07
You are right, I should have said 75 series
Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:11
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:11
Forget the brand and look at which vehicle suits your requirements and pocket.
Follow Up By: Member - andrew B (Kununurra) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:25
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:25
was thinking the same myself - if only you could test drive them blindfolded, then buy the one that feels and drives the best for your requirements
then buy the patrol - just kidding
Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:22
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 19:22
I was in the same boat as you 2 years ago, and If I were to do it all again, I'd be happy with either vehicle.
If you are buying new, you're actually considering 3 vehicles - the new 79series replacement will be out early next year with a turbo V8 diesel, and maybe an automatic option.
In favour of a 79series factory TD:
- more payload (1240kg) and stronger chassis than Patrol
- Efficient 24valve TD motor - will get 2l/100k better than the Nissan
- Max torque at 1400rpm; and you can add a Dtronic; Patrol's max torque is at 2000rpm
- resale is very good
- old fashioned timeless styling if thats what you want
- slightly narrower
- Better view over the bonnet - you will sit higher
- more rom in the cab than 75series Cruiser
- Nice ride - better than the Prado I owned before
- Easily accommodates under tray toolboxes; tanks and spare tyre
- Can easily add a 3rd fuel tank to take it to 270litres.
In favour of the Patrol:
- Simple motor, with minimal electronics - Toyota motor is EFI
- Choice of coil or leaf rear springs; but coil spring housings can crack unless reinforced.
- Slightly wider track
- will take a 1950 wide tray - Cuiser trays are usually 1850.
- "modern" interior, and exterior styling if that is your preference
- I think you now have an airbag option.
I decided on the LandCruiser because I like the TD motor, and the strong H150F transmission, and the payload.
Reply By: Kev M (NSW) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:11
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:11
Bite the bullet and buy an F truck,
After all Ford did win Bathurst
ha ha ha ha ha
Follow Up By: Hairy - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:36
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:36
Yeh your right!!!
Thats the third time a falcon won in 25 years. Ha Ha Ha
Follow Up By: Kev M (NSW) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 22:52
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 22:52
But thats 3 times more than Toyota and Nissan
Follow Up By: cackles - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 23:11
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 23:11
holden trained too!!!!
Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 23:57
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 23:57
Kev, sorry Nissan won Bathurst
in 1991 - But a lot of people didn't want to know about it :-((
Follow Up By: Kev M (NSW) - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 06:29
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 06:29
I Know, tried to slip it in any way. But that must give the Nissan a bigger advantage over the Toyota.
Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 08:40
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 08:40
AND AND AND it was a 4WD Nissan that cleaned them up QED
Follow Up By: Hairy - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 10:36
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 10:36
Richards and Skaife won in 1991 &1992
Follow Up By: Pezza (Bris) - Wednesday, Nov 22, 2006 at 10:20
Wednesday, Nov 22, 2006 at 10:20
How a car manages to 'win' bathurst
whilst it looks like a piece of scrap metal after drilling the barrier and still sitting on top of the mountain is beyond me !
Also we have to let ford win every so often, otherwise they crack the poops, take their ball, go home and don't wanna play anymore :-)
Reply By: samsgoneagain - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:16
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:16
toyota= good body and chassis and driving position
patrol= soft body and not as good chassis but excellent engine trans and gearbag
(but factory turbo toyotas good a lot better than factory nissan turbo)
Reply By: GQ_TUFF - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:36
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:36
Have you considered a good second hand subaru brumby? Honest little 4WD ute!!! ;)
Just kidding......great car but not what you really want
Follow Up By: GQ_TUFF - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:37
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:37
by the way I have a GU (the best)
Reply By: foxtel - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:51
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 20:51
Well since you mention Niva how about a Niva ute
Reply By: Redback - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 21:14
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 21:14
Oh for gods sake stop mucking around and buy a Holden Cruise :-)
Follow Up By: Aandy(WA) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 22:39
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 22:39
Now that is a very silly thing to say!
Follow Up By: Redback - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 18:13
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 18:13
Yep i agree
Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 22:52
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 at 22:52
Go and drive both.. see which you like.
Reply By: Member - Davoe (Nullagine) - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 00:41
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 00:41
driven far to many Tojo utes that never see blacktop to consider anything else
Reply By: Member - Geoff W (VIC) - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 02:08
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 02:08
Plasnart i was in a similar boat a few years ago (80 seies or GQ) it came down to preference as both were suited in different ways. The 80 won in the end.
Have you thought about a series 2 niva? There the ones with the rear demister to keep your hands warm when you pushing it!
Reply By: Black Beard - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 08:27
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 08:27
Have owned both through the years. Found the Tojo's "easier" to drive, the cog-box is a bit more user-friendly ( but it broke
earlier too ) The coil cab Patrol rode better and felt better at speed, but was a tad gutless ( non-turbo ) and prone to getting warm. The Tojo was easier to work on. The Patrol electrics seemed better than the tojo. Tojo had better fuel economy. I'm a big bloke and the Patrol fitted me better than the Tojo ( but the tojo had more head room ) I used both the utes mainly in the bush/station work, tojo's body stood up to it better though the patrol's drive train and suspension
took more. Own a patrol wagon now, but if I had to decide on a ute again, it'd be tough but i think the tojo might win. Purchase price is the only cocern.
Reply By: AMack - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 08:46
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 08:46
I own a '94 Toyota Hilux and a '04 GU Patrol wagon. I love the patrol but the biuld of the toyota is far better than the nissan, if your choices are for the same $ toyota has a "quality" edge. When looking for a new wagon we looked at the patrol against toyota prado as they were in the same $ range the cruiser wagon (diesel/auto) were way too expensive, and in the wagons the patrol is the only one with a live front axle, which was a prmary consideration. The nissan ute has coil rears which is a bonus. I drove the 4.2 when looking for wagons and found it a bit lacking, but as we were after an auto it didn't make our short list. Look at everything thing you want in your vehicle, prioritise 'must haves' then consider 'would likes' then make your choice. If everything is equal including price go Toyota. I suspect the Nissan will be cheaper and this may make it more attractive, it certainly represented the best value for money in our case.
Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 08:46
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 08:46
As Truckster says above, make sure u drive both and see how they feel.
The Toyota driving position is slightly off line, i.e. the seat
and steering wheel are not directly in line and I found that a little offputting and something that I thought I would have to get used to over a big while. The Nissan is cruisy, can go all day, get out and feel refreshed.
The yota has the pick of the motors but the drivetrain (gearbox and diffs etc) are not Nissan tough, but depending on your planned use that may not be a worry.
Yota will prolly hold its resale better, but will hit u harder in the first instance, overall both will probably be very close to being equal over the lifespan of the vehicle.
If it was me I would message Al & Mrs Al and buy one of his converted 100 series utes, now thats a car!
Reply By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 10:21
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 10:21
Solve your dilema & buy the new 130 landy thats on its way. Far superior vehicle.
Follow Up By: Roddesh - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 23:54
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 23:54
It's not Friday...
Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 00:08
Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 00:08
Best comeback in years!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply By: 666toy - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 10:46
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 10:46
Haveing had lots of dealings with both as a mechanic i personally would go the patrol for bush work . Reason being if anything goes wrong with a td42 donk it is a fairly straight forward eng to work on in the scrub you cant beat a pushrod eng for simplicity & reliability. Toyota,s donk is much more complicated with more electrical gizmo's that can really leave you up the proverbial creek in extreme isolation . This is not to say the Toyota's a bucket but it is very complicated . It is reasonably reliable though. If you go a patrol may i suggest you have the radiator refitted with a AUSSIE DESERT COOLER tripple pass & you will have no cooling probs whatsoever.Nis pros...stronger trans & driveline simpler eng (i wont comment on undercarriage because you will probably go aftermarket anyway)Nis cons ...not as well finished as the Toyota (cab )Can get hot due to haveing to smaller radiator (easily fixed )
Toyota cons ...weaker driveline very complex eng , have been known to have multi electrical probs for no reason.Be careful of turbos on this unit. Toy pros..better turning circle, more power.................................I do not really believe either is better than the other it really come down to what you want to do with it & what you prefer to drive ..................666toy
Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 21:05
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 21:05
Have you had dealings with the Aussie Desert Cooler mob or do you have association to them in any way?
How can you say their radiator will solve all the cooling (overheating) problems associated with the 4.2Turbo Patrol?
I ask this as another mug looking for the answer to the million dollar question.
Thanks for any forthcoming info.
Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 22:45
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 22:45
Thanks for that, but just a couple of questions:
I hadn't heard of any problems with the turbos on the 1HD-FTE HDJ79 - what problems have you seen with this engine?
You mentioned weaker driveline - I'm aware of the issues with the smaller R151F gearbox on the 1Hz models. Have you heard of issues with the bigger H150F box that comes behind the 1HD-FTE?
Also Toyota turning circle is a lot more than the Nissan - since 1999 when the Toyota made the 79series chassis about 300mm longer.
Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Nullagine) - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 23:58
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 23:58
totally unlikely you would have engine or driveline probs with either or for that matter most 4bys out bush just look at any stats will show problems for any 4by ae tyres, battrys wheel bearings etc. even with the sopposedly totally unreliable nissan 3.0l I am still to hear of one letting go in the middle of no - where
re tojo turning circle well just adjust it!!!! it is only one screw per side - not hard
and the 79 has been coping underground since its inception which is pretty tight!!
Follow Up By: 666toy - Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 00:05
Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 00:05
Gday Trevor ,
No i don't have any affiliation with AUSSIE DESERT COOLERS but i have tried & fitted quite a few & they do work . They work by passing cooling air past the cores 3 times instead of once . I know it sounds strange but check there web site & it will give you the full rundown .I have used there radiators on various project vehicles & know they work (even managed to keep a fj45 with a very hot 351 clevo properly cool in 40c heat).On average i recorded a drop in temp from a vehicle running regularly @90c+ with genuine rad to 75c-82c with adc type radiator. Just a shame Nissan built such a good truck & stuffed it with bad design of the cooling system.Anyway hope this helps (just remember these are not a normal radiator)....................666toy
Follow Up By: 666toy - Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 00:29
Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 00:29
seen 2 turbos fail on vehicles with less than 25,000k on the clock 1hd-fte to be fair Toyota repaired without any probs .
Unfortunately there new trans is a improvement but still has transfer case probs .(i admit usually develop when grossly over loaded e.g pulling large fuel tankers around to farm machinery etc)
Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 20:00
Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 20:00
Thanks for the info.
Reply By: Plasnart - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 10:55
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 10:55
Well thanks so much to all those giving sound advice. There is certainly lots to think about, but your advice might just have helped me make up my mind (one week I'm keen on Toyota, the next Nissan). It has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride as far as my thoughts on each of these vehicles goes, but i think i'll settle on a Patrol (4.2L of course!).
Thanks for your time and advice.
Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 21:07
Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 at 21:07
I'm interested to know if you are buying new or second hand? and why the Patrol is taking your fancy over the Cruiser?
Reply By: Plasnart - Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 09:00
Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 09:00
As you may already know, I have been leaning towards both the Toyota and the Nissan at different times.
Right now I'm leaning to the Nissan (4.2L) because I think the following is true:
- Stronger drivetrain.
- Larger front diff.
- Larger rear diff (on leaf sprung model).
- Larger / stronger gearbox.
- Larger section chassis.
- Better internal ergonomics.
- Simpler engine, less electronics.
This is my belief, but I am certainly not an expert and if you think I'm on the wrong tram with the above issues please send me your thoughts. Thanks mate.
Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 21:51
Monday, Nov 20, 2006 at 21:51
Nope not disagreeing, infact I agree on all points you make above.
Only one thing that would sway me back to a Cruiser again (I owned a 99 100 series 1HZ) would be if I was buying new. The Toyota warranty is worth the extra spend on the car initially, IMO, but I did need this warranty on 4 seperate occassions in 18 months. The Nissan warranty is however not worth the paper it is written on, fortunately apart from the overheating of my GU I have not needed this warranty. Hence my reasoning for asking if you were buying new.
Good luck with your decision.
Reply By: Plasnart - Tuesday, Nov 21, 2006 at 08:41
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2006 at 08:41
I should have mentioned, I am looking at buying used. Your post has given me added confidence in my choice. It can be very confusing for amateurs entering the scene.
As I am only looking at the 4.2L models, I am finding the hunt for the right one a long slow process as there are not that many on the market. That's probably a good sign though! There are so many 2.8L Patrols out there it's not funny.
HEY....what if I bought a 2.8L Patrol (cheap even with heaps of options on it) and dropped a 4.2 into it?? Surely this has been done before? Is the drivetrain, gearbox, diff all the same as the 4.2 or are they less robust? Someone out there should know about this. Tell me if this idea has credibility or have I finally lost the plot?? (I'm a teapot, I'm a teapot!!)
Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Tuesday, Nov 21, 2006 at 20:27
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2006 at 20:27
It has been done before by a member on here but I don't know how much $$$ it cost him. The diff ratios are different between the two models so this would also have to come into consideration. The 4.2 Turbo can be found for around the 5K mark if I remember right but then you need 2 diffs also. So many other differences, I personally don't think it is a viable option. Bilbo (another member on here) dropped a 6.5Chev into a dead 2.8 GU and if you look through the archives with his name and 6.5 Chev as the criteria you will come up with some interesting reading.
Me thinks it would be better to bide your time and the right truck will come up. I have a mate who may be selling a road only going 4.2Turbo GU about 2003 model, up here in Brissy in the near future so if you leave me your email addy in a response here, when the time comes for him to offload it I can give you an email. This all may take too much time for you, I don't know. I know it has never been offroad though and it occassionally tows a big boat to the boat ramp and that's about it so low k's also. Just remeber not all 4.2's are in this sort of shape though as they are a tough capable car that tends to get used (and abused) so look carefully.
Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Nullagine) - Wednesday, Nov 22, 2006 at 12:30
Wednesday, Nov 22, 2006 at 12:30
yep with the 2.8 theentire driveline is different to th 4.2/3.0l gearbox and diffs
Reply By: Plasnart - Wednesday, Nov 22, 2006 at 08:50
Wednesday, Nov 22, 2006 at 08:50
Thanks for that Trev. I think you're right in saying it's probably too much mucking around to drop a 4.2 into a 2.8 vehicle. I will just wait and keep looking. Your mates vehicle sounds interesting but I'm really looking at vehicles sub 30k. Maybe his will be more than that? Anyway my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks mate.