Landcruiser, 80 series or 100 series, which to buy?

G'day all,just joined. I want to buy a landcruiser TD but i'm not sure on which model, prefer a GXL, got about $25-30k to spend, any suggestions?
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Reply By: wizzer73 - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:31

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:31
Well i dont think you can get a 100series TD for the price you are willing to spend. Just had a look on carsales and couldn't see one.

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Follow Up By: chisel - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 12:13

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 12:13
Quite a few on there under $30k. Looking at 2000-2003 models with 250-300k km on them but still, it's a 100 TD!!

Alternative is a V8 100 series. Why does it have to be a diesel?
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Follow Up By: PeterInSa - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 12:47

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 12:47
If its for Towing only use I would look at a late 80 Series ie the 80 Update, ( 97,98,99), I understand they have the same towing capability as the 100 Series but you need to check.

If buying the 100 Series TD, are all TD engine versions the same, thought one was better than others.

I would do some research on the Lcool Forum.

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Follow Up By: wizzer73 - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 15:01

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 15:01
ooops my mistake. put wrong engine type into carsales. carsales comes up with 16 of them. pretty high kays on some of them. not sure how high is too high vs price tho.

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Reply By: jacent - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:47

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:47
Hi mate, both are good cars, 80 series live axle ,100series independent front suspension, I think you would struggle to find a low km 80 series these days and they are starting to look a bit dated. Depends what you want it for? Towing and touring I'd go the 100 series, hardcore off road 80 series! You could always meet in the middle and buy a gxl 100 series with the 1 hz 6 cyl diesel motor and get it turbo'd, there are alot already done, that way you get a 100 series with a live axle and turbo motor. People will tell you all sorts of stories but I have this set up and I tow a 26ft caravan, go out bush etc and it is a great car! The 1 hz is a little heavier on fuel than the factory turbo 6 cyl diesel so I am told. I'm using around 13.8 to 16 ltr per 100 km just driving around and fully loaded with the van on the back around the 20ltr per 100km. They are true fuel figures. My car had 33" mud tyres, steel bulbar, rhino roof racks, side awning, steel scrub bars and side steps, winch up front, rear drawers and fridge in the back and 145 ltr of fuel. Something to think about I guess. Whatever you get if it's got accessories already fitted that is a massive bonus as they are all so expensive! But make touring around so much better!
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Reply By: Shaver - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 13:57

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 13:57
Don't know what State your in but I know the woman next door want's to sell her 1993 80 series factory TD manual. It has a fully rebuilt engine & CV's & cooling amongst other things. It has had a fortune spent on it. She want's to downgrade to a smaller car. I think she want's less than $12,000, it's in Qld.
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Follow Up By: Shaver - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 14:04

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 14:04
Might add she has receipts for all work done & it's done minimal K's since.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 14:28

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 14:28
For what it's worth, here's our experience. We have the 97 GXL 80 series. The factory turbo version is near impossible to pick up but we put in a Denco turbo (about $4k) and it transformed the vehicle. We know its looking a bit tired now but we still cannot justify "upgrading" it to a newer model as there is no other standard vehicle to replace it. For us the only option is to modify a 200 to bring to the spec we would want but we can't afford that, so we stick with the 80 and we love this car. Totally trustworthy, dependable - just what you want. Good luck with making your decision.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nevs4b - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:46

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:46
Definately a man of my own heart, I bought my 1HZ 80 series GXL new in 1996, fittted all the necessary fruit including Turbo and lockers. I now realise how difficult, and expensive, it will be to ever replace this one owner, low klm, fully optioned Tourer !
I'm thinking L/Cruiser 70 D/cab or 200 GX and start all over again, would love an auto but ................?

Cheers, Nev
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Follow Up By: jacent - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 15:25

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 15:25
Exactly, it takes us so much time and money to get our trucks to suit us why upgrade to a newer model when your old one is still reliable?
My 100 series turbo 1 hz will be with me till the body wears out! Then either 200 series or another 100 1hz and swap everything over
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Reply By: G_Banger - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 15:57

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 15:57
Wow thanx for all the replies, I guess i'd prefer a 100 series but for the price i wanna spend it looks like i could get an 80 series with probably a fresh engine and drivetrain as well as accessories. From what i've read on the net the 80 series is considered the best tojo ever made. The one in QLD sounds like what i'm after but being in Karratha it means i'd have to travel 4000+km, if it's still for sale in 4-5 mths i'll try and chase it up. Thanx again
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 16:06

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 16:06
Personally, I'd chase up shavers neighbor now !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:22

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:22
don't wait chase the neighbour now, get the racq to do the check on it and go from there. that's my opinion for what it's worth, and I drive a pathfinder
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Reply By: mountainman - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 16:47

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 16:47
GET the 100's 1hd fte.
its a superb bulletproof engine, made super strong from the factory and can handle impressive tweaks to the engine STANDARD.
comfort levels are better than the 80.

the ehgine is very capable of 500k plus km's if looked after well.

the 80's are pretty good but getting old, 1hdt do have their issues, BEB, mind you throw them out every 100k and good to go, my mechanic had a friend who had the 1hdt, and in 600k had to rebuilt the engine 3times.. lasts only around the 200k..

even if you chased down the 1hd ft in the 80's your paying alot of money on a engine that still has issues with the loose valves in the head?
very common, and well documented in lcool forums.

you just cant go past the 100's..
the 1hd fte has been a solid performer from day one.
a chip, and a turbo upgrade from custom turbos in perth with see you keep up with most v8 cars on the road, and torque to tow a mountain.
and still very young in age.
AWESOME TOURER AND tow vehicle,
dont worry about the IFS suspension, a locker fixes any downsides on the hard core side..
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:11

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:11
gooday G,banger :More info from you on your needs for the vehicle might give you better answers . we had a 80 & now have 100 v8 auto ...IMO .. if you going auto 100 series 2004 on have a better gear box , but 80 have better suspension for off the road stuff. The 100 series is a very nice vehicle . TD 100 under $ 30 will be had to hind a good one !!! Good luck .
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Reply By: Member - DingoBlue(WA) - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:54

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:54
You could look at a 105 series. They have the live front axle whereas the 100 series has independent front end. I purchased mine with after market turbo, 2004 model with 105, 000 km for 29k.
Just be aware that the front diff and gearbox need to be treated a bit carefully.
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