UJZ100/LX470 pro's and con's.

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 at 19:33
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Hello all, I am interested in buying either a UJZ100 or LX470. I've done some research and both seem to be reliable and well equipped vehicles. My questions are, is there any issues(besides fuel comsumption) that anyone can tell me about, and are they essentially the same vehicle. I don't intend on towing and will probably drive no more than 10000km per year and play in the mud! Thanks in advance for any help.
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Reply By: mountainman - Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 at 20:27

Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 at 20:27
the lexus is better appointed.
leather seats and stuff like that, also generaly cheaper than the toyota.....
as people forget the lexus is the toyota brand......up market

lexus for the win..
should be happy getting toyota parts..
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Follow Up By: G_Banger - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 06:37

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 06:37
Thanks mountainman, From what i know the only difference is the front, lights etc. Looking at cars online it seems that the LX470 has more features than a sahara. I would only be using it for light 4x4 work, mud, dirt roads etc. The 4.7 V8 seems to be a very reliable engine as long as services and timing belt changes are regular, can you shed light on the drivetrain? Any inherent issues you know of?
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Follow Up By: mountainman - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 11:17

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 11:17
it would be the lexus..
LOADED UP with luxurious features at a bargain price..
leather seats are good offroad, easy to clean, and last for years..
just dont park in the sun..
otherwise it wont just be the cattle that gets a raw hide..
ha ha

drivetrain is toyota, wouldnt make sense otherwise..
should be a better ride.. with the lexus badge..

when you buy it and want suspension work..

buzz autocraft in geelong..
his the guru to get rid of the AHC stuff..
done quite a few of these swaps..
or if your chasing spares his got a few sets..

or in sydney, ULTIMATE, should have you covered..
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Reply By: The Bantam - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 10:01

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 10:01
Well, remember one well known and oft quoted review noted while the lexus and the landcruser are very much bassed on the same vehicle, for some inexplicable reason the landcruser door and vent seals seem to work well and the lexus not so well, letting dust in.

Persoanaly, I'd buy the toyota.

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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 13:18

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 13:18
In the early days the Toyota 100 series GXV V8 was made in the Lexus factory whilst the GXL Live Axle 6 was made in the Toyota factory. Probably changed a bit since then but I couldn't imagine the seals being any different, most likely a coincidence. The LX470 is the same vehicle with more bells and whistles. If you can pickup the Lexus for the same price I would go that way
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 12:17

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 12:17
gooday G_Banger ...UJZ ..Yes fuel consumption can be a worry at time (@ around 20L/p 100ks ) not driven appropriately .... but apart from that, nice vehicle to drive & own , no other major problems , not the vehicle i'd buy to play in the mud $$$$ :-(
Cheers Nick b

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Reply By: Axle - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 19:31

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 19:31
G/Day Mate, ..Yes they are reliable to a point, But you have to be sure they have had clean oil thru them from day one!, the bottom ends in those v8s don't get any surpless oil so everything has to be clean as new all the time, they run very low oil pressure at low revs at the best of times, some thing to bare in mind when travelling along tracks at low speed. you are better off in a lower gear and have the revs up a bit. I learn't from a Toyo 4.7l V8 that had failed miserabley at low kms.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 23:07

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 23:07
My brother has had two LX470's, very nicely appointed and are generally cheaper than the equivalent Sahara version while MUCH better equipped.

While very similair, one trap is the bonnet - the grille comes up with the bonnet and thus a specific roo bar is required. No big deal but means you cannot buy a 100 series roo bar, a dime a dozen at the wreckers, and have it fit (well not if you want to open the bonnet!!!).

It also has the height adjustable suspension, a great way to be able to have a 4" lift at the touch of a button.

If I was in the market for an older V8 petrol 4x4, would not hesitate to go the Lexus over the 100 series version.


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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 17:33

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 17:33
I bought an LX470 new in 1999. It was a magic family car but liked fuel a lot. My son is driving it now. 380,000 km. still sounds sweet and drives like new. No engine or transmission issues.

Eerily quiet and comfortable in desert conditions. variable ride height is a good feature, giving benefit of lift only when needed.

I'd go diesel every time now, but of you can handle petrol then the LX 470 is a great truck.

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