Buying a 100 series landcruiser

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 08:41
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Hello all

After much deliberation I am seriously thinking of buying a cruiser wagon however the only ones I can locate that are of interest reside in coastal areas which raises a red flag for me particularly since I live inland.

I am wondering if it is even worth traveling to inspect these vehicles despite the owners best assurances over the phone they don't have any rust.

I have always had the belief you never buy a vehicle from the coast does this still hold true with better rust proofing technology etc?

Obviously how the vehicles are being used and cared for are the major factors however doesn't everything metal just rust on the coast anyway?
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Reply By: bluefella - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 10:38

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 10:38
Hi Pete
Toyota have a good reputation in their rust proofing technology, if the vehicle has been well looked after, regular washes, maybe has been garaged etc, I think they would be worth a look, they are a great vehicle.
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Follow Up By: braggy - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 10:51

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 10:51
some of the inland salt flats and cow manure can also cause some problems.
If you do have a look ,just have a good look around roof rack channel mounts

Great model toyota

Cheers Ken
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Reply By: Ron N - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 11:45

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 11:45
Yes, most coastal areas are poor places to buy a used vehicle - particularly if the area also has strong prevailing winds off the sea.

In W.A., the coastal area from Mandurah to Albany is a shocker for rust-infested vehicles.
The best areas to buy used vehicles from are the drier mid-to-Northern latitudes, inland at least 100kms, and where rainfall is much lighter.

Vehicles seem to be built with improved drainage from panels today - but salt moisture penetrates spot-welded seams, no matter how well you care for a vehicle.

In my experience, front floors on Toyota 4WD's are the first place to look for rust. They are terrors for rusty floors. Always pull up the carpet or floor mat of anything you want to buy. Way too many 4WDs are regularly waded through water halfway up the doors, and that does nothing for vehicle lifespan.
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Reply By: Member - neville G (QLD) - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 13:28

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 13:28
Hi Peter,
I live in Gladstone Qld. and have had five cruisers, present one is ,05 vintage and has covered just over 200000klms. I would doubt if you could find a spec of rust anywhere on the body. It is washed on a regular basis and is garaged.
For what it is worth,
Cheers, Nev.
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Reply By: dindy - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 13:56

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 13:56
Hi you don't say what model landcruiser you are looking for.
What do you classify as coastal? One could argue that Sydney is coastal however it extends almost to the blue mountains not much salt out there. There are plenty of cruisers which reside near to coastal areas that are not affected by salt.
Most are family vehicles that never leave the blacktop. The condition of the ones that have been used regularly on beaches will be obvious. I have two cruisers an 80 series with 476000 ks it has resided on the central coast area of NSW all its life the only rust I can find is a minute ammount of surface rust where stones have chipped the paint. I also have a 100 series with 220000 ks it also has lived its life in a coastal area nil rust.
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Follow Up By: cruiser 3 - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 16:59

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 16:59
Hi Dindy
Reading about your 80 series with 476000 ks is encouraging. My 80 has 360000 and I was worried that it is getting old.
Mine has just returned from towing our van around Australia and it performed perfectly.
I also live on the coast (NSW) and have no rust although I have never driven it on any beaches.
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Reply By: PeterInSa - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 14:17

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 14:17
Am no expert on the 100 series, but I thought some model/years were better than others, in both petrol and TD?

If this is true perhaps you could pass the info onto Peter.

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Reply By: Peter T9 - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 14:46

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 14:46
Thanks for all the replies.

The ones I were looking at are a 98 and a 2000 model HZJ105R GXL and are both right on the NSW north coast.

I think I will cast my net a bit wider and look interstate.
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Follow Up By: Peter T9 - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 19:08

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 19:08
Good news I have just found a HDJ100R located close to me and will inspect it tomorrow. Might start a new thread on what to look out for.
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