Buying a HDJ100R series landcruiser wagon

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 19:27
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As the title says I am going to look at one of these tomorrow. It is a 2001 manual with 147,000 km on it.

Is there anything specific I need to look at on it. I have found that the internet is a bit scant on info for this model in comparison to the 1HZ powered vehicles.

One thing I have struggled to find out is when the timing belt is due and what are the scheduled oil change intervals?

I will probably get it inspected by a mechanic if it looks ok.

Thanks
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 20:38

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 20:38
I have a 2001 TD Auto with 374000k's on it, and it is a great car both on and off road... The timing belt and tensioner should be changed every 150000, but it isn't overly expensive. For the HDJ I think the oil and filter is every 10000. I use Mobil Delvac 1 fully synthetic (5w40) which is ridiculously expensive, but it is a very good oil. Get onto LCOOL.org for all the info you could possibly need on Landcruisers!

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Follow Up By: allein m - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 21:53

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 21:53
I was doing some research and several automatic transmission places are offering new Torque Converter and some other parts to improve towing
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Follow Up By: allein m - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 21:54

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 21:54
sorry for that model landcruser
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Follow Up By: Bob W5 - Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 07:54

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 07:54
Hi Drew. How many litres per 100ks do you use around town and on the open road please ?
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Follow Up By: Bob W5 - Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 08:00

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 08:00
Sorry Drew thats a fuel use question. A few weeks ago I drove through Karratha and stopped to browse the dreamers hill sale yard. There was some big money items for sale. Lol. I like the concept.
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Follow Up By: Drew - Karratha - Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 14:53

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 14:53
Bob, I get between 13 - 15l / 100k's. It has 33" Mud Terrains, a roofrack, drawers, fridge, etc which all affect the economy. If I drive it carefully I can get 12, and before all the mods it was about 11.... I'm not in Karratha any more - too expensive up there now!!
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Reply By: chisel - Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 09:29

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 09:29
If you can get a login to the lcool landcruiser forum there's a wealth of info on there.
Generally speaking, you don't hear too much bad about these cruisers. The front diff and lower control arms are a bit weak but not much else.
Do a bit more googling - there's a lot of threads on exploroz and other forums if you keep digging.
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Reply By: bluefella - Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 17:11

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 17:11
Hi Pete
If you do buy the cruiser I would suggest changing all the oils and filters, regardless of what the seller says in regard to when these were done .Then your starting of fresh and know when to do the next intervals.
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Reply By: Peter T9 - Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 18:23

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 18:23
Thanks for the replies.

It looks pretty good in fact almost like new with everything still feeling quite tight although I only drove on bitumen.

The front end is a put off and more like a Prado contributing to one of the few faults apparent with a cv boot in need of replacement.

Overall I am a bit torn as to whether it is worth forking out the extra for the turbo which is about $10K (although all the 105s with the 1HZ motor I could find had significantly higher mileage) at the cost of a proper front axel.

My original plan was just to have a non turbo cruiser as a getaway vehicle to tow camper trailer and keep our Subaru forester as daily commute. It would seem a real overkill to keep the turbo cruiser as an occasional use vehicle.

This has opened up a can of worms we could be looking at more substantial trailers if my wife has her way.

Maybe I will tell her it was a lemon.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 18:52

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 18:52
Peter, I think you will eventually be disappointed with the 1HZ especially if you are towing. Don't get me wrong, I am not criticizing the 1HZ as they are a very good engine but are pretty much a good hack vehicle which give excellent mileage before needing rebuilds, 1 million Ks is not unusual but they are slugs when towing.

Ensure that the vehicle you are looking at is a genuine HDJ 100. (see ID plate on vehicle)
HDJ timing cover is rounded at the top and not angular like the 1HZ

The HDJ turbo will return better fuel economy and you will not be disappointed with the performance. I had the 80 series HDJ, same motor but different pump and injectors.

Don't worry too much about the IFS unless you intend to hammer the vehicle off road. They are built tough anyway.

That is a a very low mileage unit for that model by the way. Rare as hens teeth with that low Ks.

Cheers, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Peter T9 - Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 11:45

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 11:45
Thanks Bruce

I think you are right about eventually being disappointed with the 1HZ.

Unfortunately I didn't right down that model code you mentioned above however the motor did look completely different from the one in my ute which has the 1HZ.

The wagon had a black tappet cover and the timing belt cover was more rounded.

I did write down the VIN so I suppose I could confirm from a dealer.

Peter
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Follow Up By: bluefella - Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 17:24

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 17:24
Hi Pete
Go to web site toyodiy.co, enter your VIN, it will give you all the details on the vehicle.
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Follow Up By: bluefella - Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 17:26

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 17:26
toyodiy.com
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 17:32

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 17:32
The tappet cover on all 1HZ motors should look exactly like the one on your ute as far as I know.

The tappet cover on the 1HD FTE (HDJ100) is black as you describe, I think it is also plastic, I assume to shut up the tappet noise as the earlier 1HD FT, being alloy, were as noisy as hell in that dept.,

The tappet cover on the 1HD FTE is also much wider as it covers 24 valves instead of the 12 valves in the 1HZ.

That code, 1HD FTE stands for;
1H = The block
D = Direct Injection
F = Four Valves per cylinder
T = Turbo
E = Electronic Injection.

It should show on the ID plate as a HDJ 100.

On the rounded top of the timing case cover it should read 1HD FTE.
if it is a true HDJ 100.

Cheers, Bruce.
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