Landcrusier to a D-Max

Submitted: Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 20:25
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Hi everybody, this is my first ever post so please be gentle. I currently tow a van with a tare weight of 1750 which would probably go 2.1 after full tanks, full gas bottles and all the gear and clothing that my wife insists on taking (just in case). I tow with a 80 series turbo diesel landcrusier and while I am more than pleased with the car and its towing abilities its time to update. I have been looking at the new D-Max. So would anyone have already made the same change and what differences did they find
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Reply By: Sludgie W.A - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 22:17

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 22:17
Keep the 80 series.

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Reply By: Brian - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 22:52

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 22:52
No expert on this Jim but no one seems to have a bad word about the D Max , maybe more fuel efficient than the 80 series ? Then again if there is nothing wrong with your 80s series why try and fix something that isnt broke ??!!

Love my 60s series
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Reply By: sangroper51 - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 23:38

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 23:38
Hi Jim,
I have a 1998 5.8 m Windsor poptop van which over the years has been towed by four 4bys;
1996 petrol 80 series auto
2004 3ltr patrol man
2009 dmax dual cab SX man
2012 new model Dmax LSU man.

For towing the above list is worst to best in my opinion with the 80 series being a dog for towing in auto form including the bad economy of 3 km per ltr on gas towing.

Offroad both the Patrol and the 80 series would be better...but in saying that both had modified suspension and in 80 series case a rear airlocker.

I think your choice revolves around what you expect of your 4by ...if you want to climb mountains etc keep the 80 but if you are like me and now just prepared to amble down a track to the beach and not a full on 4wd driver then the Damx is a good economical vehicle with a great track record for durability. I would add don't be to quick to worry about the power figures put out by manufacturers, the Dmax holds its own.

Cheers AL
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 08:24

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 08:24
If you dont do any off roading then do the change.

I know of many than have traded the 80 series for a more modern 4wd only to be kicking them selves when off roading.

I dont understand this era of keeping up with the Joneses, the 80 if maintained still out performs modern 4wd's out on tracks.

Why not modernize the interior of the 80?

I am a bias 80 owner
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