Advice on purchasing 80 series landcrusier,

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 16:44
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Hi all,

New to the forums after lurking for a long while :)

I am looking for a new car for using for work (towing around 2.5t) and also as a family car to do running around in and take camping etc.

Looking at a 80 series landcruiser, 4.5l dual fuel. 385,000kms on the clock.

Gas system does not work (wont run on gas) and there is no RWC.
Has not been registered for 3.5 years also.

They are asking $6k.

Do you guys think this is a decent price at all?
My mechanic tells me i may be up for about $3k on 'valve work' as its on gas?

thank you :)
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Reply By: Member - KBAD - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 16:58

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 16:58
Something to bear in mind if it is pre 96 it has a towing capacity of 2.8t legally, after that they had an increase to 3.5 by upgrading mainly the brakes. Possible rust in the quarter panels in the foot wells, is also a possible problem with the 80 series, otherwise only you will be able to decide wether you are happy with the price, might pay to have a look around at what is on offer for 10k as that is what it will probably end up costing you.
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Follow Up By: jamesw - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 17:07

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 17:07
Bigger brakes arrived on the 80 Series with 16" wheels. My 1994 model has both. 2500kg towing capacity on the early models, like mine. After November 1996 they are rated at 3,500kg, with no upgrades to brakes etc. No reason was given from Toyota.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 17:27

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 17:27
The towbars on the early 80's were only 2500kg rated.
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Reply By: jamesw - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 16:59

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 16:59
I would suggest you keep looking. Petrol 80 Series are cheap at any price and for that price you will pick up one already registered and with accessories.

Cheers
James
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Reply By: mountainman - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 17:35

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 17:35
4.5petrol are very heavy on fuel.
Great car but spend as much as you can afford to buy in price.
For another 7thousand youd get a 100series.
bigger inside and generally more plentifull parts when it comes to spares down the track.
also 3.5 towing stock standard
cheers
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Reply By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 18:26

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 18:26
Your mechanic is pretty much right,if it has been running on lpg for a long time the exhaust valves will be cactus, vrs (valve seat recession).
Minimum have the valve clearance checked and compression test.
worst case a reco head.
And with those klm how old is the clutch another big ticket item.
Unless there are receipts for any of the above work?
$6k is ball park if registered and every thing is running.
But if that has been sitting unregistered for 3.5 years and the lpg isn't working, sounds like its ready for the wreckers.
as others have said you can get 100 series for under $10k was a nice one near me for $7k nearly tempted, my self.
and a lot of 80s around in petrol, have a look on carsales.

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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 18:36

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 18:36
Gmoney

Sounds a little overpriced.
Spend some time and look for a good one , even if you pay a bit more .
You can spend a lot of money on old worn out 4x4,s
They 80 series petrol is a very good vehicle , but as the other punters will tell you they are thirsty , even with LPG being 75 cents per litre.

Good luck with your purchase
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Reply By: Gmoney - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 19:36

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 19:36
Thanks for all your replies, they have been very helpful!

Might give it a miss and look to maybe get a 4x4 twin cab ute instead. They seem to be a bit cheaper and will probably do the job as I'm not off roading.

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Reply By: john m85 - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 22:14

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 22:14
go for a hj60 i have had mine since new done nearly 5000000klm had no trouble at all only thin is they are a bit slow
cheers.john
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Follow Up By: TomH - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 22:39

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 22:39
Would have taken a long time to do five MILLION km then LOL
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Follow Up By: OBJ - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 08:24

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 08:24
He might have a turbo on his, Tom. They are a lot quicker.

:)

OBJ
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 13:03

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 13:03
1 zero to many my mistake

john.
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Reply By: swampfox - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 16:16

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 16:16
hi $
$2000-$3000purchase plenty to spend
Consider this
sagged springs
worn out shocks
hub rebuild kit with cv joints
sounds like it would have the earlier gbox later has better sealing arrangement
lower tow capacity
major engine service
As u can see the price is going north
Probaly better to buy a better condition vehicle

swampfox
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 20:54

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 20:54
Belts, hoses, oil, brake fluid and components.

Right on swampfox. Plus I'd ask the question.... why did it sit for that long unused? Sounds like there's something wrong with it and they ran out of cash or care to fix it.

Bloke up the road from me just sold his petrol Cruiser 80 series GXL with about 300K on the clock. Had it from new and put plenty of fruit on it (bars, lights, wheels etc). Retired and treated himself to a new 76 series. The local dealer offered him $4200 on the trade. He sold it for $5500 privately and this thing was a glamour and used regularly.

The bargins are out there and the petrol 80 series aren't rare or much sought after either for that matter which means patience will get you a good one cheap.

Fab.
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