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Submitted: Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 at 12:52
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We are thinking of buying one and was wondering if there are any issues to look out for when we go to inspect vehicles? I just know that there are many of you that will have owned one or still does. Thanks in advance, Toni
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Reply By: Member - 2208mate - Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 at 14:08

Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 at 14:08
I currently have a 2005 ver. of the turbo/diesel/auto 100 series.

My advice would be, don't buy a worn out one! Hehe

Consider 275,000kms or there abouts with full service history.

I'm not aware of any systemic faults but the 100 series went over 10 year and there were minor changes on the way.

The last diesel turbo/6/auto is IMO the one to look for! Cost more and harder to find but if you want minimum trouble, that would be the one to have!
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Reply By: Joe G2 - Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 08:10

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 08:10
Do your research on what they weigh and what you can legally carry as they can be overloaded very easily especially if you add a few extras. We own a TD Auto and consider it to be the best vehicle we have owned except for the low payload.

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Follow Up By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 09:18

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 09:18
Thanks Joe, we don't want to tow anything. Cheers Toni
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Follow Up By: Joe G2 - Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 19:55

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 19:55
Hi Toni,
I'm not actually talking about towing, just loading the vehicle itself.

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Reply By: Keith B2 - Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 10:28

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 10:28
Toni,
If you are not going to tow anything, I would not discount the petrol V8. They are cheaper to buy, cheaper to maintain and very nice to drive.
The downside is that they use more fuel.
I had a 2006 petrol V8 and replaced it with a lifted 2008 200 series. My wife says she still prefers the petrol.
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Follow Up By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 11:18

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 11:18
Sound advice Keith. But getting my hubby into a petrol cruiser would be nigh on impossible. Very set in his ways. I have scored a win though as have insisted this one will be an automatic! Toni :)
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Follow Up By: Member - nickb "boab" - Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 16:23

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 16:23
Toni if you're getting an auto which I can highly recommend in the 100 series make sure that it is 2003 onwards the earlier ones are basic Auto.

Can agree with the others regarding V8 petrol beautiful motor but heavy on fuel when towing the upside is yes you can buy them cheaply .
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Reply By: axle - Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 11:58

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 11:58
Hi Toni, As mentioned above the last of them where the best!, I had a 2004 V8 petrol for a few years, nice to drive as mentioned but we had a few issues with ours. The five speed auto used to do a few weird things, from time to time ,but there was a modification that fixed the issue ,I would look into that if buying one with that particular auto. otherwise their a good thing overall...

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Steve in Kakadu - Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 20:33

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 20:33
I owned 6 100 series cruisers with my tour business, they were all great vehicles. They were not that expensive to run if well maintained, all were manual.
However, if you don't want to spend money on a 200 series, don't test drive one as an option, why? They are chalk and cheese in comparison.
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Follow Up By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 21:37

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 21:37
No, don't want a 200 series, to exxy for us right now. Just need a wagon to trot visitors around the place in and of course the odd trip away. thanks Toni
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 at 08:51

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 at 08:51
Hi Toni, not sure what your budget is, but you can get an early 200 Series GX for around $50K. These are TTD V8 auto’s.

As others have also mentioned, the petrol 100 series were very reliable if they were well maintained, I had a 1998, 6 cylinder Petrol (Manual Gearbox), that had more than 300K kms on the clock when unfortunately it was written off in 2009 after an altercation with an Armco railing. Mechanically it was in excellent condition. I know you mentioned you want an auto, and the later models of this series did come in auto.

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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 at 23:14

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 at 23:14
Issues I can think of from when I had one....


Brakes sticking - caused by wrong brake fluid... very expensive fix if fresh brake fluid and a good flush doesn’t fix it (brake accumilator - or whatever it is called)

Fuel pump - unknown cause

Torque converter -unknown cause, but expensive..

Main computer- unknown cause, but $$

Windows not winding up - cracks in the housing on the doors - LCOOL easy fix

CV’s -common issue due to age,lift, etc - maintenance at this age of car..

Rust around windscreen


There are probably other issues that I have forgotten... Mine was a 2001 4 speed auto, and I HATED the auto! My current 1988 hj61 5speed tows my boat easier...

My wife has a 2014 200 series, and there is NO comparison to the 100. If I was you, I would look for an earlier 200 - possibly a gx, or even better, a late 80 series factory Turbo diesel 5 speed manual - without any of the electronics!

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