1990 petrol LandCruiser purchase

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 09:09
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A mate has the opportunity of purchasing a 1990 petrol troop carrier at what he feels is a good price. Would anyone know of any known problems that this model vehicle could have ?
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 09:23

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 09:23

I am not sure if it might have the 3F motor which was EFI or if it had the early carby 4lt motor.

Regaudless of what motor it has the fuel bill for this vehicle would be very high.

You would be better off with a diesel.

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Follow Up By: udm - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 14:02

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 14:02
Wayne, 3F motors are 4lt carby. (non efi)

For everybody else:
Keeping it at 2500rpm it´s on aprox. 17lts/100km, if you´ve got a lead foot, it goes up to 20-25lts/100km.

PS. I´ve got one those.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 09:56

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 09:56
Like Wayne said, the major issue will be fuel consumption. There were not many petrol troopies sold. A lot of them would have had one tank removed and LPG fitted. And at present, theres doubt about how much longer LPG will be cheap.

Upside is that they were a very reliable vehicle. It would have the 3F carby motor (Troopies didn't get the EFI version) which was very solid. And if repairs are required on a 3F, then they are usually cheaper than the equivalent repairs on a diesel. It will have leaf springs all round which are expensive to replace, if you are planning a suspension upgrade. Solid diffs. Gearboxes occasionally give noise and will cost a few grand to fix if thats the case.

A good price for a petrol troopie is significantly lower than a good price for a diesel troopie.

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Reply By: TroopyTracker - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 17:06

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 17:06

I own a petrol troopy but EFI 4.5 litre which is great. I run 35 inch tyres, 4-5 inches of lift, loaded roofrack and tow 18ft Bushtracker and in get about 4ks per litre towing. A diesel (latest turbo excepted!) would be unable to do what I ask of mine to do (above 70k's!) and would return similar economy(read -does, discussion with owners who lug as much as myself tells me this) My father in law had an old cruiser wagon with the a carby petrol motor and it's a totally different story. It was terrible on fuel and not even that powerfull. Wouldn't bother, so many well priced diesel versions to look at. Unless you bought the petrol and then dropped in 6.5 litres of chev diesel?!-The path I'll most likely be going down soon.

To answer you rquestion though, known problems? Unquenchable thirst maybe?


Apologies for any offence to carby fed cruiser's!
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 17:21

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 17:21
EFI makes a big difference to fuel consumption in my experience.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:23

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:23
It would want to be cheap I have never actually seen one same as petrol utes of that type are as rare as rocking horse do do meaning there is no great demand for them. making them hard to sell
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Reply By: thomo - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:29

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:29
Slow painfully slow i use to own one.
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