100 series IFS suspension failures

Submitted: Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 18:27
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Can anyone direct me to websites documenting 100 series Landcruiser IFS failures? I am interested to see what is out there so I can get the dealers to play the game as far as letting customers know what the shortfalls are when people are looking to part with there hard earned cash.
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Reply By: Ozman - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 19:49

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 19:49
Are you a Nissan dealer?
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Reply By: rolandholder - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 19:55

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 19:55
No im not a dealer. I was looking at buying a 100 series but am having reservations.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 20:08

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 20:08
I have a few of friends with IFS 100s and I have not heard of any failures yet - BUT - l had the ARB upgrade done to mine at my last service .
Better sure than sorry !
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Willie .
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 20:16

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 20:16
buy a gls (I think) one above base spec with rfs= no worries and plenty of cash left over to whack on your own turbo
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Reply By: Member - Jim - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 20:33

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 20:33
We have a 100 TD GXL with lots of stuff added on to the front etc. It seems if they are driven hard and get lots of suspension "topping" - reach the vertical travel limits violently, they can crack at the rear mounting bolt. I am having the ARB reinforcing brackets added this Friday before they crack.

Having said that, ours has been over a significant amount of the outback including the Oodnadatta track, the French Line in the Simpson Desert, Walkers crossing etc - lots of really jarring stuff - and it has not cracked.

Next trip is the Anne Beadell Hwy which has lots of corrugations. The idea is to watch tyre pressures and speed, driving according to the road conditions and your vehicle and the road will be in good nic for another day. According to the late Len Beadell you can fix most suspension froblems with an amount of fencing wire and a bit of mulga.

Seriously, the 100 series has been a terrific vehicle and I am not trading it in over this.

Have fun,

Jim
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Follow Up By: rolandholder - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 22:04

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 22:04
Sensible comments. Cheers!
Rod
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Reply By: ev700 - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 22:14

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 22:14
I am buying a 100 TD GXL this year.

I have many friends with the 100 series. No problems reported. Many good reports on reliability and comfort though.

Doesn't matter what vehicle you have, it has to be driven in a reasonable manner to conserve the vehicle and the people in it. An army battle tank will develop problems if driven hard enough and long enough.
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Follow Up By: Member - Snatchem (WA) - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 22:27

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 22:27
Comfort not really the best, front seats could do with more padding.
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Reply By: japmel - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 23:17

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 23:17
rolandholder
Have a look at lcool (Landcruiser owners on line)
Go to the 100 series group there has been a lot said about this lately.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 06:31

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 06:31
Roland,

Website to join the 100 Series mailing list is at www.lcool.org

As mentioned, this problem is not unheard of and there is a lot of good oil in the archives of the list.
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Reply By: muppo - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 16:12

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 16:12
The ARB strengthening kit is illegal. To fit the kit the lower wishbones have to be drilled out for mounting bolts, this contravines the ADR's for the suspension, as any drilling or welding of suspension components needs a engineers certificate, and a certificate would normally only be given if the components are Xrayed.
ARB doesn't claim that their kit fixes the problem but may help to stop it happening.

I think the only reason why Toyota doesn't have a recall is that they don't have a quick fix as it a design fault, the shockers take the weight at full extension instead of a bump stop.

Toyota made the mistake of using NZ as their test market for full IFS and not here, so it will cost them big if there is a fatality, alla Ford Exploders.
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