Landcruiser turbo - good & bad

Submitted: Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 18:48
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Howdy, a good mate of mine is looking to buy a secondhand Landcruiser with a factory turbo diesel in it. What should he look for? He just wants a solid, reliable diesel Landcruiser. Auto would be nice too.

80 or 100 series?

Any inherent faults he should be aware of? (eg: Didn't the early ones spin main bearings, if so, when did Toyota rectify the problem?)

What sort of prices are they bringing on the secondhand market?

He's based in Sydney, but will travel for a good one.

Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: 120scruiser - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 19:58

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 19:58
The early 1hdt had bearing trouble.
The drama was that Toyota had two suppliers of bearings in Japan. One had a fault and the other didn't. The problem was that Toyota had no idea which bearings went into what vehicle. Thats why they replaced them on demand.
Should be all fixed by now. I think you are safe after 8/92 but could be wrong. I know the multi valve is OK.
You won't get a factory turbo 100 series until 2000 when they went IFS. Be careful with lifted IFS ones. They can crack right front control arms. You will pay in excess of 45 grand.
My opinion for the pick of the bunch would be the update 80 series (1995 < ) 1hdt ft multi valve auto. They are still bringing good money up to the high 30's.
Best of luck
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 20:17

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 20:17
A good 80 factory turbo diesel in auto is like hens teeth ,brisbane prices vary from 24k thru to 32k depending on yr and klm , know of a good 95 with 245k going for30k. before Eric bites ,,,,Brisbane RETAIL.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 20:40

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 20:40
Interestingly the turbo diesal was discontinued by toyota for 2 years (98-2000) until they had got it right with the latest TD No reason was given but the rumours were T didnt think the unreliable Motor fitted with company image until concerns were addressed
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Reply By: Richard Lang - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 20:56

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 20:56
I bought a 1997 model 80 back in March '05 for $34,000. multi-valve. I suppose I was lucky to get it, as it took me a long while looking for one. I'm yet to find out how good it is when I go drving from Kuala Lumpur to London next month. I'm concern with gear-box problems with 315x75x16 coopers tyres fitted.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 23:24

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 23:24
1986-1990 HJ61 with the 12H-T factory turbo were a great vehicle, but leaf springs all round - say $10-14k for a good lower mileage one. Most were Saharas.

1990-1994 HDJ80 with the 1HDT motor that had the big end bearing issues. In good nick about $17-25k. The Saharas had factory diff locks and sunroof etc

1995-98 HDJ80 Multivalve with the 1HDFT motor - pick of the older LandCruisers. Usually preferred to the 100series as these were the last of the Station Wagons with Rigid Front Axle. Say $25-35k

The IFS 100series TD came out about 2001. I personally wouldn't trust the front end.

So if he wants a newish vehicle, can go for the post 2002 79series tray, or 78 series Troopie with the factory TD motor (1HD-FTE). About $35-50k second hand.

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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 01:33

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 01:33
With the early 80 TD, any issues with bearing failure showed up fairly early in engine life but if he's unsure, most 4WD repairers will refit new bearings for around $500.00. ($450 quoted to me in Perth, April, 2003)
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Reply By: nevandpat - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 06:00

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 06:00
Goodmorning V8Diesel,
I have a 2002 100 T/D for sale, less than 100klms. and in mint condition, almost no off road work, it is manual.
Should you be interested you can call on B. 0749783733, A/H 0749791646, 0411102434 or email
I am in Gladstone Qld.
Cheers, Nev.
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Reply By: Gerry - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 18:08

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 18:08
I managed to find a '99 GXL 100 series with 1HZ motor with after market Denco turbo. It runs really well and delivers very good economy (12 L/100 in town peak hour). It has live front axle so no IFS problems. Look around - there are a few around with after market turbos fitted.

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