series 80 Sahara auto

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 09:04
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Hi having been out of four wheel drives for some 30 years i am now looking at buying an 80 series 4.2 auto. Is this toyota suitable for serious off road or does the auto use too much of the power needed would it handle soft sand? and could anyone give me a clue on ks per litre please, I have a lot of previous experience in off road driving years ago but not in autos regards james
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Reply By: Footloose - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 09:18

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 09:18
James, modern auto 4wds are the bees knees in every situation except steep descents. They are often better in sand than a manual. That Totota is very suitable for serious 4wd work.
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Reply By: jrt - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 10:47

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 10:47
cheers Footloose much apreciated feed back i'm in the mornington peninsula area of Melbourne and looking to join a four wheel group that is fairly active? regards James
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Reply By: Brad, W.A. - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 11:39

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 11:39
James, I have a 95 80 Series auto 4.5 petrol. I have been through all types of terrain without any fault or the vehicle being left wanting. The auto is a tough box but like all things you just need to look after them for them to give you trouble free service. I am considering a T/D 80 series in the next couple of years for desert travel but as mine is on gas at the moment it is cheap to run.
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Follow Up By: jrt - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 11:46

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 11:46
thanks Brad for the info it sure does help, this 80 has only done 130000 clicks which for a diesl is not so many, so i am getting it tested by my mech. this week to make sure it is all ok, as much as one can, do you know of any weak points i should look for? regards James
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Follow Up By: Brad, W.A. - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 15:57

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 15:57
On the constant 4wd vehicles the front hub drive plates are supposed to be a problem area, having said that my car has done 205K, I've done 50K without any mechanical problem. I follow the recommended service intervals and the car runs great. One thing I must say for the petrol engines is that the valve clearances should be checked every 40K, I had mine done recently and the performance increase was very noticable.

Hope this helps

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Reply By: Bev - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 16:16

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 16:16
Hi We have a 4.2 turbo d 80 series auto WE did the madigan last year and Hay river and had no trouble withe the auto It is great on sand and just ambles along.
We have had it on steep slopes and rocky rutted terrain as well its trial and error but once you get used to it its fab gives you the best of highway driving and off road you can always use 1st and 2cd which work well on inclines. We get about 6 to 7 ks to the liter 4wd but that is loaded with over 3 ton and on slow 8ks /hr going
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Follow Up By: jrt - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:26

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:26
Hi Bev thanks for your info thats great feed back, very incouraging i already have a great deal more confidence to purchase this 80.
sounds like you have done a few trips that i will be doing which is excellent, regards James
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 16:06

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 16:06
You wont be disappointed with the t/d my opinion the best package for that motor...what year model r we talking about here??? pre95 had a different motor, post are the best, pre are not too bad, but had some bigend bearing issues that need to be addressed each belt change at 100k kms.
No rust to speak of, check out for heaps of info
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Follow Up By: jrt - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 06:47

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 06:47
Hi Dozer the year is 91 and its done 130 ks, so what was the main difference in motors post 95?
It only has 15inch wheels as well is that original? and does not have the extra fuel tank fitted... any idea what it would be worth? it certainly looks very clean and never been off road.
apreciate your feed back thanks. James
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 07:07

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 07:07
Ok, this sounds like it is a some markets didnt put the second tank Japan....does this one have 7 seats, sliding windows in the rear quarters, sahara printed on the sides of the car in the side garnishes?? factory diff locks, etc etc??
The 15 inch wheels are standard on this model. they should be mags.
The 95 and later models have multivalve turbo diesel motors, and dont need engine work done to the big ends....
Look for history with regard to servicing of this vehicle, and if it is an import, which it most probably is, check out the underneath of it, as they use salt overseas to break up icy roads.
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Follow Up By: Member - james T (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 22:38

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 22:38
hi Dozer yes you are right it is from Japan no sahard printed on the side though and no sliding back windows, but has factory diff locks and a switch for sport suspension what ever that is? and the underneath is like new not a scratch to be seen . would you know the cost of puting in another tank? regards James
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 08:13

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 08:13
Not as easy as it sounds, because you have a few bits missing on yours....the switching solenoids, dash switch, a t/d tank, a filler valve and stem, a roof console and wiring with second gauge etc etc.the wiring behind the dash should all be there...but the roof wont be....
Easiest option is fit a std tank and pump over to main using a generic 12v fuel pump.....then everything stays simple.....probably best to get a std tank off ebay, or buy a long range tank from out of town 4x4....or get the lot from a wreck (check out land vehicle spares)
ps 170 litre long range tanks are available, with a rear wheel carrier then needed...but the range would then be 2500 kms
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Follow Up By: Member - james T (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 20:00

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 20:00
Thanks heaps Andy your a mine of info, by the way i just found out today that it also a vx Sahra? anyway the long range 170 ltr sounds good and it already has a swing away wheel carrier . once again i thank you for so much info, regards James PS took it for a long drive today and it drives beautifully plenty of power and smooth transmission,
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Reply By: Emo - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:49

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:49
I've got a 4.5 litre petrol auto 80 series Landcruiser and I've been up and down some very steep hills without any problems. The secret to steep decents is to put it in low range, lock the auto in low so it can't change and then if you find it is still going a bit quick for you (pretty rare) you can either click on the handbrake a few notches or just dab the brake pedal a little. No problems.
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Follow Up By: jrt - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 06:53

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 06:53
Hi Emo thanks alot for that special tip on decents i'm sure to try it out this week when i take her for a run will be interested to see how the tyres perform in the rough as they are not ones i've seen before.up north in the sand etc one would need an all purpose tyre i guess. i need to study up on all these things ... regards James
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