What should I beware of when buying 96-98 Landcruiser 80 diesel?

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 18:40
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Considering buying a late 90s (1996-1998) 80 serie diesel Landcruiser.
What should we look for? What are the weak points to be wary of?
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 18:53

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 18:53
Rippoff prices ,when looking this time last year prices upto 38/40k for the last of the 80 series factory turbo diesels with auto box !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 08:01

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 08:01
I agree....just like old rag tyres being sold ex Perth at the Kimberley tire outlets for $50 each....or $300 for a new one....if u need it, you buy it...and the 80 t/d is so popular there are more buyers than sellers, hence the price people pay....but i think things have cooled off a bit lately...ive even seen them on ebay...25k t/d auto is a rare beast.
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Follow Up By: Drew - Karratha - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 16:32

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 16:32
Saw a 40th Anniversary Model (non Turbo) for sale for $38000 last weekend....
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 16:42

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 16:42
You will still get that, as people still think they are in 2004
There is a beautiful 1994 t/d, abs, cruise on ebay at the moment for a descent amount. Pity it is a manual and dark green and in Brissy.
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 18:56

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 18:56
My 80 series has 270k on it and no problems (touch wood)

Go turbo or you will regret it at the first hill. Unfortunately mine is non-turbo. It pulls fine and gets where I want to go but a bit slower.

I damaged the steps very early on due to logs jumping up under the step. I have a roof rack and when in the desert I throw the spare on the roof as the spare in place acts as an anchor and drags along the crest between wheel tracks.

I raised mine 50mm, threw in a second battery for the fridge and carry a compressor in front of the battery behind the grill.

I know of no bad points so just look for panel beating repairs and you cannot go wrong. I am very happty with mine.
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Reply By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 19:01

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 19:01
Me feelings also. Fit a turbo to the diesel engine and you will never regret it. There is nothing in particular to worry about but expect the LSD to be fairly open by 150k's. Otherwise just do the normal checks. Good luck.
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 07:28

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 07:28
Definitely look for, or fit later, a turbo! Makes a HUGE difference!

And check the renowned 80 series LSD ......... it'll probably be "buggered"

Nice truck though!
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