advice on 100 series

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 22:34
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Im shopping around for 8 seater 100 series l/c but budget is bit tight, found one today 1999 gxl diesel auto advertised for $23000. It has 340,000km on the clock but are all country km. The r/h/r corner is dented but doesnt seem to big a job to panel beat. the rest of the body is in good condition, just needs a cut and polish, alloy bullbar, near new cooper tyres, drives and shifts good with no noticeable noises except for dash squeak. Salesman reckons we can do a deal for 19,000 change over, im tempted!
Anyone out there got similar model, anything to look for or watch out for, economy with diesel auto?
Thanks in advance
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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 22:42

Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 22:42
Ok check all the usual things, especially strange sounds when in 4wd, including reverse. If possible have it checked out by your motoring organization, RACQ or whatever. Has it been well maintained, log books ? How much smoke does it blow on hills ? Gearbox noisy ? etc etc.
And remember that the salesman probably knows zip about 4wds but a heck of a lot about getting you to sign up. He is NOT your friend.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 23:44

Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 23:44
Nice truck as a start off...firstly, if you want the best economy, a petrol on gas will be cheaper and far less kms...looked at an RV petrol auto gas today for 22k with 220kms, and no damage to speak of...nice and tidy....other than duel batteries, drove beaut. A auto diesel is hard to find....they r usually manual or petrol have the option when the motor goes in another 200000kms, to put an 80 series turbo diesel motor straight in...which makes a reeeeeal good truck
Check that the auto takes thesame time to shift from n to r as it does n to d.
Also listen for clicking around full lock and suspension wear.
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Follow Up By: jmn24 - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 10:02

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 10:02
dozer, i have looked at the petrol cruisers and contemplated getting it converted to gas. I can get that done on the cheap thru a mate but then theres the cost of a headjob in the future as we all know they dont like gas and rapidly run out of valve clearances. Im a diesel mechanic by trade and we done a head for a customer of ours, that alone cost $2000 just for the head work.
I was surprised to find it in an auto diesel too. I roadtested it for 20 mins and checked the gearbox out, selected R,N,D,N,R several times and it seemed to shift evenly and quietly between gears.
It comes with a basic inspecton report from automasters which didnt show to much wrong, just an oil change and slight leak from sump which has been tightened.
I wouldnt consider going with the 80 series turbo diesel from the horror stories involving big end bearings.
Cheers for your thoughts
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (Kununurra) - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 14:01

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 14:01
The T/D Cruiser engines 96? on are not like the early 1HZ bolt on turbo engines in early 90's.They are the ducks guts.
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 07:12

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 07:12
The 1hdft motor as in 95 on was the motor i was refering to....they dont have the problems the hdt had with bad bearing shells, but having said that, a hdt would also be nice...if all you need to do every 100,000 is put new bigend bearings in @ $500 at the local or $100 yourself....
For instance, on there is a hdft in a smashed 80 coming up for say 5k would get you the whole car. After putting a hdft in, you would have a hdj92.5....(better than a turbo diesel there such a thing??)

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Reply By: Bilbo - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 00:27

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 00:27
Hmmm,,,,,,,,sounds like a nice car - as long it's not my stolen Landcruiser!!. Only joking but mine did get stolen last week. See my soon to be written thread on how easy is to steal a Landcruiser. And it is easy!!

However, I digresseth. 340,000 is lot of kms for a 1999 vehicle. That's more than twice the average for any car. Country kms or not, they're still kms.

A Landcruiser motor should be good for at least twice that kms though.

There's no shortage of 100 series diesel autos in Perth. Diesel manuals on the otherhand are like pregant African Bull Elephants!


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Follow Up By: jmn24 - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 10:10

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 10:10
Lol bilbo, Im sorry to hear about your cuiser. I have been keeping an eye out for it too just like everyone else but to no avail.
Yeah it is high km, salesman reckons it belonged to a wool buyer so was on the road all the time. I will only do 30,000km a year tops and most of that will be highway driving to and from work so should last me a while. I reckon if i go with it a full service, all oils and coolant changed is in order. And maybe call in a favour and get pump and injectors checked?
I havent seen any other auto diesels in perth bilbo? at least not in my price range!!!
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 11:01

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 11:01
Search ebay. There are plenty of 100 series for sale.

Make sure it is turbo. The normal one is a slug.

Regards Derek.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 17:55

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 17:55
Jason, Just check underneath for any off road damage or scrapes. This will give you an idea if it has been over rocks etc. This may clarify if it is actually a highway driven vehicle.Dirt roads dont do major damage to bash plates and diffs. If it has been serviced, i would not worry as my wifes Patrol has 350,000, 1999 model tdi 4.2 and it runs as sweet as, it actually runs better than mine at 150,000. Just have a balanced evaluation of it. Michael
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Reply By: Rock Crawler - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 21:29

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 21:29
if you came to me to buy that car off you , you will be lucky to get 15 k

I sagest you keep looking , for 23k , I would want a 150,00 km vehicle
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