Which is the best 80 series Landcruiser?

Submitted: Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 10:00
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Hello chaps -

I'm doing some homework on 80 series landcruiser before purchasing.

I'm after a diesel - which is the best engine to go for?

Anything in particular I should watch out for?

Cheers
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Reply By: Footloose - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 10:38

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 10:38
Find a factory turbo thats after around 96. Early ones had engine problems. Look out for noisy gearboxes, steering pump leaks and the front and back wheel bearings. Make sure you check its 4wd operation in forward and reverse modes, including full lock turns. The clutches tended to shudder when cold. If its had a roof rack on it, beware of cracks in the C pillar.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bill S (NSW) - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 21:48

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 21:48
For probably the best 80srs alive which is for sale call ALAN on 0402412024 I know he bought it new,has a after market turbo and is a real gem.Have no idea what he is asking but do know it would be the best maintained vehicle bar none.He is only selling because he wants a motor home.And see I do have other information.

Regards BILLS
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 10:45

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 10:45
have a look through here LCOOL 80 Series Technical
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Reply By: nowimnumberone - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 12:30

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 12:30
the best 80 series is a 4.2 diesel gq patrol.
cheers
sorry couldnt help myself
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 12:38

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 12:38
I wondered how long that would take.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:14

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:14
92/93 GXL factory turbo diesel with with auto g/box , dont worry too much about the "big end bearing problems " was a small % of total 90 to 92 that had dodgy bigend bearings fitted , you would have to be extremely unlucky to find any 80 series that still has the problem not rectified ,,
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Reply By: Sea-Dog - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 15:38

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 15:38
If you are looking for the BEST 80 series you would be looking for a Multi Valve turbo motor... I think they are a 96 /97 motor and are a top motor.. I have the 1HDT which is the earlier model factory turbo diesel and even though it is a pretty good motor I would love to have a multi valve... As said don't worry about the big end bearing too much as they would have definitely been changed out by now and if you are concerned it will cost about $400 retail to have them done again after you buy it..

I wouldn't buy an 80 that is pre Sept 92 as they are do not have the 16 inch wheels so they have smaller brakes etc and a few other things not really worth mentioning.. Brakes are a big thing though!

You will have to decide also if you want the constant 4x4 that the GXL etc have or go with a DX or standard that are part time 4x4... both have the advantages and disadvantages...

As with any fourbie the condition of the vehicle is just as important as the year of manufacture but if you are buying a diesel the motor SHOULD be good for 400K plus before even looking like having work done on it.. and if it is non turbo a heap more than that again..

Hope that helps.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen M (NSW) - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 20:11

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 20:11
Hi there Sea Dog, I think the only problem with the base model cruiser is they dont come in turbo so he would have to go the gxl or sahara to get the turbo motor, and if he wants auto, gxl or sahara only as I'm pretty sure the base model only come in manual. I think thats how they are correct me if I'm wrong. Regards Steve M
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Reply By: Joombi - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 17:14

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 17:14
The best 80 series?, one that has had regular services & has not been abused, everything else is personal preference.....
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Reply By: Emo - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 20:56

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 20:56
The best 80 series diesel is a 4.5 litre petrol.
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Reply By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 02:38

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 02:38
You're all comedians; mine is the best 80series.
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Reply By: Hmmm - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:08

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:08
thanks for advice guys. i think i might keep an eye out for a good 1HZ or factory turbo. sounds to me like the early 80s are a pretty solid bit of gear, provided been looked after.

now i just have to trade the jackaroo LOL
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