Land Cruiser LC 70 series GXL Wagon

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:09
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Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any feedback on the new LC 70 series GXL Wagon. I am looking to purchase and looking for any info.
Thanks philmack
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 13:16

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 13:16
Hi Phil, What do you want to do with it..? They are the perfect hardy reliable 4WD suitable as a workhorse. I think from a value perspective they are worth the money albeit in 1-2 years you are going to see some affordable used models on the market. In their space I think it's safe to say they really don't have any specific competition unless you cross over to family based 4WD wagons that are classified softer versions for want of a better word.
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Follow Up By: philmack - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 20:17

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 20:17
Thanks,I am looking to replace 98 land rover discovery TDI have just turned over 500thou very hard km, am changing because of all the negitive comments from all I meet on the road regarding the Discovery. Mind you very unfounded in this case, broken down twice in ten years and still origional motor only had head gasket done. I like the look of the 70 series wagon and am not into all the bells and wisiles just a good 4wd thats not affaid of hard work taking me places out of the way.
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Follow Up By: Davo_60 - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 20:35

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 20:35
Have you considered the new Defender. Looks great, huge payload. Had a look at one at the ACT/QBN 4wd show and thought they seemed good value at 50k.

Cheers,
Dave
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 13:40

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 13:40
Try and do an archive search for 76 series Landcruiser.
There has been quite a few posts on them already.
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Reply By: traveller2 - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 15:21

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 15:21
Order one now if you want it this year, friends ordered one back in October, being built in April possibly for delivery may/june?
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Reply By: wilko65 - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 21:11

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 21:11
I am very happy with mine, but have only had it for 2 weeks.
It is a GXL and has Diff locks, cargo barrier, cruise control, TJM bullbar, Ox Hydraulic winch, Aux. Battery, Rally 400 lights, Icom UHF, Codan 9323, 240 v inverter, Unisolar Panels and regulator on ARB roof rack. I am still waiting on the Longranger 165l tank. They tell me it may be 8 to 10 weeks. So far fuel consumption seems a little better than my 3 litre patrol, but time will tell.
I have not towed my Kimberley Kamper with it yet, but expect it to do it quite easy.
In my opinion it will be a very competent 4wd and I am willing to forsake some of the creature comforts to have a front end that does not need a wheel alignment avery 10 000klm.
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Follow Up By: philmack - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 22:44

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 22:44
thanks, I have the same idea's in setting up mine, only the delivery time frame may sway my thinking as I have been told there could be a six month wait, no good to me.
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Philmack
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Reply By: Crackles - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 22:57

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 22:57
Front wheel track 80 to 120mm wider than the rear axle. (Some reports of handling issues) Only 90L fuel tank. Short rear leaf springs. Cargo area 100mm narrower & 130mm shorter than an 80 series.(similar to 90 series Prado) Short rear leg room, centre seat not formed and only lap seatbelt. All seats lack comfort or support. Dash out of an 84 Cruiser tray. Tacky centre console, no cup holders or any modern safety features. (Air bags etc.)
On the plus side it comes standard with a snorkel, excellent lights & an engine perfect for mountain driving or towing.
At 60K it's over priced particually when it needs so many assesories that other cars come standard with but thats to be expected from a stopgap car thats built from the Toyota parts bin.
Cheers Craig.........
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Follow Up By: wilko65 - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 23:05

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 23:05
I think he was after feedback on the vehicle, not ideas from someone who obviously has not or will not ever own one.
You have not stated anything that has not been said in 4wd magazines already. And I am sure he has already read those comments, as I am guessing this is where your info comes from, and not from your own personal experience.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 23:39

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 23:39
You are correct in one reguard Wilco, I will never own one. When they said Toyota was coming out with a 4 door troopy I was keen to upgrade my 100 series but after it was released was pretty dissapointed with the end result. After taking it for a drive & measuring it all up, for a family of 5 I thought it was too small, uncomfortable & lacked the features one expects of a modern 4x4. This was my feedback after looking closely at buying one. Money was never an issue & not being impressed by any of the other offerings have kept the Cruiser.
It appears things aren't always obvious and guess's not always right ;-)
Cheers Craig...........
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Reply By: wilko65 - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 22:59

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 22:59
I ordered mine in Sept. last year and took delivery on Feb 1 this year.
I think there would be a lot more on the road if it weren't for the pathetically slow delivery time.
I can say that I think the wait has been worth it.
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Follow Up By: 100 Series - Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 09:40

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 09:40
G'day John........
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