Purchase of 2003 V8 Cruiser 130 000Km's ?????

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Hi im a proud new member of this mass of usefull info!!! (need more space in my head)... Im looking at buying a 2003 v8 cruiser. its within my price range (from a dealership, mainly so i can purchase extended warranty) at around $38k. It has 130 000 kms on it, and has done an annual trip of 2500Kms towing an 18 foot boat. Should i be weary of buying a v8 petrol with this kind of history??? Any comments are appreciated, Cheers.
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Reply By: chisel - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 06:39

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 06:39
If it is a GXL I'd say the price is a little high.
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Reply By: Baz & Pud (Tassie) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 06:39

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 06:39
TojoV8
Don't yu just love em.
We have a 2002 V8, purchased new, (currently done just under 100,000 ks) toe an 18' van with no probs, except it does tend to get a bit thirsty at times with van and all camping gear on board (4.5ks per ltr, remembering Tassie is pretty hilly)
Its the best cruiser we have owned and wouldn't swap it for a 200s for love nor money.
Go buy it.

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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 07:48

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 07:48
Try the forum at:

www.lcool.org/forum

for landcruiser informatino
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 08:20

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 08:20
Apparently Overlander Magazine did a recent test of the V8 vs the TD as a tow vehicle.

I haven't read the article but have seen the performance figures which show the V8 to have quicker acceleration from vary speeds eg 70 to 100 kmh and uphills. This, IMHO tells me it is a better tow vehicle.

It will use more fuel than a TD, but whack it on LPG and you'll be well ahead on both fronts.

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If you're travelling in extremely remote locations LPG may not be available. LPG may not be be as cheap in rural areas as in major city centres.

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 10:40

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 10:40
Oh you just cant let it go can you Jim...poor you!
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 10:49

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 10:49
Let what go?

I'm just trying to help by giving some factual information. Nothing more, nothing less.

Jim.

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 10:59

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 10:59
Yeah sure ...Mr Fitch believed he was trying to be factual too and how annoying was he JUMPING in every chance someone mentioned the word fuel.

We know you copped a hiding with your troll but re-iterating your post every chance you get will do nothing for your reputation.

Just let it go mate.

All the best
Matt.
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 11:18

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 11:18
Get it through your head, I don't fit, sell, or have any financial interest in LPG. It has nothing to do with my business.

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 11:23

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 11:23
Ease up fellas. I read Jim's response as a bit of a sly joke or dig at himself. Maybe I've got it wrong, but I had a chuckle over it.

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 11:28

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 11:28
Ease up mate...I never said you had any association with LPG...I was referring to your reputation as an intelligent and skilled tradesman who sells a fine product.
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 11:54

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 11:54
Matt C,

It just gets a little tiring when all you are doing is trying let people know there are alternatives (factually based) and others (not people with manners like yourself) want to come along and kick the chit out of you for having an opinion that varies with theirs.

I gave up posting my results on solar testing ages ago for the same reason.

Collyn Rivers vacated this site for the same reason.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 23:18

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 23:18
hmm I agree Matt ease up mate, Jims reply wasnt biased one way or another. Collyn is a great loss to any site he vacates and so too are any regular posters who are disenfranchised by ignorance
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:06

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:06
WTF has Collyn got to do with anything? I never mentioned Collyn Im just sick of the repetative Diesel/Gas bashing that some feel necessary. Guess you missed the last few discussions on the subject Bonz and I can see that without all the facts my post may seem out of context. I did think the subject was over though!

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 16:19

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 16:19
Indeed I did, context is everything Matt and there was none of it here hence my comment. Thanx for your clarification
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Reply By: Dazmit - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:15

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:15
Tell em their dreaming with the price.

Better off buying this one that could be for sale

http://www.lcool.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1731

cheers

Darryl
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Reply By: Member - Robert M (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 20:14

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 20:14
TojoV8

Way too much. Probably around the 36 (32 would have been the trade in) mark tops unless it has a fair bit of gear on it. At least that way you do not have to go out and purhcase more gear. At 130k I would probably change suspension ($2,600) and I would not touch it unless it has full service history. Different people place different values on vehicles. I know of a few that have a history similar such as a 2002 V8 Sahara which has towed a Bushtracker for the last 5 years and is sitting on 186000 and she does not flinch and it has been looked after.

Have a look at www.redbook.com.au for a guide to values. I just bought a 2004 Kakadu with 130 on the clock with all the trimmings and a host of upgraded options. I paid $42,000 which may seem expensive but it has been exceptionally looked after and to buy another similar vehicle I would then have to spend at least $15,000 on all the goodies.
Look for a V8 that has been looked after and get it checked out by your local car club ie (RACQ).
Good Luck Morto1701

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Follow Up By: TojoV8 - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 09:38

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 09:38
Cheers for all the advice fellas. Rob, it does have a fair share of extras on it. (arb bullbar, 3 racks, dust deflector, tow bar, sate nav, air bag susp). Of coarse i will be trying to neg the price down anyways (same as when buying anything these days).
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Follow Up By: TojoV8 - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 09:40

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 09:40
Also here is the ad for the vehicle in question...
http://www.carpoint.com.au/used-car/TOYOTA/LANDCRUISER/Western%20Australia/csn5643590.aspx?State=WA
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert M (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 21:20

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 21:20
Hi TojoV8

Checked out the advert. Looks like a tidy unit. Interesting that the GXL has Sat NAv. Obviously installed after build by the looks of it.

I did get mine from S.A. so I had to fly there to test drive it. As I could not get a road worthy in S.A. (AS they do not have to have one to sell a vehicle) so I had it checked by the RAA and test drove it. Just got the roadworthy today and no problems for registration.

There are some goo ones out there. First thing I would look for is a good look of the bash plates underneath it.
Morto1701Good Luck
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Reply By: Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 22:37

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 22:37
I just paid $40000 for a TD GXL with 127000 km, It was a one owner and immaculate.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 23:20

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 23:20
turbo?
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Follow Up By: Top End Explorer Tours - Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 00:50

Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 00:50
Opportunity knocked, A Day without learning is a day waisted.

Cheers Steve
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