need some imput about landcruiser towing ability.

Submitted: Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 23:02
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hi people need some help want to purchase 1oo series cruiser have heard to many conflicting storys re performance and ability i will be towing 6.4 meter alli boat twice a year aprox 2000 klms each trip other wise the wife will be driving it doing approx 120 klms week what will be best suit my needs. petrol,diesel ,turbo,,manual , auto, also heard that autos play up when towing just need some honest opinions. many thanks neil.
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Reply By: pilbaralad - Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 02:57

Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 02:57
The only gripe I have with them is the departure angle....
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 07:39

Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 07:39
Hi Neil
Firstly, towing a large boat, you will need a large towing vehicle to satisfy weight regulations.
The auto will outperform the manual in ease of towing the weight. Overdrive is out to use, (thats why they play up) as in the manual, 5th can bust if you tow with it . I cant see you wanting to go that fast anyway with the boat on the back.
As far as motor goes diesel will give you better economy and pulling power will be better if it is turbocharged, but the down side is initial cost and filling it up times (look for the oil stain on the garage floor to see where the diesel bowser is) I would probably go the v8 auto and pocket the extra 20k. Have spoken to many who are unhappy with the std t/d 100, and put the dtronics and intercoolers on them.
Andrew wheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: bigboy - Sunday, Aug 10, 2003 at 13:46

Sunday, Aug 10, 2003 at 13:46
5 gear goes .
only because dodgy people playing with the 5th gear .
reusing old stack nuts etc .
I have a l/c and i tow large weight in 5th gear over 80km/h
i tow a gose neck trailer with about 5000 kg out the back
don't strugel it in 5th gear and you won't have a problem.
i have had l/c diesel with 2h - 1hz .
so stop bitching about stuff you don't know about .
it dose not matter what you bodgy up it let you down.
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Follow Up By: toy truck - Sunday, Aug 10, 2003 at 13:49

Sunday, Aug 10, 2003 at 13:49
good on ya (big boy) you tell him .
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Sunday, Aug 10, 2003 at 16:12

Sunday, Aug 10, 2003 at 16:12
5th gear goes .
Because people misuse it(tow in it).
Good luck with yours. Im sorry for bitching about something i dont know about. You wont find many wreckers with a spare 5th gear cluster to sell you for a cruiser or patrol.
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Reply By: Member - Bill- Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 08:02

Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 08:02
Neil,

Most say you need uprated springs or polyair bags in the back on a 100 series if you tow anything remotely heavy otherwise your arse will get gravel rash. The standard setup is great unladen but bit a little on the soft side for a load. A progressive spring may be good for you rather than straight H/D since your wife will be driving around without the boat on (I assume!). IMHO the Turbo Diesel Auto would offer the best performance for you with the boat on but it is a big ask. I tend to agree with the other poster, the V8 Auto may be the better value option.
Regds

Bill
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Reply By: john - Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 08:30

Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 08:30
TD is the best way to go for towing if you can afford the extra initial cost. You will get returns at the pump and in resale value. As for overdrive in auto, I've used it for over 200K with no trouble - I feel the auto changes if the strain is sufficient. I can understand problems with drivers staying in 5th manual but that comes down to driver skill/awareness I think - for example cruising at 100k with a load on a flat road - use 5th - hill appears, change to 4th - easy!!!!!
Good luck!
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Reply By: Big John (QLD) - Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 23:03

Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 23:03
Neil
TD is the only way to go. I tow a 6.5m Cruise Craft with my 100 series TD and the car doen't even know the boats there. I also use all 5 gears and drive the same way that I drive without the boat and never have a problem and that goes for my last 5 landcruisers.
I was at the Brisbane show today and they are selling new GXL TD's drive away for $65,000 so the are by no means 20k dearer than the V8.

john
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