Landcruiser--Sahara 2005

Submitted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 12:39
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My husband is looking at updating our 80 series diesel landcruiser for a sahara diesel 2005 model--anyone out there have any for or against--it has only done 60,000klms & seems in gr8 condition.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 12:50

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 12:50
Gertie do you intend to tow anything reasonably heavy? Like a full size caravan?

Reason I ask is that the 100 series Sahara has an auto levelling system that raises or lowers the ground clearance height according to your speed. If a van is put onto the back the system can't cope with the weight and drops to the lowest level and you find yourself driving along with the lowest ground clearance setting.

Mind you, I have never owned a 100 series and am just going on what I have read. Maybe some owners can pitch in.

There is a wealth of info about all Cruisers with a large section devoted to the 100 series on www.lcool.org.

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Follow Up By: Member - gertie (NSW) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:47

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:47
Yes we do--have an off-road Roadstar--18ft--so yes towing is very important
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 13:48

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 13:48
gertie, check to see if it is the Update version - that is I think from September 05. I agree with GB that with heavy weights on the rear the AHC can be an issue. Quite complex to discuss
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Follow Up By: Member - gertie (NSW) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:49

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:49
Thanku --will do as we sure do want to tow our 18ft roadstar--quite heavy
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:51

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:51
gertie, it isn't the weight of the caravan so much as what may be on the draw bar and consequently the back axle.
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Follow Up By: Outbacktourer - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 21:57

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 21:57
Sept 05 Sahara copped a whole swag of upgrades handed down from the Lexus and are a very nice vehicle. i had ione for 2 years and moved it on through no fault of it's own. AHC will become overwhelmed if you have a reasonable load in it and put something on the tow ball. Simple fix is to fit some polyairs, I did it and so has a mate with an LX470. Works a treat and no reason to not buy what is a great vehicle.

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 23:34

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 23:34
gertie, if you find the weights to great in the rear it defaults to low levels which isn't good for the car or the passengers. Best to get the better carrying air bags but only adjust them to normal height - pumping air to that level.

If you ever thought of putting in heavier springs, DON'T. Any heavier springs overpower the shockers and you need heavier ones too, which opens up a whole new ball game. The system isn't set up for that and a replacement of the whole system would be something to tell the insurer of.

I agree with OT above. Polyairs or Firestone air bags which can be heavier duty.
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Follow Up By: Member - gertie (NSW) - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 07:02

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 07:02
Thanks guys for all your help--this is certainly a great forum Regards Glenys & Gav
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