1983 Toyota Landcruiser Reviews from North America

1983 Toyota Landcruiser FJ60 Wagon Staight 6

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Staight 6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired173560 miles
Most recent distance174783 miles

Summary:

The ultimate vehicle!

Faults:

I bought the car in OK condition for $350. All I had to fix was the inner and outer wheel bearing on the driver side, my reverse lights, and my exhaust.

General Comments:

This SUV is the ultimate off-road vehicle. It goes anywhere and does anything. It doesn't accelerate fast or get high speeds, but that's not what its for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th September, 2004

15th Jan 2010, 00:27

If you bought a Landcruiser in ANY condition for $350, you can't complain about it! Hold on to it. You have no idea what kind of deal and what kind of vehicle you have. It is a TANK. Treasure it!

1983 Toyota Landcruiser FJ60 4.2L 2F

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.2L 2F Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carMazda MX6

Summary:

The ultimate vehicle for a safari!

Faults:

Well, I bought the car used from an unscrupulous car dealer.

So, it had a poorly rebuilt engine which just died. I'm in the process of having it replaced as we speak.

Other than replacing and repairing parts that were neglected by the previous owner, it's been really reliable.

General Comments:

You don't drive this truck for performance, handling, or comfort. You drive it BECAUSE IT IS A LAND CRUISER!

This is one of the best vehicles ever made. Maintain it and the average engine will last well over 250-300K miles UNTOUCHED! Some even go as high as 500K without even a rebuild.

Plenty of room to haul all the gear you would ever need, and still cruise down the road in style.

However, you do pay for this truck at the pump. Average MPG of cruisers from 1957 to present is around 14-15!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2001

13th Aug 2001, 21:13

I couldn't agree with you more... I own a '81 FJ60 and it runs well except the "fuel loading schedule" which is very tight... mine "drinks" 1 litre for riding 4 kilometers...

19th Aug 2002, 02:02

My '83 fj60 gets 19m.p.g. highway and 12 m.p.g. in low -range on unimproved logging trails.

5th Sep 2003, 12:58

I own a 1893 FJ60 engine Land Cruiser, acquired at 165,000kms. Needed minor repairs as change of oil seals and rear shock-absorbers when acquired, but for the past several months, I get impressed by its performance month after month.

After completion of an 15-18 day tour trek in the rough terrains of Ethiopia, all I seem to do these days is change the engine oil at 3000Kms on the average, check the shock absorbers, do minor engine servicing-all this thanks to its sturdy structure. You would be surprised at its sturdy appearance as well performance. Typically meant for hardship and successfully winning every time.

Some might see its fuel consumption as a setback, but then again considering its performance, I would say it is tolerable or probably insignificant.

I would definitely buy another eighty's model Land Cruiser than a brand new one at a price much higher.

Osman A. / Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews