1989 Toyota Landcruiser Reviews from North America

1989 Toyota Landcruiser 4.0 3FE

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.0 3FE Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles
Previous carToyota Landcruiser

Summary:

Everybody needs a truck like this!

Faults:

Power steering pump is starting to lose pressure at idle.

Engine leaks.

Steering knuckles are starting to leak.

A hole rusted the muffler and needed a replacement.

Passenger rear window come off regulator (20 minute fix).

Throttle position sensor malfunctioned at 145,000.

General Comments:

I purchased this truck to replace my old '78 FJ40, due to the fact that it made a terrible daily driver. Overall it has been a decent vehicle.

The gas mileage is awful (10-12 MPG in town, maybe 15 on the highway if you are lucky), but that is to be expected in such a large heavy vehicle. The engine does alright pulling the truck around town, can easily do 75 MPH on the highway, but any sort of uphill grade whatsoever will put you in the slow lane.

When it's in 4WD, nothing can stop it! I have had it in snow drifts deeper than the hood, and it pushed through them with no problem. Plenty of low end torque as well for pulling your friends out.

Working on the vehicle can either be quite simple, or incredibly frustrating, depending on what you are working on. The EFI system simplifies the engine bay quite a bit, and does away with the constant carburetor adjustments, and many of the emissions components of the 87 and down models.

The interior is cavernous and can seat 4 adults comfortably. Works wonders when moving. I did wish it had third row seats, seems silly that such a large vehicle only has seating for five.

Factory A/C still blows cold, and it has never left me stranded. In several cases with battery and equipment failures, the truck always seems to get itself home.

If you are looking at one of these, be sure and get one in good running shape, as when in good condition, they will give you many years of trouble free service. However, once they start requiring attention, parts are hard to find and VERY expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2010

1989 Toyota Landcruiser GX 4.0 straight 6

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0 straight 6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance340000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

No, it isn't for sale

Faults:

Springs wear out every 150k.

Shocks are shot every 75k.

Tires last about 50k, same with plugs, wires, cap & rotor.

Brakes: front @ 30k, rear @ 100k.

The steering gears are a bit loose, I might have to fix it in the next couple years.

Wiper blades are the poorest performing part, lasts only a year or so.

General Comments:

It doesn't get there first, but it always gets there, and gets back. Many times it has come home towing one of its friends with all the people and stuff inside. On the trail, it does red cross duty to save a lot of expensive American crawlers (Japanese and Brit's too) stuck, stalled, broken or just too tired to go on.

Bulletproof, predictable and forgiving. Wife and dog should be so appropriate and satisfying.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2009

1989 Toyota Landcruiser 3FE

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3FE Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance301000 miles
Previous carToyota Hi-lux

Summary:

Most rugged four wheel drive ever

Faults:

Replaced transmission at 187000 miles.

Replaced water pump 4 times.

General Comments:

Will climb anything and go anywhere. Out performs V8 trucks and diesel powered lifted 4 X 4s.

13 MPG. A true gas hog.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2008

1989 Toyota Landcruiser FJ62 3F-E (4.0) I-6

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3F-E (4.0) I-6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance197000 miles
Previous carDodge Intrepid

Summary:

Eatin' H2's and crappin' Jeeps

Faults:

First of all, nothing mechanical has ever gone wrong with this vehicle since my family purchased it almost 10 years ago. It has never even been serviced except for oil changes, which I regret to say rarely happen on time, and some brake work. The tailgate and rear hatch are rusting pretty badly now, but that is to be expected for a vehicle of this age. The stock cassette player expired in early 2003 but was easily remedied with the installation of an after market CD player.

General Comments:

I love this thing! The only downsides are that it is slow, ugly, and sucks gas like it's free. Otherwise, it is truly excellent. But fast, pretty and efficient were never attributes this vehicle was intended to have. It can haul all your buddies, a cooler, your dog, and tow a boat all while negotiating the most awful terrain imaginable while the A/C blows ice cubes. Off-Road bliss. I have been told that these vehicles are good for 300,000 miles. I can't wait for the next 103,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2006

26th Nov 2006, 13:48

My father bought a new Land Cruiser in 1988. We still have it -- it's like brand new. Unfortunately, he said it's time for a change. He's planning on buying a 2007 Nissan Xtrail... I know, I don't approve of it either. Can someone give a good reason for him not to change out his 'Cruiser for a crappy Xtrail???

1989 Toyota Landcruiser 4.0L Straight 6 Gas

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0L Straight 6 Gas Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles

Summary:

Offroading Beast

Faults:

3 alternators have burned out in the past 3 years.

Rear window motors have started to wear out.

Driver's side hub sticks when moved to Locked position.

General Comments:

My grandparents bought a 1989 Landcruiser to take to Alaska, but they ended up staying in California so I ended up with it.

Other than having problems with alternators, it is a rugged, reliable, offroading monster. I've taken it sand crawling and mudslogging, and have been able to keep pace with Hummers and ATV. I'm very satisfied with Toyota's work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2004

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 5 reviews