1982 Toyota Landcruiser BJ42 3.4 from North America


Awesome, built to last and looks great


Everything on this truck has needed attention. The only thing that I haven't rebuilt or replaced has been the fuel system. The biggest headache has been the electrical. The 24v system is not a problem, but 20 years of owners doing their own fixes has taken its toll. That being said the truck has never let me down. The first couple years are the worst because it spent most of the time in the driveway in need or parts. It's never left me stranded though.

General Comments:

This is an industrial truck. Mine even came from a mine. It is bulletproof. Everything is grossly overbuilt and simple. The body is easy to work on. You won't understand this truck until you drive it on a rough road. I will never sell it. It's been quite expensive. For the same money I could be sitting in a new j**p. When I pass an other landcruiser guy you don't just wave, you stop and talk. It's not great on the highway. A couple rolls of house insulation under home made carpet helps, but forget passing you'll be doing well just to keep up with traffic. I've taken it on some 3000mile road trips and its never let me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2005

21st Apr 2009, 21:34

Brought a bj42 1983, 1800$NZ. Awesome off road, gotta love its looks :)

1982 Toyota Landcruiser FJ60 4.2 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


If your undecided this is the one to buy!


The Drivers side window mechanism broke, but after 480000 kilometres the car has earned the right to need a few repairs.

Other than that the cruiser is rock solid, I`m impressed with its reliability.

General Comments:

I bought the car cheap to do a chev conversion on it, once this has been done I will have no complaints about the vehicle.

The power is the only let down for this car, this could be because my previous vehicle a toyota 4runner had a 350 hp chev in it and I may have been spoiled in the area of power.

The car has high kilometres, but all running gear is quiet and smooth, the interior is a little perished and the paint faded, but it is virtually rust free.

The car is bulletproof!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2003

1982 Toyota Landcruiser G 4.0 diesel from Australia and New Zealand


Not a 4wd just designed for shopping


Alternator brushes needed replacing at 320,000 km. Cheap to fix.

Starter motor currently playing up, probably needs brushes.

Small radiator leak at 275,000 km, had it soldered.

Small front differential leak, easily fixed.

Most recent repair of any significance has been a leaking power steering pump. It needed new seals, which were surprisingly affordable, only the mechanic took 5 hours to fix it.

Air conditioning needs a few new parts and is not operational at this moment. I'll get it fixed before summer, I love my air con.

All other repairs have just been run of the mill maintenance issues, like brake pads etc.

General Comments:

This is a car that can be summed up in two words: 'tough' and 'reliable'.

The reason I am confronted with for example aircon and power steering repairs is that out of its approx. 360,000 km probably 260,000 were done driving on rough roads or tracks in hot and sometimes tropical conditions.

This car has never let me down, oh sorry only once here in town when the clutch went, however things wear out on any car if you keep on driving them long enough.

The HJ60 diesel motor is one of the toughest units ever built, simple, without any electronics. I've driven through rivers in it, with water over the bonnet - it keeps on running.

Finally I'd like to say: when I bought my Cruiser a mechanic told me that at 260,000 the car was 'just run in, mate!'

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2003