You can't beat a diesel Cruiser. Like an old rusty, trusty friend
Leak in the radiator - steams now and then - $1200 for a replacement part because it is one of the old trusty all-brass rads. Still driving with the leak. This is the original part and lasted 500,000km!! No complaints.
Horn stopped working.
Rusty exhaust replaced.
No other problems.
Excellent, excellent vehicle, full of rusty character. The RUST on body and frame is by far the biggest (only?) problem with these vehicles.
I have the 6 cylinder diesel. Runs on dino-diesel, runs better on veggie oil, bio-blends.
AMAZING off-road performance.
Can move your entire house (60 inch plasma screen, couch, you name it). Slower than a city bus, but goes forever.
MOST of the parts on this truck are ORIGINAL - including the drive-train, diffs, rear drums, radiator, fuel and braking system etc at 500,000 km!!! If that is not amazing, I don't know what is.
I use it as a daily driver, I use it to get groceries, I use it for camping, I use it for skiing, and I offroad -- and it has not let me down once!
On a nice flat open highway it'll push 30 MPG - which is not bad at all for a 5000lb vehicle when loaded, driven by a 4 litre 1980s engine, on 33 inch offroad tires!
I would rather drive this than 90% of the new vehicles out there, and when the rust finally breaks its back at 1 million km, I will buy a new frame and do it all over again.
Out of 9 vehicles I have owned, including 2 brand new ones - this is the best one by a long-shot.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th February, 2010