1987 Toyota Landcruiser Reviews

1987 Toyota Landcruiser 4.2 gas (carb) from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.2 gas (carb) Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Impulse

Summary:

This is a great SUV, but more of an off road than on road truck

Faults:

In 21 years:

1. Gas tank recall, no cost

2. Radiator at about 10 years.

3. Transfer case retention clip 12 years

4. Water pump, 15 years

5. Alternator, 16 years.

6. Air conditioner compressor at, 18 years.

7. Power steering pump and gear at 20 years.

8. New Carb at 21 years, still worked OK but wanted it to start better after sitting for a few weeks and the float bulb was leaking.

8. I put springs and shocks on at 21 years; they weren't broken, but were sagging.

Periodic maintenance:

40 to 50K on tires.

2 Alignments in 21 years.

Brakes last about 40 to 50K.

Still has original clutch.

General Comments:

This is a very tough vehicle. The engine is very sound after 21 years, no reason to believe it will not go 300K without much maintenance.

Parts are a lot more expensive than a Corolla, but it is very reliable so you don't need many.

You can fix almost anything on this truck yourself; no computers or fancy technology.

It will wear you out before you wear it out.

This truck can pull almost any stuck vehicle out, but not many can pull it out, so don't get stuck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2008

1987 Toyota Landcruiser FJ60 (Wagon) 4.2L Gas from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.2L Gas Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Impulse

Summary:

Will last for ever. Built for 3rd world conditions

Faults:

Gas tank fixed on recall.

Radiator replaced, this is very typical, watch for it. Overheated engines are how these trucks frequently die.

Some small thing in Transfer case that let it pop out of 4 low. $400 mostly labor.

AC at 170000, 17 years, not bad.

Has the typical driver side lean an probably needs new springs.

General Comments:

170K miles, runs great, uses no oil. Body is tight, but somewhat dented all around ;-). You will not wear this truck out if you know how to take care of it, but it might wear you out. This really is not a vehicle for normal street driving. You can do it, but it is really built for difficult conditions, not highway driving.

I have been hit several times and I assure you this truck is built like a tank. A car rear ended me and was very seriously messed up. I didn't even bother with the small bend in the bumper. The cops were amazed, they are the one's that said, "that thing is built like a tank". It drives like a tank too. Fortunately it stops better than it accelerates.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2005

20th Sep 2009, 07:00

Hi, I have Toyota Landcruiser 1986 4.2L gas.

A very fine light truck and I'm doing a rebuild on it. It's tough, strong, reliable, and great for Australian conditions. Cheap on parts and I just love it. Built like a tank, rides like a tank and still the world's number one light truck.

24th Jun 2010, 14:33

I have a 1987 Landcruiser, and I am having a hard time parting with it. I am planning on refurbishing the body in a few weeks Does anyone know how much these vehicles are worth? I want to see if I can adjust my insurance premiums. The Blue Book, for some reason, does not go back as far as 1987 for these wagons! They do not make cars that last as long as this any more. I have 376,000+ miles on this baby, and it is still going strong. All 3 of my kids were raised in this car. We did cross -country trips and camping in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains in this thing, it was awesome. Now that I live in Maine I want to do more. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

Robin Gratiot Vaughan

rvaughan@rsu21.net.

1987 Toyota Landcruiser 4.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Very reliable in all weather!

Faults:

My starter and left caliper seized after being stored for a year. $50 and $35 bucks used no real problem. Brake pads replaces $23 bucks.

Seats were worn and the A/C compressor seized when I got the Cruiser I just replaced the seats with Leather Electric "Jeep Chreokee" seats $60 bucks. The A/C will be replaces and that will be $100 bucks.

General Comments:

The Cruiser is the ultimate Wagon-SUV.

This machine will drive through the creek and in 4 feet of colorado snow.

So much room inside it's like a playground for the passengers and driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2003

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews