1991 Toyota Landcruiser 3FE from North America
There's a reason you see them being used by the UN in all less habitable parts of the world
The orig alternator died at 115k, I replaced the alternator with an aftermarket reman'd Bosch unit. This lasted 3 years, fortunately I had a lifetime warranty and replaced it with the same from BapGeon. I'm certain an OEM part would have lasted longer, but I was on a budget.
The original starter was replaced at 120k. I went with Toyota parts on that one... no problems with it since.
The original radiator gave out last summer, there had been no overheating issues until the eruption, LOL. Replaced with OEM, good as new now.
The left front brake caliper needed to be replaced (seized piston) so I replaced both fronts with ake/bono, along with the flexible brake hoses going to the calipers for preventative maintenance.
I've done all the work myself, just as I have on all my vehicles. Everything is very intuitive... like my previous older Mercedes 90's SL.
The worst vehicle I've ever worked on were Ford products, things are placed suspiciously in the way for the home mechanic.
The '91 3FE engine is a true workhorse. There is no timing belt or chain, it's direct drive. Torque is incredible.
You won't win any speed races at stop lights, but that's not what this vehicle is all about.
It's about a solid, go anywhere, durable 4x4 that is rivaled by none.
Some newer Land Cruiser 80 series models may have more power (212 bhp), but they also have some deficits, like head gasket issues that inevitably show up after 100K.
Not so with the 91/92 models.
I love the fact that the truck is roomy enough to fold forward the rear 2nd row seats, and you are able to sleep in the back with the tailgate open or closed if you're short enough.
It's just a great feeling to know that the vehicle you're driving has tractor-like reliability, and is able to get you through situations that would halt most all other vehicles.
The only con I have is that I've been told that the 2nd row seating for larger passengers can be uncomfortable on long journeys, Toyota seems to have addressed this issue with newer FJ100 series.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th March, 2009