1996 Toyota Landcruiser GX 4.2 diesel from Fiji Islands
Best 4WD money can get
Rear control arm bushings were busted so needed to change those.
Power windows needed servicing (because I thought they were a little slow).
Steering damper and tie rod ends needed changing.
This was a one owner dealer maintained vehicle in absolutely mint condition. The vehicle is a GX with barn doors and part time 4WD.
I was lucky enough to get hold of this vehicle, which I had been after for nearly 8 years.
The vehicle still has the factory silver with black fender over-riders paint job on. With careful polishing (at least 8 times) and loads of elbow grease, the vehicle looks like new.
The vehicle came with a TJM front bar in black and has no other additional accessories on it.
Surprisingly the 80 had never seen any offroad work until I bought it; it was even fitted with light truck running thread tires.
The engine is a 1HZ non turbo unit, which is as reliable as any engine can ever be. I had a compression test done before purchase, and all cylinders had the factory specified compression level. Despite the odo meter reading, the engine is like brand new and does not even puff out the slightest bit of black smoke.
The gearbox has a very low ratio, can move off on 2nd gear without any issue, and in normal driving you hardly have to down shift.
The engine has heaps of grunt, I have heard a lot of people complain about the 1HZ, but it was never meant to be a race breed engine, and does what it was built for very well. If you know how to drive a manual vehicle properly and keep it at the correct revs, you can go up some pretty steep inclines without losing much momentum.
I have changed the exhaust in vehicle and fitted in an Auspac straight through muffler and two straight through resonators, and the engine has responded very well to this; I have much more power down low in the rev range and the engine revs freely now.
The economy of this vehicle is considerably better than the 2.8 intercooler turbo Pajero I had prior to it, but the 'cruiser does lack the acceleration prowess that the 4m40 engine had.
The off road ability of this vehicle is second to none, plus there are fewer things to worry about going wrong when out in the wilderness in a 80 series with a no nonsense diesel engine and manual transmission.
The interior is well laid out and every single thing in the vehicle works. The seats are comfortable for long journeys, both on and off tarmac.
This is the one of the best proper 4WDs out there, and I would highly recommend it to anybody.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th August, 2015