1997 Toyota Landcruiser Reviews

1997 Toyota Landcruiser 4.6L I6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.6L I6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance95500 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

I love her! She's my 4x4 goat-footed baby

Faults:

Nothing yet. Except for slamming into off-road obstacles; most recently hit some concrete while doing dough-nuts at 50MPH. Did a couple grand worth of damage but... I was still able to get her home after a quick tire change. Fun fun fun!

General Comments:

LOVE IT! She's a BEAST. But fuel costs are a tad pricey; but it's paid for so who cares. Oh, and the brakes pads go pretty quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2008

1997 Toyota Landcruiser 1HZ 4.2 diesel from Cambodia

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.2 diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 kilometres
Most recent distance74000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Pajero

Summary:

Tough in the rough

Faults:

Steering ball joint replaced 3 weeks after purchase

Trip meter stuck 7300km

Rattling exhaust baffle.

General Comments:

Having been resistant to Land Crushers as I felt they were just oversized toys compared to the more honest Land Rover Defender Troop Carrier or Pajero. I ended up with a cruiser after a disastrous Pajero and the inability to acquire a decent Land Rover in my adopted home Cambodia. Most imported Cruisers are luxury US spec with Auto Transmission and thirsty V8s.

I found my 97 1 HZ with Manual Transmission and 4.2 6cylinder diesel in Jan 08.

As a road car; the 6 cylinder diesel is turbine smooth and quiet unless pushed hard. Its performance though, is almost embarrassing compared to my old and lighter 2.8 turbo Pajero. One needs to work the gears hard to maintain momentum on hills and overtaking requires a lot of pre planning.

Off road is a different story.

Cambodia has the worse roads in SE Asia and in my first couple of months of ownership of the cruiser I have taken it on a some of the steepest, roughest dustiest and muddiest roads to remote temples on adventure tours.

The 4WD system works well with easy transfer box control (provided the hubs are locked) I’ve used the low drive more than I expected. The lever requires a hefty push

Off the beaten track thru rice fields and bush in search of rare wildlife; the cruiser has been excellent; helped in part to the Michelin XML tyres. The only time I have been in trouble was due to grounding (my error).

Comfort, ride and handling on and off road couldn’t be better. One thing I do hate is the split tailgate which makes access to the rear awkward and precluded the fitment of a rear mounted spare tire, the under slung tire was quickly removed to the roof rack for expeditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2008

22nd May 2009, 10:18

Please don't talk about ruggedness and Land Rover in the same sentence. I've owned and driven Defenders and Cruisers in Africa in bad terrain, and for quality and reliability you get a Cruiser. Land Rovers long ago fell prey to high labour costs in the UK and elsewhere, and they sacrificed durability as a result.

1997 Toyota Landcruiser FZJ80 40th Anniversary from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

Best built and performance 4x4 in the world

Faults:

Rear electric windows stick down sometimes. Electric antenna does not work. Not bad for a 8 year old 4 x 4.

General Comments:

I've owned many imports and American built cars and trucks. No other manufacturer comes close to Toyota's reliability and quality. The Landcruiser itself is the best 4x4 by far. Jeep, Chevy, and Ford don't come close to the Landcruisers traction and handling. I've spun out many 4x4s on ice and wet pavement. I can never seem to get the Landcruiser to break traction. Last winter, my vehicle would consistantly go up a very steep clay / dirt road when wet and icy, when most other 4x4s couldn't. Beyond performance, I love the plush interior and climate control. I'm also impressed with how well the body and paint hold up since I almost never wash it. No rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th August, 2005

30th Nov 2009, 10:03

You seem to have so much great to say about your truck, yet you gave it a frown and said you would not buy another Toyota?

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 7 reviews