8th Jul 2002, 08:00

As a Mechanic and having driven Both the Landcruiser and Patrol of the early 90's I must say that if a prospective buyer is looking for a all-rounder 4x4 then look no further than the GQ (1988 onwards) Nissan Patrol. This vehicle is very stable (more so than the Landcruiser), cheaper to maintain and is equal in off-road performance with the Landcruiser. Very powerful, and great for towing.

29th Dec 2003, 18:51

I disagree. I have driven both and and the land cruiser fj62 rides and handles better. I swear the fj62 have the most comfortable seats ever. Plus they will last longer than the nissan.

8th Jan 2004, 19:45

If you are looking for a reliable, tough and sturdy vehicle, look no further. I have a 91 with 99K on the odometer. The only issues are power and MPG (around 8C, 10H), but believe me, you CAN'T get it stuck... These beasts go where other can't. Take a look around, look at Autotrader and other sites, if you can FIND a Grand Cherokee with 120,000 miles on it, you'll pay $2,000 and take your chances, but L/C's are out there with 150K+ and still sold for $10,000 or so. Someone once told me... look at the Discovery Channel, how many Ford and Chevy's do you see on safari?

9th Jul 2004, 13:19

Here in Texas my 1989 FJ 62 has 215,400 miles, still going strong. Periodic servicing from qualified mechanic. Sent the Cruiser with my son off to college & figured that would be the end of it. He kept the oil changed regular, ran off the road during a freak snowstorm, got several windshield cracks during a strong dust storm, brought it back all dusty. I hosed it off, replaced the windshield & drive it daily now. He still wants to drive it. Everything, but the alternator is still original. I can't see getting rid of it.

3rd Aug 2004, 14:21

I drove a 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser with nearly 300,000 miles. Ran like new. But I broke my feet and could no longer use a clutch. Gave 1984 to woman at church to drive and bought a 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser. Now has nearly 200,000 miles. It too drives like new. Only problems have been automatic door lock solenoid, replaced alternator, and low power. People leave notes on the car asking if it is for sale.

It is comfortable, handles well, easy maintenance. Only issue is low power. You cannot be in a hurry.

The Toyota Land Cruiser as the best car in the world is second only to the 1965 "C" model Porsche.

27th Sep 2004, 21:26

I have a 1985 LC diesel with 285,000k on the clock.

I purchased it in1989 and it has become part of the family. With the frame in advanced stages of rust I am frantically looking for a good frame and or body so I can keep going for another 200,000k. It still has the best visibility and storage capability of any SUV I know.

5th Nov 2005, 08:41

I own a 91 Land cruiser and no one could tell the difference between my wife's 97' from mine. I, like most know I could get more power from a Dodge or Chevy few a while until I have to start replacing parts like motors and transmissions!!

I have one issue that three mechanics including the dealer couldn't figure out. I have a tremendous amount of heat accumulating under driver seat from the exhaust manifold to the cadalydic converters area. The extreme heat kills my battery charge and the truck will not start until it cools. My computer diagnosis comes out clean. I replaced the converters, but after an hour or so of driving the heat has become unbearable. I was warned the vehicle could catch fire.

Any comments out there???

6th Nov 2005, 05:33

I drove my sons fully loaded 1995 Range Rover for a week in Fla. that he bought off ebay this summer for only $7000. It had a new auto height air suspension, new dark green paint, brush guards, great ac and a new sound system. Although Land Cruisers are nice this car rides better. I am looking for a used one myself now.

7th Jun 2009, 12:29

If Nissan would bring the Patrol to the U.S., I'd drive it. Having driven every other viable off road people and stuff carrier, the Land Cruiser fj62 and FJ 100 are best. Failure to get you back from the woods defeats the otherwise functional Rovers, and failure to even make it out shuts down most others. I think the newest FJ Cruiser might compete, but their owners seem to be scared to test them. Maybe their wives don't let em.