RE: Toyota Land Cruiser: PH Carpool

RE: Toyota Land Cruiser: PH Carpool

Monday 6th November 2017

Toyota Land Cruiser: PH Carpool

This expat has found a chariot to take past half a million km!



Name: Kevin Guy
Car: Toyota Land Cruiser 200-series VX 2013
Owned since: 2014
Previously owned: Mitsubishi Pajero, Subaru WRX, Legnum VR4, Ford Explorer V8, Alfa 156, Astra VRX and some truly awful things, including Kia Grand Carnival and Freelander convertible.

Why I bought it:
"The kids were getting too big for the back of the Pajero and there is nothing bigger than the Cruiser! We are always looking for the next adventure with the camper trailer and nothing pulls better than this, with a 4.5-litre twin turbo V8 diesel, it will go anywhere. I'd always had my eye on them as soon as we moved to Australia; they are just as iconic to Aussies as the true blue Ute!"


What I wish I had known:
"Not much that I hadn't researched but my mate has the higher spec Sahara, with the cooling seats. That would have been nice but his is white so it looks like a mine site car. Black is definetly best for looks but the red dust out here in the Western Australian desert gets into every seal and will not budge without some serious elbow grease."

Things I love:
"I love the looks, the space, the power and I love the off road capability. The best bit is that it is practically better than everything else on the road in almost every way. It's more powerful than the rest of the big torque pick-ups; it has got more seats than the dreaded Kia Carnival, better off-road capabilities than any of its counterparts. Okay, the 79-series Landcruiser is better but it's awful at everything else. The Range Rover has become a Chelsea tractor, whereas the Cruiser has all the off road tricks and actually wants to go bush bashing. And the sunroof, no idea why, but I love a sunroof more than my dog. That's not true, but I definitely love a sunroof more than the wife's dog."

Things I hate:
"Filling the tank can be quite painful with 138-litres of space to fill up. It can get quite expensive. No fancy cylinder shut down here, so it gets about 900km of highway driving on a full tank. It came with a 240-volt socket in the boot, but it can't take the amps of the fridge, so it's great for the kettle or hair straighteners. One quick trip to the auto spark will sort that. He can also change the battery for me as the cruiser comes with a dual battery setup. Both batteries are starter batteries so the idea is to whip one of them out, stick in a deep cycle and red arc controller and the power will last for weeks without a recharge."


Costs:
"Purchase cost was not bad actually, 87,000AUD for an 18month old VX? Yes please. It will hold its value incredibly. Aussies love the Cruiser and it will be worth 30,000AUD when it's 20 years old with half a million km on the clock. I spent about 2,000 getting the wheels and chrome colour-coded, and around 2,000 more on electrical stuff for the fridges and trailers it drags around."

Where I've been
"It's been from Esperance in the south east corner of WA, all the way across the south coast to Albany, then up to Perth. Keep heading north all the way up the Coral Coast to Exmouth. And back again. We recently went to Karijini National Park where it got all the red dust treatment. Just past 80,000km and it's barely broken in.

It's hard to comprehend the distances when you live in the UK, but driving from Kalgoorlie to Perth is Glasgow to London. Esperance to Exmouth is the same as John O'Groats to Geneva." 

Where next:
"I fancy a trip through the middle of Australia. Kalgoorlie to Cairns in Queensland is a distance of 4,000km which will take two weeks to get there. I would love to take it to Kakadu and Cape York but the distances are just so massive, I'd need to take a year off work..."


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Author
Discussion

Murphy16

Original Poster:

212 posts

13 months

Monday 6th November 2017
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This guy is living the dream.

PistonBroker

1,464 posts

157 months

Monday 6th November 2017
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Murphy16 said:
This guy is living the dream.
Exactly what I was thinking!

Andrewph75

17 posts

82 months

Monday 6th November 2017
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Thanks for sharing, great to read this and love the pics. Good to see it's working for you, theres one of these in SW London where I live, seem to be a pretty rare sight these days vs. Chelsea tractors.

V8RX7

15,694 posts

194 months

Monday 6th November 2017
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I have no use for it - but having read that I want one !


tahicks2003

27 posts

68 months

Monday 6th November 2017
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Great read. Thanks very much.
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birdcage

2,436 posts

136 months

Monday 6th November 2017
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One of my neighbors in a decent part of London had theirs stolen, and now have a new one with a steering lock.

I'm surprised they replaced it given its parked on the street and the thieves know they have a new one..All the nice cars around and thsi is the most desirable.

I imagine it went to a far flung destination where you could probably drive it forever without servicing it..

Benbay001

4,720 posts

88 months

Monday 6th November 2017
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The hydraulic suspension hose sprang a leak on my dads over the weekend..

griffdude

1,437 posts

179 months

Monday 6th November 2017
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Wish my brother in law had one of these.

He's got an ageing, stinky & glacially slow 2.8TD Patrol with about 300,000km on it. We drove it from Perth to Exmouth which took 2 days & about 240 AUD of fuel.

helix402

3,680 posts

113 months

Monday 6th November 2017
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It’s great but I expected it to be a high mileage tale of maintenance etc. It’s only done 50k miles.

Dafuq

351 posts

101 months

Monday 6th November 2017
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Well done that man!

Walking a similar path here, but over on the East Coast of Aus. I still find it amusing how I morphed from a red lining speed freak travelling wherever I could in the UK at Warp Factor 8 to happily cruising along at 60 mph on road or off road over here.

Guess there is no point rushing when you have the distances we have over here.

Prado man myself, courtesy of my employer, next time out though, will take a step up to the full fat Cruiser. Always concerned both to be a bit '' in the U.K., but over here they make sense. I can see myself always having a version in my stable from here on in.

mariscalcus

38 posts

76 months

Tuesday 7th November 2017
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Brilliant machines. I had one in Oman for 5 years and it would go anywhere and in reasonable comfort too. Only Patrols compare but they are less useful going over dune crests because of the high bonnet. I say anywhere but I did get stuck once as did our second LC in exactly the same sand. Only by using the starter motor trick (which is why we had extra heavy duty batteries) could we eventually get out. 56C too!

mariscalcus

38 posts

76 months

Tuesday 7th November 2017
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Brilliant machines. I had one in Oman for 5 years and it would go anywhere and in reasonable comfort too. Only Patrols compare but they are less useful going over dune crests because of the high bonnet. I say anywhere but I did get stuck once as did our second LC in exactly the same sand. Only by using the starter motor trick (which is why we had extra heavy duty batteries) could we eventually get out. 56C too!

C7 JFW

903 posts

150 months

Tuesday 7th November 2017
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The want for one of these is great. Awesome kit.

thelawnet1

1,526 posts

86 months

Tuesday 7th November 2017
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They sell them in Indonesia, but the price tag is absurd (£110k for a 200VX, £128k for the VXR). The Hilux Extra Cabin 4x4 2.5l diesel is in comparison only £18,500 there. (The Land Cruiser is made in Japan so attracts big taxes, whereas the Hilux is made in Thailand)

I'm not sure if the Land Cruiser maintains relevance in other developing countries?

Edited by thelawnet1 on Tuesday 7th November 12:11

sgtBerbatov

696 posts

12 months

Tuesday 7th November 2017
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I'm determined to get a Land Cruiser for myself once I have a family. But I have a Corolla to enjoy and a Transit van to buy before I do something sensible.