It's a tank
December 13, 2018
I keep wanting to sell my 96 LC and get something else with better gas mileage, but every time I look there is simply nothing out there as reliable and easy to work with as these older LC. Plenty of room in the engine to do your own work. And there is a lot of clearance under the engine to easily change the oil and filter.
To be clear, you get a Land Cruiser for its fuel efficiency... Is just not going to happen. Is not a speed demon either, but when it comes to reliability, hands down the LC wins every time.
Have my 1996 LC for several years now. Currently at 169k miles and in great mechanical condition. It has never let me down. Change the oil and filter, the air filter, spark plugs and lines, keep other fluids in check and you are golden.
Word of warning: expect little things to start breaking apart. Time does that to older vehicles, it is inevitable. I have a tear on the seat that slowly grows bigger with time, a piece of plastic trim that simply broke from use, a window that wont full open, the sun-shield giving me grief by not staying put, and the fuses cover that just gave up. If those minor issues were fixed, there is nothing else I would change on this car.
It is very spacious inside. By removing the third row and completely folding the second row, is like having a covered truck cab in the back. The LC handles heavy loads with ease. I've carried 6 heavy adults and the car didn't even flinch.
This car handles snow like its nothing. It is all-wheel-drive, but I like to add chains anyway. Great vehicle for the outdoors.
V6 inline, and the torque.. oh the torque. Get one with a differential dial. It is magical.