agreed. I bought the 80 because I've wanted one since they were made. I also bought it to learn/improve my wrenching skills. I took a vow to myself that I would never pay anyone to do any work on it and so far I've kept my word.
this might be heresy, but you could get a used 4runner and put several thousand in parts/PM into it before hitting 30k. and you'll still have beer money left at the end.
me? ill just risk it with the 80 and hope I'm within walking distance to a signal when she goes.
My daily is a 5th gen. Park it next to the fzj everyday. The 4runner looks tiny compared to the LC. The 4rnr interior is actually a little bigger than the LC, interestingly enough.
Absolutely agree about reliability and the 4rnr will do almost everything offroad that her older cousin...