[80 series or 100 series?] What would you choose based on these facts?

Discussion in 'General Tech' started by Pandanoid, Sep 14, 2018.

Vehicle of choice:

  1. 1997 LX450

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  2. 2003+ LX470

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  1. Pandanoid


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    Mar 28, 2018
    I currently own and daily a 1997 80 series. However, I think I've gotten to the point where I am looking to upgrade to the 100 series which many threads have pointed out is a much better daily driver. Being in Canada, most supply of the TLC is in the form of LX450/470s so my options will be limited to those two. Imported TLCs go for a premium up here.

    A little about my driving and area:
    - Moderate off road x5 and camping x2 or x3 times annually.
    - Spend a lot of time recovering vehicles that are stuck in ditches in Canadian Winter
    - Daily-driving in the city includes many highways (30mph to 50mph to 30mph)
    - City is in a geographically hilly area (ups and downs of 100-200 meters)

    Plans for rig:
    Steel bumper front+winch
    Rear bumper (double swing arm, tire carrier, ladder)
    2.5" lift
    33" tires
    Roof top tent/roof rack

    Due to the hilly area and the need to merge while climbing from 30 to 50 or 60mph, the 1FZFE - 4 spd enjoys taking it's time. I think owning a 2UZFE - 5spd in the 2003+ will help.

    If you had to choose one, which one would you choose based on the driving/area?

    I will be test driving a LX470 over the weekend but I would love to hear from other members of the community.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
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