or, the better way to say it is IT IS MORE EXPENSIVE than I thought. even more if you dont do some of the wrenching yourself.
One of the parameters I had for buying was "major maintenance" recorded.
The carfax stated TB/WP done at 180k, front and rear brakes done as well among other things. The seller even had a PPI done at a Toyota Dealership. My seller was the 3rd owner and took it in as trade. The PPI was his from buying the car from 2nd owner who had it for about 100k miles.
I suspect the 3rd owner really wanted to keep it, but shortly later i bought it, I found it had the dreaded VSC Traction control problems that made me ALMOST sell it myself...
until I found the fix here on mudd. VSC OFF switch install. here was a vid of the issue:
The alternator died on our first major trip on the LC. $600 at a mechanic shop in Savanah GA.
AND right after I got the rig back from the mechanic, I had the immobilizer problems. Once again mudd came through: EFI Relay Bypass Kit (Immobilizer Fix) for UZJ100/LX470
Got us home by jumping the efi relay and ordered medtro kit.
A month later the starter died and followed a thread here to DIY fix it myself. Thanks mudd! (cant find it at the moment).
This was the first 2 months of ownership. My wife is scared to do long trips in the 100 because of these.
since then, Ive done:
> Driver Full Front IFS Rebuild : CV Axle, Hub and everything in it, Wheel Bearings and the like.
> Repack Passenger Bearings + New CV Axle
> Inner and Outer Tie rods
> FULL Front Brake Rebuilds ( disc, caliper, pads, brake lines, flush)
> Rear Brake Rebuild (Disc, pads, ebrake, brake lines, flush)
> 2 inch Ironman Lift + Aftermarket UCA
> Change Rear Medium Ironman to Heavy 2863
> Aftermarket double din install, new amp
> New ECU computer with 2 new master keys (only had valet keys)
> Dual Battery System
> dometic Fridge
> 33 inch tires, then to 34s, now going to 35s
> rear Timbren Extended Bumpstops for 35s
> TJM front bumper
> Wilco spare tire carrier
these are just what I remember from the top of my head. my 7500 initial rig is now past 3 times that in total cost in mods and maintenance (in 1.5years of ownership)...
BUT I feel like it will last another 20 years and 300k more miles, I daily drive this rig 70miles roundtrip each day.
This is not a classic for the feint of heart or wallet, but it is easy to work on if you are semi-ok with tools AND the information held here on mudd.