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Best year of the FJ80 and FZJ80

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by BigSur, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. BigSur

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    Thinking about one for the wife. We hate our durango.
     
  2. Hltoppr

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    1992...lots of goodies and you don't have to worry about those pesky lockers or a powerful enough engine to break any speed limits...

    -H-
     
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    94 is the best because that's what I have. :D

    Decide if you want airbags. If so, 95-97. IIRC 94 was when the A/C switched to the newer coolant.
     
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    91-92s are very well priced now, less powerful, but engine is more durable, 93-97 have lockers option on some, abs and 4 wheel discs on most, and more horses, 95-97 have airbags, 96-97 have full obd 2 diagnsotic. Knowing your budget would help.
     
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    The 95-97 will be your best bet becuase they'll have the lowest amount of miles of the FZJ80 series. My 97 40th Aniversary (if you can find one) is nice becuase they have the color for the leather that matches the rest of the car. Now I'll look like an old lady for posting this... but the wife will like it plus they'll last forever.
     
  6. e9999

    e9999 You want to do what...? Moderator

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    after my near frontal crash of the other day, I would say "with airbags for sure!"...
    :)
    Eric
     
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    [quote author=e9999 link=board=2;threadid=13890;start=msg128809#msg128809 date=1080583774]

    "with airbags for sure!"...

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    Airbags are for ninnies...
     
  8. e9999

    e9999 You want to do what...? Moderator

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    Me, I'd rather be a ninny with a face than a tough guy without. Of course, one would look even much tougher after a serious frontender without bags.
    And then, there are the passengers...
    :p
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  9. ginericLC

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    I'd definitely go 93 plus. I'd probably go 97 if I could afford it, just to get the newest low mileage one. 91-92s have lots of drawbacks, less power, less braking, no ABS, no airbags, no lockers, no fullfloating rear axle, etc... The ABS could be important for your wife as she is probably used to it already.
     
  10. cruiserman

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    For me, '94 is the best year. If my wife is driving it around with our kids, then probably '96 or later.
     
  11. LandCruiserPhil

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    Best year uh' 96 of course

    As for the air bag crowd - if you have an ARB bull bar a warning sticker on your bumper warns you that your air bags will not work correctly.

    Phil 96 w/air bags not working correctly
     
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    In my opinion 94-97 is all good. i just highly suggest spending a little more and getting the lockers and larger engine. there is a massive difference between 91-92 and 94-97. Have owned both...just my .02
     
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    I like the 96/97, OBD II in GA no codes = pass emisions, where the earlier trucks have to be run and sniffed, plus all mentioned above are in the 96/97 the only down grade through the years is the smaller electronic transmition of the later models, not many transmition problems on the LC so it is debateable weather the "downgrade" is a problem, I do like the front end looks of the earlier trucks better
     
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    I would get the 95 with a 440 transmission if you can find one.
     
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    [quote author=Pitbull link=board=2;threadid=13890;start=msg128992#msg128992 date=1080602555]
    I would get the 95 with a 440 transmission if you can find one.
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    That'll be like finding a '97 40th minus the racks, sunroof, and leather...

    Good luck!!!
     
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    that's got to be some kind of record, 13 posts before he tranny difference reared it's ugly head.
     
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    :eek:

    I did not realize it was taboo to utter that not all 80's are created equal

    :)
     
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    [quote author=e9999 link=board=2;threadid=13890;start=msg128809#msg128809 date=1080583774]
    after my near frontal crash of the other day, I would say "with airbags for sure!"...
    :)
    Eric
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    Have you ever been in a vehicle when the airbag deployed? You can substain more burn injuries from gases being released from the bag than from a relatively minor impact. Small children can be injured or killed by the deployment of the bag. In your case it sounds like your specific colision was just short of a side impact where the airbag is not going to be as effective as a frontal impact. In a major impact an airbag is of great value. The most important of all is to use the seatbelts. Personally I would opt for a non-airbag equiped vehicle that is the size the Land Cruiser is.
     
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    [quote author=Pitbull link=board=2;threadid=13890;start=msg128992#msg128992 date=1080602555]
    I would get the 95 with a 440 transmission if you can find one.
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    That particular combination does not exist in North America. Actually it would be a 442 not a 440 but still the answer is nolo existo........


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    [quote author=cruiserdan link=board=2;threadid=13890;start=msg129193#msg129193 date=1080618813]
    That particular combination does not exist in North America. Actually it would be a 442 not a 440 but still the answer is nolo existo........


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    Dan I ment 442 :), I thought they installed them in 95's for the first few months? But you would know better than I.