Buying a '91 LC Prado - Cold Weather Advice? (1 Viewer)

Joined
Mar 5, 2009
Messages
10
Location
North of W6M
Hi, I'm looking at buying a 1991 Land Cruiser Prado EX-5, turbo-diesel and I'm wondering if anybody knows how they handle cold weather - I mean really cold. It was -30 celsius this morning and it's not unusual for it to hit -45. The summers here are hot and dry. I would love any advice I can get on buying this truck and if it will handle my climate. Sounds like it will handle my northern terrain just fine though.
Cheers
 
Joined
Aug 5, 2005
Messages
2,100
Location
Southern Interior, BC, Canada.
 
 
 
from what i understand the 2LT diesel engine is a lemon, with poor cooling, which causes cracked heads and worse.

i would not buy a 91 prado or any of the prado with a 2Lt 2LTe diesel engine, i advice you to do a search on this forum to confirm.

welcome to mud! :flipoff2: mud salute. ;)
 
Joined
Sep 28, 2002
Messages
8,020
Location
Kamloops, BC Canada
 
 
 
 
Why not? Major issues?
I can't even begin to list how many problems these trucks have. I work on them regularly, I have several dead ones at my shop right now, and more are arriving all the time.

They suffer from injection pump (>$1500), computer (>$1000), sensor ($lot$), cooling system ($500 - $1500), cylinder head (~$4000) and other problems.

Trust me, I have been working on Toyotas for a long time (about 21 years now) and these things are a total nightmare. Avoid them like you would any aggressive form of hemorrhagic fever or plague.

~John
 
Joined
Sep 28, 2002
Messages
8,020
Location
Kamloops, BC Canada
 
 
 
 
I owned one , till it got stolen and written off. I never had one problem. Stay Away from them . Just Stay Away.
Note that PradoT now owns a "real" 70 series Land Cruiser.

These come with model names like BJ70, BJ71, BJ73 BJ74, HZJ73, HZJ77 (<--looks like a Prado, but is mechanically different and has a 6 cylinder engine).

I am still a huge fan of the HJ60 and HJ61 models, but the HDJ81s are more powerful and comfortable.

~John
 
Joined
Mar 5, 2009
Messages
10
Location
North of W6M
Thanks for the advice/warnings - I'm staying away from the Prado. I'll keep looking and check out the other models.
 

crushers

post ho
Joined
Feb 10, 2004
Messages
22,179
Location
Tara Ontario
 
 
 
i commonly hear:
i can not afford a real LC and the playdo is so much cheaper.

the answer is:
you can not afford NOT to buy a real Land Cruiser

also look at the Pajero, we have sold a few with ZERO warranty issues. we have a 4 door in Calgary.
 

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Top Bottom