Introduction + recommendation(s) for one owner stock 2000 100 series with less than 130k miles... (1 Viewer)

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Aloha! I live in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Been back here since 2012. Moving to Idaho later this year. Just discovered this site / forum randomly today through a craigslist post of all places (a story for another time). Funny thing is my last car was a tesla model 3 (super fun to drive, nice to not buy gas for almost a year!). Had it for 10-11 months. Sold it for $1k less than I bought it for so I could use the funds towards buying an investment property in Idaho. My very first car was a 1970 Ford Bronco (paid $500 for it in 1994). Have since had about 30-40 cars over the years, but never a Cruiser, til now. Been driving the Landcruiser since December 2020, when I sold the Tesla.

Purchased my 2000 100 series with about 127k miles for $10k, from my parents actually (they bought it new for $51k). Since they no longer have any property in Hawaii, they were trying to decide what to do with the Landcruiser, which they kept here to use during their visits. In recent months I've been doing some research, watching videos, learning about overlanding, etc, and realizing that this is an epic vehicle and that I don't want to see them (my parents) let it go to some random person. I've LOVED driving it and can't imagine driving anything else right now. It's awesome.

Anyway, it is pretty much all stock, except some new tires. No mods have been done yet.

Before I ask the question, my intended use is:
Daily driver, take it to Idaho (I'm moving there within the year), explore as much as possible, go on some trips / overlanding expeditions, with or without my family (haha; don't know yet if they are game for these adventures; my wife gets super motion sick in cars; bummer!). Bottom line is I want it to be a functional daily driver, but also have the ability to be a solid badass offroad rockstar when I want it to be. While I look forward to learning and doing what I can, much of the work will probably need to be done by others, til I figure out what I'm doing and how to do it. I just don't want to mess anything up in the process.

Question:
If you were in my shoes, and knowing what you know so far about my intended use, what would you suggest as being the top 3-5 things you would do within the next 3-6 months, and why? Would be great to know what you guys consider to be the ESSENTIALS that I need to get done. After that I can focus on the non-essential niceties.

PS- it has been in Hawaii for a good 14 years or so (was in Cali prior to that); on the dry side of the island, but still. No "major" rust visible, but I do see a couple small rust areas right above the windshield along where the molding is. Planning to have windshield removed and to address that rust asap. Not sure how best to check for rust elsewhere, but I do intend to look into that to help mitigate any issues with that.

Thanks in advance! Glad I found this site. Seems like an amazing resource and I'm sure I'm going to learn a ton. I've already started searching the past threads to find out more about what recommendations have been given to other newbies like me.
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Have you dug around in here? I would started with the inspection guideline from Slee.


Id go over maintenance history and then make a decision on shipping a vehicle stateside or selling it on the island for more than you would get here.

They are nice vehicles but can be money pits as they are 20+ years old. The FAQ will let you know what to look for 👍
 

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Nice 100 - it is meant to live in Idaho, roaming the mountains!

As @AlpineAccess noted, the maintenance history is critical for determining what to do next. If it wasn’t serviced at a Land Cruiser-specific shop, then it’s guaranteed to need some parts replaced. At 21 years-old, all the coolant/heater hoses and evap/vac hoses are probably ticking timebombs. Most suspension and steering bushings are probably toast. And I’d bet the splines in the front drive/hub flanges are worn all to hell.

don't know yet if they are game for these adventures; my wife gets super motion sick in cars

Leave her home! More time for you and the kids to do fun stuff together 😬
 

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When you say overlanding, do you mean exploring on unpaved fire roads at worst, or actual places where bringing your own fuel is required? In other words, car camping or overlanding?
 
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Baseline fluids and any major maintenance intervals they may have missed. Check rubber bushings all around. New tires when it needs em. Drive and enjoy with peace of mind that generally accompanied a vehicle acquired from original owner family
 

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I'm going to follow this thread because our 2000 cruisers are about same mileage and purpose. I'm 2nd owner and got it at 69k miles about 11 years ago. Now I'm at about 125k. All I've done is scheduled service ( especially the 90k service including water pump and heater Ts), drain and replace transmission fluid a few times, and oil changes. The heater hoses and Ts are a 90k item that gets skipped often, but it's not that expensive to deal with, especially "while your in there" for anything else. Same with water pump. It's practical to do during a timing belt / 90k service.

I don't know if 4x4 stuff costs more in Hawaii or not, but I would probably do all the maintenance type things and plan to do your overland updates in Idaho. There are a lot of manufacturers and specialists in the western US and I bet installation and shipping will be cheaper in Idaho.

The rust on the windshield is an item you can search on here. It's usually a plugged sunroof drain or improper windshield installation (Toyota clips should be used.) I have it too and live near the coast, so that doesn't help.

On my end- I'm planning a mild lift soon (I need shocks and springs anyway and I'm adding heavier springs for towing) and looking to get step sliders. I have 285 BFGs and they do rob some performance but are otherwise great off road. For towing I would not recommend going larger than stock tires. I might re-gear or go back to stock for towing trips. Regardless of brand and size, I would look for a winter rated All Terrain in load range E next time you get tires. The only other "mod" I have and can highly recommend is a Speski Off Road cargo barrier. It's awesome for keeping the stuff in the back when loaded to the rafters and goes in or out in about 15-20 minutes if you need to run 3rd row with passengers.

Good news is a maintained stock 100 with good tires is ready to go a lot of places. Your "recovery scenarios" will be where your bumpers, etc. come into play. I would recommend focusing on "baselining" (getting caught up or ahead on maintenance you will need) in Hawaii and only upgrading as you need to replace something in suspension and otherwise be opportunistic about mods or add-on items until you are in Idaho. That way if you change your mind about anything you haven't sunk any costs and your "shopping list" will be dialed in. The only drawback I can think of is if 100 series support goes down as 200 series becomes more popular and your choices are affected, but that is a minor issue.

Have fun!!
 
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Have you dug around in here? I would started with the inspection guideline from Slee.


Id go over maintenance history and then make a decision on shipping a vehicle stateside or selling it on the island for more than you would get here.

They are nice vehicles but can be money pits as they are 20+ years old. The FAQ will let you know what to look for 👍
When you say overlanding, do you mean exploring on unpaved fire roads at worst, or actual places where bringing your own fuel is required? In other words, car camping or overlanding?
Intend to do both.
 
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I'm going to follow this thread because our 2000 cruisers are about same mileage and purpose. I'm 2nd owner and got it at 69k miles about 11 years ago. Now I'm at about 125k. All I've done is scheduled service ( especially the 90k service including water pump and heater Ts), drain and replace transmission fluid a few times, and oil changes. The heater hoses and Ts are a 90k item that gets skipped often, but it's not that expensive to deal with, especially "while your in there" for anything else. Same with water pump. It's practical to do during a timing belt / 90k service.

I don't know if 4x4 stuff costs more in Hawaii or not, but I would probably do all the maintenance type things and plan to do your overland updates in Idaho. There are a lot of manufacturers and specialists in the western US and I bet installation and shipping will be cheaper in Idaho.

The rust on the windshield is an item you can search on here. It's usually a plugged sunroof drain or improper windshield installation (Toyota clips should be used.) I have it too and live near the coast, so that doesn't help.

On my end- I'm planning a mild lift soon (I need shocks and springs anyway and I'm adding heavier springs for towing) and looking to get step sliders. I have 285 BFGs and they do rob some performance but are otherwise great off road. For towing I would not recommend going larger than stock tires. I might re-gear or go back to stock for towing trips. Regardless of brand and size, I would look for a winter rated All Terrain in load range E next time you get tires. The only other "mod" I have and can highly recommend is a Speski Off Road cargo barrier. It's awesome for keeping the stuff in the back when loaded to the rafters and goes in or out in about 15-20 minutes if you need to run 3rd row with passengers.

Good news is a maintained stock 100 with good tires is ready to go a lot of places. Your "recovery scenarios" will be where your bumpers, etc. come into play. I would recommend focusing on "baselining" (getting caught up or ahead on maintenance you will need) in Hawaii and only upgrading as you need to replace something in suspension and otherwise be opportunistic about mods or add-on items until you are in Idaho. That way if you change your mind about anything you haven't sunk any costs and your "shopping list" will be dialed in. The only drawback I can think of is if 100 series support goes down as 200 series becomes more popular and your choices are affected, but that is a minor issue.

Have fun!!
Thanks! Lots of great info from you and others here so far. Really appreciate it guys. The Speski Off Road recommendation is great and I'll look at that. I've got a lot to figure out on this one, but looking forward to diving in.
 

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