New member needs advice on which Land Cruiser to buy. (1 Viewer)

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I currently have a 1996 4runner and a 2005 4runner. Both are great vehicles, but both a tad small for what I need to carry weekly for work. The 3rd Gen also needs the front seat to go back about 2" further. I sat in a Gen5 4runner and loved the seating position, but too much money and not many around for sale under $20,000. I also really want a Land Cruiser, although would settle for a Lx 470. I drive approximately 35,000 miles per year, 95% highway and do my own maintenance and am not afraid of working on anything except auto transmisions. My main question is whether a 100 is best, or would a 80 series work for what I need. I've watched lots of videos and read a lot of forum posts, but none with answers to someone putting as many highway miles a year as I do. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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35k highway miles per year??? Def don’t get an 80, and prob wouldn’t get a 100 either unless paying $10k in gas per year is your idea of money well-spent. Hell I’d delete every Land Cruiser model in existence off my list if I was driving that much.
 
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Since you're mostly driving highway miles, the 100 is the way to go. I went through the same decision many years ago and don't regret the 100. With either the LX or LC you'll enjoy those miles a lot more than in an 80. I believe the transmission on the 2003+ 100's will also be smoother on the highway since they have the 5-speed transmission. I think the 80 is a 4-speed. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
 
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For mostly highway use, the V8 of the Lc/Lx is far enjoyable than the toyota V6. But the drawback is fuel consumption. Gotta pay to play I guess. The 4-speed and 5-speed Lc/Lx transmissions are both durable, just make sure you drain/fill regularly based on manual and that last a lifetime. And if you want to get the best fuel consumption, keep it stock, especially the tire size.
 

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35k highway miles per year??? Def don’t get an 80, and prob wouldn’t get a 100 either unless paying $10k in gas per year is your idea of money well-spent. Hell I’d delete every Land Cruiser model in existence off my list if I was driving that much.
This is the voice of reason,!
Land Cruisers are neither cheap to maintain nor cheap to fuel.
I highly recommend looking for a hybrid Highlander, great fuel economy, excellent all weather performance, much cheaper to own/maintain and $20k would buy you a much newer example too.
 
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This is the voice of reason,!
Land Cruisers are neither cheap to maintain nor cheap to fuel.
I highly recommend looking for a hybrid Highlander, great fuel economy, excellent all weather performance, much cheaper to own/maintain and $20k would buy you a much newer example too.
Second this. For that much highway usage, the Highlander would be great.

If not enough of a truck, stick with a 4Runner. At 35K highway miles and $2.50/gal gas, the 4Runner would save you about $1750/yr in fuel cost. That extra $150/month would go a long way toward buying a more expensive car.

If you really want a Land Cruiser, I'd agree with the previous posts - 100 is way nicer on highways than an 80.
 

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