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Cons: Brake system
Advice: Consider a Lexus instead for better customer service/satisfaction?Purchased vehicle new in July 2004 - very impressed with performance and quality. But after approx. 10,000 miles, brake peddle seems to need pumping a few times to make peddle firm at top. Third time at the Dealer, they state this is within normal mfg. specifications. UNCONVINCED IN ARIZONA
Pros: My favorite feature is the Turbo charged 4.2 diesel engine
Cons: Going down narrow streets
Advice: Get a diesel if posible..........its great on fuelI worked in the auto sales field for over 20 years and found this the best vehicle I have ever owned. Solid sturdy dependable I bought mine 6 months old in the Caribbean and have driven it now over 2 years and here in the Caribbean my Landcrusier has increased in value $20.000 or more.
Pros: The GPS navigation system
Cons: The low mileage
Advice: Altho pricey, this vehicle delivers value. If you can live with the low mileage, this is one of the finest 4x4s out there.I've had my 2004 Land Cruiser for about 4 months now and am extremely pleased with it. The fit and finish are unparallelled. This vehicle represents a step up from my previous three SUVs, all Toyota 4Runners. In my opinion and experience, Toyota's reputation for quality and reliability are well-earned and well-deserved and the Land Cruiser appears to be no exception. Among the few negatives is the poor mileage, although this is no surprise given the large engine and the vehicle's curb weight of over two and a half tons. The vehicle also lacks a digital compass and passenger-side climate control, both of which my 2003 4Runner Limited had.
Pros: It's history, quality, and reserved look
Cons: Gas Milage
Advice: You pay for what you get. This vehicle is worth it's $60,000.00 price tag so much more than some others.This is my forth cruiser. I strayed after my third, a 2000 model to try some of the other vehicles. I purchased a 2001 ML 430 and had nothing but problems. I also purhcased a 2002 Sequoia and although it was of excellent quality, It did not have the landcruiser's exceptional ride, handling, etc. I have had my 2002 Landcruiser for 17 months, and it is perfect, no rattles, or issues that have taken me the dealership for service. I buy Toyota becasue their vehicles are proven to be of the highest quality, and reliability. If you take a moment and look at the consumer reports with regard to reliability, you will see that the Landcruiser has no equal. It's fit and finish are top quality, and it components work as they were designed to. The NAV system is very easy to understand, and has worked well when traveling from state to state. Since NAV system is DVD based, no need for extra CD's for each state, as was the case with my ML 430.
Pros: Driving position with good seating and vision.
Cons: Gas mileage (19.5 mpg) less than I hoped for.
Advice: Get the 'Limited' model.I have 2700 miles on the vehicle, basically in surban and highway driving, and like it better the more I drive. Ride and every day handling are excellent. Most features are well thoughtout; and finsh and fit are a-one. Engine is very smooth and powerfull. The gearing is a little taller than I would have picked, but since I plan to tow a trailer okay for the future.
Pros: Handling/Ride quality
Cons: Initial cost
Advice: Take the vehicle out for a long period of time to really appreciate it.An exceptional handling vehicle, particularly for its size. The ride is firm but not rough. And, it corners without any tilt. Much better quality than Ford, Chevy or Land Rover ever thought about producing!! Plus, it is not one of those sissy SUVs that BMW and Mercedes are pushing off on consumers - these are nothing more than jacked-up station wagons. Also, looking at the stats, the LandCruiser beats the Lexus LX - and you don't have all the cheesey cladding.