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    Default Land Cruiser 96-98 80 Series worth buying?

    I am looking for a good 4 x 4. I have frequent long road trips and some off-roading.


    I read the pajero vs prado topic and it was quite informative, wanted some insights and personal opinions on the Land Cruiser 80 series the end model 97-98.


    1. Is it worth buying?


    2. Better then Prado and Pajero of the same model?


    3. Good and economical on the long route?


    4. Off road performance?


    5. Resale value?


    6. Maintainince?


    and or any other experience you have to share


    your input will be very valuable and would help me immensely on my final decision


    Thank you so much !

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    Seriously, are you asking if LC80 series is worth buying?

    Bhai, its the best, the mother of all off roaders. Thats it. End of discussion.

    And pls do not mention Prado and Pajero in same breath as LC80 as LC80 is in a league of its own.

    Hope this helps your decision making.
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    Agree with @sajidd..
    best off roader...I am also in search of one but good ones are hard to find...

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    I have heard that there is a lot of doubling of papers here in pakistan, specially of the LC80?
    can anyone please shed some light on that?

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    Your doubts can only be removed by a proper inspection. Sure, there are lots of things which are 2 number in our country.

    As far as offroading, you'll be hard pressed to buy anything else. As for other things, others may have one up on the LC, but not for offroading. Solid axles, clearance, engines, overall powertrain, articulation etc.

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    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    The Landcruiser 80 Series is perhaps the best all round 4X4 you can get and is still legendary in terms of popularity. It has the perfect combination of comfort, size, off road ability and respectability, what I love about mine is that the whole week its a neat, clean, respectable looking mode of transport to the office and around home and over the weekend it becomes a beast which goes anywhere off road, looks equally good in the Sheraton parking lot or in the depths of Baluchistan,
    I purchased mine from a wonderful friend in Bahawalpur and drove it right back to Karachi almost 1000 km non-stop (only stopping for calls of nature and once for lunch) and that drive was on horrible horrible tires but it gave me no trouble at all, Ive owned a lot of jeeps and 1000 km in one go is something I would never be able to do from exhaustion but this thing was great,
    most of my friends think I'm crazy coz it's too large but you really get used to the size and it stops bothering you, it has an excellent stance and driving position, EXTREMELY reliable, my family for the time ever has liked any of my jeeps and its the vehcile of choice for airport trips during the wedding season, with the woofer and speaker box in the rear I can still fit in 6 full sized suit cases standing vertically in the boot.
    The 4.2 deisel is great too, I have the 1HZ and its far more economical than my previous vehicles some of which included the 2.8TD Pajero, B-13T, B-3, 1KZ and consuption in money terms is actually slightly better if not equivalent to my first jeep which was an M-13A,
    Most the suspensions are saggy from age, so when you do buy one go for a new suspension, I went for a Old Man Emu with 2" lift from ARB and I changed the tires to BF Goodrich and rims to Centerline, these initial expenses are substantial but provided you get one with a good engine, thats about all you'll need to spend although I spent a lot more on various accessories but thats a different story,
    dont worry too much about the body as long as its original and does have any major repairs, everything else can be sorted out, interior can be entirely re-upholsetred so thats not a big deal too, just watch out for the engine and transmission... Also I have the GXR, people say the 24Valve VX and VX-L is a lot more thirsty so check that claim out, Im attaching some pics of some of the good times we're had...


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    "A car is just a car unless it's my car" - Faraz Arif

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    @farazarif


    Holy cow....that's some tranformation, amigo! Still remember the time when you were about sell your not so 'valuable' organs for that suspension and tyres....hope you stlll have 'em or at least the 'valuable' ones.....!!!! Great four wheelin', for life!!!
    MEN DO IT AT DAKAR!!!

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    Hey Mitsu Man,
    I didnt end up selling too many valuable organs thanks for friends with deep pockets but i sold about eveyrthing else of value that I owned...
    Im still glad I took your advice on the suspension and tires,
    Had it not been for your advice I'd have probably been smacking myself silly for throwing money down the drain...
    looking at my balance statement is still like watching a horror movie but the moment I jump in the 80, all troubles vanish!!!
    "A car is just a car unless it's my car" - Faraz Arif

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    @farazarif


    No sweat....my pleasure, amigo!!! As long as you've got your spirits and your 4x4, nothing else matters..... rock on!!!
    MEN DO IT AT DAKAR!!!

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