Does what it's meant to do very well. Loads of space, drives well, very reliable and big on value for money all round. If you want a refined workhorse that you won't feel concerned to really use as intended but without the pretence of the "Premium" marques then it's a great vehicle. If you want to pay over the odds for a posing machine then waste your money on the BMW, Volvo or Mercedes!
I have just taken delivery of a 2008 model Land Cruiser and am surprised at the improvements over the previous version. The engine changes increased power and reduced fuel consumption but also make this a much more refined vehicle. The new engine bulkhead also helps and the net result is an engine which is virtually inaudible - you would be very hard pushed indeed to know it was a 4-cylinder diesel. The suspension is very compliant and there is none of the suspension/road noise from which the old version suffered - just a completely smooth and silent ride (my car does not have TEMS). You would be hard pressed to detect the live rear axle. The remote control buttons on the steering wheel and the inclusion of bluetooth also raises the game for this car. The rear camera with active guidance for parking is going to be a real boon when space is tight. The quality of the interior is right up there with the X5's of this world. It may not have so many gadgets but what is has got is rock-solid. I love this car and the sense of well-being it bestows. It may not have the sharpest handling but that is a small price to pay for being so high up that you can look down on everyone else. My only complaint is that Toyota are underselling the real improvements they've made to this car. But for the dealer's persistence I might have ended up going for the X5 or ML and spending £20K more. Having owned 4 Toyotas I can take for granted absolute reliability as well as low servicing costs.
My father bought this car in summer 2003. I have been driving it for last two years, and this is my first car. We sold it two months ago, primarly because of high mileage - 230,000km or 144,000 miles.
It's comfortable (good seats), has a lot of space (headroom and legroom for front and rear passengers, huge boot), fantastic satellite navigation, good economy (around 11.5-13 l/100km), good performace (163hp engine and four-speed automatic were getting along nicely, safe overtaking), quality interior (fine materials including plastics, no squeaks), great off-road, good road noise insulation, big mirrors, good looking).
However, it has a big steering wheel, solid handling (good if you count the size of the car and off-road capabilities), but bad cornering.
For four years and 230,000 kilometers, it hasn't even had one serious visit to Toyota's service. However, regular services are a little bit pricey, but when you count in the reliability - it is worth it.
In conclusion, it's a great car for all purposes. My recommendation!
Updating reviews on 7/11/07 and 11/01/08: this is a brand new £38,000 Land Cruiser Invincible bought in July 07.
It has an enormously loud rattling noise from the engine when cold (sounding like someone rattling a spoon inside a tin can and causing passengers to utter alarmed and unrepeatable expletives). The car was off the road for one month waiting for new injectors.
Toyota said the reason for the delay was that the injectors have to come from Japan! The car was still the same when they were fitted. The car was then off the road for another five weeks waiting for a fuel pump. Toyota says delay is because the fuel pump has to come from Japan!
My car has an upright sitting position, is automatic and has cruise control because I have problems with my back and right knee. It has a high ground clearance and special tyres for the terrain I have to cover in the course of my work. It has a custom made dog platform, devider and tailgate doors for the dogs I use in my work. It has a roof rack and a tow bar which I also need.
In the time my car has been off the road I have been provided with a small four-door manual saloon car and now have back pains. I was told my car was ready yesterday. It is still making the same noise. Readers who think these cars are reliable should search "Landcruiser Invincible D4D injector problems" on the Hillux Pickup Owners Club and the Toyota Owners Club.
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