I have had a Land Cruiser 3 from new for two years now and am very pleased with it. It is used as a utility vehicle - it has a hard life but 45,000 miles later, both on- and off-road, there have been only a couple of very minor problems that the dealer sorted quickly. I had a go at the Toyota dealer because the young lads clearly did not know what a grease gun was, but otherwise it has been OK.
Yes, it does lean bit on corners, but then what were you expecting? It is a tough ladder-chassis, no-nonsense 4x4 designed for use on unmade surfaces, not a poser car.
I have changed the tyres because the OEM Dunlop AT20s were useless for my purposes. It now sits on BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres and is much the better for it.
Alloy wheel corrosion? My wheels are almost constantly covered in mud and grot yet there is not a trace. This is because I have waxed them from new and do not use alloy wheel cleaner, which no matter what it says on the bottle, erodes the finish.
Treat them like you treat the paintwork and cover any scratches or dings with clear-coat. If they do eventually go, get them fully refurbished and bright silver-painted (not clear-coat over machined alloy, which is plain silly for a 4x4) for about £200 and you are done.
All in all, I'm very pleased.
Like many people in this column, we were so impressed by the absolute reliablility of our last Land Cruiser Colorado that we decided to buy another.
The only thing we ever had go wrong on the old one was the battery - this model comes with a backup, so there really is nothing to go wrong.
I feel that the car has accurate steering and much stronger brakes than the last one, but it leans a little to much to be called entertaining. Also pleasing is the new 5-speed automatic gearbox, which pulls down motorway noise levels and raises economy, which is excellent.
The diesel engine is strong, torquey, and yet in the cabin it's more serene than being in the old petrol V6.
Best of all, the cabin has finally gained the plush materials and Lexus-like style that make it a proper alternative to the Germans.
In conclusion, if you're going to buy a big car where so much can and often will go wrong, get a reliable one that will keep performing for years to come, as the Land Cruiser will, while it now has the exectutive credentials it deserves. Keep it up, Toyota!
As with other reviewers, superb vehicle but marred by terrible dealer attitude and chronic wheel corrosion. Life with Toyota (we have three) has in recent times become a constant battle with the dealer - they seem to be determined to drive us to other marques despite the quality of the products. What happened to Toyota's reputation for customer care?
My LC5 is now 6 months old and done 10K miles. As with its Colorado predecessor (in which I did 120K miles) it has been totally reliable, refined and amazingly relaxing to drive long distance. The air suspension is really excellent. I tested the competitors before buying and am so pleased that I ranked absolute reliability as a key buying criterion. On reading the tales of woe from owners of What Car's 'best 4x4' I cannot understand how you can continue to justify this choice without adding a serious reliability health warning to potential buyers of all models from the 'Zara' stable
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