Used Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon 4x4 1997 - 2002 review

Category: Large SUV

Great if you live in the country

Toyota L'cruiser Amazon 4x4 (97 - 02)
  • Toyota L'cruiser Amazon 4x4 (97 - 02)
  • Toyota L'cruiser Amazon 4x4 (97 - 02)
Used Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon 4x4 1997 - 2002 review
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What's the used Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon 4x4 like?

There is only one word to describe the Amazon - huge. In fact, it's only a few centimetres shorter than a Range Rover. Naturally, that translates into massive interior space, and the Amazon easily takes five passengers in complete comfort, although the two extra seats in the boot are a little cramped.

As well as providing some MPV-style abilities, the Amazon also does a good job of combining good on- and off-road abilities. You can take it as read that anything with a Landcruiser badge will be superb away from Tarmac, but what will be more of a surprise is that the Amazon is also pretty good on-road. In particular, it's extremely comfortable and refined.


Great if you live in the country

  • Well built and spacious
  • Sheer size may be off-putting
  • running costs are huge

Really, the only thing to count against it is its size. It can be awkward to thread through city streets and, even on the open road, you can never forget just how big it is.

Ownership cost

What used Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon 4x4 will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon 4x4?

This is a big car with big engines - and the costs to match. Amazingly, although the contemporary Range Rover was more expensive as a new car, the Amazon costs more on the used market.

True, the bills aren't too bad by the standards of big 4x4s, but even the most frugal engine, the diesel, returns just 25mpg on the combined cycle, and the V8 petrol returns a shocking 17mpg. Servicing is also pretty expensive, dearer than on a Nissan Patrol, although again, it's almost exactly the same as on a Range Rover. Likewise, the Amazon falls into groups 14 and 15 for insurance, which is on a par with rivals.

However, unscheduled repairs could be quite expensive. Warranty Direct tells us that, although Toyota labour rates are about average, repair costs on Toyotas (and on Landcruisers in particular) are higher than average.

Our recommendations

Which used Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon 4x4 should I buy?

Choosing a Land Cruiser Amazon is a pretty simple job, as there are only two engines. And, unless you have particularly deep pockets, you'll prefer the 4.2-litre turbodiesel to the 4.7-litre V8 petrol.

Not only does the diesel cost several thousand pounds less to buy (partly because the petrol came in top-spec VX trim only), it's also more fuel-efficient.

Originally, both engines were available only in lavish VX trim, but from early 1999, Toyota launched an Amazon with cheaper GX trim, and this is our favourite version. It's not quite as plush as VX - there's no leather or sunroof, and it has air-con rather than climate control - but you're hardly slumming it.

The only real difference between petrol and diesel is that the petrol has a standard automatic gearbox, but you may well find a diesel fitted with one as an option.


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