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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 22:12    Post subject: Advice on 100 series Reply with quote

Hi, thinking of changing my 96, 24v for a later 100 series, 98-2000 model year.Any advice, opinions gratefuly recieved. Is it even worth the hassel? are they a giant step forwards? can i still fix it with my hammer and screwdriver? Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 0:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 100 series (diesel) has basically the same engine as the last 80's but with electronic ECU controlled injection.That added complexity usually means dealer fixes for fuelling problems.They also have IFS so the on road ride is better plus, depending on model,they have extra 'toys' like traction control,active suspension,sat nav etc... but I certainly wouldn't call them a giant leap forward.More refined yes.It all comes down to personal preference.Try one or two and see for yourself.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I changed from a 1995 24v 4.2 ( which I loved ) to a 1998 4.7 V8.
It was then that I discovered I didn't know what love was, until now!
It is Heaven! I cannot describe how smooth it is. It just floats!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 15:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the 100, Toyota drifted into a different market from the 80... I think there are plenty of 80 devotees who wouldn't see themselves as 100 owners. On another forum the 100 was referred to as a 4x4 MPV, which has stuck with me. I like them, but for my purposes, the 80 beats it in most areas. I only wish Toyota would make a modern day 80, so that when time comes to move up, there's something to move up to ! The nearest thing I see to it is a new Nissan Patrol.

The benefits of a 100 are it's ability to carry loads of people comfortably, and for the V8 to travel smoothly at higher speed on the freeway.

I just wish car manufacturers would stop their obsession with size, luxury, leather and wood... basic spec is fine provided the fundamental car design is right.

Enough rambling... bored at work here.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 20:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, i agree with the comment on change for changes sake, perhaps I should think of the 80 as a 4x4 version of the spitfire, some go faster, some ride better, some look more modern, but the 80 is just "right" somehow, still be nice with a Merlin in it!! , oooh that sound..... even better reason to keep the bruiser is I don't have 18k + to spend on one at moment . Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 23:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

105 series GX trim only also import only is the modern day 80 series. Solid axles, simple, even available with 12v 1HD-T and 1HZ engine but 100 series looks and most of the comfort. When they start getting a little older thats what I'm going for.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 21:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have driven 105 quite a bit, but it was armoured, so therefore not really a good comparison, as you say, an 80 in a 100 body so to speak. Rode really well, but all that steel and glass makes her not half so nimble as standard cruiser, really is built like a tank though ! Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 0:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is one big advantage with the 100, and that is the wife soon gives up shouting instructions when sitting in the 3rd row of seat, especially if the radio is turned up loud.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 21:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sold !! I'll have one ... Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 21:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had 1993 vx bought 1999 vx about 2 years ago much nicer. You dont realise how out of date the 80 series looks and feels until you move up. If you get a good cruiser you dont need the dealer. 80 was a good vehicle 100 even better.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 11:06    Post subject: Caution Reply with quote

Hi
You probably don't want to hear this but I have just exchanged my 2003 Amazon 4.2TD for a Nissan - I became fed up with things going wrong on a car that is sold on its quality and reliability.  Alloy wheels corrosion (second set suffering after only a year), horn intermittent failure, several leaks in aircon system which were only found on 5th attempt, rear suspension sensor failure, bad vibration developed when idling - and so on.

This is a car which cost over 46000 and has 38,000 miles on the clock.  Maybe I was just unlucky, and matters were made worse by simply hopeless dealers in Glasgowq and Inverness.

Seats were comfy, though.....
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 18:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you swap it for a Patrol?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 19:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
You probably dont want to here this but I went back to a landcruiser after a dire experience with a new Nissan and at least 6 dealers. Nissan is now owned by reno or citreon I forget which and after sales service is diabolical.

They charge a fortune to service badly and when things go wrong try every trick in the book to wiggle out of warranty work.

I bought the vehicle new and sold it after only two years and was glad to see it disappear up the drive.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, top of the range Pathfinder which I never even considered until being persuaded to drive it - it really is very good (particularly off-road) for the price of around 29K.

On the subject of dealers, it seems wholly luck-based.  The Toyota one up here is so useless it's almost humerous, the Nissan one comes across as so much more professional and helpful.  But time will tell.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 14:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

The smaller 4x4 are often more advanced cheaper and nicer to drive unfortunately they dont tow 3.5 tonne so I cant consider them. Best of luck. The Nissan vehicle was ok just the dealers were poor.
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