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Strict Outdoorsman
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By jas
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1997 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV 40th Anniversary Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


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How do I say, "I AM GLAD I DID". I did my research and made my purchase. If you enjoy getting into those hard to reach places where only few can travel; This is definitely the vehicle for you. Everything the write up's say are only speaking from the tip of the ice berg. I have traveled from my home in the highland deserts of SoCal, to the even higher lands above Estes Park Colorado, which was in the 11,000 ft above sea level range. I presently live in North Western Louisiana. Believe me when I say that my Cruiser has been there. It presently has just over 300,000 miles on it and runs like new. Thank You Toyota.


Best Features

All features are great.


Worst Features

Mileage would be my only alteration.


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Worth every single penny--and then some
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By Worth every penny
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1997 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV 4dr SUV 4WD


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If you're looking for an excellent SUV, this is it. After 12 great years of ownership, we put 234,000 miles on it before our daughter recently crashed it. She and her passenger hit a utility pole and the pole was shredded wheat. The girls were fine; no injuries, bumps or bruises. Unfortunately, it totaled the vehicle, but at least they were safe. The Land Cruiser has been called a "bank vault on wheels" because of it's safety and it's true. It is pricey, but it is worth every single penny. We will soon be upgrading to a used Lexus 470LX version and expect the same satisfaction since the Land Cruiser and the 470 are the same vehicle. The Lexus just has more bells and whistles.


Best Features

Reliability; safety; excellent performance; easy to park; turning radius is unbelievably excellent (especially considering the size); looks formidable in a cool sort of way; third row seating ample for even an adult


Worst Features

Fuel economy is LOW, but if you're able to afford to buy this vehicle, you certainly should be able to afford the gas; not much room in the second row if you're tall and/or leggy.


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Gas hog, but so what!
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By Phil
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1997 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV 40th Anniversary Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


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What a pleasure it is to own this vehicle. We unloaded a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the same mileage to get our hand on this vehicle. It ended up costing us $4500 to do the deal, but I am so glad we did it. The Jeep, which was bought from a trusted friend and was taken care of, broke down and needed maintenance continually. The Land Cruiser, well, I changed a spark plug once. Can't blame Toyota for that. 210k miles as runs great! If this car ever dies then I will consider getting a newer 1998 model. I am not concerned about the gas mileage. No car payment plus the fact that this car is never in the shop more than makes up for the extra money at the gas pump.


Best Features

Leather seats, smooth ride, wife is not embarrassed to be riding in ugly vehicle, room for stuff, split tailgate is convenient, very reliable, quiet.


Worst Features

Gold trim, leans a bit on the corners, a bit sluggish on start, but if you punch it the car will go especially when passing


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Bring back the 97 model
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By xsanguinator
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1997 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV 4dr SUV 4WD


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My wife prefers the 97 Landcruiser over her RX 330. It's a good looking, reliable, vehicle with unmatched offroad features. With only 44K miles on it, I plan on driving it for a long time. I also have an 88 4x4 Tacoma (212K mile), 94 4Runner (188K).


Best Features

Rugged looks, comfort, reliability. Good paint job.


Worst Features

No cupholders, mileage.


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By Boz
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1997 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV 4dr SUV 4WD


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Bought used in 03/2006 with 145,000 miles. With lockers, condition, collector's edition had to purchase it. So far, no mechanical/major problems, but the AC stopped working. $900 to fix leak on condensor!! The reliability and the "guts" of the Cruiser are unmatchable. Snow, rain, no problem. Confident ride in such conditions. Fun to drive in nice fall weather. Windows roll all the way down. Huge sunroof. This vehicle will get you from point A to point B, no doubt. However, it'll cost you 11-13 mpg. The ownership expenses add up: insurance, oil, gas, tranny fluid, diff fluid, larger tires. Basically, if you have excess spare cash to burn, a very reliable, superb vehicle!


Best Features

Reliability. Torque on demand. Locking diff's. Ease of maintenance work. Third row seating. Ability to make the vehicle luxurious/clean/rugged. Nice aesthetics from outside.


Worst Features

Gas mileage. For new price circa $40,000, poorly executed interior!! More HP!! Better weight distribution. Heavy. Brakes sluggish. Rear window doesn't roll.


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