Amazing, we owned it for almost eight years. Put over 100k miles on it, bought it at 60k as a Toyota CPO. Unfortunately, it was totaled at 173k two weeks ago. Thing was amazing, we LOVED LOVE LOVED every minute with this car. We would NEVER have gotten rid of it. Performance, reliability, quality, comfort. What we loved? The ride. Ruggedness. Looks. Quality. Seats amazing. Everything. Loved everything. Few improvement areas like rear A/C would have been nice (they later did this). Just spent two weeks researching like crazy a replacement SUV. Drove everything, including MB GL 470, Audi Q7, Volvo XC 90, Escalade...What are we getting? Another Land Cruiser. '05 model, p/u this week!
Style, dependability, the fact that there was virtually no maintenance other than oil changes, interior space, off road capability, safety. I've owned a half dozen Mercedes, as well BMW, Porsche, and others...This was probably our favorite car I've ever owned--tied w/ my MB 560 SEL (also totaled).
Rear A/C, memory seats, third row seats that are more "stowable", better low-end torque for towing, one touch windows, traction control. Most of these are very small items... Also, most of these were addressed in later model years (2000 and later). I'd buy another '98 in a heartbeat.