I had this LC for about 10 years now, and it's still running like a Champ! The only thing I've replaced were Battery, Brake Pads and Starter, and off course your regular oil/air filter maintenance. I took this LC almost everywhere and have put about 150K miles since I got it. It has 200K miles now, and still running strong. Engine is very powerful for it's class. I believe it will still outlast some of the new SUV's around.
I have been a toyota family for two decades now. Since I owned this landcruiser, I drove it from Southern California up to Alaska passing thru British Columbia and Yukon Territory. It never gives me a problem from those winding road of Oregon-Mt. Shasta to the hills of BC, Yukon and Alaska in all types of weather condition or on/off road.
It seats confortably for seven without a whole bunch luggage at the back. I love the overdrive part of it where the power stores from it. Heated seats gives you warm drive during Alaska winter.
I hope I can get 16-19 miles/gal instead of a 13-16.
This is an extremely reliable, comfortable, and useful vehicle. As close to maintenance free as any car you can own. Built like a tank, but rides like a Cadillac. After 10 years, all electronics and mechanics are working perfectly. Leather is holding up great. Unstoppable in snow and mud. I wish it got a little better than 13-14 mpg though. Still would never get rid of it. This thing will go 400k miles.
Powerful engine. AWD that really works. Huge axles and drive train. Smooth transmission. Luxurious interior.
145K, engine/tranny never skips a beat, paint still looks 95% new, interior indestructible, tackles anything asked of it and at 10 years old, people still comment on how incredible it looks and can't believe it's a 99:) The fuel economy is poor but I'm guessing if you're looking at the Cruiser, you're more concerned with safety, ride quality, dependability, and bring me anywhere and return me safe-ability. It is, for lack of better wording, an incredible vehicle.
The engine w/Flowmaster and K&N romps with the best of them and will take quite a few cars by surprise. Seats are soooo comfortable and if it can't climb over it, it will mash it with its nearly 3-ton weight.
Suspension is a little soft compared to the 05+ models and there were no options for machine gun mounts, lol.
Comfortable on long highway drives yet will cover just about any bad terrain. Great vehicle in the snow. Plush interior. I bought this car with about 30K on the odo and now have about 100K. Still feel like new. Very few problems other than 02 sensors (2) and a couple of minor things. The power antenna tends to break but is cheap to fix. Stereo is not the greatest. Wood interior trim discolors with time. Beware, though, that if you do have a mechanical problem parts are outlandishly expensive. A new master key from the dealer runs $250.
Handling in bad weather.
Third row seats are a major pain to stow and deploy. Mileage is shamefully bad.