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Old 12-09-2012, 04:21 AM
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Re: Landcruiser Prado

One of my staff just bought one second hand. 3 YO for $35k.
Took one look at it and said it was a mine car. It was, all white with no options and steel wheels.
I must say I was underwhelmed by how the interior and exterior looked. I did not consider one when I was shopping around, as they were more narrow and would not fit our 3 baby seats along the back.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:18 AM
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Re: Landcruiser Prado

My limited experience with Japanese designed/built diesel engines has not been good.
Now have my second Chrysler product with VM Motori engine, just changed from 4 yo Dodge Nitro diesel with 205,000 km to WK2 GC diesel.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:44 PM
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Re: Landcruiser Prado

Toyota and Nissan got some well deserved excellent reputations for the six cylinder diesels they used to have back in the 80's and 90's. With good care and attention, they could both do 1 million kms.

Toyota and Nissan have built the reputation now, but the problem is that the products arent necessarily up to that standard anymore. The products are good, but the differentiation between the japs and other brands is getting less and less all the time.
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Re: Landcruiser Prado

Apart from the puny towing capacity and the exhorbitant price there is probably nothing wrong with a prado aprt from the fact that it is stuck in past.

The worst thing though is that you have to deal with the arrogant Toyota dealerships.

Prior to buying the Jeep I decided that I would look at all the alternatives and was heading down the dual cab diesel route. Toyota was the last one I looked at.

The dealer was offhand, the product wasn't a patch on the current dual cab favorites, Ford and Mazda, and when asked why the price was 5k more than these two the answer was because it is a toyota.

I know as well that there is an ongoing theme re the performance of Jeep dealers, this toyota dealer though had serviced a V6 petrol I owned from new including supposedly flushing and refilling the coolant. At 130ks it overheated so I took it back to them and got a huge list of problems all of which sounded like poor servicing, and a guess that the fix would cost upwards of 6 thousand dollars.

When I got a second opinion from an independent mechanic his comment was that the aluminium engine only had water in it and he had never seen such a blocked up engine. So much for the legendary Toyota service.

BAck to the question what do you think of a Prado, I try to not to think of them.
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