The Cheapest Running Toyota Land Cruiser In The USA Is Actually Not Terrible

We all have some idea of how risky it is to spend your money on the cheapest used car you can find, but apparently there are some exemptions to the rule, like this 1999 Lexus LX 470 which is basically a Land Cruiser 100 with a snobby face.

Tyler Hoover bought this Land Cruiser sight-unseen at an online auction for the amazingly low amount of $2,100. Given the ridiculously low price, expectations were kept at a really low level but when the truck showed up at his driveway proudly wearing its 350,000-mile experience it was evident that he made a good choice.

Despite its huge mileage, this big SUV turned out to be in great mechanical condition. Features like the hydraulic suspension, sunroof, power windows are all in working order, with the only things that need fixing being the air-conditioning and those leather seats, which look like they just came out of a fight with a bear.

The rear hatch also comes fitted with a huge rusty hole that doubles as latch to open the boot. Hoover says he can replace the whole panel with a $300 salvage part as well as add some new seat bottoms and sell it easily for twice the money he paid.

But instead of taking the wise route and make some profit, he has other, more adventurous plans for this unbreakable beast.


  • RDS Alphard

    I always love this generation of Land Cruiser, but they are overpriced here & also come with massive annual tax if you own one, due to massive engine (4.2L Diesel or 4.7L Petrol).

    • TheHake

      Yup. I’d LOVE one as well but the tax would kill me.

  • Bash

    Impressive how they are still going strong. I still see a dozen of them both versions; the Toyota and the Lexus.

    • RDS Alphard

      Unimpressive performance, use fuel like they are free & renewable resource… but yeah, they last!

      • Bash

        lol, Have you seen the 5.7L engine in one of those, i don’t think you will like it either then. 🙂

        • RDS Alphard

          5.7L only come in next generation one, still use fuel like they are free & renewable resource but at least perform better than this 4.7L… if you see my another comment, I do like these Land Cruiser (LX) but I dislike their performance, fuel consumption, and in our country, massive annual tax due to big displacement engine.

          • Bash

            I see your point man. great talk. 🙂

      • SteersUright

        Exactly! Amazingly well built and capable but mega slow and horrendous on gas. A prime candidate for an LS small block conversion. I wonder if anyone has done it?

        • RDS Alphard

          Yup, there’s a LS7-swapped LC100 but build to drift.

          I personally would try to work on the 2UZ but it probably cost way more than LS swap & doesn’t perform as good, lol

      • Ary Wisesa

        What performance do you expect from it? 0-60 sprint? Top speed? This car is made for off-road terrain and no nonsense reliability. So it could literally save you life when you’re deep in the jungle. That’s the performance you could expect from it. If you’re after sporty performance, look for sport cars.

        • RDS Alphard

          The performance could be better if they didn’t use 180-degree camshaft (as oppose to 1UZ that use somewhere around 210-degree or 220-degree camshaft), and the fuel consumption could be better if it’s more than just 4-speed.

      • TheHake

        Unimpressive performance? It can drive through Africa without ever having to stop for anything (other than refilling – OFTEN)? What more do you want in performance than that?

        • RDS Alphard

          The same 2UZ in LC100 also found its’ way to LC200 (the replacement of LC100), and it still only has output of 284hp/448Nm… it was replaced by 1UR-FE in 2009 which has more impressive output of 304hp @ 5,500 rpm, and 439Nm @ 3,400 rpm, as well as 1mpg of fuel consumption improvement… Not to mention the 2UZ from LC100 era only has around 230hp to 270hp.

          Basically, the performance & fuel consumption could be better, although you probably ends up with shorter life engine for those combination?

  • CJKnox

    Those mid to late 90’s and early 2000’s Lexus’s are wonderfully made, essentially bulletproof.

  • Blade t

    This guy makes pretty good videos on his collection….

  • TheHake

    350k miles is fuckall for a Cruiser 100.

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