My Take on the 200 Series Toyota Landcruiser (review) – Mick's Blog

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Toyota Land Cruiser 200

My Take on the 200 Series Toyota (review)

The 100 Series

I think the 100 series Land Cruiser is one of the 4wd vehicles ever built. The GX time 4wd version is great.

It has the compromise available of all time for off capability, on road handling and luxury appeal. It is the only 4wd vehicle that could be without any modification to the chassis and maintained quite good capabilities with only up brakes and suspension.

Organisations the world bought them. The UN still has thousands of them around the globe.

For the conditions in developing countries, this simply built and very vehicle became an icon. in many countries for its status and In Uganda they call it the and in Sudan they call it Rounded and curvaceous it is. Some even say sexy. Better the 80 series, also an awesome

The 200 Series

So what are these organisations going to do when time for new vehicles? Go for the 200 series?

If are after “Bling,” then why Good looking with of plastic spoiler to get spoilt and to replace. Packed full of with fancy key entrance and push button start.  front suspension which in my won’t last the harsh conditions let alone the harsh found in lower income

Picture being stuck in the of the Sahel with this failing to start? Or the electronic system going down. A turbo V8 diesel.  Great if you to nip down the Autobahn. But you don’t that acceleration rate and knocking around most of sub Africa unless you want to end up on roof. The 1HZ is a great engine though doing the valve are beyond the capabilities of most It has some low down grunt, not the bang wheel spin of the V8.

What were they

For the life of me I cannot fathom the behind the decision to end the 100 series. The 76 5 door doesn’t come any near replacing it.

So what Toyota been doing the past few years or so?  a new Hilux that doesn’t up to the mark.  Got rid of the old model Hilux even with independent suspension (one of the best of the front suspension systems out had a fairly good off road and reliability. And drove well on roads as long as you banged it H4.

Made the 5 door boxy wagon 76 series.  This appeal to the NGO and maybe UN market. I like it. It reminds me of that Land Cruiser II that had back in the early 90s. the rugged 75 series.  But there’s the 78 now you say. Still it’s not as as the 75.  Those front springs aren’t really up to the job if you ask me. If you are to coil a vehicle, do it all round decent springs that knock the bump stops out a short time.  At least Rover got that one right!

Toyota Land Cruiser 200

What’s the Alternative Now?

So Nissan.  I predict that will probably take the developing country, NGO and UN market in the near future.  They have with peace missions for instance.

The new Nissan GX model in station wagon and up models is not bad at all.  I did a comparison for a between the Patrol GX and the 100 series GX and the model just came out in on drivability and service back up in of sub Saharan Africa.  But if I had to do the same now the would be streets ahead for reasons alone. You can still do the clearances with a spanner, driver and a set of feeler gauges.  And the system can take some from poor quality I’m not sure that this be so with the 200. It has a simple, and fairly flexible live beam suspension system and rear that can and does with the rigors of driving in areas. It also has a fairly off road capability with LSD in the rear axle.

Also, they can supply a simple double cabin up that comes with a diff lock as standard. The J83 This vehicle drives and is simple to maintain. It just look as nice as the Hilux. No

Both of these models are for field work in harsh with Patrol giving executive appeal as well.  But some organisations are governed by For instance one organisation I was speaking to will only buy vehicles have ABS and SRS for safety reasons. the Nissan models I have harping on about may not come those systems fitted as but a driver can be taught to carry out an braking technique that can and if not better ABS on unsealed roads. And if a is taught and practices correct driving techniques he/she a better chance of not needing SRS once deploys in a remote setting may be difficult to reset!


I have to thank my departed Dad for the title. He gave me two of engineering advice before I home to join up. 1) is the title and 2) is is tight too tight is broke”. Use a wrench. This is one that applies to my neck of the woods. joining up I came across the principle which to this day I try to follow.

Come on Toyota there’s a market for simple 4wd vehicles in the world why make it more than it should or has to be?

Toyota Land Cruiser 200
Toyota Land Cruiser 200


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