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Autotrader Find: One-Owner 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser with 360,000 Miles

For today’s Autotrader Find, we have a 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser with a whopping 360,000 miles on the odometer.  As any Land Cruiser fan knows, that’s just past the break-in period.

The 80 Series Toyota Land Cruiser was sold from the 1991 to 1997 model years.  In terms of modernity, the 80 was a big step up from the 60, and over its lifecycle, it gained modern amenities like ABS and airbags.  The 80 was updated in 1995, and these 1995-1997 models are the most desirable 80s today.

Under the hood is a 4.5-liter inline 6-cylinder engine, known as the 1FZ-FE. The Toyota Land Cruiser wouldn’t gain a V8 until the 100 Series generation, which went on sale in 1998.  The output from the 4.5L I-6 would’ve been 212 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque; not a lot by modern standards, but just enough that this thing won’t feel underpowered.  That engine came paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels via a full-time four-wheel-drive system.  Low-range was selectable via an old-school level on the center console.  Outside of mileage and condition, the biggest determinant of the value of a used 80 Series is whether or not it comes equipped with the optional locking front and rear differentials.  Unfortunately, this 80 isn’t equipped with lockers but will still offer more off-road capability than 98% of the vehicles on the road.

This particular 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser looks to be in pretty good shape for a vehicle with 360,000 miles.  The listing claims that this is a one-owner Georgia truck and that it’s completely devoid of rust.  The engine bay looks clean, though a recent cleaning can sometimes hide what would otherwise be visible leaks, so we’d recommend a pre-purchase inspection just to be sure.  The interior is in good shape; it appears that the driver’s seat cover has been replaced, and the steering wheel rim has an aftermarket wrap installed, common for a vehicle that’s seen this much use.  The seller, located in Jonesboro, GA, has set an asking price of $14,995. Find a Toyota Land Cruiser for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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