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7/18/2011
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Well after 5 years of being without a vehicle, I broke down and bought a new (to me) LandCruiser. My last two trips out to the desert were in rented vehicles. I wanted to check them out to see what I wanted to buy. The Jeeps were capable, but for what I could afford used, I was afraid of the mileage on them. Whereas a LandCruiser is only getting boken in at 100K. So, Saturday I bought a '91 LandCruiser with only 141,000 miles on it. That only 7,000 miles a year. It seems really solid. The interior is in great shape, but on the exterior the paint is oxidized.

Anyway, I went out to the desert Sunday to test it out. It was hot, and the flies were horrible. It was so hot, this rabbit didn't mind sharing his shade with this roadrunner.





And it let me get up pretty close.

I headed out toward Clark Dry Lake and Rockhouse Valley.





The road was pretty good until I got to this rocky section.



I was bottoming out on the large granite bolder in the middle. I could have stacked some rocks on the other side to level things out, but between the heat and the flies, I just turned around.





I realized after I got home, that I didn't get a picture of the LandCruiser. All in all, the LandCruiser did well. The Pirelli Scorpion A/T's did a creditable job. Though they are only 29". It's probably why it bottomed out on the rocks. They will have to be replaced with something a little bigger. It rattles a bit in the back where the third row of seats would be. But with a 20 year old vehicle I guess that's to be expected. It's a little underpowered. Not exactly neck snapping acceleration. You would measure it with a calendar, instead of a stop watch. It's a 4.0 liter engine. They introduced a 4.5 liter engine in '93. But I only expect to use it on weekend trips to the desert, and keep riding my bicycle to work. So I'm used to going slow.
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7/18/2011
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I love that picture of the rabbit and roadrunner!

Good to see you back out in the desert with your own vehicle, hope you are able to post some more trip reports. I have many trips planned for this summer and will be back out again this weekend.

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7/18/2011
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Great vehicle choice but then again I am a bit biased smile
Love the 80 series platform. With a decent lift and tires they are pretty unstoppable trucks.

We had a 1992 FJ80 Land Cruiser with the 4.0 liter 3FE motor which served us well for many Borrego trips.


Our current vehicle is a 1992 Land Cruiser converted with a Toyota 1HZ diesel motor. It ups the economy tremendously and gives decent torque and horsepower.


Congrats.
Bob
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7/20/2011
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Bob;

What kind of mileage are you getting with the diesel?

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7/20/2011
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About 18-19 depending on how I drive
I have gotten over 20 before which is crazy for a truck this heavy

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