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Toyota Landcruiser LC 2007 review


Overall towcar rating

*****


Key information

  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Year of manufacture: 2007
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 3.0litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 30 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 21 miles per gallon
  • Kerb weight: 2300 kg
  • Nose weight: 130 kg
  • Body type: 4x4

Towcar summary

What's good?

Complete reliability over last six years
Low service costs (major service and MOT was 300)
Tyres last forever (70,000 miles fairly easy)

2016: Now owned for eight years. Still completely reliable. Only repair has been an aircon pipe which failed.

What's bad?

A bit 'old school'; not as good to drive on the road as a discovery

Would you recommend it?

Yes

Towing performance *****

How well does it tow?

Very stable, even when passing lorries. Loads of boot space. I fitted all terrain tyres which are snow rated so can go anywhere.

I added a reversing camera, which makes hitching up easy.

Solo performance ****

What's it like without the caravan?

You won't forget you're driving a big beast. I guess the true measure is that my wife is happy-ish to sell the caravan but refuses to sell the toyota.

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

Issues are few and far between. There was a customer campaign to change the seals at the base of the injectors from copper to aluminium and it is vital that this is done (even if you pay yourself).
Join the forum at www.tlocuk.co.uk

Practicality *****

Is it easy to live with?

Huge boot. Very easy to drive long distance. Put on some decent tyres and you'll be unstoppable. I paid 24k in 2008 and was offered 16,250 in trade in in 2013. As nothing has gone wrong, I decided to keep it for longer.

Apr 2016: WBAC valuation is 11,250.

Buying experience *****

Did you buy it new or used?

Used

Where did you buy it?

Franchised dealer

What was the seller like?

Both Toyota dealers I've dealt with have been fabulous. This is their premium product and they work hard to keep you happy.

 

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4 Comments

This is why I am on my third new Landcruiser since 1994.
1 1994 4.2L manual.
1 2003 4.2L Amazon Auto.
1 2010 3.0L LC5 Auto.
Had my landcruiser invincible new in 2007 85000 completely untroubled and Unstoppable, towed boats motorbikes and caravans, never put foot wrong if there is a better all rounder than this I've yet to see it. SIMPLY THE BEST .

Had a Toyota Colorado in 2001 and followed it by an LC3 and two LC4's

All 4 did 90,000 before I swapped them in. So a total of 360,000 in all. and not even a brake light failure in all that time.

I would still be driving one except that by 2011 when I wanted to change the spec of the lowest model the LC3 was so poor that the list of what it didn't have was longer than what it did have, & the LC4 was simply too expensive. So I bought a Mercedes ML instead. See my report on that.

The other reason I left Toyota was their insistence that here in England in a recession we could only have drab colours, Black, A dark grey that looked black, a dark blue that also looked black or a plain white! that you had to pay extra for!!  Yet on the continent you had a much better colour choice!

 

BUT much as my Mercedes has been great I still miss my Land Cruisers except for the engines. The current Toyota Engine has been leaned down far too much to comply with emission taxation that its weedy.

My Merc 3 Litre V6 is streets ahead on smoothness and power. if only I could buy a Land Cruiser  with a Merc V6 engine!  That would be a World Beater!  Trouble is that they are all being fitted with Toy sized engines today!

I have a 2005 LC3, and agree, an absolute dream to own and not expensive to run and maintain. You have the seven seats and when you want to fill the boot, they come out at the flick of a handle.It may be a bit dated in some ways if compared to the discovery, but I really don't care and would not swap.