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Old 03-25-2007, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Difference between 4 Runner and Landcruiser?

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I have been looking at early to late 1990's 4 Runner SR5 and Landcruisers to purchase for my wife. What is the difference between the 2 besides style... I want to get the most reliable and solidly built SUV for my wife, there is quite a bit difference in cost between the 2 vehicles.
Anyone help me out here?

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Old 03-25-2007, 12:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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EVERYTHING is different.

Engines
Trannys
Axles
Comfort
Size
Reliability

everything
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The 4runner will get better gas milage. The 4runner will get maybe 16-18. The landcruiser maybe 10-13. The landcruiser will have a 3rd row seat. The 4runner doesnt. What are you looking for in the vehicle? The Landcruiser has alot more luxury.
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Old 03-25-2007, 04:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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mid 90s landcruisers are not v8 they are straight 6 cyl.ck out IH8MUD.com for Lancruiser info
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late 90's lc and 4runner can be had with a 6 cyl motor, ifs and failry comfortable, there is a bigger aftermarket and more people modding the 4runners, but without more info on what you need out of them, people are going to throw their opinions at you instead of facts.
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Old 03-25-2007, 05:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Wife needs reliability, would like to use on occasion to tow 15' inflatable (only weights about 350# with motor) so I don't have to use my truck for taking the boat out for a day
Mostly will be daily driver for wife... needs good 4x4 for winter driving.. we get snow, sometimes alot..
Just wanted to know mostly what the major differences were between the two... there is a big price difference

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Based on those requirements I would say your best bet is an 00-02 4Runner with traction control and center diff lock. Excellent performer in the snow and will tow that light boat no problem.
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late 90's lc and 4runner can be had with a 6 cyl motor, ifs and failry comfortable, there is a bigger aftermarket and more people modding the 4runners, but without more info on what you need out of them, people are going to throw their opinions at you instead of facts.
you;re sorta correct.

The 6cyl in the 4runner is not the same as the land cruiser. First off, LC's had an inline 6 motor, which ranged in size from 4.0 to 4.5L. The 3rd gen 4runners had a V6 3.4L engine.

All 80 series landcruisers had the inline six. They also all had solid front axles.

With the advent of the 100 series, came IFS and a V8.

There is NO option for an american spec I6 landcruiser with IFS, or an V8 landcruiser with a straight axle, or They were never made those ways.

FJ-100: V8,IFS, FJ-80: I6, Solid axle

and for reference, all USA landcruisers from 1988 (I think, perhaps 89) were automatic. There is NO option for a 5Sp 80 or 100 series cruiser in america.
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Looked at a 97 cruiser before i got the 4runner. It was nice and seemed to have a lot more room. I drove it around for a day and noticed the gas guage moved to E very quickly.... They are both nice SUV's. I am happy that i went with the 4Runner
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I would agree with a runner is your best bet...
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