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Viking
06-11-2008, 04:31 PM
You guys have been very helpful so far. So I found a 94 FJ80 that has a rebuilt engine with 20,00 miles on rebuild. Is it a bad idea to buy a LC with rebuilt. He said it was done at Burt Toyota and the way it sounds was only the top half of engine. The LC has Front and rear lockers and has 235, 000 miles on it. They are asking $5900. I am not in a hurry to buy but this is one of the nicer ones I have found to date. Thanks for the help

nakman
06-11-2008, 05:00 PM
So they did the head gasket then? That's good... but what else was "rebuilt" in the "top half?"

There was a big jump in stuff from 94 to 95, but you probably already knew all that right? That's why the 93-94's are a little cheaper now..

Corbet
06-11-2008, 05:24 PM
Knowing more of its service history would be important to me with than kind of miles. Bad idea with a rebuilt head, I'd say no. Most of us would be happy to know it no longer has the original head gasket. Mine didn't and I bought it with only 81K.

Well serviced, it should be good for a long time yet.

Poorly maintained, who knows?

MDH33
06-11-2008, 05:35 PM
Top end job, even if it includes a full valve job is a far cry from a "rebuilt engine".

nakman
06-11-2008, 05:39 PM
Viking, got your PM, but I'll just post here so everyone can chime in..

"big jump" refers to some upgrades, like the newer dash, OBDII diagnostics, 2nd start button, also there are some extra doohickey's on the intake (par valve, etc.) that would make adding a supercharger, turbo, on-board air system, and manifold grill more difficult. Those are what makes the 95-97 years the most desirable.

Check out Sleeoffroad's newbie guide http://www.sleeoffroad.com/newbie/newbie100.htm as he runs through every model year, and what changed when. But the three basic groups of desirability are 91-92, 93-94, and 95-97, in that order.

Corbet
06-11-2008, 05:48 PM
It should also be noted that not all 95's were created equal. There were some mid year changes.

FJBen
06-12-2008, 09:05 AM
Airbags in 95-97, that for some people makes or breaks the deal.