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Old 12-16-2011, 05:43 PM
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Wife and I went from 78 fj40, '02 tacoma, had baby '98 100 series.
Count this as a vote for nicest 100 series you can afford.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:26 PM
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Isn't a WRX a hotrod? Are you feeling the need for speed? That's a big change from a cruiser of any vintage...and the WRXs don't get the mileage a regular Subie or a Honda would...
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:57 PM
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Don't believe the HG issue? Come to my house. Guys, the HGs cut loose.

That being said, you can fix them
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:05 AM
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I know that HG can fail, just doubt it's as widespread an issue that mud sells.
I'm also not saying I won't replace mine at some point.
You know, my dad has a fiber optic inspection camera. I would bet that quick inspection at oil change time down the spark holes would tell a lot. Could also do oil analysis.
So, if a 100 has 120k on it, what's to be expected in maintain for the next 3 years?
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I know that HG can fail, just doubt it's as widespread an issue that mud sells.
I'm also not saying I won't replace mine at some point.
You know, my dad has a fiber optic inspection camera. I would bet that quick inspection at oil change time down the spark holes would tell a lot. Could also do oil analysis.
So, if a 100 has 120k on it, what's to be expected in maintain for the next 3 years?
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:39 AM
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I know that HG can fail, just doubt it's as widespread an issue that mud sells.
I'm also not saying I won't replace mine at some point.
You know, my dad has a fiber optic inspection camera. I would bet that quick inspection at oil change time down the spark holes would tell a lot. Could also do oil analysis.
So, if a 100 has 120k on it, what's to be expected in maintain for the next 3 years?
If its had the 90K service, just regular fluids and filters

Also depends on the condition of the CV boots, but you can reboot a CV axle for $28 in parts yourself and its much easier than doing an 80 front end.

Is your 450 burning oil? Have you done the bubble test to see if oil is mixed with coolant? I wouldnt be concerned. If it fails, you can replace then.

The oil burn in mine was not a HG issue, but while it was off, Robbie machined the head and replaced some of the valves in the head and it went from burning 1qt of oil a month to not burning any in 5 years

When I had the 40 and the 80, I sold the 40 to build up the 80 the way I wanted it and drove it for another 6 years with no regrets

I sold both the 80 and the BMW to buy the 100 and get it modded quickly to the way I wanted it and have no regrets.

I wish I could have kept all the rigs, but I would do it again

There is a logic to cutting down the herd to get something the way you want it. I intend to buy a 40 in the future, but after Sarah graduates college and when I have the dedicated garage space to slowly build it the way I want it.

It comes down to what can you afford and what would make you happy. The 80 was awesome, but the features of the 100 are really nice. The difference in the SFA and IFS for what I have been wheeling isnt that big a deal. I wanted a rig I could wheel and would be very comfortable for my day to day driving.
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:29 PM
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Does your wife want to drive a Land Cruiser? You said she doesn't like low slung cars so maybe a stock 100 would be a good choice. OTOH, while I love driving the 80 around, it's nice to have an alt car that'll do 30 mpg with a 220HP engine (SAAB 9-5). My wife won't drive the Cruiser unless she has too. Maybe a smaller ute like a GX470 would be a compromise that is a bit tall but gets respectable gas milage.
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Old 12-18-2011, 03:14 PM
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We did drive a gx and decided it was too short. She does like driving the 450, and has expressed interest in the 03 lx470.
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I recently had a similar thought about driving my 40 every day. I have been driving it for a long time. I thought about buying a 100 for daily use or even an 80 if I could find one under 300K miles. But then I like the thought of possibility hauling my cruiser on a trailer so that took the 80 out of the question for me. I settled on a late model Tundra with a 5.7 TRD package. So far I like it. It really gets decent mileage for a V8 I am getting 19 on the freeway. Sure dont miss the cold mornings waiting for the 2F to heat up!
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:54 AM
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Decided not to do HG as PM afterall. The bottom line is that the 1FZ power is not really what I would want it to be, so if the HG actually goes, I'll deal with it then. I plan on buying a scanner with an alarm to monitor the water temp. Something goes south, shut it down quick.

On the other side, fired up the 45 yesterday. Prepping it for sale this spring, and researching what I want to do. Might have found the perfect solution.
Diesel, LHD, legal to import NOW, longer wheelbase...throw some links under this with coilovers and we have a winner. In this scenario, I would sell my 45 and the 40, but keep the PTO and cable lockers to swap out with the Bandy's stuff. Will be contacting my Brazilian buddy about this one asap.
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