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Old 06-24-2013, 06:43 PM
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...I have a wild hair to track down a decent 55 and do a powertrain swap,

Budget will be about $15,000 +/- a few grand...

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Old 06-24-2013, 07:04 PM
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100 is 20x the truck of an 80
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:39 PM
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Family of 5 will fit in a 100 better than an 80, esp. if there are child seats involved. This may be your deciding factor.

I love my 80 but it is no longer my daily driver, so I don't have to worry about MPG or road manners. If I did, I might be driving a 100 series myself or a recent vintage 4Runner.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:11 PM
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^^I can add to this as well. I came from a 4th Gen 4Runner, not an 80, but the number of options for seating is great. I still have 3 kids in boosters. When they were in car seats, I could fit all 3 car seats side by side in the second row. The third row is kind of "kid only" because the seats are very low to the floor.

We have a minivan for full time kid duty, but we use the 100 for all things outdoors. On a day to day basis I keep the 3rd row and 1 of the second row seats removed. When I camp by myself, I completely remove the second row (takes less than 5 mins) and use the back for sleeping. I built a platform that bolts to the seat anchors and allows me to close everything and sleep fully stretched out inside.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:41 AM
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Your wife would definitely be happier with a nice and uber rare white 100 with a camel interior. There are a some good deals floating around if you're patient. Right now to the end of July is a great time to find a nice one you like and haggle your way into your price range. You should be able to get an 03/04 that's in your budget.
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Newer is better for families and towing pop-up's over mountain passes. Plan on adding ARB front locker to any 100 you buy. (read $2000)

If you're after a trail rig on 35's then you a harder decision.
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I owned a S/C 1997 80 Series for 4 years that my wife drove as a DD. Loved the truck but the ride wasn't the best and the milage sucked (had to run 91 octane too!). Decided to sell and buy her a Honda. Since then, I changed jobs and lost my company car. As a replacement, I picked up a 03 100 and the power, ride, options are NICE. I'm getting a consistent 16.5-17.5 mpg. The 80 is an iconic vehicle but I'll never go back now that I own a 100.
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I own both; the 80 is more Land Cruiser "legit" but is sluggish in the mountains compared to the 100. The 100 is far more comfortable to drive but seems less "cool" to me.

I love them both for different reasons.
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It's not white, but it may be worth checking out.

http://westslope.craigslist.org/cto/3883195991.html
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I think it depends on what type of off road adventure you see yourself doing or wanting to do and what you will do with the vehicle the other 80% of the time.

Jacket's 80 and Kipper's 80 are drool machine's for me, I think they look super cool and really give them a lot of options for varied adventures.

They both have kids to haul about, as well.

The 100 is super plush and works for the kind of wheeling I have gravitated to which is more mild these days. If only we could get the 100 in a solid front axel.

It might also boil down to what you see yourself in and what inspires you. I always think that has a lot to do with my choices.

Hope this is helpful, good luck with the hunt, don't forget it could be worth the trip out of state for the right vehicle. You can't go wrong with going West for a vehicle that has been well maintained, it is like a time warp out there.
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